The annual Borneo Jazz Festival, one of the longest running Jazz festivals in Southeast Asia, will be returning for another action-packed weekend in Miri, Sarawak in 2021.
In these exceptional times, cultural events planned across the globe have disappeared from our creative calendar in the space of just 100 days, cancelled or postponed, with no one able at this point to say when life will return to a semblance of normality. Events that take months of planning, demanding the enthusiastic participation of artists and musicians in every continent, eagerly awaited by an expectant audience.
The Borneo Jazz Festival is no exception, and we have no hesitation in officially announcing our decision to postpone the exciting 2020 edition we were putting together – the health and safety of both musicians and public take priority over everything. And it is for that reason that we do not want to rush into proposing a new date, as that decision will only be taken when our international and local musicians, music fans from around the world, can safely travel from their homes to our paradise in Borneo to experience anew our unique jazz festival.
When this difficult time passes, we will all be in need of healing, a return to nature, and where better than in the timeless jungles of Sarawak where musicians will once again entrance jazz lovers with their unforgettable sounds
Be patient, we will soon meet again in 2021.
RHYTHM OF THE JUNGLE: ECO DRUM JAM is a music outreach programme which aims to share with the public on how to creatively transform recyclable materials into unique drums and percussion instruments, while harnessing the power of music and drumming for physiological well being.
The eco-friendly initiative by No Black Tie, Kuala Lumpur’s premier jazz club and co-organiser of Borneo Jazz Festival, Eco Drum Jam will be led by renowned percussionist, Lewis Pragasam, in collaboration with Miri-based, The Tuyang Initiative, an award-winning, community-led arts and talent management company.
Lewis, founder of ASIABEAT, will impart knowledge which will foster creativity in using recyclable materials to create drums and percussion instruments with originality, good drum tone, innovative design and following the universal drum standard protocol.
RHYTHM OF THE JUNGLE: ECO DRUM JAM - Miri, Day 1 & 2
As one of the most popular destinations in Sarawak, Miri forms a gateway to the famous Gunung Mulu National Park and Niah National Park.
The city is home to a population of about 300,000 people, and this makes it the second biggest city of Sarawak behind Kuching. For the best views on the city of Miri you should visit Bukit Telaga Minyak (Canada Hill).
The coast of Miri is a great place to dive; especially around the recent discovered diving spots Miri/Sibuti Marine National Park. the unspoiled coral is dazzling and absolutely worth a visit when you're a dive enthusiast as it contains a variety of coral and marine life that rivals the best anywhere in Borneo.