Borneo Jazz Festival 2012: Press Conference (12 May)

Today is the second & final day of the Borneo Jazz Festival 2012.

It started with a Press Conference with the Media – and that includes yours truly😉 – at the Media Centre/Lambir Room at Parkcity Everly Hotel, Miri.

Venue of the Press Conference

The Performers interviewed for the day

Nita Aartsen (Indonesia)

www.nitaaartsen.com -> Nita’s website

In Indonesia, they have 40 jazz fests a year says Nita…how lucky are we here in Malaysia that we have the Borneo Jazz Festival right?!

Omar & Dean of F.V.E. Project (Malaysia)

F.V.E. stands for Funky Virus Experiment and they’re inspired to be able to play with other amazing musicians.

And you know what? Dean of hails from Miri – go homeboy!🙂

Benjamin & Frank of New Cool Collective (The Netherlands)

New Cool Collective has been together for 19 years – back “when we were young, new & cool” says Frank.

I think they’re STILL young, new & cool!🙂

Why?

  1. Benjamin listens to a lot of music as he has a Dutch radio station!
  2. They shared how they got music (with no internet 19 yrs ago)!
  3. They will be playing at Fuji Rock Festival in Japan!

So yeah, I believe they were just being modest.🙂

Richard, Schalk & Karin of Schalk Joubert’s 3 Continent Sextet (South Africa/USA/Norway/Sweden)

Above, Schalk Joubert shares abt their music influence.

The Sextet has travelled extensively in the US, they’ve done Australia & now here!🙂

In South Africa, Schalk shares how difficult it was to obtain records before the internet..

Here’s the lovely Karin Hammar of Schalk Joubert’s 3 Continent Sextet

Here’s Karin doing her thang!😉

Schalk Joubert’s 3 Continent Sextet will be performing tonight along with:

  • Tropic Green (Singapore)
  • Tangora (Afro-Caribbean/France)
  • Koh Mr. Saxman & Takeshi Band (Thailand)

And of course, for The Finale, ALL the bands in the Borneo Jazz Festival 2012 will be performing!!!

Media group picture with the Borneo Jazz performers after the press conference (Photo by LadyBirdMollyz) – see if you can spot me?😉

I’ve gotten my wristband, what are you waiting for? Tickets can be purchased at the venue itself for just RM60 (adult) & RM30 (child) so it’s still not too late to make your weekend count!😀

The Craft Bazaar is open to the public since 2pm & the Chung Hwa Marching Band will be performing at 6pm!

So see you tonight at Parkcity Everly Hotel for the final night of the Borneo Jazz Festival 2012!