Borneo Jazz Festival 2019: The Full Recap

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Borneo Jazz Festival 2019: The Full Recap

Borneo Jazz Festival 2019 has come to an end. No!!! Guess now we have to painstakingly wait till next year for another round of festivities in Miri.

This year was no short of art, culture, energy, and most importantly, jazz. Crowds of people from far and near enjoyed 3 days packed of festivities. Borneo Jazz Festival 2019 saw visitors from as far as Europe and America. Whoa!

Anyone who was there must be feeling what all of us feel. The Post Festival Depression is real now. And, for those who weren’t there, you must be wondering what went down right?

Here is a recap of what went down on all three days of Borneo Jazz Festival 2019.

Day One of Borneo Jazz Festival 2019

Art Showcasing Borneo

To start it all, an official Press Conference was held. Then, Day One of Borneo Jazz Festival 2019 kicked off with art exhibitions. All of which beautifully showcased the life and culture of Borneo in its exquisite light.

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“The Storyteller” art by Alena Murang (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

Among the showcases were Alena Murang’sThe Storyteller”. It was a painting of herself facing an elder. This, coupled with the audio of “lessons” from her elders was almost chilling. It was minimalist but conveyed so many different messages.

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Dr. Welyne Jehom with the Pua Kumbu (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

The next exhibition was the “Rainforest Craft of Sarawak” by Dr. Welyne Jehom. It was an elaborate and beautiful display of hundreds of years of culture. As told by woven textiles, or “Pua Kumbu”. The weaving demonstration added an extra human touch to the exhibition. On top of that, each “Pua Kumbu” has its own story. 

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Marie Dargent’s “Jungle Fever” (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

Lastly, was “Jungle Fever” by French artist Marie Dargent. Delicate strips of strikingly painted cloth hung all throughout the room. It brought the plain simple room to life with the light bouncing hues of the many colors across the room.

All these art exhibitions were open for viewing all three days of Borneo Jazz Festival 2019. So, if anyone missed them on the first day, they could’ve just made their way to the exhibitions whenever.

Warm Welcomes at Borneo Jazz Festival 2019

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DJ Maestro’s welcoming (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

After that, DJ Maestro took to the Seahorse stage to start spinning out some tunes. Getting everyone loosened up and excited for the night. Soon, SMK Chung Hua Miri’s Brass Band churned out music at the Festival Arch. This was to give a big welcome to the festival-goers.

Then, at the Seahorse stage, the Sunset Welcome Reception took place. Goers witnessed a beautiful opening with a Parap Voices performance. Followed by a Ngajat dance and Sape performance. Then, a Jatong Utang and finally Gong banging.

DJ Maestro and the Brass Band continued their thing to lead guests up to the start of the night.

Performances To Kick Off Night One of Borneo Jazz Festival 2019 With a Bang

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Joe Ballanjiu Jr., Pete Kallang, and Clinton Chua during their performance with the Julian Chan Jazz Orchestra (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

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Julian Chan introducing the Julian Chan Jazz Orchestra (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

Borneo Jazz Festival 2019’s first night opened with a big bang performance. To open, the Julian Chan Jazz Orchestra took to the stage. Joining them were the velvety voices of Pete Kallang, Joe Ballanjiu Jr., and Clinton Chua. It was grand!

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Tsukasa Inoue, drummer of Fox Capture Plan (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

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Ryo Kishimoto, pianist of Fox Capture Plan (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

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Hidehiro Kawai, bassist of Fox Capture Plan (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

Next, Japanese Jazz-Rock band, Fox Capture Plan rocked the stage. Their performance was nothing short of electric! And you could see from their expressions that they were playing their hearts out.

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The Kirk Lightsey Trio performing (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

Then, the Kirk Lightsey Trio set a chill vibe throughout Coco Cabana. As they played their relaxing Jazz tunes.

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IRESON performing (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

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Alina Ramirez during her performance with IRESON (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

The last performance was an energetic performance from IRESON. The fusion of Jazz and Latin music set the stage alive. People were moving in their seats and stood up to sway to the rhythm.

To wrap up the night, DJ Maestro took to the stage yet again for a jam session at the Seahorse stage.

Check out this video recapping Borneo Jazz Festival 2019 to see a glimpse of the fun!

Borneo Jazz Festival 2019 – Recap

Borneo Jazz Festival 2019 has ended and we’re still having withdrawal symptoms! Oh well, all good things must come to an end *sobs* 😭Here’s a highlight of what went down. Can’t wait for the next Borneo Jazz already! 😍

Posted by PrimaBuzz.com on Friday, 2 August 2019

Day Two of Borneo Jazz Festival 2019

Day Two of Borneo Jazz Festival 2019 was nothing short of Day One. In fact, it showcased even more flair and gusto. Just when we thought that couldn’t be possible!

Here’s the recap of what went down on Day Two of Borneo Jazz Festival 2019.

Starting Your Morning Right

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Yoga and Sape session (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

Sure everyone had a late night before with the festivities. So, to get everyone awake and ready for round two of fun, Day Two kicked off with Yoga and Sape. Participants and the instructor stretched out the kinks from the long night of fun before. All to the soothing tune of Sapes. The day continued with the Art of Togetherness Workshop.

Sticking to the theme of wellness, a Physical Health and Wellness Workshop went on. This was brought by Spine and Joint Specialists, TAGS. Goers were taught about spine and joint health. And, some lucky goers even got their bodies satisfyingly cracked.

Music Workshop After Music Workshop

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IRESON during their Music Workshop (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

Next, was the first Music Workshop of the day. This was brought by fusion Jazz Latin band, IRESON. Goers got to learn about the fusion of Jazz and Latin music.

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Alberto Marsico during his Music Workshop (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

Next, was the Music Workshop by Alberto Marsico. In which he thought goers about the Hammond Organ. Which to him is ‘The Sound Machine’.

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Guest speakers at the Music Meeting (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

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DJ Maestro, Joe Flizzow, Arabyrd, and Kirk Lightsey at the Music Meeting (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

Then, multiple artists came together for Music Meeting: From Jazz to Hip Hop. The speakers included Kirk Lightsey, Joe Flizzow, and Marques Young. As well as, Chanda Rule, Arabyrd, and Evelyn Hii. They each took turns sharing their insights on the correlation between Jazz and Hip Hop.

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DJ Maestro giving his DJ Masterclass (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

Moving on, DJ Maestro served goers with an insightful DJ Masterclass. Lastly, the Borneo Jazz Talent Search Winners got a Masterclass with Fox Capture Plan. The winners played sets for the band. Then, received constructive criticism in return. The winners felt they gained a lot of insight from that short session.

Another Electric Night of Borneo Jazz Festival 2019 Performances

We thought the first night would be hard to one-up. But we were wrong. Borneo Jazz Festival 2019 easily stepped up their game when it came to Night Two. The opening performance was full of life and jazz.

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Jasmin Chen performing (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

Jazz songstress Jasmine Chen sang her heart out with the Julian Chan Jazz Orchestra. She performed a few songs. Of course, not leaving out her hit “Wo Yao Ni De Ai” from Crazy Rich Asians. Her performance of “Sway” definitely got people off their feet and to the dance floor.

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The Alberto Marsico Trio performing (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

Then, the Alberto Marsico Trio took the stage. Goers enjoyed a nice cool relaxing jazz performance. They each played their instruments with such harmony and sync.

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Chanda Rule performing (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

Next, was the woman with a voice that sends chills down your spine. Chanda Rule delivered a chillingly good set of Jazz and Blues. She performed alongside the Kirk Lightsey Trio. By the end of her set, goers begged her for more. So, she graced goers with one more song.

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Fuad Alhabshi and Evelyn Feroza, vocalists of Rainbow Children (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

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Jude Macson Bensing, guitarist of Rainbow Children (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

Chanda Rule gave us a performance to remember. But, the highlight of Night Two was definitely the Rainbow Children Performance. We’ve never seen anything like their band. They were a full-fledged Prince tribute band.

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The crowd during Night Two of Borneo Jazz Festival 2019 (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

During their set, they delivered Prince hit after hit. And, definitely rocked Miri. It was full of seduction, emotion, and energy. Goers couldn’t help but get up and dance along. They finished their set beautifully with the iconic “Purple Rain”.

To wrap the night up, DJ Maestro took to the Seahorse stage. Anyone who had some more dancing left in them could’ve gone there to dance it out.

Day Three of Borneo Jazz Festival 2019

Day Three of Borneo Jazz Festival 2019 was probably the LIT-est of the days. The performers gave their all in their respective performances and it showed.

Here’s the recap of what went down on Day Three of Borneo Jazz Festival 2019 in Miri.

Same Morning Routine

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The Yoga and Sape session (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

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Sape players during the Yoga and Sape session (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

Day Three of Borneo Jazz Festival 2019 also kicked off with Yoga and Sape. Participants and the instructor enjoyed Yoga with a view. And, the sweet sounds of the Sape. Then, the Art of Togetherness Workshop went on. After that, was the last session of the Physical Health and Wellness Workshop.

Music Workshop After Music Workshop

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Lewis Pragasam during his Drum Workshop (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

The first Music Workshop of the day was the Drum Workshop by Malaysian drumming legend, Lewis Pragasam. He dropped his secrets on how he became the drummer he is today.

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NJWA during her “Your Voice as a Storytelling Tool” Workshop (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

Next, songstress NJWA had her Music Workshop. In which, she taught goers that your voice is a storytelling tool. She even let a few people show her some of their stuff. Then, give them tips on how to get better.

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Chanda Rule during her “Embodied Singing” Workshop (Image via Borneo Jazz Facebook)

The last workshop of Borneo Jazz Festival 2019 was by Chanda Rule. She taught goers the Hows of embodied singing. Goers had fun while at it. She had everyone on their feet doing breathing, voice, and singing exercises.

After that, anyone who felt the urge to dance could make their way to the Seahorse stage to watch DJ Maestro.

All That Jazz To Kick Off The Final Night

Every single artist that came on stage for Night Three of Borneo Jazz Festival 2019 put on a show. And, gave it their all.

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Banyak Bunyik Republik performing (Image via Zac Ahmad)

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Cyanus Band performing (Image via Zac Ahmad)

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Banyak Bunyik Republik, Borneo Jazz Talent Search winners (Image via Zac Ahmad)

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Cyanus Band, Borneo Jazz Talent Search winners (Image via Zac Ahmad)

The night kicked off with the showcase of the Borneo Jazz Talent Search winners. Not only one band emerged victoriously. Instead, two bands tied for first place. First, goers enjoyed the funky Jazz tunes of Banyak Bunyik Republik. Then, Cyanus Band rocked the stage. After both performances, was the prize-giving for the Borneo Jazz Talent Search winners.

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Dasha Logan performing (Image via Zac Ahmad)

Next, songstress Dasha Logan took the stage with sass and charisma. She got people on their feet and bopping to her upbeat performance.

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NJWA performing (Image via Zac Ahmad)

After Dasha Logan, goers enjoyed a slow but sultry performance by NJWA. She sang a few originals she was working on for her upcoming album. And, some rearranged classics like “Sri Mersing”, telling goers of her home, Johor.

Going Out With a Bang For The End of Borneo Jazz Festival 2019

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Zed Peace performing (Image via Zac Ahmad)

The climax of the night came with the Borneo Hip Hop performance. Bruneian rapper Zed Peace first took the stage. His energetic upbeat rap got nearly everyone off their feet and swarming the dance floor.

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Asyraf Hardy performing (Image via Zac Ahmad)

Then, Sabahan rapper Benzooloo joined him for one song. And, continued with a few of his originals songs. Sarawakian singer cum rapper Asyraf Hardy then took the stage.

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Arabyrd performing (Image via Zac Ahmad)

After him, came a little bit of femme fatale when Arabyrd took the stage. Her energy and attitude were infectious. One song in, and even the stiffest person in the place was bopping to her beats. She wrapped up with her hit “KEK” getting everyone to sing along “Ngegeh eh, Ngegeh oh!”.

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Joe Flizzow performing (Image via Zac Ahmad)

Then, everyone lost it when big-time Malaysian rapper Joe Flizzow took the stage. He definitely brought “HAVOC” to the stage. He got the dance floor full of people jumping to his fire songs.

What made the hip hop set were the artists on the instruments. There was Nish on Keys, Gideon Yogan on Bass, Dean Sim on Guitar, and Jay Jackson on Drums. Without them, the set couldn’t have sounded as good as it did.

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The crowd during Night Three (Image via Zac Ahmad)

When Joe Flizzow finished, everyone was at the peak of their pump. So, when DJ Maestro took the stage for the Jam Session, everyone just continued dancing.

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Goers having a dance showdown on the dance floor (Image via Zac Ahmad)

After him, Arabyrd hit the decks and delivered a mix of electric, upbeat and classic tunes. The end of her session officially marked the end of Borneo Jazz Festival 2019.

See You All Next Year!

The crowds were on the dance floor just about all night. Even after all the performances, people still stuck around for a little extra dance session. And, to come to terms with the end of Borneo Jazz Festival 2019 slowly.

Now we have to painstakingly wait for next year. It’s hard to top what went down this year. But hopefully, next year we get to see better and more faces!

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