Bringing diverse cultural backgrounds together to celebrate jazz music in a hybrid format
One of Southeast Asia’s longest running international jazz festivals - Borneo Jazz festival (BJ) - is back once again, bringing musicians of diverse cultural backgrounds together to celebrate jazz music and empower the local community.
Themed “Jazz in The Jungle”, the 17th edition Borneo Jazz festival will be held from 24 to 26 June 2022 in a hybrid format with the physical concert taking place at Coco Cabana, Miri to reach out to the greater jazz-loving community worldwide.
The festival will also be joined by an international community of jazz artists, rappers and Djs from France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Hungary, USA, Japan, Indonesia, Korea, China, not to mention the best names in Malaysian jazz. Music lovers can look forward to performances from DJ Estephe, Alemay Fernandez, Richard Jackson, Masia One, Afro Asia, Asiabeat and many more!
Curated by Malaysia’s foremost jazz promoter, No Black Tie, and in keeping with the festival’s objectives to bring musicians from diverse cultural backgrounds congregating in Borneo, this year’s edition will highlight cross-cultural infused musical collaborations from jazz, soul and bossa nova to hip hop in celebration of Jungle Jazz.
Sarawak Arts Council’s band Sarawak Symphony Orchestra (SONS) will also be taking to the Borneo Jazz stage for the first time in continued collaboration with Sarawak Tourism Board, with the aim to lift Sarawak’s local music scene.
Chief Executive Officer of Sarawak Tourism Board, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor said, “We are pleased to once again bring music lovers in Malaysia and around the world physically back to the Borneo Jazz festival in Miri, the northern gateway of Sarawak.
“Last year, the music festival reached a broader audience given the virtual format, and we hope to continue this traction once again this year. Our goal is to provide our Sarawakian artists with an even bigger platform for their artistry to be recognised around the world.”
Evelyn Hii, founder of No Black Tie and artistic director of Borneo Jazz festival said, “Our focus apart from positioning Borneo Jazz as a top-notch Jazz Festival in the region, is to empower and raise cultural awareness through Borneo Jazz Talent Search and Borneo Jazz FAB LAB platform, providing performance and networking opportunities, giving awards and recognition, as we strongly believe in promoting sustainability in the growth of arts & culture within the local community, and the importance of cultural exchange in fostering greater understanding between people of different cultural backgrounds which aligns with the STB’s and the state’s sustainable journey.”
Borneo Jazz will also feature performances by the winners of the nationwide Borneo Jazz Talent Search launched on April 1 for DJ, Jazz and Open categories. Together with Borneo Jazz Festival FAB Lab 2022, aspiring musicians will be given the chance to grow their musical talent alongside renowned local and international artists while also contributing to the growth of Miri as the region’s jazz centre.
Borneo Jazz will also be providing fun and educating fringe activities from 24th – 26th June 2022 open to the public such as Eco Art Project, Borneo Boat Lute Exhibition, Miri Sape Movement - ‘Evolution of the Sape’, Wellness Programme and Artisanal Craft Bazaar.
For more information and ticketing purchase for the Borneo Jazz festival 2022, log on to BJ’s official website at jazzborneo.com