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Festival Preview: Borneo Jazz

Tropical island of Borneo to host jazz, blues and international music festival on May 12-15

Maria Muldaur
John Hammond

For jazz fans who like to combine their travel plans with their passion for the music, we’ve heard about a very special festival coming up in May in a tropical spot in a distant and perhaps exotic land. Borneo Jazz takes place in the city of Miri on May 12-15, 2011 and will feature artists from all over the world-from India, China, Japan, France, Brazil, Holland, Australia, United States, Canada & Malaysia. Among the American contingent performing at the four-day festival will be singer Maria Muldaur and blues guitarist/singer John Hammond.

Hong Kong’s Ng Cheuk-yin, a sheng (mouth-organ) wizard, will perform with a traditional jazz rhythm section of piano, bass and drums, along with traditional Chinese instruments such as the sanxien and the zheng. Other international performers include the gypsy jazz group Les Doigts de L’Homme, the Latin-flavored Cunha & Piper, Yuichiro Tokuda’s RALYZZ DIG from Japan and the Dutch sextet State of Monc. Representing the host country will be Miri-born Victor Young and the Electric Carnival Band. Okay, it’s not Newport or Monterey, but neither of those events can make claims for being a tropical paradise.

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