Borneo Jazz Festival
The Borneo Jazz Festival is one of the longest running Jazz festivals in the region, and the 14th edition will take place from July 19th to 21st at Coco Cabana in Marina Bay, Miri, Sarawak. Borneo Jazz Festival has evolved to emphasize social responsibility towards recycling within the local community. In 2018 the festival introduced Borneo Jazz Talent Search as part of their musical outreach programme. This year the festival’s music outreach will expand to include the Borneo Jazz DJ Search.
The 14th Borneo Jazz Festival will include a stellar line-up of international and local artists, highlighting 15 bands, DJ’s, as well as a special Jazz & Comedy feature over three days. The 2019 line-up includes internationally acclaimed artists from USA, Italy, Japan, Austria, and some of the region’s best. The on-going objective of the Borneo Jazz Festival is to continue to promote music tourism for Sarawak and to collaborate with the local communities to showcase Borneo through its exotic cuisine and wide array of indigenous arts & crafts.
Evelyn Hii, festival co-organiser, artistic director and founder of No Black Tie, Kuala Lumpur’s Premier Jazz Club explains that “The Borneo Jazz Festival is intent on connecting audiences through music and by celebrating the diverse and rich cultural heritage of Sarawak. Our social responsibility within the community is a key driver for our festival this year.”
No Black Tie (NBT), Kuala Lumpur’s premier venue for live music, has been the showcase for renowned and emerging musicians alike. It has seen the likes of Malaysia’s top singers and musicians and the region’s best, not excluding an impressive line-up of international acts. With the multitude of artistes that grace its stage, NBT has been pivotal in supporting and encouraging collaboration between Malaysian musicians and international artistes.
NBT’s aim is to produce unique sounds that typically result from spontaneous improvisations by performers from diverse backgrounds. Uncompromising in its acoustics and sound quality, NBT seeks to leave an impression with the audience by offering a concert hall experience in an intimate setting. NBT sees this as playing a role in contributing to the diversity of Kuala Lumpur’s arts and cultural landscape and would like to organize many more such artistic collaboration in the genres of jazz, blues, folk and eclectic music.
This has led to the formation of NBT Presents and NBT Records to provide music festival management & curation, as well as quality live music / studio album recording & production.