Sound Expeditions. Francis Kujen plays the sape on the veranda of a Bidayuh longhouse in Sarawak, Borneo.
Sound Expeditions. Young Bidayuh musician playing bamboo flute on the veranda of a Bidayuh longhouse in Sarawak, Borneo.
Sound Expeditions. The skull house, or 'baruk', of a Bidayuh longhouse in Sarawak, Borneo.
Borneo: Sape (see top pic) - Francis Kujen, recorded by Greg Simmons
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Borneo: Iban: Enkremong - Recorded by Greg Simmons
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Borneo: Horned Frogs near small waterfall - Recorded by Greg Simmons
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Borneo: Tribal Music & the RWMF!

These 11-day expeditions venture deep into the rainforests of Borneo to record the music of two indigenous tribes: the Bidayuh and the Iban. Each expedition also includes a three-day pass to the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) and an exclusive chat with the festival's Technical Manager and Sound Engineer.

Tribal Music

Departing from the expedition's home base in Kuching - the capital of Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo - we head into the rainforest. After a busy day interacting with semi-wild orangutans, recording rainforest atmos and lunching in a village, we'll eventually arrive at the popular Annah Rais longhouse - a good way to ease ourselves into the rainforest lifestyle before venturing deeper. After recording the music of the Bidayuh tribe at Annah Rais, we'll settle in for the night. The next day we travel over 200km southeast, eventually boarding a boat to take us deep into the rainforest to a longhouse of the Iban tribe. We'll be here for two nights to record the music and instruments of the Iban, trek into the rainforest to record atmos, and more.

Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF)

Beginning in the late 1990s, the RWMF has become an annual event that attracts thousands of visitors. The 2018 RWMF runs for three days and features over two dozen acts from around the world. There are also daily workshops, 'pop up' performances and nightly drum circles. As an added bonus, expedition participants will be treated to an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour by the festival's Technical Manager and Sound Engineer, discussing the challenges of providing sound reinforcement for an outdoor festival across multiple stages in an environment where tropical downpours can happen at any time but the show must always go on!

Contact Greg Simmons for further details, dossiers, prices, etc.