Friday, October 31, 2014
Jazz Events

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BragaJazzWalk--Bragalicious

 

Music can accompany you through every single feeling and/or moment in your life, a good friend to be with whever you are, wherever you go, in any kind of activity. You listen to music while driving, you look for music to relax with, you share your sorrow, you go happy with it. Music would be perfect to accompany your dinner and beneficial in supporting any events. So now, think of this. Dinner, event/fest and music. Sounds good right? Well, that’s what you’re going to have this week.

The regular schedule of Braga Jazz Festival 3rd edition was just done last week. Normally we will be back again on the second Thursday of November. But since this week there’s a special culinary fest which will be served marathon from October 29th to November 2nd, 2014 called Bragalicious. To make this event merrier, Braga Jazz Walk will have a special edition as a part of (in a series of) Bragalicious Activities. So, jazz in a culinary fest? Why not. We are going to cook this one differently by presenting bands that in some ways may represent the spirit of Braga street from past to present. And of course, to fit the Bragalicious event.

First, let’s talk about a little history of Bandung for a while. The nickname “Parijs van Java” was given to Bandung for its resemblance to Paris and European atmosphere back at the colonial times. According to many historians, Bandung attained the nickname actually from what was going on in Braga Street in the 20s. At that time, this particular street was already happening. There were chic cafes, restaurants, boutiques, European art deco buildings and flowery scents around. That’s beautiful to imagine isn’t it? Now, what if we try to bring back the spirit in form of music, the music style from the 30’s era in Paris? The question is, is there any band who still play that vintage style? In Bandung? The answer is, yes there is! It’s SATURA.

 

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Satura is a sensational acoustic guitar duo of Opik Bape and Dede Arief Ginanjar that most likely will be difficult to find anywhere else in Indonesia. Why? Because what they play is not just a simple acoustic jazz, but as we said, they dig something that reflects the beauty of jazz style originated in French around the 1930’s known as Gypsy Jazz or Jazz Manouche which many believed was invented by the phenomenal Django Reinhardt. Satura was formed not too long ago, but the souls of these dudes quickly submerged in this magical jazz style. The famous one among Romani guitarists who worked around Paris during the 30’s Django Reinhardt crafted the kind of music with traditional swing articulation but carried the then-popular Musette waltz with chromatic, mystical Gypsy flavor. Django has It’s still played by many musicians throughout the world, but it’s still rare to find in Indonesia, especially in Bandung. But now we have Satura who ressurects this authentic vintage aromatic floral scent of French Gypsy scene.

Often in Satura’s performance, the duo got empowered by one or two amazing female vocalists, Puspallia Panggabean and Agis Kania. Both of these young ladies are unbelievable in their own ways. magnificent, because they stand in between the old-soul and modern way of singing. While Puspall illuminates world class jazz vocals, Agis is a fine powerhouse soul sista. We just got Agis and Opik as a duo in last edition  ( Watch the video highlight here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6bx2nlKtls ) and now it’s time to have the boys of Satura with Puspall. A Parisien Gypsy Jazz in Parijs van Java? It’s going to be magic.

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Braga Jazz Walk 03

 

Is it possible to make Braga Jazz Walk – a regular event  that’s been held regularly inside  a mall in Braga street named Braga City Walk —  stand as one of the jazz destinations in Bandung? That’s the wish of Braga City Walk that we have to answer. We believe it can happen. If we keep on doing it on regular basis and cook every edition with rich flavors and varieties, one day Braga Jazz Walk will be a favorite jazz spot for everyone who are in Bandung.

While we are working on it, here comes the third edition of Braga Jazz Walk. Three bands to blast the showcase session and an open jam session will provide more than enough space to party for every musician who come over. Free to watch, free to jam, free to have jazzy fun. Together with the venue Braga City Walk and KPH Music, we Jazzuality.com are trying the best we can to introduce the wide variety of jazz colors to the society.

Let’s see the performing bands. First, say hi to a band originally from Sukabumi, a city in West Java, located about 80 km south of Jakarta. The band is AllVoices. This band is definitely not a newbie since they were formed three years ago when the personnels were still in highschool.  Today the personnels stay in different cities. Some of them are still in Sukabumi, some are in Jakarta and some are in Bandung.  Amazingly, they’re still able to keep the band on.

We first knew them as one of the Kampoeng Jazz Band Auditions. They won and got the shot to play at the main event. But that’s not the only big event they were in, because they have also participated at the Tangsel Jazz Festival and Ramadhan Jazz Festival just to mention a few. AllVoices consists of Boy Hylmy and Simplicity (vocals), Dori wirawan and Trisna Wiguna (guitars), Yudansyah (bass), Elko Nurul (keyboard), Aldi (sax), Rizfan Zulkifli (percussion) and Puji Belmanda (drums). Pop jazz/Groove is their thing. The existance of AllVoices proves that Jazz is indeed alive in Sukabumi. We are happy and excited to have a jazz-oriented band from Sukabumi. Let’s give them a warm welcome by coming and supporting them.

 

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Lumiere is a French word means “Light”. Or, maybe you will refer this word to the Disney character found in Beauty and the Beast — a candle with a French accent. Now, here’s a band from Bandung that has it as a name. The band’s like two bands melt as one, a blend between Out of 7 and Final Script. Hendike (saxophone), Widiyanto Sutanto (keyboard), Marissa Wiguna (drums), Robert Daniel (bass), Daniel Christy (guitar) and Gerry (vocal) established Lumiere just some months ago in June 2014, but they do move fast. So far they have one recorded track that they promised to let us hear in this gig. Hendike is currently working on his solo project and already has his materials. Well, shine the light on, Lumiere. Make the stage bright with your jazz bites.

One question: can duo make an impact in the midst of mainstream’s requirement of full (sized) band and lots of singers? We say yes, a duo definitely can! True, it won’t be easy since the two players have to work harder to fill up the empty spaces and to make a composition stands just as good as being played by full team, but once they find the way, they can shine as bright, or even brighter.

Just a couple of weeks ago Klab Jazz highlighted this ‘smallest’ collaborative work of musical pairing into a grand Duo Tone concert http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/duo-tone/.  Klab Jazz selected/initiated the birth of 4 standout duos that have their own killing punches. We hope to be able to invite each and every one of them, but hey, let’s start first with a premium combination of Soul and Swing courtesy of Agis Bape.

This is a slice of a ‘small’ group that plays French Gypsy Jazz, Satura ft Agis Kania. This time two members from this group: Agis Kania and Opik Bape will go deeper into Soul Jazz. This is a good choice since Agis has a strong, 5-star soulful vocal character while Opik is a fine swing guitarist that would have been a huge success had he be born 80-90 years ago, in Paris or Chicago. Step aside from the Django Reinhardt’s style that Satura is into, Agis and Opik will definitely give something tight, clean and connected. You can expect some monumental works of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Etta James and the likes to appear from their show. If you like the kind of musics that grow in between the field of Soul, Jazz and Swing, the songs from the Billie Holiday, Etta James to Motown, you really got to see Agis and Opik. Just two of them, but they will wow you. No doubt about it.

 

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In any of Braga Jazz Walk you can have the jazztertainment, relaxing hours while hanging out with friends and families without having to pay even a penny. But that’s not it, because this event can always be a good source of training ground and jazzpression. You can express your soul and train yourself to deal and interact with other players (especially those you didn’t know before) on stage. The jam session is totally open for any musicians. Bring your own gear and swim with other sharks.

All said. Calling all jazz lovers, music students and everyone who are looking for a jazzy entertainment to support this event and the performing musicians. No charge once so ever, so it costs nothing but many to gain. Groovy pop jazz, funky fusion and soul swing are ready to blow your mind. All come to you this Thursday, October 23, 2014. See you there.

Braga Jazz Walk #03

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Time: 07:00 pm – onwards
Location: Braga Jazz Walk
Jl. Braga 99 – 101, Bandung

FREE EVENT!

Featuring:

:: ALLVOICES ::
Boy Hylmy and Simplicity (vocals)
Dori wirawan and Trisna Wiguna (guitars)
Yudansyah (bass)
Elko Nurul (keyboard)
Aldi (saxophone)
Rizfan Zulkifli (percussion)
Puji Belmanda (drums)

:: LUMIERE ::
Hendike (saxophone)
Widiyanto Sutanto (keyboard)
Marissa Wiguna (drums)
Robert Daniel (bass)
Daniel Christy (guitar)
Gerry (vocal)

:: AGIS BAPE ::
Agis Kania (vocal)
Opik Bape (guitar)

ps: The photo of Agis Bape and AllVoices courtesy of Mia Damayanti Sjahir

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SerambiJazz2014-BennyLacknerTrio

 

It’s certainly good to see Goethe Institut‘s successful program Serambi Jazz‘ is being busy in the Indonesian jazz scene recently. The last show in Jakarta was two months ago, on August with Tuslah (the unique quartet of Riza Arzhad, Sri Hanuraga on piano, Adra Karim and Elfa Zulham) (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/serambi-jazz-2014-tuslah/). Normally we would wait until the next program in November since Serambi Jazz is a two monthly event, but for this year this program landed on two different cities: Yogyakarta and Surabaya in between the regular schedule. The Duo Project (Dhani Syah and Johanes Radianto) was in Yogyakarta in July (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/serambi-jazz-2014-duo-project-ramadhani-syah-warongan-johanes-radianto-yogyakarta/) and then Sketsa (in trio format with Gerald Situmorang, Dimas Wibisana and Andreas Arianto) visited Surabaya (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/serambi-jazz-2014-presents-sketsa-in-surabaya-the-report/). So not only Serambi Jazz’s wings spread wider, they have been flapping more too. So talk about penetrating Indonesia with good quality of jazz concert, this program has been doing remarkably well.

As we have entered the month of October, that means it’s about time to have the next regular schedule of Serambi Jazz. We have received the official announcement from Goethe Institut Jakarta, and it turns out to be special. For the November 2014 edition, Serambi Jazz is presenting a trio who place their feet on two cities, Berlin and New York. Led by the German-American pianist Benny Lackner, here comes a group of three formed about a decade ago in New York City, Benny Lackner Trio.

 

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Yes, it’s true that Benny Lackner’s group was build under a standard jazz trio formation, but their concept is anything but typical. The music is a combination of hard grooving beats, slow, atmospheric sounds and modern jazz. The balance of the composed music and improvisation holds a deep respect for the Jazz tradition and at the same time bringing out contemporary elements of modern music inspired by Radiohead as well as harmonic language inspired by composers such as Brahms and Chopin and Keith Jarrett. They refer their music to expressive jazz, that might be the good way to describe this multi-dimensional band. They decorate their music with slight electronic augmentation and drum programming, playing totally collective with each member plays an equal role inside. Together with drummer Matthieu Chazarenc and bassist Jerôme Regard, the trio establishes a new horizon of jazz unlike we have seen or heard before. Modern, groovy beating rhythm, artistic and utilizes both electronic and acoustic instruments can be found in their veins, something that they have started since 2002.

The unconventional interpretation of some diverse contemporary works of artists ranging from Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Björk, Feast to David Bowie has won more and more crowds everywhere they landed. But that’s not all, since they can fly their wings to reach wider lands by making surprisingly insightful arrangements of Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk and the Gershwins. Hey, we should add Brad Mehldau too, since Mehldau is actually, once, the private mentor of Lackner. By looking at these names you could get a slight hint of how diverse this group is in their play. But of course they have their own original songs which all can stand as their masterpiece. All of these stuffs are documented in their recordings such as “Sign of the Times” (2006), “Pilgrim” (2007), “Cachuma” (2012) and their brand-new 5th album, “Sisikiyou” (2014) that they are currently promoting by being on tour to Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The album Sisikiyou was recorded at the famous Jazzanova Studio in Berlin and features a modern, groove-oriented sound with electronic embellishments.

Jazz Times stated that their sound “is a direct result of the influence of the trios of Keith Jarrett, Ahmad Jamal, Brad Mehldau and Bill Evans.” From what we have seen in Benny Lackner Trio’s live recordings on Youtube, their repertoires are quite indescribable. We got something different from each videos, where highlight can be found in every tune. They could play bluesy, sophisticated like Norah Jones, but on the other hand they can go wild and challenging by performing the progressive jazz/rock even reaching out to touch the experimental. No matter what or how they play, the manouvers are stunning, as if they want to catch you off-guard through each played material.

Benny Lackner Trio was here in 2011 brought by @America and Beyond Production. For this 5th album promo Asia-Australia-New Zealand tour, the bass position is given to Paul Kleber. Special for the trip to Indonesia, two Indonesian musicians are featured too. They are keyboardist Azfansadra (Adra) Karim and guitarist Johanes Radianto. Both of these considerably young but highly skilled musicians got their master degrees in Netherlands. It’s going to be interesting to see how these lads would reinforce the Benny Lackner Trio and create even richer tones and possibilities than ever.

Now let’s see the profile of each member.

 

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Benny Lackner (piano)
He’s said to be the incarnation of Bill Evans or the younger Brad Mehldau. Benny Lackner was born in Berlin. He moved to California at the age of 13. He received BFA from the California Institute of the Arts under the direction of big names such as Charlie Haden and David Roitstein. Then he continued by studying privately with pianist Brad Mehldau. He’s seen in various jazz festivals including North Sea, Monterey and Montreux Jazz Festivals. This once called young lions has played alongside big names including Billy Higgins, Brad Shepik, Marc Ribot, Pheeroan akLaff and many more. Today he lives in New York City and Berlin. Other than working on the trio, he’s also active as a sideman and composer.

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Braga-Jazz-Walk-02

 

The first Braga Jazz Walk was a huge success. We got pretty amount of audience, and what make us happy is the fact that those are the kind of loud, happening crowds enjoying magnificent performances by the great young local talents. (Read the report here: http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/braga-jazz-2013-the-report/). A new place brings new hope, we always believe so, and now we’re working hard to make more and more improvement in this twice a month event.

As you might have known, Braga Jazz Walk which is made by the cooperation of Jazzuality.com, Braga City Walk and KPH Music runs every Thursdays of the second and fourth week. In this event we feature 3 bands that leads to the open jam session. Everyone can join in, no matter what genre they are into. Basically we’re cored in jazz, but we wish to stretch the boundaries wider, showing that jazz is not just the music style but can also be applied in the spirit and mentality of playing. We support the pure jazz musicians, but what’s also important is to find unique bands/musicians that have different music hybrids yet still strongly resonance jazz in its concept.

Since we are now in the second week of October, happy to announce that Braga Jazz Walk #02 is ready to roll. It’s going to be on Thursday, October 9, 2014 starting at 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm, served totally free.

 

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Who will be featured in the Braga Jazz Walk #02? Let’s start with this one. There’s a theological term in Christianity that describes the symbolical relation between God and humanity called Imago Dei. The brief translation is “Image of God”, but this term is used to show how humans should reflect the image of God in their moral, spiritual and intellectual nature. How about in art or more specifically music? Well, there’s a band etablished on November 10, 2013 that uses this term as the name of their band. It’s called Imagodeo. By using this, the personnels wish to reflect God and send His love through their music and performance.

It all came from the unity of 5 boys and 1 girl that are deeply into music and already experienced as additional players in many bands and events. At first they used d’bakupolo as the name but on the Valentine’s Day this year they officially changed into Imagodeo following some changes in the lineup. This band is focusing on ‘Pop Soul’ by placing quality and harmony up front. The personnels are Andhika Caesar Sesa (Dhika) on vocal, Yohansa Ambarita (Yoan) on electric guitar, Dennise Natasha Inadea Mata Hine (Dea) on keyboard, Janoko Dewanto (Ojan) on bass, Engelberth Fredrick Watory (Engel) on acoustic guitar and Gerids Yanri Yulius on drums. They have performed quite often in Maranatha University’s events and reached Ruang Putih for Friday Lite Music. Now they are heading to Terraz Jazz to utilize their jazzy side. We have seen some of their videos in Gerid’s Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/user/JUNGLEBEAT90/videos) and found many interesting stuffs. If you love Soulful pop with jazz, blues, blues and a little rock, this band will meet your needs.

Next. Let’s take a look at a young male singer with unique characteristic voice. His name is Rizki Jonathan. As he’s been coming regularly to our regular event from the no longer existed Terraz Jazz, the still running Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Jam to the first edition of Braga Jazz Walk, and he always joins the jam session whenever possible. Speaking of vocal character, he has gentle yet strong, bluesy, soulful and husky kind of voice that in a way reminds us of Sandhy Sondoro. Since he’s still young, we believe he still has more than enough time to climb to the top.

About two months ago we heard that he already has established a platform called Rizki Jonathan Project (RJP). According to Rizki, the group was officially established in August 23, 2014 and cored in pop rock with jazzy vibes. We have seen him so often in the jam session, but now we happily give him a shot in the showcase section. Joining him are his friends including Andre Fernando (guitar/backing vocal), Yosua Setiawan (bass), Farrel Yanaga (drums) and Chaerul Ahmad (saxophonist). If you fancy the kind of soulful, pop approach of current popular songs, make sure you won’t miss this one.

You might have known him, maybe you haven’t, but you really got to see this He’s been known as a dynamic and idealistic artist that places his feet on crossovers, from pop, reggae, blues and jazz. He sings, he dances, he plays instruments especially trumpet. A couple of years ago he made a hit single called “Sumitro Rojali” which uniquely made in two version, pop jazz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hKSVsfMRI0 and reggae https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgCy3kqm6hI , and quickly gained attention from music lovers. A highly gifted artist, cool, yet humble and friendly. He’s none other than Mr. Uye , the alias for Erwin Saz.

It’s not easy for him to find a stable ground in the industry, and certainly it took quite a long time. But he found the way to offer something trendy that suits the common ears without having to sacrifice his honesty and idealism. If you listen to his very popular “Sumitro Rojali” and whatever song he sings/plays, you will clearly feel it. Plus, you will find colorful dimensions created by crossovers of genres that feels natural. He plays what he like, he doesn’t care about any specific genre. What’s important is for us to enjoy his performance and have fun together with him, the rest won’t matter to him.

For this gig Mr Uye will be accompanied by heavy artillery including Nissan Fortz (guitar), Dede SP (bass) and Danny (drums). Nissan is known as one of the frontmen of Blues movement in Bandung and half of the famous duo Sarah N Soul, while Dede SP is a blues/rock bassist active in West Java Syndicate among other bands and highly capable in playing many other genres from jazz to Sundanese traditional music.

This man is good, no doubt about it. But for us, he’s an example of a fine artist that know how to use variety of music styles, sounds or even disciplines to create a tasty dish for everyone. Since he’s going to release his second album really soon (projected in November 2014), it’s going to be cool to hear some teasers directly from him. If you’re curious to hear how jazz would sound when placed altogether with reggae, blues, soul, rock and pop, let’s stand right in front of Erwin ‘Mr Uye’ Saz’s stage. Along with the heavy artillery, Mr. Uye will make you feel good. Uyee!

 

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The jam session as usual will be provided all the way to the end of the show. Everyone can join in. Other than two baby grand pianos and electronic drum provided by KPH Music, you can bring your own instruments and jump right in. No matter what your music bacground is, as long as you feel like jamming, the stage can be yours.

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Bogor-Jazz-Reunion-2014

 

Bogor is a city located about 60 kilometers south of Jakarta. As a part of the Jakarta metropolitan region known as Jabodetabek, Bogor now stands as an important city in terms of economic, scientific, tourism and so on, including music. What about jazz? Happy to say that jazz has been growing healthily over the recent years. Bogor now has jazz community, many jazz bands (including big band), and hey, its own festival. It’s called BOGOR JAZZ REUNION.

This year the BOGOR JAZZ REUNION 2014 is ready to back again really soon, on October 25, 2014. at SKI, Wisata Tas Tajur, Katulampa-Tajur, Bogor, starting as early as 1:00 pm. With the affordable ticket price (as low as only IDR 50.000 for students), the audience can enjoy many talented performers as well as enjoying the cozy, friendly and even intimate jazzy atmosphere created by this event.

Cozy, friendly and intimate? Yes, that’s exactly what this year’s theme says: “Feel the Intimate”. According to the Chairman, the legendary keyboardist/entertainer Idang Rasjidi, this event will introduce the new face of jazz which goes towards the intimate interaction between the musicians, fans and even the environment. “It’s time to make Bogor as the hive of jazz that blends harmoniously with the Sundanese tradition the city holds.”

This annual event which is created by Moksa Event Management aims to become one of the icon of today’s jazz scene. In order to do so, BOGOR JAZZ REUNION 2014 will present the combination of jazz legends (national and international), today’s popular stars and the future players as they continue to innovate and expand the boundaries of this great music legacy in an artistic ambience. Will the musical tradition be involved? Most likely yes. They all will share intimately about their beginning, training, inspiration, and hard-earned lessons, creating a facinating mosaic of current jazz community. With an conductory from the Chairman and colored by diversity of art performers, Bogor Jazz Reunion 2014 is an unprecedented window onto today’s world of jazz, for everyone, from the jazz aficionados to the common or new listeners.

 

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The Chairman of Bogor Jazz Reunion, Idang Rasjidi

Now let’s see the lineup. Who will play in this BOGOR JAZZ REUNION 2014? Plenty of stars. Other than the Chairman himself Mr. Idang Rasjidi, there will be many other stars such as Kemala Ayu, Rieka Roslan & the Troubadour, Bertha, Matthew Sayersz, Amelia Ong, Fanny Kuncoro, The Ligro (Agam Hamzah, Gusti Hendy and Adi Darmawan), Rudy Wowor, Shadu Syah and Shaku Rasjidi, Sastrani, Fanny Kuncoro and the unique, new ensemble that enlivens the traditional musical tradition like Batavian keroncong, the mindbending Lantun Orchestra. From Malaysia comes the senior percussionist Steve Thornton and Azmi Hairudin.

A jazz festival that lets you feel the intimate experience? Bogor Jazz Reunion 2014 takes it as one of the most important aspects to serve. If you live in Bogor, make sure to jump yourself in. If you live not that far from this particular area, you are invited to be a part of this annual fest too. Plenty of stars, plenty of styles in vibrant colors, plenty of attractions will be served right here, plus so much more stuffs to enjoy. As jazz is thriving in the twenty-first century, the new face of jazz is illustrated as an intimate feel, either to the artists, the audience, and the festival itself. Mark your calendar and see you there!

Bogor Jazz Reunion 2014

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm – onwards
Location: SKI, Wisata Tas Tajur, Katulampa-Tajur, Bogor

Tickets:

PreSale:
– Regular : IDR 75.000
– Student : IDR 50.000

On the Spot:
– Regular : IDR 100.000
– Student : IDR  75.000

For more info log on to http://www.bogorjazzreunion.com/ and follow their twitter: @jazzreunionBGR

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BRAGAJAZZWALK-01

 

Goodbye Terraz Jazz, Welcome BRAGA JAZZ WALK!

We were ready to enter the 12th edition of Terraz Jazz, but all of the sudden the venue closed its door and no longer wish to support the event. They must have their own reason But for us, what’s important is to find another spot where the musicians especially the youngsters in Bandung can take as home, especially since we got the enormous response coming from the young musicians from different genres.

Thank God we didn’t have to wait too long. We’re happy to officially announce that the Terraz Jazz will run again in a new ground zero, BRAGA CITY WALK. After a long discussion with the venue, we both agree with the new name: BRAGA JAZZ WALK. This new place should be easier to access since it’s located right at the heart of Bandung. The instruments (electric drums and electric baby grand piano) are endorsed by KPH Music., who once again showing their tremendous support. With a promising cooperation like this, we look forward to have even better spot for a better future.

Other than the new spot and new name, the rest are still the same. BRAGA JAZZ WALK is scheduled to run twice a month, on Thursday of the second and fourth week of each month. The show will start on 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm, totally free of charge. And just like before, we open up free-for-all jam session right after the showcase. Whoever you are, you’re welcome to join in. The premiere edition is set to go no longer than tomorrow (September 25, 2014). You wonder how to find the stage? Just enter the Braga City Walk then walk straight. You will soon find Giggle Box side by side with Tokyo Connection, the stage is there, placed on the right side.

 

The History of Braga Street

For you who still don’t know about the Braga street in Bandung, let us just say that this historical place is magical in many ways. According to some sources, this part of Bandung was already alive since early 1800s, especially when there was a plan to move the Dutch East Indies goverment center from Batavia (now Jakarta) to Bandung. In the late 1800’s there was a famous drama group named The Toneel Braga who often performed in there and achieved success with huge number of crowds. The street became a famous place too, and soon known as the Braga Street.

 

 

Braga Street circa 1930’s-1950’s

 

During the 20’s this street was famous as a promenade street. You could find cafes, boutiques and other stores with European ambiance with many art deco buildings (which amazingly still preserved until now), plenty of entertainments and even witnessed a piece of history when the Asian-African Conference was held just at the corner. What does the city mean today? It’s actually unique. Try to walk in that area, you will feel so many things. Most of the buildings still keep their originality thus create a vintage scenery. For many senior tourists, this street could bring back some memories or even resemblence the old days of Europe in a way or two. But vintage and history are not the only thing you can find in there. Look at the youngsters who love to hangout around the street, young executives, families and so on. Also this street has strong West Java atmosphere that can make you realize you’re in it from the moment you step into this street. Simply put, this old street is so happening with sparkling magical atmosphere that you won’t find elsewhere.

 

Jazzin’ in Braga, Anyone?

Will a magical and historical place be good for a jazz edutainment? We believe so. As we wish to support today’s generation in pursuing their music career as well as pushing the regeneration by providing a reliable playground, this event should be able to entertain jazz lovers or mall goers too. In this event,  Every musician can use it as they wish. They can have spot to perform as a band or as a jam paticipants, they can have a media coverage which will promote them to the public better, or simply to try a concept in front of real audience. It’s no secret that these young jazz musicians are having difficulties to penetrate the market because they have to encounter medias who are getting more and more profit oriented. There are some names who have made it, but there are so many players still struggling to proof that they deserve the same chance too.

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pim-jazz-festival2014

 

How’s jazz in Palembang? Happy to tell you that it’s been growing significantly in the past several years along with the city’s rapid growth. The city has some jazz events including regular ones and has a solid community called Palembang Jazz Community. For quite some times, the community haven’t involved jazz players from the capital. But now the community is ready to make another big move with the 2014 edition of PIM JAZZ FESTIVAL. This event will come on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Palembang Indah Mall (PIM) from 10:00 am until 9:30 pm. If you live in Palembang and happen to love jazz, you better not miss it!

Palembang Jazz Community is grateful with the support and full participation of PIM. According to Intan, the promotional manager of PIM, they wish to make a classy event that suits the market and the lifestyle of the mall itself. Since its establishment in 2008, Palembang Jazz Community has created a lot of events involving top national artists and the weekly meeting Pal Jazz Com at Kedai Iphoek Thea Palembang every Tuesday night. If last year they invited inspiring bassist Indro Hardjodikoro. this year they will bring another senior bassist, Bintang Indrianto and his group: Bintang Indrianto Trio. “By inviting a top musician like Bintang, we wish the Palembang musicians to be motivated in uprgading their skills, because other than presenting live performances, we will also make music clinic.” said Zaenal Hanani, the Head of Palembang Jazz Community.

The PIM Jazz Festival is an event presented by Palembang Jazz Community in cooperation with Trijaya 87.6 FM that’s been focusing on the jazz development in the particular city. W”e always give our best to support jazz, all out, we even have the regular program, Jazz On Trijaya every Sunday night at 7:00 pm,” says Adji, the Station Manager of Trijaya FM.

This event is also supported The Faculty of Computer Science of Sriwijaya University with its Festival Band as the opening of PIM Jazz Festival 2014.

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Now let’s take a look at the lineup. Other than Festival Band from the Faculty of Computer Science of Sriwijaya University, there are many other local bands to join the fest. Staccato will perform with its funky jazz vocalist Andrew. Then there will be Creative Percussion, a percussive ensemble filled with young players from Entertainment Music School. Teguh Project is a group led by Jordi, a talented pianist. While Real will go more into mainstream, Dave Project which is led by pianist Peter will take the fusion path. Pal Jazz Com (Palembang Jazz Community) is going to jam with BJ in representing harmony and improvisation, two of the most influential and important aspects in playing jazz.

The special guest star in this event is Bintang Indrianto Trio. His name has been heard all over the Indonesia’s jazz scene at least since the mid 80’s. He was once the key member of Dwiki Dharmawan Quartet and Spirit Band. He has supported Bhaskara, Trigonia, Funky Thumb and Band Desa. Outside the stage he’s active in his own Coda Studio at Lebak Bulus, South Jakarta and successfully established his name as a top music producer.

As a musician he’s known as a perfectionist, someone who cares into details and eccentric. He has released many albums such as Jazzy Bass: Light Jazz Instrumental, Jazzy Duet-Light Jazz Instrumental, Jazzy Sax, The Sound of Belief, Its Me, Talking To You, Bass Heroes, Akordeon, Phiosophy ABG, Me and Cort Basses and February.

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Jakarta is blessed with the series of amazing two monthly concerts courtesy of Goethe Institut Indonesia called Serambi Jazz. Since 2009 this event has featured so many top-notch bands/musicians both from our own land and also from Germany. Thanks to Serambi Jazz, the mutual friendship between these two great nations has been re-established through music as one of the art forms-jazz to be exact. From Jakarta, Terraz Jazz continued to spread its wings to reach Bandung, the capital of West Java and then stretched further to meet Yogyakarta and Surabaya. Why? Simply because there are many jazz fans too in those cities that are, most probably, hungry for a high quality event that amazingly provided free from any charge by Goethe Institut. Just like in Jakarta and Bandung, we heard many positive responses from the jazz aficionados in these two cities.

We still remember last year Serambi Jazz landed big on Surabaya featuring two amazing musicians from different generations: the curator himself, keys-wiz Riza Arshad and versatile guitarist graduated from Berklee College of Music, Robert Mulyaraharja. Calling the project as R&R Duo, we heard from Riza that it’s still carried on and planned to appear in an album. Also last year in Surabaya, the Duo Project (Johanes Radianto and Dhani Syah) was brought by Goethe Institut for Serambi Jazz.

And now, listen to this. If you live in Surabaya, you must be exicted. Because in its 5th year in service, Serambi Jazz is coming once again to Surabaya. Goethe Institut and Wisma Jerman Surabaya (Goethe-Centre/Goethe-Zentrum Surabaya) proudly present a stunning band with unique concept, the one that we love to mention as one of the most dynamic bands in terms of musicality, variation and formation: SKETSA. This Serambi Jazz event will take place at Ciputra Hall, Performing Arts Centre, Sekolah Ciputra, Puri Widya Kencana, Citraland, Surabaya on September 13, 2014, starting at 7:30 pm local time.

 

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Let’s go back in time to see how Sketsa was born. The journey of Sketsa started almost a decade ago in 2005 by the name of Acoustic PL as they made their debut in PL FAIR Village, still with the first formation: Gerald Hiras Situmorang and Adnand Adyasha. A year later the name changed into Sketsa. Adnand had to continue his study to Australia and quitted the project. It wasn’t long until Dimas Budi Satria Wibisana came in and established a rock-solid formation that still makes so many waves in Indonesian jazz scene until now.

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The cooperation between Jazz Community in Bandung, Klab Jazz and us, Jazzuality.com has been very well kept for over 6 years. For that long years we have been walking together side by side to bring jazz closer to the society in the city we live in. We both hold the same vision and commitment in keeping the jazz flame alive in our beloved city and supporting the musicians in it. During the process, we often find that the non-jazz musicians also need a place they can call home, and we always welcome them with open hands. Tell you the truth, it’s not easy to do it. We have known it from the beginning and realized it even more since we started our own regular program called Terraz Jazz. Since we just got the news today that the venue Festival Citylink no longer wish to support Terraz Jazz, one jazz spot in Bandung is gone. We are still trying to find another place for it, but hey, bad news isn’t the only thing we got today because almost at the same time, the founder of Klab Jazz Dwi Cahya Yuniman informed us about the new crime scene. Following the new Novo Jazz in Novotel, Cihampelas Bandung last August, Klab Jazz proudly announces a new venue, which coincidentally located not very far from the Novotel. The premiere of this new event will be held at the outside terrace of Holiday Inn Hotel, Jl. Ir H Juanda (Dago) on Friday, September 12, 2014. The name of this new event? It’s Holijazz Nite.

For Klab Jazz this is a relieving news. This community has been stuggling to find new venues especially after they lost some programs in the previous spots. Reaching agreement with two big hotels is quite an achievement. It’s a good news not only for Klab Jazz and us, but also for the musicians in Bandung and nearest cities.

So what’s the menu for this premiere edition of Holijazz Nite? Klab Jazz is preparing 4 bands. Three slots are taken by the duos that was featured in the Duo Tone concert at Auditorium IFI Bandung just about a week ago. They are:
- AGIS BAPE – Agis Kania (vocal) and Opik Bape (guitar): the subsection of French Gypsy band Satura that’s carrying the concept of Soul Jazz
- PUSPITA REGI – Puspith March (vocal) and Reggie Badh (guitar): an experimentation project between the vocalist of La Belle and ‘new comer’ Regie Badh tributing Nina Simone, and
- REO RICHO – Alvis Gusreo (piano) and Yuricho Billy (vocal) : a newly formed duo that was established especially for Duo Tone. Unlike the other duos, this is a collaboration between piano and vocal and also the only group with male vocalist in Duo Tone. They are going to reprise the fine works of male jazz/soul vocalists ranging from the 70’s to present day which are highly interesting but not that famous yet among the Indonesian listeners due to the lack of media publication.

Other than these three duos, Holijazz will feature BANDUNG STRING TRIO: a unique stringed collaboration between guitar, violin and bass. Like a group of free birds, they can fly across the musical lands from jazz, classical, traditional, tango and so on. Not only they are attractive but they can be a good alternative for us who are getting bored with today’s trend. Two ladies and one gentleman are in it, they are Syarif Maulana (guitar), Arnie Christanti (bass) and Afifa Ayu (violin).

The Holijazz Nite will take place at the outside terrace of Braga Bar & Lounge of Holiday Inn Bandung at Dago. The event is totally free from any charge. Should you need more info, feel free to contact +62 22 421 1333 ext 6103. Let’s welcome this new jazztination and wish it and Klab Jazz the best.

HoliJazz Nite

Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm – onwards
Location: Braga Bar & Lounge, Holiday Inn
Jl Ir H. Juanda (Dago) no. 31-33, Bandung

FREE EVENT!

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Surely you’ve heard the words Big Band. But what is it and when was it born? A Big Band is a kind of musical ensemble which is associated with jazz, emerged in the late 20s in USA typically consisting of brass and rhythm sections, singers and a conductor. In the old days a big band was also called dance band due to its tendency to make people dance during the show. The standard formation consists of 17 players (5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, drums, bass, piano and guitar. But later it evolved by having more varieties in the instrumentation, for example by adding clarinet, flute, synthesizers or percussions that might change the big band’s size. It was started with swing, but then as the time goes on, big band has been playing wider by embracing the popular music of the era, even involving the local traditional musics from wherever country it lands. We have seen big bands play jazz with delicate rock touch, funk, pop and ethnics throughout the years, amazingly without leaving the original sound when it was born. Music is and should be dynamic and progressive. At the same time, jazz has been showing its openness towards all kind of musics. Big Band has been doing it for almost a century.

 

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Now let’s take a look at a strongly established big band based in Bandung, the good ol’ Salamander Big Band.  The embryo was spotted in 1991 by some young students of Insititute Technology of Bandung (ITB), still a brass band at that time. But then it grew bigger by having more friends who have the same vision in. Finally in 2006 the form of Big Band was established, and they named themselves Salamander Big Band. Since their music is not going through today’s mainstream, perhaps you could imagine how difficult it is. The fact that they involve big number of instruments and players would make it even more difficult. But hey, they are growing bigger, better and badder ever since. How could that happen? Many reasons. For instance, their persistency level is high, they are passionate and never stop uprading their skills. They have many supporters, one of the most important ones is Goethe-Institut who has been supporting them for at least 6 years.

Salamander Big Band usually serves its concert twice a year, one midyear concert and one for celebrating the anniversary. Occasionally, they also landed on festivals like Java Jazz Festival and JakJazz and some other events. Here comes the 8th anniversary concert of Salamander Big Band which will be celebrated grand by visiting two cities with three shows. Once again The Salamander Big Band Clinic and Tour is organized by Goethe-Institut Indonesien in corporation with Erasmus Huis, set as one of the Indonesian-European ke events in Indonesia’s cultural calendar. The program is a part of the initiative “Culture & Development” which was set up by the Goethe-Institut in 2009, with the mission to provide professional qualifications and support the intercultural networks as well as to create cultural and social platforms. With the title of “A Jazz Life”, Salamander Big Band is having the legendary Ack van Rooyen on their side at Bumi Sangkuriang, Bandung (September 8, 2014), Erasmus Huis Jakarta (September 9, 2014) and GoetheHaus Jakarta (September 10, 2014). All totally free of charge.

We have seen the growth of Salamander Big Band by playing alongside legends like Dieter Mack and Thorsten Wollmann who also worked in enhancing their skills through workshops. They have been going up one step at the time and surprising us again and again. Now it’s time to see them climbing higher ground by having the clinic and play with Ack van Rooyens. Probably you haven’t heard his name just yet in Indonesia, but actually Mr van Rooyen is a legendary flugelhorn and trumpet from The Hague/NL. He’s now a happy, healthy 84 years old man who’s still passionately doing his calling as a musician.