Your chance to own a piece of contemporary jewellery! Suspended in Pink Raffle   

Musings about the Suspended in Pink Raffle.

Thanks to Marthe Le Van's recent article, I have been thinking about the 'Suspended in Pink' raffle.

Here is an extract:

"As a retail storeowner and salesperson, the raffle felt amateurish, gimmicky, and a bit desperate—like when I heard about Facebook for the first time. Ultimately, after reconciling all my perspectives, I believe there is much to applaud in the Suspended in Pink raffle. It feels fresh and innovative, optimistic and courageous, liberating and democratic—all worthy consequences pointing toward progress"

Now, I have no problem at all about an idea of mine being compared to the early Facebook- and I am the first to admit the visuals, practicalities and how the raffle is presented still needs some work!
Most raffles are devised as a means of fundraising, to enable an exhibition, event etc... Seen by the  Borax Collective , Handshake Jewellery and an American Art Jewellery group  ( i am sure there are many many more).

And as Le Van notices, through her many astute questions, fundraising is not the aim of the 'Suspended in Pink' Raffle...

So what is it? and WHY should you take part?

I go to many many exhibitions every year. But As a wanna-be collector, I have only three small pins.
I dont want a specially designed brooch with a groups logo on it, a sample piece or a bunch of postcards as a consolation prize- I want THE piece. 

          I want to own Silke Fleischer's amazing necklace and Sam Hamilton's 'Bread' Like brooch.

As a practitioner is who interested in engagement and audience interaction, I am always looking for ways to get my audience to wear the jewellery, understand it, and imagine owning it- and that, in my view, is the real strength of the 'Suspended in Pink' raffle.

So the idea of raffling off one of the jewellery pieces from the Suspended in Pink Exhibition seemed an obvious idea.

 But its more then that.... Once a viewer decides   they wish to take part in the raffle, they then can spend up to an hour, going through the exhibition, trying on the jewellery, comparing, assessing, deciding which item THEY would take home.

Deciding which piece of jewellery spoke out the most to them.

And this was then the piece that they would then bet on.
Maybe they would win it, maybe not- but for £5/€6/$8 it seems like a worth while experience to have- the experience of wearing and imagining that favourite piece of jewellery which YOUR ticket could win you....

And here is the good news- the odds of winning in this raffle are actually really high!

Only a small number of people have guessed the same names, and there are a number of exhibitors who's name has not been guessed yet-

So you have a real chance of winning....

All you have to do is email:
with: your name, the name of the artist who you want to win-

And to send payment of £5/€6/$8 by paypal to:

The winner is announced this Autumn!


EJ Agata for Genesis 3 Female(s)   


Agata is a character for Genesis 3 Female, that includes Iray materials (in addition to the traditional Daz Studio's 3Delight ones). She also includes several custom sculpted morphs: head morph, long nails, claw nails, fangs, and genitalia, all usable with Genesis 3 Female Base. The body uses Genesis 3 Female Body Morphs. Agata has a specially detailed skin, including skin features like pores, moles and variations found in human skin that will give you the quality you need for the new generation of NVIDIA Iray renders.

With her many customization features, Agata's stunning beauty can impact any scene as seductive woman, an apocalyptic action heroine, soldier, vampire, or whatever you can imagine. A must have!

With casual makeups and lips that match perfectly, and also special options like: tattoos that you can add where you want them (in each arm or both, chest or abdomen, or them all), vampire teeth correctly placed in the canines and visible in most expressions, claw nails, special makeups that can fit many themes from fantasy or gothic to apocalyptic and camouflage, and two special eye colors for the vampire.

Price: $17.95 Special Price: $8.98


EJ Arena and Water Nymph for Genesis 3 Female   


Arena is a beautiful character for Genesis 3 Female, with an alter ego that is a Water Nymph.

You can use it as a gorgeous casual character, or as a fantasy creature with special features, or use any or all of her many features as you like. Arena is a must have!

She has a gorgeous custom face morph that joins personality and appeal, and a detailed skin. As a Water Nymph she has a special skin that has caustics- the shades of water and reflections, special makeups and eyes, and a fantasy ears morph. For the human part, you have casual makeups that enhance her beauty, and also special makeups of water splashes and swirls.

Arena is a very versatile character for Genesis 3 Female, with lots of features that you can use to get many different looks:

WATER NYMPH OPTIONS: Arena can also become Water Nymph, with a special water themed skin and reflections, two special eyes (beautiful nymph eyes of deep blue and turquoise sclera, and bright turquoise eyes with dark sclera if you want a more dark or deity-like appearance), two special lips, two special makeups, and a fantasy ears morph. An icon is provided to remove the special options and restore the default base skin.

CUSTOM SCULPTED MORPHS: The custom head morph of Arena has been made with versatility and beauty in mind. She also has a nails morphs, fantasy ears, long nails, stilleto nails, and a custom morph that simulates the external Anatomical Elements. All these morphs only need Genesis 3 Female Base. The body uses Genesis 3 Female Body Morphs for maximum compatibility with all your clothing.

SKIN DETAIL: Arena's skin is carefully detailed using several CG techniques, and her makeups have been designed to not cover but emphasize the beauty of her skin. Her skin also includes features like pores, moles, and variations found in human skin that will give you the quality you need for the new generation of NVIDIA Iray renders. She includes materials both for Iray and for 3Delight. You can use Arena with or without makeup, if you want to show her natural detailed skin, giving you the possibility to render her in all the moments of her virtual life and situations.

Price: $19.95 Special Price: $9.98


EJ Casiopea and Alien Girl for Genesis 3 Female   


Casiopea is a beautiful character for Genesis 3 Female, with an alter ego that is an Alien Girl. You can use it as a gorgeous casual character, or also as a beautiful and enigmatic extraterrestrial, or use any or all of her many special features as you like. Casiopea is a must have!

She has a gorgeous, custom face morph that joins personality and appeal, and a detailed skin. As an Alien Girl she has a special skin that has silver marks (that can also be hidden), special makeups and eyes, and a sci-fi ears morph. For the human part, you have casual makeups that enhance her beauty.

Casiopea is a very versatile character for Genesis 3 Female, with lots of features that you can use to get many different looks:

ALIEN GIRL OPTIONS: Casiopea can also become Alien Girl, with a special skin that comes in two versions, with or without silver marks, two special eyes (beautiful turquoise eyes and metallic glittering eyes), two special lips, two special makeups, and a sci-fi ears morph. An icon is provided to remove the special options and restore the default base skin.

CUSTOM SCULPTED MORPHS: The custom head morph of Casiopea have been made with versatility and beauty in mind. She also has a nails morphs, sci-fi ears, long nails, stiletto nails, and a custom morph that simulates the external Anatomical Elements. All these morphs only need Genesis 3 Female Base. The body uses Genesis 3 Female Body Morphs for maximum compatibility with all your clothing.

SKIN DETAIL: Casiopea's skin is carefully detailed using several CG techniques, and her makeups have been designed to not cover but emphasize the beauty of her skin. Her skin also includes features like pores, moles, and variations found in human skin that will give you the quality you need for NVIDIA Iray renders. She includes materials both for Iray and for 3Delight. You can use Casiopea with or without makeup, if you want to show her natural detailed skin, giving you the possibility to render her in all the moments of her virtual life and situations.

Price: $19.95 Special Price: $9.98


Queen Nancy: Fly as I Say, Not as I Fly   


And, of course, it's the double-barreled hypocrisy. There's the eco-hypocrisy of the Democratic leader who wags her finger at the rest of us for our too-big carbon footprints, and crusades for massive taxes and regulation to reduce global warming. Then there's the Bay Area hypocrisy of the woman who represents one of the most anti-military areas of the country soaking up military resources to shuttle her (and her many family members) across the country almost every weekend.

Remember: Pelosi's San Francisco is notorious for banning the Marines' Silent Drill Platoon from filming a recruitment commercial on its streets; killing the JROTC program in the public schools; blocking the retired battleship U.S.S. Iowa from docking in its waters; and attacking the Navy's Blue Angels -- which left-wing activists have tried to banish from northern California skies for the past two years.

Apparently, those anti-war protesters have no problem with evil military jets currying Pelosi and her massive entourages to the funerals of the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones and Charlie Norwood; foreign junkets to Rome; and politicized stops to Iowa flood sites to bash the Bush administration. One exasperated Department of Defense official, besieged with itinerary changes and shuttle requests back and forth between San Francisco International Airport and Andrews Air Force Base for Pelosi, her daughter, son-in-law and grandchild, wrote in an e-mail:

"They have a history of canceling many of their past requests. Any chance of politely querying (Pelosi's team) if they really intend to do all of these or are they just picking every weekend? ... (T)here's no need to block every weekend 'just in case.'"

Another official pointed out the "hidden costs" associated with the speaker's last-minute changes and cancellations. "We have ... folks prepping the jets and crews driving in (not a short drive for some), cooking meals and preflighting the jets etc." Upset that a specific type of aircraft was not available to her boss, a Pelosi staffer carped to the DoD coordinators: "This is not good news, and we will have some very disappointed folks, as well as a very upset speaker."

Three months ago, turmoil erupted over Queen Nancy's demand for the military to reposition her plane to fly out of Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., closer to where she had "business," instead of San Francisco Airport/SFO (1.5 hours away). A special air missions official wrote: "We have never done this in the past. The deal is ... that the Speaker shuttle is from D.C. to SFO and back. We will not reposition. We do not reposition for convenience even for the SECDEF. It is not (too) far of a drive from Travis to SFO. Did the escort suggest to the speaker that this is OK? If so, I hope you guys correct them immediately. If you agree with me that I am correct, then you need to stay strong and present the facts to the speaker's office."

Another official stated bluntly: "We can't reposition the airplane such a short distance. It is not a judicial use of the asset. It is too expensive to operate the jet when there is truly no need to do so."

A beleaguered colleague responded: "(Y)ou know I understand and feel with you ... but this is a battle we are bound to lose if we tell the speaker office. In the end, this is what will happen. ... I wish that I could say this is a one-time request, but we know it will probably happen again in the future."

In the end, the military won that battle. But a few days later, Pelosi was back with a new demand: that her military plane taking her from D.C. to San Francisco make a stop in New Jersey to bring her and three Democrats to an "innovation forum" at Princeton University involving 21 participants and no audience. A Gulfstream jet was secured for the important "official business."

No word on whether Pelosi required vanilla-scented candles, Evian water and fresh white lilies aboard the flight. But rest assured: Air Diva traveled in style, courtesy of your tax dollars and the forbearance of the U.S. military.


Susan Rice has spent her career fighting off detractors   

In her new memoir “Tough Love,” the former United States ambassador to the United Nations explores how, despite her many accomplishments during two administrations, she attracted criticism for her brusque manner and whether that was a result of her race and gender.

Adorable Video Of 'Super Mom' Duck With 56 Ducklings In Tow Spotted On A Minnesota Lake   

Adorable Video Of 'Super Mom' Duck With 56 Ducklings In Tow Spotted On A Minnesota Lake

A picture snapped by amateur photographer Brent Cizek, depicting a common merganser duck being followed by over fifty ducklings, has quickly gone viral.

One morning, Cizek went out for a walk around Lake Bemidji in Bemidji, Minnesota to take photos, and took just one camera and one lens.

The day was windy, so Cizek explained that it probably wasn't the best idea to take the boat out on to Lake Bemidji. However, he decided to carry on, although the waves were tossing his boat around.

He steered his boat at the shoreline, and then he saw what seemed to be a bevy. He edged nearer and saw a duck, followed by a trail of ducklings.

He said the closer he got, the more his heart began racing as he had never witnessed something like that before.

As he got closer, the group began swimming back out into the lake. He reached for his binoculars to get a closer look, he started snapping away, firing off as many shots as he could.

He took about 50 images and prayed that at least one was going to turn out sharp as the waves were too strong and he could not keep them in a frame. A staggering 56 ducklings were following the super duck mama.

He raced home to check the photos and found one that he liked and was in focus.

He shared it on social media and it was not long before that intimate shot of the extraordinary family exploded. It fascinated everybody who it.

The picture — and the story behind it — was even featured on the National Audubon Society’s website.

According to Healthy Food House, Cizek is an ardent wildlife lover and a supporter of the organization’s aim to protect birds and their natural environments. He, therefore, hopes the image will inspire people to stand up for animals as Mama Merganser did for her many ducklings.

Cizek said the mom looks proud and stoic in the photo, and he wondered how she's taking care of all of her ducklings.

Although all of them are unlikely hatched from her eggs, mergansers do have broods that large. They usually lay up to only 13 eggs at a time, but they don't lay all of them in their own nest.

Ducks often lay their eggs in other ducks’ nests trying to make sure that at least some of their offspring survive. The number of ducklings can also be explained by the practice of separated ducklings to attach themselves to ducks that look like their mothers.

On his latest visit, Cizek counted the ducklings again, and it seems that Mama Merganser had picked up more babies along the way, so they were 76 with her.


Molly Crabapple - a respected leftist artist who was enamored with a Neo-Nazi   

Recently, another set of the usual Jewish leftist academics and no-name students signed a petition against Trump's handling providing funds to Duke/UNC after it had an anti-Israel conference.

This is no big deal. But +972 Magazine's coverage of the story mentioned some prominent names that signed the petition:

The open letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, whose signatories include renowned scholar Judith Butler, Noam Chomsky, and artist Molly Crabapple, condemns the Education Department’s recent investigation of the consortium and subsequent ultimatum...

Who is Molly Crabapple, whom +972 puts on the same pedestal as the discredited Judith Butler and Noam Chomsky?

Well, although she has tried to erase her many tweets about the topic, Crabapple was a huge fan of a neo-Nazi known as "Weev."

Here is Weev:

As documented in this Medium article about Crabapple's relationship with Weev:
 Weev is a self-professed admirer of Hitler, and currently serves as the webmaster/IT guy for The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website. He has bragged about faxing threats to kill Jewish children to synagogues. (There are 28 total mentions of the alias “Weev” on The Southern Poverty Law Center’s website, filled under the sections “Hatewatch” and “Extremist Profile.”) He waged a targeted harassment campaign against a prominent woman programmer, taunting her and her family with rape and violence threats until she was scared to go out in public. He tried to organize people to crash the funeral of Heather Heyer. He has a large swastika tattoo on his chest.

A few years ago, Quinn Norton lost her job at the New York Times partially because of her friendship with Weev. But for some reason, Molly Crabapple's friendship with him hasn't turned the Left - or Leftist Jews - against her.

Crabapple wrote an article about his trial where he was accused of hacking AT&T. The merits of the case are not so clear; he really didn't hack AT&T. But Crabapple's care about Weev went way beyond her support for his civil rights and to her admiration of him as a person, as she wrote in an article for Vice:

On the morning of March 18, I was sitting with friends at the Federal Courthouse in Newark, waiting to hear how long Weev would spend in jail.

I didn't go there to write an article. I went because his conviction was wrong, and my friends and I cared for him. I meant to be another body filling the courtroom, to provide whatever support that's good for.

...While he's instantly likeable in person, he's done things that have offended.

...One after the other, his friends embraced him, warm and hard. Official internet asshole or not, Weev inspires ride-or-die love.

Four hours earlier, we'd been downing whiskey to celebrate Weev's last night of freedom.

...Weev tried to touch his tablet. Suddenly, giants in hoodies pounced on him. Weev is small. Their huge backs walled him off. They pounded his head into the table, cuffed him, and dragged him from the room. Weev's friends sprang to their feet. This is the cruel trick of seeing a loved one handcuffed. You want to protect them. You can't. A black-haired girl from last night's party balled up in tears.

...Weev returned in shackles, grinning.
Molly Crabapple was practically in love with a proud neo-Nazi with a swastika tattooed on his chest.

And today she is considered a leading light of the Left, to the extent that she is name-checked by +972 to be in the same category as Butler and Chomsky.

Since people started pointing out Crabapple's entirely inappropriate love for her Nazi friend, she had been furiously removing all her loving tweets to Weev, and now claims that she never liked him. But she can't erase this love-letter to the bigot and misogynist.

Crabapple has signed other anti-Israel  and pro-BDS petitions. Jewish Voice for Peace happily gets her signature when they need it. She reliably shows up when anti-Israel groups ask her to.

The question is, why the Left is so quick to excuse one of their own who embraced a far-right asshole?

(h/t Kweansmom)

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Walking On Water Official Trailer   

Cache Ten years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, Christo sets out to realize The Floating Piers, a project they conceived together many years before. Boasting uncensored access to the artist and his team, Walking on Water is an unprecedented look at Christo’s process, from the inception through to the completion of his latest large-scale art installation, a dahlia-yellow walkway atop Italy’s Lake Iseo that was eventually experienced by over 1.2 million people. The film takes the viewer on an intimate journey into Christo’s world amid mounting madness – from complex dealings between art and state politics to engineering challenges, logistical nightmares, and the sheer force of mother nature. Captured through breathtaking aerial views and fly on the wall camerawork, we watch the artist’s vision unfold, and get to know the man chasing it.


Which/Witch Sarina Dorie: Fantasy/Comedy/Mystery Author   

HALLIE EPHRON: The minute I met Sarina Dorie, I knew she was a one-off. A persona. She was literally wearing her multi-talented identity like a pro and greeting her many fans. She's a seriously prolific, award-winning author who juggles genres.

I wanted to know more, so I invited her to spend a day on Jungle Red and tell us about herself.

SARINA DORIE: As a creative person and a professional, I wear many hats. Some of these hats are very separate from each other and look quite different, while others are connected like with my writing, artist, and dance persona. The persona that is the most different from what I think of as my natural creative/expressive self is being a public-school teacher.

(Sarina promotes literary at a Middle School my posing with a book. Naturally, she had to do it with her special dentures to see if the kids noticed.)
When I am in teacher mode, I am Ms. Dorie. Part of my job is to make sure students are being appropriate. When they’re not, my job is to remind them not to swear, not to punch each other in the face, and not to draw images of rocket ships made with penises on their arms with Sharpies.

Meanwhile, when I’m a writer, I take all those things I see teens doing that they aren’t supposed to and I put those in my stories and novels.

Because I’m an art teacher, I get away with being a little more eccentric. I get away with dressing in clothes that other teachers might not consider standard business teacher attire. I express myself creatively as an art teacher though fashion design and that is considered to be okay. Fashion is probably an accurate metaphor of these different hats I wear—literally and figuratively.
(This is a photo from one of Sarina Dorie’s avant-garde belly dance performances.)
Another hat that I wear is a belly dance teacher and performer. When I performing, my stage name is Sarina as opposed to Ms. Dorie. This is the persona who wears glittery costumes that show my midriff and cleavage, and I get to dance to lively music that I would not necessarily be able to play at work. It is a chance for me to creatively express myself in a different way.

This persona is highly connected to my persona as an artist and fashion designer. The fashion design really does go hand in hand with being a dancer because I often design my own costumes. There was a time that I kept my belly dance clothes completely separate from the rest of my life and only wore them for performance, teaching and taking classes, but I have realized as I've designed costumes that I really enjoy wearing attire that creatively expresses my personality. That carries through into my belly dance clothes—which are not traditional belly dance clothes—and my daily attire just walking around being a professional artist or teacher or writer.
(Sarina poses with a book in steampunk attire.)
When I am a writer, I’m Sarina Dorie.

Being a creative person, that artist, dancer, designer style influences how I come across as a writer. When I tell people that I’m a fantasy author or a romance author, people tell me I look like I write fantasy or romance.

When I tell people I write mystery, people never tell me I look like I’m a mystery author.
I don’t know what people think mystery authors look like. Maybe I need to wear all black and look Gothic in order to be a fantasy mystery author.
(Sarina in costume before selling fashion items at a science fiction and fantasy convention.)
In any case, I feel like I’m walking a fine line between coming across as a professional and expressing my creativity. When I attend Romance Writer of America workshops, women often talk about being professionals, dressing as professionals, and presenting ourselves. And then there’s me in polka dots and stripes. I’m almost as bad as Barbara Cartland with my feathers, flowers, and frills. 
My persona might once have been as separate as peanut butter and jelly, but these days, it is more like peanut jelly, an interesting mashup of foods I once tried while I lived in Japan. In all creative outlets, I try to be professional in the way I present myself while interacting with people. I don’t dress or talk any differently when I am with my family. I’m really not different as a writer in comparison to my natural self, though I talk about topics that might make me an expert in my field when I am with authors or artists. On the other hand, I am a very different kind of professional when I’m working in my day job as a school teacher.
Many of my daily life experiences as a teacher influence my current writing projects, like my cozy witch mystery series Womby’s School for Wayward Witches.
(Sarina Dorie’s not-so-cozy witch mystery series Womby’s School for Wayward Witches.)
The idea behind this series: You think you know the world of magical boarding schools? Not from a teacher’s perspective at a school for at-risk youth.
GIVEAWAY: For a limited time, I will be offering Ghoulish Charms, the first book in the Vega Bloodmire Cozy Witch Mystery Series, a spin-off from the Womby’s series, as a gift for patrons of Indiegogo who donate to my endeavor to turn the Womby’s series into audio books.
Please go to Indiegogo to see Ghoulish Charms and other perks for contributions.

HALLIE: Phew! She makes those of us who write one genre and produce a novel every two years look like pikers. So here's my question: If mystery authors 'dressed the part' what would we be wearing?
Sarina Dorie has sold over 150 short stories to markets like Analog, Daily Science Fiction, F & SF, and Orson Scott Card’s IGMS. Her stories and published novels have won humor contests and Romance Writer of America awards. She has over thirty books offered through Amazon, including her bestselling series, Womby’s School for Wayward Witches
The best way to stay in contact with Sarina Dorie, hear about what she is writing, know when she has a new release, or books offered for free on Amazon is by signing up for her newsletter.
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Thank you, and a Look Ahead   


As Seattle Mama Doc settles into her new home in Wisconsin, all of us at Seattle Children’s thank her for her many years of tireless work to help you do what’s right for your kids. Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson recognized a need to demystify some of today’s most complex and controversial medical issues. We at […]

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Kuching Waterfront Music Festival 2019: Jazz with No Borders   

Haze or no haze, the show must go on. 

Heck, even the famous white cat monument in Padung was wearing a mask while we were in Kuching. But the Kuching Waterfront Music Festival did go on as scheduled last September 27-28, 2019. From the waterfront, it was moved indoors to the MBKS Community Hall, just around five or so minutes by shuttle bus or taxi from the original venue. 

The haze from Indonesia cleared alright but as it was a day away from performance night, it was logistically impossible to move it back outdoors. Still, the festival enthralled audiences with a curious mix of performers from the region and as far away as Australia. 

Our Pinoy contingent of two (me and my buddy, Ferdz Decena of got into Kuching on the eve of the second conference. This 3rd iteration of the jazz festival marks the second time it is featuring a Filipino artist. Sitti Navarro was an interesting addition to the lineup, bringing a taste of bossa nova to the proceedings. Sitti thought we were Kuching residents (fact: there were not a lot of Pinoys here, nor is it a frequent destination for Filipinos, tourists or expatriate workers). She was buoyed by our presence, telling us "Ganito pala pag nasa ibang bansa ka,"  to express finding elation in bumping into fellow Pinoys abroad.  
Rhythm of the Sitti
She got onstage on the second night, nursing a cold (I think I must have gotten my share of sniffs from her during the press conference LOL) but you wouldn't know it.  I first met her many years ago in an event I was involved in and she has grown and matured into a really engaging artist.  Performing barefoot (she dumped her high heels early in her set), she used every inch of the stage launching into Filipino ditties (including a memorable rendition of Yeng Constantino's "Ikaw" which we found out was popular in Kuching, some bossa nova standards, then capping her set with a Malaysian song re-arranged to a bossa beat.  Was she a hit with the crowd?  You bet. 
Ning Baizura
Anyway, I would like to share some highlights from the two nights of performances. Well, we missed some of the performances as we were in Kuching for some other matters and on the second night, had to pack for our trip to Mulu but here goes...

Ning Baizura is a Malaysian powerhouse, having been a household word for the past 27 years or so as a singer, actress, and later as a record producer.  The way she sang and connected to the audience tells me she've had been performing for a long time and yet she looks youthful.  I take note of one particular song she sang because it's akin to the Tagalog phrase, "Ikaw at ako" (You and I).  Another highlight of her extended set was her duet with Indonesian veteran, Harvey Malaiholo.  My personal favorite though was her tender rendition of Maxwell's "Whatever, Whenever, Wherever."
Saxx in the City
Sax trio Saxx in the City from Indonesia bookended the first night.  And what a way to cap the first evening, uptempo and high-energy all throughout their set.  They dished out some original music reminiscent of the Average White Band's 1977 epic "Pick Up the Pieces".   My personal pick was their foot-stomping rendering of their Earth, Wind & Fire suite.  I was singing and bobbing my head all throughout, a reminder of the power of a horn section to move the crowd, whether young or old.
Q Sound
Q Sound gave the proceedings a hefty dose of R&B and hip-hop.   Their 3-piece horn section (4 if it includes lead singer American Marques Young) provided an aural backdrop of high-energy music that got the crowd moving as Marques admonished "side-to-side".  Their jazz-hip-hop version of Michael Jackson's "Rock With You" was a big hit, getting kids who weren't even born yet when the song hit the charts in the early '80s into the groove.
Nisa Addina
Nisa Addina is more than a Malaysian phenom, she's actually a homegrown talent.   The Kuching native is Berklee-educated, returning to the Kuching stage to wow the locals and foreigners alike with her incredible talent.  What Clapton did to the guitar (make it weep), she keeps doing with her violin, reminding the audience that violin music is not just about classical performances that only get played in big halls, accompanied by an orchestra.
Z Yan
Z Yan, Dawn Wong and the Shanghai Jazz Club, Ushera and Xanaduduo comprise four acts with female lead singers, each one bringing a different taste of jazz.   Z Yan gave a sultry performance, dressed up in red.   Dawn Wong and her band performed sassy, playful numbers, Chinese brand of jazz singing and playing.  Xanaduduo reminded me of smoky clubs and thoaty divas accompanied only by piano, singing their hearts out.  And finally, Ushera took jazz to the Latin vibe direction -- moving, muscular and danceable.
Ushera provided that Latin vibe
Dawn Wong and the Shanghai Jazz Club
We regret missing the second part of the Sunday evening performances, Harvey Malaiholo, Dave Brewer and the DooDaddies, plus the grand finale as we it was getting late and we had to pack up for our next day trip to Mulu.   Still, the performances we did caught gave us a wonderful glimpse of the jazz festival's power to draw even non-jazz audiences and give them a melange of musical tweaks within the genre.  If anything, the performances show that jazz, indeed, knows no border, and two decades into the new millennium, a musical genre that traces its origin to African-American musicians in New Orleans, has no color.

Special thanks to Place Borneo Sdn Bhd and the Sarawak Tourism Board for the giving us heprivilege of experiencing this jazz spectacle in person.
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