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Saturday April 19, 2008

Big names for Miri jazz fest


EIGHT international jazz artistes and bands will appear along with a local group at the third Miri International Jazz Festival next month.

The line-up includes Habana Sax from Cuba, Charmaine Clamor (the Philippines), Rumba Calzada (Canada), Mood Indigo (Britain), Diamond Dave and the Doodaddies (Australia), Oma Sound (Japan), T’Inventielke (Holland), Amar Sundy (Algeria) and Sarawak’s own Borneo Jazz Quartet.

Self-taught guitarist: Amar Sundy from Algeria.

Organised by the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB), the 2008 edition of the festival will take place at ParkCity Everly Hotel, Miri, on May 9 and 10.

“This year we hope to attract at least 6,000 people to the festival,” STB said in a statement recently, adding that last year more than 4,000 attended the festival held over two days.

It said festival-goers could expect a broader spectrum of jazz this year, ranging from laidback blues to jazz fusion with Latin, Caribbean and Oriental influences.

Habana Sax will make its second appearance at the festival after performing last year. Their Latino jazz styling and Cuban rhythms made them a crowd favourite and jazz lovers can expect more of the same this year.

The Latino beat doesn’t end with Habana Sax, as catchy salsa rhythms with Afro-Cuban flavours will come from the Vancouver-based Rumba Calzada.

The feet-tapping continues with Mood Indigo who play a wide repertoire of jazz beats.

Another swinging band is the four-piece Diamond Dave and the Doodaddies from Perth, who play Chicago-style blues with a soulful groove.

T’Inventielke, a 16-piece street band, will perform around the festival grounds.

The sound of Japanese jazz will come from Oma Sound, a six-piece band led by 75-year-old Isao Suzuki, a jazz bassist.

Another big name is Amar Sundy from Algeria, a self-taught guitarist who will perform a Chicago blues repertoire tinged with the exotic rhythms of his Tuareg ancestry.

Representing Sarawak will be the Borneo Jazz Quartet which will showcase original compositions and smooth jazz numbers.

Festival tickets are priced at RM60 for adults and RM30 for children aged between three and 12.

Tickets are available online at www.ticketcharge.com.my and at the Visitors’ Information Centre in Miri.

For more information, call 085-434181 or send e-mail to info@mirijazzfestival.com

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