Jazz Fest will be here.

31 01 2008

Clamouring for the best Miri International Jazz Fest

Posted By rajlira On 31st January 2008 @ 10:00 In Local

KUCHING: Singer Charmaine Clamor whose vocals have been compared to jazz greats like Sarah Vaughan and Anita Baker, will be performing at the Miri International Jazz Festival from May 9 to 10.

US-based Clamor is also the first Filipina jazz singer to find success on American radio with her debut album entitled ‘Searching for the Soul’ released in 2005.

Coming from a musically talented family, Clamor began singing at the tender age of three.

Back then, her stage was the bus which she travelled between her hometown of Subic-Zambales and Manila regularly.

Her experience entertaining the bus passengers somehow shaped her into becoming an accomplished singer.

She has also made full use of her talent to try new things like ‘mixing’ American jazz with blues, soul and traditional Filipino folk music.

The end result is a new music genre which she has fondly called jazzipino.

She experimented with jazzipino in her second album called ‘Flippin Out’ which was released last year.

The album was well-received by jazz music lovers in US.

Talent aside, Clamor also holds a master degree in physical therapy and is a licensed physical therapist.

With two albums to her credit and her warm, luscious and sultry alto voice, Clamor is set to woo the crowd in Miri.

The other bands that will also take to the stage at the jazz festival are Habana Sax from Cuba, Rumba Calzada (Canada), Mood Indigo (USA), Diamond Dave and the Doodaddies (Australia), Oma Sound (Japan), Borneo Jazz Quartet (Sarawak) and Amar Sundy (Algeria).

Habanax Sax is making a come-back to the festival as the band was voted the crowd favourite at last year’s jazz festival.

A jazz street band from Holland will also perform around the festival ground.

The presence of 16-piece D’Iventielke will add more colours to the fiesta.

Organised by Sarawak Tourism Board (STB), the festival will be held at the Parkcity Everly Hotel in Miri.

STB is targeting to attract 6,000 people to this year’s festival.

Last year more than 4,000 guests came for the two-night show.

Looking at the steady increase in the crowd turn-out, MIJF is set to become an icon for Miri and in line with STB’s aim of boosting the city’s tourism industry via events and festivals.

Parkcity’s management has also voiced its plan to expand the Pavilion where the main stage is located, to provide more room for the increasing number of audiences.

Ticket to the festival is priced at RM60 per person per night and RM30 per child between three and 12 years old.

They are available online at http://www.TicketCharge.com.my.

Apart from enjoying the good music, guests can also savour the wide variety of food and beverages at the stalls set up in and around the festival venue.

For further enquiries, contact the Visitors’ Information Centre at Lot 452, Jalan Melayu in Miri (tel: 60 85 434181, fax: 60 85 434179) or log on to http://www.Mirijazzfestival.com.

Email contact: info@mirijazzfestival.com.

Article printed from The Borneo Post Online: http://www.theborneopost.com

URL to article: http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=30542




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