Borneo World Music Expo 2013 : Conference and Showcase

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

[ Update on 02|07|2013 ]

Greetings from Kuching...

[ Warning : Massive photos over here... Thank you to the Official Photos from Sarawak Tourism Board for Borneo World Music Expo for these photos.]

If you happen to be here for first time and not sure what is Borneo World Music Expo is please refer to my past entries: [ Pre RWMF 2013 : BORNEO WORLD MUSIC EXPO : HERE ] and
[  Opening Night for Borneo World Music Expo 2013 : HERE ]

Anyways, on the 25th June 2013, Borneo World Music Expo begin with trade fair, conferences and later on the evening onwards - the showcase.

On 10am until 3:30pm is the conference sessions. Starting with a case studies about How Goverments and Institutions Help The Music Scene and What They Get In Return. An hour after that A Short Lecture abouot Regional Music before we have a break for lunch and also trade fair next to lunch area.

Magnus Backstrom, Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, Sweden [ Link ]


φ(..) : Dato Rashid Khan, CEO Sarawak Tourism, on Festivals, Expos and Cultural tourism

φ(..) : David Jones, Serious, UK [ Link ]

φ(..) : Jaana-Maria Jukkara, Global Music Center and Etnosoi Festival, Finland. [ Link ]

φ(..) : : Jordan Verzar, Top Shelf, Australia [ Link

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For the delegates and international guests, an introduction to traditional music from Sarawak and Malaysia.


Peter Sawal, group leader of the Bisaya Gong Orchestra will give a short, insightful look at the music, its instruments and ceremonial uses.

After lunch break, another conference session very interesting topic - Professionalize : How Artists Should Present Themselves to Labels, Journalist, Venues or Festivals.

On this session they will create an imaginary group and take them through all the steps necessary to professionalize: from how to write captivating press kits and bios to how to prepare for photo shoots, create demos and recordings, how to work with management, how to use the Internet use, get bookings and more.

Gerald Seligman, Director Borneo World Music Expo; former General Director of Womex, the World Music Expo.

  φ(..) : Will Hermes, Author and Journalist for New York Times, Rolling Stone and US National Public Radio[ Link ]

φ(..) : Jean-Hervé Vidal, Zaman Production, France; Bryn Ormrod, Barbican venue, UK [ Link ]  

φ(..) : Gabriele Tuch, House of World Cultures, Germany [ Link ]

φ(..) : Divya Bhatia, Jaipur Festival, India. [ Link ]

φ(..) : Bryn Ormrod, Creative Producer - Contemporary Music, New York, USA [ Link ]

Before heading for press conference next door, we are all invited to leave our mark on the BWME2013 poster.

Press Conference by Gerald Seligman, Director / Consultant for Borneo World Music Expo commence right after a short break.


After the press conference, we all heading to the Colosseum 2 in Pullman, Kuching for the first musical showcase by Rhythm in Bronze (Malaysia)

Follow Rhythm in Bronze at their facebook [ HERE ]

NTGravity : I love it.. It's a Malaysian gamelan. The music is really soothing.. it's clear my mind off from everything... Plus i feel like in a palace.. hahaha...

At 8pm onwards the next musical showcase by Shangyin Chinese Chamber Music (Sarawak, Malaysia)

Shangyin Chamber Orchestra was formed on Oct 2012. The idea came from their Singaporean music director Dr Tay Teow Kiat, during his visit to Kuching in Aug 2012.

It was found that, South East Asian Music has a very different music culture; Malaysian and Indonesian , Thai , Burmese and etc. In Malaysia, the 13 states that make up the country, similarly have their own musical performance and their own unique instruments to present the different styles of music. In Sarawak, the most common instrument representing the state’s cultural musical instrument is “SAPEH”. Thus it began the idea of fusing Chinese tradition instrument with Sarawak’s. Subsequently, this led to the formation of the Shangyin Chamber Orchestra.

The Shangyin Chamber Orchestra had been invited by Shanghai Music Conservatory to join “The 8th National Music Performance by the Yangtze river delta region orchestra” which showcased performances by different groups from different countries and regions of China. The Orchestra received a “Special Performance Award” at this festival. The group performed Malay Medley and Puteri Santubong during the showcase and all the pieces were arranged by members themselves.

On 27 Jan 2013, Shangyin Chamber Orchestra was invited by Singapore City Chinese Orchestra to perform at the latter’s concert in “SOTA (School of The Art, Singapore) concert hall.

NTGravity : Beautiful Music...

Third musical showcase is from Indonesia called Talago Buni. Their music is based on contemporary music emerging from the music of Minangkabau people, West-Sumatra - in response to the fast-growing, disposable, mass-culture pop music in the region.

NTGravity : I might not understand the words they sang but the music.. fantastic.

Last performance for musical showcase is from a well-known group called AkashA (Malaysia).
Learn more about them [ HERE ]

NTGravity : I personally wait for this showcase as i heard they played on first time at Rainforest World Music Festival and love it instantly. Also because i'm very interested to Indian music - the Tabla, Sitar and all...  

NTGravity : Cant wait for tomorrow...!!

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2 Rants Found

  1. band Akasha ya selalu saya nangga dlm youtube, selalu juak sidak tok ikut mcm festival2 around Asia...nice

  2. @Adi Herman aok.. kmk pun slalu follow ckit2 tentang cdak tok... nangga cdak live nang awesome!! yg bestnya cdak tok ada disponsred by Airasia... nyaman cdak travel....

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