The Borneo Jazz Festival was originally known as the Miri International Jazz Festival until year 2011.
This year New venue, new concept! | Photo credit by @Dutchez on Ig
The festival as first organized to create another international music festival in Sarawak as well as to promote Miri as a Resort City. It has since then become a well- known addition to the myriad of festivals that Sarawak has to offer. This year Borneo Jazz takes place for 3 days from May 11-13th at the Coco Cabana, Marina Park (Miri) This year also marks the Visit Miri Year 2018 or VMY2018, and the jazz festival is part and parcel of the many events that are taking place in and around Miri.
The Gypsy jazz set consist of Maestro Violist-Ruby Lakatos, Jazz Guitarist – Az Samad, Bassist- Zulkifli & French Gypsy Guitarist- Denis Chang |Photo credit by @Dutchez on Ig
This year Borneo Jazz featured 20 bands regional and international recognized jazz musicians with 2 stages : the Fridge stage (outdoors) and the Main Stage (indoors).
Sarawakian singer -songwriter, guitarist, ukulele and visual artist – Zee Avi | Photo by @Edmundh_ on Ig
Malaysian Composer, producer & singer- Dato’ Zainal Abidin | Photo by @Edmundh_ on Ig
The most asked question- What is different this year?
Firstly, the outdoor food and beverage stalls that are open to the public. Range of street food is made available with affordable price.
Secondly, Borneo Jazz Talent Search is being held for the first time ever this year. The talent search aims to create a platform for emerging bands from all over Borneo, create an appreciation for Jazz among st the millennial generations as well as discover up and coming talents musicians within Borneo.
Thirdly, the venue & its settings. Locals were excited to see this change after more than a decade of the usual beach resort venue. Coco Cabana famous Miri’s iconic seahorse lighthouse(10 minutes drive from the city) Coco Cabana, has been organizing many outdoor/indoors event is no strangers to the locals here and it is one of most picked venue for wedding photography.
Lastly,special price exclusively for residents in Miri!
Music runs in her blood being the daughter of Loganathan from the Alleycats. Jazz,funk, soul & R&B singer-Dasha Logan| Photo by @Edmundh_ on Ig
Borneo Jazz is wholly owned by the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB), organised by No Black Tie with Air Asia as the official Airlines Partner
Thank you for bringing everyone ( Musicians, artists, vendors, organizer, etc) for this fantastic event! We look forward to another even greater Jazz festival next year!
Till next events!