Cocktail Reception for Media group
I have to admit being part of the media team has its own perk. The media team is well taken care of (a big thank you to Sarawak Tourism Board). Last year, a cocktail reception was hosted by Miri Marriot Resort and Spa for the media group and the jazz performers. We were not only spoilt with food but it was also a platform to mingle and build rapport amongst the performers, journalists and the organizer team. This year, the cocktail reception was hosted by Miri newly operated 4 star hotel; Meritz Hotel at its outdoor dining area-Sky Garden. This time only the media group was invited and I was thrilled to check out the hotel itself as I missed the soft opening ceremony launched few months back.
The Jazz Surroundings
After the cocktail reception, the media group was shuttled back to ParkCity Everly Hotel. Once reached the hotel, I saw stall operators started to load and setup their respective booth before the public start to fill up the venue. I immediately rushed to the Media Centre as I need to fully charge my gadgets for the press conference with the Minister of Tourism later in the evening.
The Press Conference with Honorable Tourism Minister
A press conference was organized by the organizer and it was attended by the honorable Minister of Housing and Urban Development & Minister of Tourism Sarawak, YB Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Abang Haji Openg. His Excellency Dr Guenter Georg Gruder Ambassador, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany was there too. It was his visit to Miri and first time experiencing Borneo Jazz.
The concert of the night starts with F.V.E (Funky Virus Experimental) Project which comprises of 5 young talented musicians hailed from Malaysia and Indonesia. F.V.E Project was formed in mid 2011 and one of the band members; Dean Sim is from Miri. Who would thought a Nirvana song can turned into a jazz number? Kudos to F.V.E Project!
Nita Aartsen hails from Indonesia entertained the night with classical and contemporary jazz. She doesn’t just played the piano but she does sing too! For the record, Nita had the privilege of playing for US President Bill Clinton and also Prince Bernard of Holland among other distinguished state guest.
SLIXS from Germany is the only cappella group and this group by far is the BEST PERFORMANCE of all. The SLIXS A-M-A-Z-E-D me!! I’ve party hard attended 5 Borneo Jazz Festival (and Borneo Jazz 2012 is the 7th jazz festival) and SLIXS is the BEST! The 6 vocal virtuosos create variety of sounds, noises that eclipses almost every assemblage of instruments. Who need any musical instrument if that’s the case, right? And guess what; the SLIXS is one of Germany’s best and most charming vocal ensembles. They won the CARA-Award Best Jazz song in 2008 and Ward-Swingle-Award in 2006.
New Cool Collective from The Netherlands was the last group to perform that night. The group was formed in 1994 from a loose collective of Holland’s finest jazz players. Their music is fresh and visceral mix of danceable soul and jazz spiced with Latin flavours. The group was led by a legendary Dutc saxophonist and composer Benjamin Herman.
The TraxxFM DJ in action
Do you know that there’s a short break after each jazz performance? This year, we have Double D, TraxxFM DJ’s in the house. The crowd (especially the youngsters) can enjoy the music and danced all night long at The Pavilion (an air-conditioned indoor area located next to the main stage).
The Sarawak Bloggers Team
This year, we were given access to the press pit. In other word, you have up, close and personal access to the main stage (except back stage). It is indeed a privilege to us! I am also honored to work along with @AdjayMagic, @Reyanna13, @Orend3vil89 and @williamting (Sarawak Bloggers team for 1st day coverage).
Note: Some of the pictures are not taken from blog author personal collection (with A Woman’s Diary’s watermark) hence picture credits goes to @williamting, @AdjayMagic, @mcdrewnis (Sarawak Bloggers team) and Sarawak Tourism Board.