Asian fusion jazz kicks off Borneo Jazz Festival in fine style

Dhruv at Borneo Jazz 2011
The Indian jazz-fusion band Dhruv kicked off the four-day Borneo Jazz Festival in fine style. The festival, held in Miri, Malaysia, is now in its fifth edition.

Dhruv (led by guitarist Dhruv Ghanekar) played a superb set of funk jazz and Indian-inspired fusion. The song “Cunning Politics” was a dig at the messy politics in our world today; another track was dedicated to the victims of the tsunami tragedy in Japan.

Many of the tracks were taken from Dhruv’s recent album “Distance.” Their last song was an African-inspired tune, and represents the group’s new direction of exploration.

I plan to go Africa and record tracks for my next album there,” says Dhruv. Sheldon D’Silva delivered superb solos on his six-string electric bass, and drummer Gino Banks delighted the audience with some superb rolls accompanied by Indian percussion language scatting (konakol). The other band on opening night was CQuence, a local band in Miri playing Latin covers, who had the audience on their feet trying out salsa moves.

I picked up a nice stack of CDs for review from Cunha&Piper (Fernanda Cunha from Brasil and Ray Piper from Australia: post-bossa groove) and SIU2 (Hong Kong: featuring jazz played on traditional Chinese instruments such as sheng, sanxien and zheng).

Other highlights of the festival coming up tonight include gypsy-jazz by Les Doigts De L’Homme from France.


One thought on “Asian fusion jazz kicks off Borneo Jazz Festival in fine style”

  1. I was playing with Dhruv in 2009 at javajazz, i played with him again in Miri just now on keyboards and sax. and this blind reporter didnt even put my name on ..
    maybe he cant understand what i am playing..

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