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The Nylons, an internationally-acclaimed Canadian a cappella quartet founded in 1978, will be performing for the first time at Borneo Jazz’s eighth edition in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia. They are known for their energetic live shows, stunning harmonies, tight choreography, and fabulous showmanship, attracting audiences from all age groups. Fans in the past have described them as “thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining,” “fun, witty, and charming,” and “fantastic.”
Canada’s pop vocal group has an amazing sales record of more than 2 million copies, along with seven gold and six platinum recordings. The Nylons has performed over 1,000 concerts throughout Japan, Korea, China, Australia, Europe, Brazil, the United States, and Canada. They received several awards and accolades, such as a Tokyo Music Festival award and a Canadian Juno nomination for Best Jazz Vocal album in 2011.
The quartet, comprised of Tyrone Gabriel, Garth Mosbaugh, Claude Morrison, and Gavin Hope, are known for hits like “Kiss Him Goodbye,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” and “Happy Together.” For the past 30 years, The Nylons has been the most beloved Canadian vocal quartet, with their first album becoming a Canadian platinum.
Also lined up to perform at the festival are: Lisa Young Quartet from Australia, Scott Martin Latin Soul Band from the United States, West Jazz Band from Malaysia, Jump4Joy from Sweden, Hazmat Modine from the United States, Mo’Blow from Germany, and the Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet from Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Thailand.
Aside from the nightly performances, there will be stalls selling a wide variety of food, beverages, and souvenirs at the venue. Also, fringe events, comprised of a craft bazaar, will offer local craftsmen and artisans an opportunity to sell their merchandise.
This festival is not just about music, it is about experiencing culture and appreciating scenery. Borneo Jazz has attracted over 8,000 spectators last year and is anticipated to attract even more this year. The eighth edition of Borneo Jazz, previously known as the Miri International Jazz festival, is expected to be the most diverse in terms of musical offerings in order to bring together various groups of jazz enthusiasts.
Borneo Jazz 2013 will be held on May 10 and 11 at the fabulous Parkcity Everly hotel in Miri. Tickets are priced for adults at RM 60 ($19.76 USD) per day and RM 100 ($32.94 USD) for 2 days. For children aged between 3 and 12, tickets sell at RM 30 ($9.88 USD) per day and RM 50 ($16.47 USD) for two days. All tickets are available for purchase online at www.jazzborneo.com or www.ticketcharge.com.my.
Image credit: The Nylons Homepage