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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I want holiday!

I desperately want a holiday, I want to get away many many things! I want to go somewhere nice and quiet, with serenity. It is just 6 more days, I shall a few days holidays! wooooo! till then I don't know what to post now, so will see what am I going to do during those 3 days.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Miri International Jazz Festival part 4, The Finale.

Hello guys, this is last part of the Miri international jazz festival 2008. The third line up for the final night is Amar Sundy from Algeria, Amar is an accomplish song writer himself and played alongside with the big guys in the states. He plays none other than the Chicago blues, Amar put up such a fantastic performance. His voice is terrific, he plays the guitar with an accelerating rate like Kirk Hamett.

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Out of no where Diamond Dave came up to the stage, he then joined him with his harmonica performance. The duo collaborated well, they rocked the entire stage and they got the people to enjoy the Chicago blues. Amar went down the stage after his last performance, he gave away his guitar pick to one of the lucky audience. Guess who is that lucky fellow? It's Arthur! he is one happy and lucky dude.

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The last performance is Rumba Calzada from Vancouver, the band is very much like united nations. With people from The Philippines, South Africa, South America, Canada, and Cuba. The band plays jazz infused with Latins beats, salsa, Afro-Cuban, a very interesting combination. At first I thought they sounded a little like bands performing for RWMF, but I listen to it carefully and it's actually very jazz like. Raphael Geronimo taught the audience how to do the Cha cha, the crowd seems to be a little shy at first but once they get a hang of it, they love it.

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When the band finished their last performance, other bands such as Mood Iindigo, T'invetielke, Oma Sound, Habana Sax, and Borneo Jazz joined Rumba Calzada for the encore. Everyone had the most wonderful timen and they just keep dancing, I took so much photos until my batteries ran out on me. The audience were having a blast from the encore, it lasted till around 2am. I guess those of who did not stay back missed out the fun, next time try not leave early but stick around and you will not regret it.

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Till then, a huge shout out to Michael Lu, members of the Sarawak Tourism Board and other committees for organizing this fantastic event. We look forward to Miri International Jazz Festival 2009, if you still have not attend the jazz fest, I strongly recommend to you to go next year and enjoy the sounds of jazz and shall see you guys next year. Next event to look forward to, the Rainforest World Music Festival 2008 in Kuching and will see you guys there!(if you guys are going.)

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Miri International Jazz Festival Part 3

Hello guys, welcome to the Miri international jazz festival part 3. The first line up to perform on the 2nd night was our local boys from Sarawak The Borneo Jazz Quartet. The band consist of four young talented players, they play jazz infused with Funk and Latin. Most of the songs are original composition from the band members themselves, something very interesting to look forward to.

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The band is led by their father, the are all siblings. Their grandfather who is a musician himself, sitting in the wheel chair at the pavilion to show his undivided attention and support to them and respect to that! The Borneo Jazz gave a fabulous performance, the drummer and the guitar went berserk. Friends of the Borneo Jazz members were to show their support, some even came all the way from Kuching.

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The second line up for the night, she came all from the states but originally she is from the Philippines. Charmaine Clamor and her band came all the way from the states, I read some write ups stating how good she is and I must listen to her voice to see how amazing is she. The moment she sing, It was simply marvelous. The write ups was right, her voice was powerful and it sounded spectacular. Definitely one of my favorite performance for the night. You just got to love Charmain's voice, it something you would love.

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Despite the fact that she was not feeling too well, a few of the songs went off pitch but she managed to pull it off and gave us a marvelous performance.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Miri International Jazz Festival part 2

After a lovely performance by Diamond Dave and the Doodaddies, the next band to perform is no stranger in the jazz festival. Those of you who went for the second jazz would know very well, with no introduction needed may I present to you Habana Sax. Habana Sax seems to be one of the crowds favorite, I myself is not so excited about them. Since they got the privilege of performing here again, I was expecting their performance to be something special. A huge disappointment for me, the routine isthe same and nothing much has change except for a new band member.

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After a short break I went for a drink, when i came right back to the pavilion it was horror! Everyone seemed to have taken up a chair and sit right at the very front row, there was not a single space for anyone to move at the front. Despite that, I managed to take some photos of the band but not very satisfying since I could not go anywhere around the hall. A big Thank you to all the incosiderate and selfish morons for taking up the space, to the guys of STB I hope that you are reading this and aware of what happen and I wish that it would not repeat on the upcoming jazz fest.

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The last band playing for the first night comes all the way from the land of the rising sun, Oma sound from Japan will be educating the people of Miri what is progressive jazz. I have never experience progressive jazz before, I was excited to listen. The leader of the band Lsao Suzuki, does not look as old as he is. I was surprised that he is actually 75 years old, he is never going to stop playing jazz. Kudos to the legend! When the music start, I can feel the vibes. A few moments later, it was instant euphoria. You actually feel high listening to them playing, how good is that?

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Isao Suzuki, the pianist and the drummer, gave the audience one heck of a performance. What impresses me the most was the pianist, his fingers was setting the grand piano on fire. The astonishing velocity of the pianist is something you do not see everyday, absolutely marvelous.the intensity of the music and high was simply the most magnificient moments I have experience with jazz music.

Stay tune Miri International Jazz Festival part 3

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Miri International Jazz Festival 2008 part 1

First of all, sorry for the late update on the jazz fest. I know some of you who did not go are very eager to see the photos and want to know how did it all go, so here is it. This the third Miri International Jazz Festival proudly brought to you by Sarawak Tourism Board, with fresh line ups (except for one) to entertain and sooth your music vibes with jazz. I was with my colleague who came all the way down from Kuching just for this, Arthur was there too.

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The first line up for the night is, Mood indigo as mention from my previous post where they did a preview show at Al Fresco. Mood Indigo coming all the from Bristol, United Kingdom, The band's innovative style music caught the attention of the audience. The vocalist sounded pretty much like George washingmachine from last year's Jazz Festival, their music has blues mix with jazz beats and something interesting to listen to.

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When it was time to go out for the music under the stars, we were looking around for the stage and it was no where to be seen. Then I saw a band playing outside, T'Inventielke all the from Holland is actually a Jazz street band. The 16 piece band played a couple of well known songs from other bands, they dance as well. Although their music sounds kind of like a marching band, but you can feel the jazz tunes from it.

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The second line of the night is all the way from Perth Western Australia, Diamond Dave and the Doodaddies. This band has something very different to offer to the crowds of Miri. I am sure most of us have not really experience the Chicago blues and jazz, Diamond Dave just blow the crowds with chicago blues and the crowd loves it. Diamond Dave's harmonica performance amazes me, I can never ever play the harmonica like him. As for the performance was indeed something new and to remember.

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Just one more thing I want to voice out, the smoke effect was seriously annoying and it made us photographers having a hard time taking photos. Stay tune for Jazz fest Part 2

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