Wednesday, June 26

Free workshop on Jazz and Pop Patterns for Keyboard

Assoc Prof Razif Mohd conducting his ensemble.

Assoc Prof Razif Mohd conducting his ensemble.

KUCHING: This year’s Borneo Jazz will feature a keyboard/piano workshop on ‘Jazz and Pop Patterns for the Keyboard’ as an outreach programme that targets local musicians.

It will be held at ParkCity Everly Hotel’s Ruai Bar from 10am to 12pm on May 13.

The workshop is free of charge and all interested pianists and keyboardists are invited to register in advance with Miri Music Centre by calling 085-412 615.

The invitation is on a first come, first serve basis.

The workshop is intended to provide free tutelage to local musical enthusiasts with a passion to learn the art of playing jazz.

The workshop will be conducted by Associate Professor Razif Mohd @ Jeep, a graduate of the Conservertoire de Region de Rueil-Malmaison and Centre d’Information Musicale de Paris, France.

He is lecturing in general musicianship, improvisation techniques, contemporary ensembles and short courses programme-continuous education for community at the School of Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia.

He has written books on the subject of jazz including ‘Boogie-Woogie piano’, ‘Piano Ragtime’, ‘Latin Jazz Piano’, ‘Koleksi Lagu-Lagu Jimmy Boyle and P Ramlee’ among others.

Razif is the founder, conductor and music director of the Voice Over Voice Ensemble, Jeep Jazz Trio + 1 and the USM jazz band.

Borneo Jazz intends to hold the workshops every year as part of its programme to reach out to young budding and talented local musicians.

The festival starting on May 13 will feature the O Sister! from Spain, A.P.I from Malaysia/India, Yuichiro Tokuda’s Ralyzzdig from Japan and Manou Gallo Groove Orchestra from Ivory Coast/Belgium.

Also taking to the stage on May 14 are Raw Earth from Singapore, Funkatorie from Malaysia, the Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion from Cuba/Germany and The Rad Trads from USA.

Tickets are now available at pre-sale prices with adult passes at RM80 for a one-day pass and RM140 for a two-day pass.

For children aged seven to 12 years, tickets are RM40 for a one-day pass and RM60 for a two-day pass.

Family package is available with two adult passes and two child passes for RM160.

Special price pre-sale tickets can be purchased online at the festival’s website www. available until May 12.

The two-day festival will be staged at ParkCity Everly Hotel in Miri on the weekend of May 13 and 14.

It is organised by Sarawak Tourism Board, endorsed by Tourism Malaysia and jointly supported by Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia and Ministry of Tourism, Sarawak.