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Borneo Jazz Festival 2015: The Performances

Riam Road Secondary School Bruins’ Marching Band

What unique about Borneo Jazz Festival is that it’s a nightly shows on an outdoor stage of two night program comprising jazz performers from all around the world. In the evenings, to kick start the festival, marching bands from two local schools are invited to the festival to present their skills to the festival goer. The schools were SMK Chung Hua Miri Brass Band and Riam Road Secondary School Bruins’ Marching Band. Both schools had their own uniqueness and has achieved many recognition internationally; Trinity Guildhall Recital Examination and London Trinity Music Association.

Day 1 Performances
Shafiee Obe & All The Best – Sarawak
Our very own Sarawak representative, Shafiee Obe whom is Miri-born is well known jazz musician, arranger and also the conductor of Kuching Sons Jazz Orchestra. Together with All The Best, their music was nusantara jazz with funk and latin elements.

Shafiee Obe – Pic credit to Sarawak Tourism Board

All The Best – Pic credits to Sarawak Tourism Board

Lluis Coloma – Spain
Considered as a specialist and awarded with prizes ‘Best Catalan Musician 2003’ and ‘Arista Blues Cat 2006’, he is one of the most demanded pianist in the Spanish blues scene. From his beginning, this great pianist has developed a personal touch in blues and boogie woogie producing his own compositions.

Lluis Coloma – Pic credits to Sarawak Tourism Board

Lluis Coloma’s group members – Pic credits to Sarawak Tourism Board

The Nylons – Canada
This capella jazz group is my favourite and was founded in the late 1970s. They came for the same jazz festival in year 2013. The group is well known for their dazzling harmonies and slick performances. For the record, they had played  over 1000 concerts and Disney used their song ‘That Kind of Man’ in its feature film ‘The Tin Man’ and their version ‘Up The Ladder To The Roof’ was used in the movie ‘Made in Heaven’.

The founder of The Nylons – Pic credits to Sarawak Tourism Board

The Nylons – Pic credits to Sarawak Tourism Board

Jump4Joy – Sweden
These high energy entertainers had a strong New Orleans flavour. Two of their musicians, Gustafsson and Sandstrom, both been nominated for their contributions to Swedish blues by the Scandinavian Blues Association and Rosenqvist Memorial Prize.

How cool is that?! – Pic credits to Sarawak Tourism Board

Pic credits to Sarawak Tourism Board

Day 2 Performances
The Doodaddies – Australia
From Perth, Australia, Diamond Dave and The Doodaddies plays Chicago style blues band that offers a solid selection of uplifting grooves covering swinging shuffles, soul, boogaloo and many more.

Pic credits to Sarawak Tourism Board

Anthony Strong – United Kingdom
Anthony Strong performed at Borneo Jazz Festival last year and was mobbed by fan. The artist hailed as ‘England new jazz superstar’ from United Kingdom. He beat Gregory Porter, Micheal Buble and Harry Connick Jr to become No. 1 on the iTunes and no. 2 on www.amazon.com jazz charts in the USA.

Click here for Anthony’s live performance from my fellow blogger website. ;)

Mo’Blow – Germany
Mo’Blow is more toward enegetic spicy groovy funk and soul jazz. They were the winner of Future Sounds Competition at Leverkusen Jazz Days. The quartet which the ‘Berliner Zeitung’ described as one of the hottest clubs band has the groove in their blood.

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The Dirty Dozen Brass Band – New Orleans, USA
This group was established in 1977 by Benny Jones together with members of the Tornado Brass Band; sparkling, exhilarating, the most exuberant traditional brass band from the rich traditions of New Orleans. The Dirty Dozen revolutionised the New Orleans brass band style by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional New Orleans jazz style. In year 2013, they were nominated for Four Best of the Beat Awards by OffBeat magazine including Best Brass Band Album for Twenty Dozen as well as nominations for members Roger Lewis, Kirk Joseph and Terrence Higgins in their respective instrument categories.

And guess what? New Orleans city even has an official Dirty Dozen Brass Band Day.

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Here’s the finale of 10th anniversary of Borneo Jazz Festival. :)

Wait, I’m not done yet. I save the best for last. So, do bear with me on my last post. ;)

Special Announcement to Moviegoer

TGV Cinemas has introduce the Awesome Foursome Value Package exclusively for moviegoers at at TGV Cinemas Permaisuri Imperial City Mall since May 8th until June 11th. Whereas other location such as;
1.       TGV Cinemas Perda City Mall
2.       TGV Cinemas Encorp Strand Mall
3.       TGV Cinemas Cheras Sentral
4.       TGV Cinemas 1Shamelin
5.       TGV Cinemas Station18
6.       TGV Cinemas Gurney Paragon
7.       TGV Cinemas Kulaijaya
8.       TGV Cinemas Sri Manjung
9.       TGV Cinemas Jaya

..only available from May 11th until June 11th.

So, whacha waiting for?

You just need to walk-in to grab the Awesome Foursome Value Package and pay only RM40 for your favorite movies at selected cinemas! Better still if you’re a TGV Cinemas MovieClub member, because you pay only RM36 for it!

How to Buy?
Step 1: Visit the selected TGV Cinemas
Step 2: Choose your movie and showtime
Step 3: Request for Awesome Foursome value package. (if you are MovieClub members, please swipe your card.)
Step 4: Select the seats
Step 5: Pay and collect your tickets!

You’re done. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! :)

Wait a minute, terms and conditions apply. ;)

Terms and Conditions:
• Awesome Foursome Value Package is valid between 11th May 2015 to 11th June 2015
• Applicable on every Mondays to Fridays (Friday before 8pm show)
• The package comes with 4 movie tickets and selling price is RM40 for non-movie club members and RM36 for movie club members
• All 4 movie tickets must be utilized for the same movie title, same date and at the same time
• Seat selection must be in a same row
• Applicable for ANY Movie except for 3D movies, Blockbusters and Super Blockbusters Movies
• Applicable for both Standard and Preferred seats
• Not applicable for twin seats and Beanie seats
• Not applicable on Friday after 8pm, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays
• Any unused or lost package is neither refundable nor exchangeable for cash

Borneo Jazz Festival 2015 : Behind The Scene Part 3

Anthony Strong of United Kingdom

Press Conference with Day 2 Performers
As usual, we, the media group will start the day with press conference with the performers. It is here where the media group can obtain information about their performances and also their future plan in the jazz music industry. Anthony Strong had to cancel 2 of his few jazz concerts, just to come back and perform at Borneo Jazz Festival upon approach by Sarawak Tourism Board in conjunction of the festival 10th anniversary. To me, it’s a win-win situation for both parties.

Pic credits to Ms. Selfie@Angelina

With the availability of social media platform nowadays, I utilize it to my abilities. While the Q&A going on in front, I’ll be busy updating Twitter and Instagram at the back on what is being discussed. The downside of doing this is that you must be near to a power socket as your gadgets need some ‘energy’.

Pic credits to Ms. Selfie@Angelina

After the press conference ends, the media group would indulge themselves with brunch. The media group are really being pampered by Sarawak Tourism Board; light refreshment with coffee and tea are provided at the media room. It is also here at the media room, where we would get our wristband for the concerts, updates on the program, downloading photos taken by official photographers or even conduct individual interview with the performers if requires.

Sarawak Tourism Board New Media Team
This year, the media group are being handled by a new team due to its recent re-structuring. Albeit the last notice of extending the invitation to cover the event under ‘Sarawak Bloggers’ , I can see that the new team really work hard to ensure the media group are comfortable with their warm hospitality (they are super accommodating people). Media tags were properly arrange and labelled accordingly (I love it coz I love being organised); I saw less volunteer involvement this time round because the media team get to do all the work. For the first time, local media are given dinner and supper coupon too. I liked coz I don’t go empty tummy throughout the two days event.

The Media Kit

Waterproof wrist band

Kudos to Barbara, Kevin, Nasri (not in the pic) and Dansley. Thank you very much. Great job, guys! Keep it up for the upcoming Rainforest World Music Festival. ;)

Sarawak Bloggers with Barbara, Kevin & Dansley at the media room

The Schleppers
Behind every performance on the stage, we’ll get to see musical instruments are properly placed on stage. When the stage lights is off, the audience will not get to know what’s going on in the dark but when the stage lights is turn on, the audience will get to see new stage settings instead. Little did we know that there are dedicated people assigned to do that and they are known as ‘The Schleppers’.  They don’t just do ‘magic’ on stage but also taking care of the respective performer group musical equipment and carried along the equipment during any sound check session.

Introducing ‘Chewbacca’. He’s ‘taken’ btw, look at the ring. :p

Mohd Iqbal (or fondly known as ‘Iqbal’ or ‘Chewbacca’ coz he sounds exactly like it by the Sarawak Bloggers team) from Brunei has been ‘The Schleppers’ for Borneo Jazz Festival for a decade now. He started to get involved in year 2006 when he was still a student at Curtin University. With his level of dedication and commitment, Sarawak Tourism Board appointed him as ‘Head of Schlepper’ and gave him the right to pick his own schlepper team for Borneo Jazz Festival. To me, that is such a big honour and achievement.

Kudos to the Schleppers team. Borneo Jazz Festival is not complete without your contribution.

2015 Borneo Jazz Festival Schlepper Team

ps-more updates to come. don’t go away. ;)

#ReebonzSPLURGE “Let The Cat Out of The Bag”

A One-Day Only Splurge That’s Not To Be Missed
Are you ready for #ReebonzSPLURGE?

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This very special event drops on Thursday, May 14th, 2015, but lookout for the pre-announcement on Wednesday, May 13th and start the process of shortlisting from more than 15,000 new and pre-owned items that are bound to add class, cool and color to your fashion.  Share it with your family, friends and fashionistas because this is too good to keep to yourself.

Aside from the amazing deals that are at the core of Reebonz, the #ReebonzSPLURGE online sales event will give you a further 11% off with the code 1SPLURGEMY11 at checkout if you splurge on one item.

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Insider tip – the most coveted items will be snapped up in the blink of an eye as Reebonz brings in limited quantities of each designer item to ensure exclusivity, so be the first to splurge from 12:01am on May 14th. Head to www.reebonz.com.my to start browsing for your essential splurge.

If you’ve missed your favorites, visit Reebonz again at 10am when we add on new designer items.

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ps- as usual, terms and conditions apply, and discounts may not be applicable for selected events and merchandises. ;)