Saturday, May 23, 2015
Jazz Events

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ubudvillagjazzfest2014-firstannouncement

Close your eyes and think of Bali. What’s pictured in your mind? Beach, forest, green paddy fields? The island of 10.000 temples? Majestic view of sunset and sunrise? The mystical fragrant of frangipani? Traditional dress and the Balinese gamelan music? Well, those are a few of the magical thing that you could get by visiting Bali. No wonder, Bali has been standing as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world for ages. Now, what about picturing Bali as one of the top jazz destinations, not only in Indonesia but in the world? Why not. Since two years ago, the relationship between Bali and jazz has been getting closer than ever. There is an annual jazz event that serves cross-cultural entertainment that can be used as a knowledge and experience exchange. We’re talking about a big move made by the founder of Underground Jazz Movement Yuri Mahatma and the owner of ANTIDA Music Productions, Anom Darsana. Their brainchild added the specific jazz color into the Ubud’s heavenly landscape. It’s Ubud Village Jazz Festival (UVJF).

So here’s the big news. The annual 3rd Ubud Village Jazz Festival will be held, once again, on 7th and 8th of August 2015 at the same location, ARMA Ubud and will feature a world-class line-up that is guaranteed to be even more impressive than the previous festivals (read our report from last year’s edition:  UVJF Day 1 and Day 2).

Acclaimed jazz musicians from Indonesia such as Indra Lesmana, Nial Djuliarso, Dewa Budjana, Dodot & Co, Gustu Brahmanta Project, Kirana Big Band, Dion Janapria, Nita Aartsen Trio, Dwiki Dharmawan, Balawan etc, and international musicians, Oran Etkin (USA), a great bass clarinetist who has won a Grammy Award for his compilation CD “All About Bullies”. Etkin’s latest album on Motema Music, Gathering Light, features his trio with Nasheet Waits and Ben Allison plus guests Lionel Loueke and Curtis Fowlkes. This won’t be the first time for Etkin to visit Indonesia, since he has been here, also in Bandung to perform at the Saung Angklung Udjo in 2012. But now he’s going to paint the Bali sky with jazz. This amazing Trio just can’t wait to come to the island of God and experience the unique sensation of playing jazz in Ubud.

New Yorker Laura Brunner will bring you her deep voice, combined with Nial Djuliarso Quartet. Both, they have done some projects in USA and Asia. Nevertheless, Julian Banks Trio and Alex Lahey (Australia), the interesting Miles! Projects (Holland) which features Michael Varenkamp and Ben van den Dungen. The brain, guitarist Yuri Mahatma, his dear wife, pianist Astrid Sulaiman and many, many more artists, will play under the stars in the grounds of the magnificent Arma Museum, Ubud.

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Last year’s Ubud Village Jazz Festival (doc. Jazzuality.com, photo by Praditya Nova)

Encouraged by different kinds of local communities, Ubud Village Jazz Festival stands for one of the most respected Jazz Festival in the region. Most of the organizers who volunteered in the event, are coming from different backgrounds, such as art, media, video, design, music, even food! Yet, it keeps the spirit of UVJF, that is mall festival but big message.

Anom Darsana, one of the co founders of UVJF said, “Our talented young Indonesian artists are the key to the development and future existence of Jazz in Indonesia.” The Festival aims to provide important cross-cultural and networking opportunities between International and local jazz musicians and will showcase established and emerging musicians over two days, using three stages. It will collaborate with local industries, such as handmade drums from Jakarta and double bass from Solo and bamboo installation for the stage décor.

And for the second time, Ubud Village Jazz Festival 2015 is proud to partner with The Jazz Summer School in Korea-Netherlands as an exciting initiative to promote Jazz education in Indonesia. The Bali Jazz Summer School will be held over 5 days before the festival and will be divided into 6 classes featuring guitar, drums, piano, double bass, brass and reed instruments and vocal.  Said Yuri Mahatma, Festival Co-Founder , ”This is a great opportunity for young Indonesians to gain valuable knowledge and improve their skills through classes in theory and daily jam sessions”.

Ubud Village Jazz Festival says this in their official website. “We wants to keep it elegant, small, but we will maintain the quality.” They will work with whatever they can to make a clear statement that this is not only about concert and party but we concern about the regeneration and the high quality music education for the youth. A festival with character, that’s what they intend to be in each and every year. This event will come in a few months, arrange your trip to Bali and be a part of this fest. It’s time to feel the magical, mystical vibes of Bali not only by everything this land possesses, but also from its jazz spirit.

For more info, please visit: www.balijazzsummerschool.com

Early bird Ubud Village Jazz Festival tickets are now available online and will be available until July. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary deal!

– Early Bird ticket price (Including taxes) February- July 2015 period
Please log on into our website to get the most updated tickets’ price.

– Normal ticket price (Including taxes) Aug 2015 period
One day ticket: IDR 385.000
Two days ticket: IDR 550.000
For further information or inquiries, please check our website: www.ubudvillagejazzfestival.com

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BragaJazzWalk13

If Indonesia were a plane, the nation is currently having turbulence by passing the stormy economic weather. Indonesia’s economy has been slowing down and getting even worse this year. Prices go up, the purchasing power has only gotten worse. Empty restaurants, malls, public places are just normal these days. Well, if you feel the same and need some good entertainment which is totally free of charge, we are happily invite you to come to Braga Jazz Walk, a regular community event presented by Jazzuality.com, Braga CityWalk and KPH Music. The next stop is Braga Jazz Walk #13, set to go on May 14, 2015, as usual starting on 7:00 pm up until 10:00 pm. And yes, just like before, there will be live performances and totally open jam sessions.

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What will you get this time? There are three groups and one solo ready to pleasure you. First, let’s talk about the solo performer. His name is Galant Yurdian, but he likes to be known just as Galant. This man is no stranger in Bandung, especially in the indie communities, from jazz, folk and blues. He’s originally a bassist, but he plays guitar amazingly well. Speaking of bands, this man has quite colorful sound. He goes deep into blues with 70s Orgasm Club, he embraces folks with Deugalih & Folks (just released an album “Anak Sungai”: https://itunes.apple.com/id/album/anak-sungai/id965589936), and in duo Gallia he shows his jazzy side. More on albums, he has released his debut “About A” in 2010 and the most recent one, “Live at Eksperimentasi Akustika 3″. This man can play any genre, from jazz, blues, RnB, alternative, rock and so on just as good. If you want to know more about him and his works, simply go here http://inmyroom.us/galant2/ and http://inmyroom.us/galant/. If in last edition we had him playing as Gallia, this is the time to have him performing all by himself. He’s one of a kind, see yourself.

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Then a new rising star who we predict will be all over the scene in no time, Pangeran Muda (also known as Panda). This handsome, smiley young man amazingly has achieved no less than 200 achievements throughout his career. He’s been in prestigious international-scale events in Indonesia, he has performed in Hong Kong and Macau, even crowned as the Ambassador of Jakarta Musical Production Ministry. Speaking of competition, he won the Sherina Star Kids Competition in 2000, McDonalds Kids Awards in 2002, Heartline Gospel Singing Contest (2006), the winner of talent search show produced by Trans TV “Suara Indonesia” and runner up of Bintang Radio Festival in Jakarta, 2005. Last year he reached the Top 20 in Indonesian Idol. He starred the musical series “Peri Cinta dan Anak Jalanan” as the leading role as a part of the 9th Anniversary of SCTV. His voice was heard in some jingles for tvs and radios such as Honda, Spacy, Madurasa and Aneka Tambang. Speaking of album, Panda has released a couple of albums and soon, his debut solo album is right around the corner.

Approximately two months ago he just launched his single carrier titled “Terpaku” at Tokove Cafe, Kemang, Jakarta. Not only that, he also launch the Crowdfunding GO PANDA! campaign. If you don’t know what it is, it is a creative move made by him that openly involves the fans and wider society to support local musicians (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-news/pangeran-muda-panda-single-launching-and-crowdfunding-go-panda-campaign/). Here’s how it goes. Panda and the team will visit many places to run a campaign in a hope to move many people to support the album. It’s certainly interesting to see him using people’s power, and if this idea works, many artists could follow his step, and that will give benefit to our music industry. We are proud to have him again for the second time, after the 5th edition in November 2014 (read the report here: http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/braga-jazz-walk-05-the-report/).

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Next, Frank & Co. The name could remind you of a famous jewellery company, but this band has no connection with it. Instead, it comes from the name of the leader, Frank Navayo on guitar. If you see him play, he will remind you of George Benson and the likes. He is calm while in action, seriously and confidently into his play. Accompanying him in the band are Josua Stephen (keyboard), Yeremia Liong (drums), Christopher Andika (flute & saxophone) and Ken (bass).

They play contemporary jazz which is friendly even to the most common ears, and interestingly the band involves flute that certainly adds more flavor into the music. Last time we had him in our event in August last year, they gave a tight and neat performance. We are curious to see them now. How far has the band grow? Let’s check it out together.

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Last but not least, we are happy to announce that this edition will have high school students too. The name is Puella ft Marvel. Puella is a vocal group consists of four girls: Ervita Fauziah, Luis Anastasia S, Astiani Dewi A, and Cynthia Prilly P. They are still pursuing their formal education in high school, but as a team they are solid and have bagged some shiny achievements in local and national level. Serving as the musician for them is Marvel Timothy. A vocal group that has been running since more than 4 years ago that has won some competitions would be interesting to see. At least we know the singing quality of Luis who performed at the Christmas Edition as a part of MYKids (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/terraz-jazz-10-special-independence-day-edition-the-report/). Plus, on behalf of regeneration, this group does suit our mission.

Jam session will be available after the performances. No matter what you play and your musical background is, you can always jump into the pool and join the other sharks. You can meet new friends and who knows, you might form your own band with new friends. It already happened, just so you know.

There we have let you know the menu for Braga Jazz Walk #13. Once again, this is a FREE event. That means, you can bring your friends as many as possible, and you can join the jam session any time you want to. If you have a band and wish to be featured, don’t hesitate to tell us. This event is created as a platform for any jazz-related musicians to express their soul, unleash the creativity and also, a place where you can gain media promo. If you are not a musician but a jazz lovers, you can be entertained for 3 hours straight. Alright then, hope to see you on Thursday.

Braga Jazz Walk #13

Date: May 14, 2015
Time: 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Braga CityWalk
Jl. Braga no 99 – 101, Bandung

FREE EVENT!

Featuring:

:: PANGERAN MUDA ::
Pangeran Muda Siagian (vocals)
Klency Lyman Lembono (keyboard)
Reinhard Woran (bass)
Bernardus Ajutor Moa (guitar)
Martin Julio Sutanto (drums)
Mario Ruben (saxophone)
Gina Dewi (backing vocals)

:: GALANT ::
Galant Yurdian (guitar/vocal)

:: PUELLE ft MARVEL ::
Ervita Fauziah (vocal)
Luis Anastasia S (vocal)
Astiani Dewi A (vocal)
Cynthia Prilly P (vocal)
Marvel Timothy

:: FRANK & CO ::
FRANK NAVAYO (guitar)
Josua Stephen (keyboard)
Yeremia Liong (drums)
Christopher Andika (flute & saxophone)
Ken (bass)

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indonesianjazzfestival2015

Indonesia is not the origin of jazz, it’s true. But amazingly, there are so many musicians go towards this direction, embracing jazz and breathe them to life through their creations. So many players, so many styles, so many flavors, shapes and sounds, until you lose count. While the long time players still exist, the new ones keep coming. While jazz is not the main thing in today’s music industry, the receptions are really great. The fact is, we always need a huge platform that can accommodate as many local talents as possible, an event where we can see just how rich our jazz world really is.

Here’s the thing. We believe you still remember that two years ago, in the month of August, a new jazz festival was born with many stories to tell. The name they chose was Indonesian Jass Festival. accomodating more than one hundreds musicians from local resources ranging from today’s toppers, legends to the potential and promising young ones. This year the festival is finally back again. We have heard the rumors since last year, but now it’s officially confirmed. With a slight change from Jass to Jazz, the 2nd Indonesian Jazz Festival 2015 will take place on 29-30 August 2015 at Istora Senayan, Jakarta.

As the realization of the initiator’s vision, Indonesian Jazz Festival (IJF) comes as the desire of every music lover in Indonesia. This jazz event has the mission to connect jazz lover, musician, and even the legends, placing the national talents as the host in their own country and providing chance for the young lions who are not getting enough spotlight yet to shine. The warm atmosphere in Indonesian Jass Festival should be able to provide an opportunity for all music lovers and musicians to get good time together. If you check their official website http://indojazzfest.com, you will directly see their mission and intention of the people behind it. They are back with Indonesian Independence Spirit, they wish to Unite Jazz appreciators, musicians and legends in one occasion, dedicate the event to the musicians as a way to appreciate the local musical creativity.

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The Groove at the1st Indonesian Jazz Festival (2013)

The logo which is built within the red and white colors represents Sang Saka Merah Putih, the Indonesian flag. The event itself runs not far from Indonesian Independence Day. This second installment has the tagline: Kita Indonesia (We Are Indonesia).

According to ALBA Productions as the initiator and organizer of the event, no less than 120 musicians will be participating at the Indonesian Jazz Festival 2015. They will be spread over 5 stages. Each stage is expected to deliver jazz in wide varieties.

The pre event including auditions to find potential talents have been running, starting from March up until May 2015. Some live performances are set to go in various locations. You can check the spot later through Indonesian Jazz Festival’s social medias.

We will keep you updated with more news. For now, should you need more info regarding the Indonesian Jazz Festival 2015, log on to:
Website     : http://indojazzfest.com
Twitter      : @indojazzfest
Path          : @indojazzfest
Instagram : @indojazzfest

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Jazz-Taman2015

Jazz in Palembang has been growing rapidly for the last several years. We are proud to see that some radios in that capital city of South Sumatra are actually active in presenting jazz to the public places. Last year in August, 97.5 Play FM Palembang came up with a great idea that connects the freshness of green nature with the relaxing, calming and pleasuring sound we find and love from jazz. The name of the event is JAZZ TAMAN (Park Jazz). The first one was held in 2014, just a day before Indonesia celebrated its Independence Day and got success. Having jazz on the green, filling your lung with oxygen while letting your mind and soul happy with jazz. What’s not to love about it?

Following the success of the first attempt, 97.5 FM Play FM Palembang once again presents this year’s edition of JAZZ TAMAN. Cool venue and decoration will be provided in order to accomodate the music lovers especially jazz enthusiasts with good quality jazz entertainment while enjoying the natural goodness of city park. And it’s all totally FREE of charge.

This year Jazz Taman will be held at the lovely Kambang Iwak Family Park, Palembang, on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. This edition features jazz crossover musicians such as Jazzyndicate, The Pure Acoustic and special performance by Leonardo & His Impeccable Six.

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We have watched and covered Leonardo & His Impeccable Six a couple of times since 2013 and urge you not to miss it. The rockabily-swing connection in Indie music scene courtesy of Leonardo & His Impeccable Six is like none other. Not many group take this kind of train, but Leonardo Ringo and his team opened up a new ride with their rebelious swing with additional assorted flavors. How is it like? More or less, they play swing with Rock ‘n Roll attitude, Blues and even Ska exist in harmony. The whole team proved that swing is not outdated. Today we can still go swingin’ hard without losing our youth. Rebelious, twisting, mind-bending, and when it happens in jazz plus served in the park, imagine what kind of atmosphere will be created.

This year 97.5 Play FM Palembang collaborated with various institutions such as Bank Sumsel Babel, Dinas Pertamanan Penerangan Jalan dan Pemakaman Kota Palembang, Carla & Leaf, PT Rambang, Boom Futsal, Reload Kitchen, Koran Sindo Palembang, Sumatera Express, BP Radio Palembang, Radio El-John Palembang, Jazzuality.com, Warta Jazz plus join hands with some communities including Palembang Jazz Community, Fotografer.net, Bike to Work, Earth Hour Palembang and Palembang Sketch.

In addition to enjoying the city park and jazz acts, players can also participate through exciting games. If you are active in Twitter, you can be updated through @Jazztamankota and @975playfm.

At the end of the event, there will be ‘Operasi Semut’ (Operation Ants) where the crews, alongside with the audiences, will actively clean up the park area to show support to the city.

If you live in Palembang, love jazz and enjoy being in the fresh, green nature, do join this good jazzy cause. Not many people realize, but actually we can have fun while doing our part in greening the city. It will definitely give benefit to the better climate and certainly make world a better place. You can do that while getting the best of entertainment, jazz way. Come and fresh your mind, body and soul.

97.5 Play FM Palembang Presents: Jazz Taman

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Kambang Iwak Family Park, Palembang

FREE EVENT!

For more info:

MARKETING & SALES 97.5 PLAY FM Palembang
Jefri: +62 81368682626
Jl. Bay Salim No.1 Komp. Percetakan Rambang, Palembang

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kampoengjazz-2015-info

Established in 2008, The Executive Student Board (BEM) of the Law Faculty of Padjadjaran University has made several international musicians came to Indonesia and blended with various Indonesian musicians. As we know for this year they already completed the line up, so prepare yourself for The 7th International Kampoeng Jazz year 2015, people! Years go by and committee still keeps the tradition alive. So as usual this event will be held at kampus Universitas Padjadjaran Dipati Ukur on May 2nd, 2015. Perhaps it is safe to say while Jakarta has its own agenda every year for jazz gig in campus, Bandung also has Kampoeng jazz as annual event we all wait for. Theme keeps it all together, and for this year, they go twisting Michael Jackson’s song title, “Don’t Stop Till You Jazz enough”. Yes, feels familiar right? Kampoeng jazz has its own teaser you can check in YouTube and they use one of Michael Jackson’s upbeat hits “Don’t Stop till You Get Enough” as soundtrack. Feel the vibes and the spirit through that video and this is more about Kampoeng Jazz 2015.

The committee surely gives their best into this event and as we can see through many social media, they already started to spread the news about Kampoeng Jazz many months ago. Many promos, many ticket boxes, and many quizes are the ways to remind people that next month are the time for this big event of jazz. Aside band audition, call for tenants and bazaar, Kampoeng Jazz also create a challenge in their instagram. Four winners from this challenge will get the opportunity to have tickets, meet greet free pass, and t-shirts for free. Maybe you fellas want to check out their instagram, challenge your sense of arts, and meet us at the gig.

After Renee Olstead, Tahiti 80, Sondre Lerche, and several other international musicians performed last years, Kampoeng Jazz will give us the chance to see Bondax and Jizue live real soon. Bondax is an electronic music duo from United Kingdom consists of Adam Kaye and George Townsend. 2012 was a momentum where they built their own record label and in 2013 they had started the music journey across Europe. Not to mention, they both still young and ready to conquer the world with their genre transcending.

Jump back to Asia, we get Jizue, a Japanese band of post-rock and jazz influenced genre. Actually the name of this band can be considered unique because it is a derivation of French soccer legend nickname, Zinedine Zidane (Zizou). Yup, not only they love jazz, they also put their heart in soccer. Many albums has created from these talented musicians and smooth jazz, electronic guitar, piano, salsa add many color to their play.

krakatau, jazzualityKrakatau Reunion at last year’s Kampoeng Jazz 2014

Bandung is a place full of creative people and the atmosphere of this city is full of arts. No wonder it has formed many big names in Indonesian music. Gigi, Mocca, Kahitna are some of them. The idea of GIGI in jazz gig maybe leaves you a question. While we have seen the jazzy side of GIGI at the Java Jazz Festival several years ago, it will still be surprising to see this famous rockin’ pop group plunge themselves into jazz and established the GIGI Jazz Project.

Nearly 30 years Kahitna do their music and it all started in Bandung. Here they are back again to see their loyal fans in Kampoeng Jazz and we will be reminded to the first’s year of their music career where jazz clearly influence their tunes. Mocca once again go back home and will meet us also in this gig. Like they already said in twitter, they are preparing something special for Kampoeng Jazz, an unusual formation, and it is called Mocca and Friends. Have you listen to their newest album? Get yourself ready to sing along with them.

The husky voice from Syaharani along with Queenfireworks-ESQI:EF aren’t new in jazz are. We already met them in many events before and yet we always want more, especially from their newest album, ‘Selalu Ada Cinta’. Beben jazz, one of the founders of Komunitas Jazz Kemayoran, also will be on stage along with the Friends and fresh concept to entertain Bandung. Won’t your jaw drop to see G-Pluck Beatles, Endah n Rhesa, and Adhitia Sofyan are on the list? If those aren’t enough, Kampoeng Jazz still has Blotymama, Yura, Dried Cassava and Babendjo Sung Angklung Udjo to lay their tunes later. Not to mention three tops of previous band audition, let us welcome talented youngsters: MEP Trio, Salty Sugar, and Chakraborty who also will join the big stage.

Have you save the tickets in your hands? Now here’s the info about the ticketing. After the 1st and 2nd Pre-sale tickets got sold out, now they are in the 3rd pre-sale with the price of IDR 160.000. Yes, that worth all the fun you’ll get at Kampoeng Jazz. So do not hesitate to grab the tickets now in ticket boxes and other ways the committee prepared so you can easily purchase it. For you guys who already have it, see ya and let your soul affectionate with millions of pleasant tones!

Ticket Price: IDR 160.000 (presale III)

Date: Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Location: Campus Ground Universitas Padjadjaran, Jl. Dipatiukur no 35, Bandung

For more info:

Twitter/Instagram/ask.fm: @KAMPOENGJAZZ/ @kampoeng_jazz /@kampoengjazz
Website: kampoengjazz.net
CP: 081250805503

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NSJF-2015

Medan, the capital of North Sumatra has been widely known as the rock city for ages. But what’s interesting is that jazz actually lives and grows healthily too in there, especially since 2011. Since that year, Medan or North Sumatra officially has its own annual jazz festival. It was founded by proud Medan son, Erucakra Mahameru, Berklee Collee of Music alumni. He gave North Sumatra Jazz Festival (NSJF) as the name and set a solid and steady ground for jazz development in this particular area. Year after year this festival has been showing rapid growth. From using only local artists to international event, NSJF has brought colorful variation of jazz to the society. What’s interesting is that the local traditional musics are involved too in each edition, also the jazz and ethno musicians living in the city.

Now allow us to have your attention, especially if you live in Medan and nearby locations. This event is ready to launch its 5th edition. Waspada EMusic (WEM) in cooperation with IndieJazz Indonesia proudly present North Sumatra Jazz Festival 2015 (NSJF 2015) which will come soon on April 11, 2015, taking place at the Grand Ballroom of Karibia Boutique Hotel, Medan. It will start early at 4:00 pm in the afternoon to accomodate more local bands/artists and to give more presentation to the jazz lovers in Medan and North Sumatra in general.

Probably you’re curious to see this year’s lineup. Starting with the local talents, there are several bands consist of young lions to perform. Among them are Elnino (North Sumatra University/USU), Kalila Project (Universitas Negeri Medan/UNIMED) and Rio Riezky & the Band. These three bands will perform all the way until the Maghrib praying call.

It’s going to get hotter right after that, because that’s the time for big(bigger) cats to rest their case. First of all, the Medan/North Sumatra jazz-rock and this festival’s icon Erucakra Mahameru & C Man is going to open up the main event.

Also starring a senior bassist, Roedyanto. He is the founder of legendary fusion band Emerald-BEX. Roedyanto is no stranger to this event since he was among the lineup for the first edition in 2011 with Emerald-BEX. This year he’s going to collaborate with a new-comer who got huge potential to be the next big thing in our music scene.

 

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Next, the KadriJimmo. This is a progressive rock-fusion from Jakarta. This band is led by the singing-lawyer who’s also known as one of the important names behind the progressive movement in Indonesia, Kadri Mohamad. Kadri and Jimmo are the frontlines of this group, plus the legendary artist who has produced loads of hits especially during the 80’s and 90’s, Keenan Nasution.

Now, for youngsters, there’s a singer you don’t want to miss. It’s Teza Sumendra, the alumni of Indonesian Idol Season 3. He didn’t make it, but that didn’t stop him to find his way to the top, because today he’s one of the favorites especially among teenagers and youngsters. After series of participation in jazz events including Java Jazz Festival and Jazz Goes to Campus, he’s going to extend his jazzy path to this very event.

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bragajazzwalk-12

The Braga Jazz Walk was a two weekly program, used to be running on the second and fourth Thursday of each months. Unfortunately right after the successful Pre Event of Java Jazz Festival, the venue Braga CityWalk decided to cut down the schedule to only once a month, on the second Thursday. We do realize that it’s not enough, but we can’t do anything but to agree with the decision. We hope with all the limitation, our effort for the regeneration of jazz musicians in edutainment concept can still be carried on the best we can.

 

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So, who will play at the Braga Jazz Walk #12 in April, 2015? First, there will be a band, consists of young guns, that places two violins in front. The band’s called Violin Project. It’s still new, established earlier this year when two young violinists, Kiki Abdul Haqi and Raga Dipa wished to hold an internal concert that finally took place at the Auditorium Indra Music last month by the name of Violin Night. Their fellows are strongly supporting the duo such as Pandu Watu Alam (piano), Marsha Oktora (guitar), Satria Tri Buana (bass) and the talented drummer who has played at our event quite many times, Andi Pramudito. Funk/Fusion is said to be their style of music, served along with jamming mode. Since Raga is the personnel of Bandung rock band named Restless, you will easily find some rock pattern in their music. Violin is not the usual instrument to find in jazz and rock, therefore a band like this is important in terms of enriching our music with colorful varieties.

 

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If you watch Tesla Manaf ft Mahagotra Ganesha, you will find this next man to mention standing behind the keyboard. If you bump into West Java Syndicate’s gigs, you will find him too. He is YD Nafis, an all-round keyboardist highly respected by many young guns in Bandung. About 6 months ago when the Braga Jazz Walk just started, he told us about his plan of establishing his own group. It wasn’t easy to find the perfect ones to fill up each line, but instead of waiting, he started directly with whatever available. The drummer was already there, the young Alman Naufal who’s currently absorbing drumming knowledge and skill from Elfa Zulham. With a very minimalistic format they have graced some stages, including some appearance on our own soil. Later on we heard that he has found a bassist. Then we invited him and his trio to fill up this edition’s slot. He took it and told us that he just got a new bassist, Robby Tribuwono Saksono. YD Nafis Trio, that’s the name of his jazz band. Most likely they will go deeper in digging the free jazz with energetic improvisation, or who knows if Nafis has other ideas. But one thing’s sure, it’s going to be interesting and enjoyable.

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Then, the third band we invite is a band consists of students from STiMB (Sekolah Tinggi Musik Bandung) a.k.a School of Musicians. The band’s called Find Taste, with Billy Likumahuwa (vocal), M Rizky Pratama (guitar), Muhammad Firmansyah (drums) and Jonathan (piano). The vocalist Billy who constantly appears and jams almost in every edition of Braga Jazz Walk has a unique deep baritone voice and loves to sing no matter what genre he’s being given. Recently he’s been placing his interest in jazz singing that’s perfectly accomodated by having reliable compatriotes in Find Taste. As they have been showing their support by attending our event at regular basis, We’re happy that finally we can give one full slot for them.

 

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Normally we only invite three bands per edition. But for this one, we are proud to introduce a very special little girl named Nadine. She’s still 8 years old, but she could already play on stage like a pro and even joined much older players in jam session without any problem. We met her for the first time in the previous 11th edition. She came with her mom, and confidently approached us for joining the jam session. Wow. She played two songs: “Misty” and “Autumn Leaves” flawlessly, as if she has done it for many, many years. We have featured some boy prodigy in our event like Kafin and Jeremy, but now we found a girl, even younger but can already go surfing on jazz stage. Currently she studies at Venche Music School (VMS) with Nanet Ken Asri. Always feel exicted to find a new talent, and certainly it’s a blessing to meet a girl prodigy who rises so early like her. Jam session will be provided right after that, open for everyone.

We hereby invite you, jazz lovers and musicians in Bandung to join us in this event. It’s totally free from any charge. You can enjoy the presentation, you can jump into the jam session. We hope everyone can have a good time, jazz style. Don’t forget the date, 9 April 2015. All said, see you on Thursday!

Braga Jazz Walk #12

Date: April 9, 2015
Time: 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Braga CityWalk
Jl. Braga no 99 – 101, Bandung

FREE EVENT!

Featuring:

:: VIOLIN PROJECT ::
Kiki Abdul Haqi (violin)
Raga Dipa (violin)Pandu Watu Alam (piano)
Marsha Oktora (guitar)
Satria Tri Buana (bass)

:: YD NAFIS TRIO ::
YD Nafis (piano)
Alman Naufal (drums)
Robby Tribuwono Saksono (bass)

:: FIND TASTE ::

and introducing:
:: NADINE ::
8 year-old jazz pianist

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Finally fellas! the last event of PASIFIC (Padjadjaran Music Festival and Culture) we’ve been waiting for comes nearer. You probably still remember the first event of PASIFIC 2 we covered last December with the legendary Daniel Sahuleka on stage. Now, BEM KEMA Fakultas Ekonomi dan Bisnis Universitas Padjadjaran (FEB UNPAD) is ready to serve you (again) with their third yet main event next Saturday, on March 21th, 2015, located at Sasana Budaya Ganesha, Bandung.

Highlighting the same theme, “The Soul of Nature”, the committee did the second event at last March 8th, 2015. Our nature and green life are the main issue here, where they acknowledge the society to care the surroundings more. Taman Hutan Raya Djuanda was the actual place where it all happened. The event contained of two activities: seed planting and petition signing and they successfully reached 1000 participants to support land conversion.

Back to our focus, the top of all previous PASIFIC events, the third event. Since couple months ago, committee had spread online form aiming to know better visitor’s interest on the artist and lineup. As the result, they surprisingly made DEWA 19 to come performing in Bandung when the last time they had in Bandung was 20 years ago. Many people are wondering which formation of DEWA 19 will be perform, but one thing for sure, Ari Lasso will come along. Prepare yourself with their old-lasting-hits and come, let’s sing along.

The excitement don’t stop here. After their bad experience last time performing in Bandung where they didn’t make it, Sheila On 7 is back again. The committee has promised us via their twitter account that they already organized the time schedule the best they can to make sure you can enjoy all the performers on time without any distraction. Mocca, Bandung’s sweetheart, also will greet their swinging friends at sabuga with their cheerful tunes from newest album, “Home”. No matter what, Mocca is close with their hometown, Bandung, and get yourself ready to swing along with their warm-hearted music just like the old times. Many times we see their performances, many times we got surprised with their stage act and fresh arrangements. Maliq & D’Essentials is the latest band confirmed to join this biggest music event in Bandung.

Several months ago, PASIFIC had held band auditions and as result, Mahesvara, Lebanon, The Mahad, Summer Breeze, and Happy Man are the luckiest groups we will see as opening bands. These talented and creative young musicians you don’t wanna miss. We do know Mahesvara so well and proud of the way they uphold the traditional Sundanese trads along with their joyful, modern approach. As for the rest, surely they earn the spot too.

Feeling hungry while enjoying the gig? Don’t worry, your tummy will be fulfilled with many delicious food from tenants and bazaar at the venue. Until this info is written, PASIFIC 2 is still selling their presale 3 tickets for you who haven’t bought it. We already knew that presale 1 and presale 2 tickets are sold out. Absolutely you don’t wanna miss presale 3, right? Go grab the tickets for Rp 175.000. If you are willing to pay more for extra coziness to watch your favorite musicians, PASIFIC 2 has VIP tickets (Rp 350.000) and VVIP tickets (550.000). Yes, the lineup is not as much as the previous events, but these performers we mentioned above are absolute top of the line. See you next weekend people!

Ticket Price (available at RKM BEM FEB UNPAD)

presale III: 175k
VIP: 350K
VVIP: 550K

on the spot: 225k

Date: Saturday, March 21th, 2015
Time: open gate at 3pm
Location: at Sasana Budaya Ganesha, Bandung

For more info:
Twitter & Instagram: @PASIFIC_FEB
Website: http://pasific.feb.unpad.ac.id/

Sisil 085781812363 / LINE ID: sylcecile
Dimas 082233031916

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The last Braga Jazz Walk was used as the Pre Event of Java Jazz Festival 2015 for Bandung region with a superb success result (read the report here: http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/braga-jazz-walk-special-edition-pre-event-java-jazz-festival-2015-the-report/). We are really proud to make it happen and hope for another chance to bring more international/national superstars, but now let’s get back to the core of this regular community event which intends to push the regeneration of jazz musicians through continuous edutainment program. We wish to see this event as the home of jazz musicians and beyond, being a place where they can learn, practice and grow. A home to meet old and new friends, sharing, exchanging and exploring ideas to one another. Or maybe, even establish a new band. Stuffs like these have happened ever since we launched the event last year. Now, with the support of Braga CityWalk and KPH Music, we aim to see more.

Here we come to the 11th installment of Braga Jazz Walk. In this episode we have prepared 3 bands with players ranging from the teachers, fully experienced musicians all the way to tender young lions who are still in junior high school. Who? Let’s check them out.

 

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First, Olteje. Stands as O Learns to Jazz, this group consists of jazz experts in every corner; iconic senior drummer Henky Suparjan with Caroline Tjhi (piano), Okki Jatikusuma (guitar) and Leo Hansen (bass). When they met at Klab Jazz’s event, they found out that actually they shared the same passion in jazz. From there they practiced together, digging all kind of repertoires from simple jazz standards to the complex ones. That’s why they like to spread their wings wide on stage, reaching swing, bossa, fusion and other kind of jazz horizons. In performing, they often add more bites with vocalist and/or percussionist. If you’re looking for a pure jazztacy from traditional to modern, this group will satisfy you to the max.

 

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Next, Gallia. This is a colourful duet between top notch jazz singer Puspallia Panggabean and cool all-round instrumentalist, Galant Yurdian. While Puspall is active in several groups and often goes back and forth from Bandung to Jakarta, Galant achieves success as the bassist of Deugalih & Folks and 70’s Orgasm Club. With Puspall however, Gallant switches his weapon with guitar and proves that he can play it just as good. They have been supporting each other for quite some times and stood tall as one of the Duotone teams at Klab Jazz’s special event last August, 2014. What’s interesting in this act is to see how an indie-rock oriented musician/guitarist like Galant would sound when he takes on Cole Porter. As for Puspall, this young lady is the perfect one to carry this task. Let’s see how they cook the meals.

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Attention jazz lovers in Palembang and South Sumatra in general, you must be excited to hear this! Palembang finally have a jazz festival that features international musicians. This big news arrived earlier today on our desk. The event is called MUSI JAZZ SRIWIJAYA, scheduled for March 10, 2015 from 3:30 pm until 10:30 pm at  Palembang Sport and Convention Center (PSCC), Jl. Angkatan 45, Palembang. This event will surely spoiled jazz lovers living in the capital city of South Sumatra, because other than the shiny lineup, the event is totally free from any charge.

MUSI JAZZ SRIWIJAYA is brought to you by Palembang Jazz Community in cooperation with South Sumatra Tourism & Culture Office and The Consulate of the United States of America for Sumatra. “The appearance of Anthony Stanco Ensemble from USA would surely boost the spirit of local jazz musicians in Palembang, especially in terms of creativity and improvise”, said Zaenal Hanani, the chief of Palembang Jazz Community.

Musi Jazz Sriwijaya will also present collaboration between jazz and ethnic/traditional art of South Sumatra. Irene Camelyn Sinaga, the head of South Sumatra Tourism & Culture Office believes it would push the potential of South Sumatra arts much forward. Meanwhile, Trevor Olson, the Deputy Consul of United States of America to Sumatra Trevor Olson looks forward to see this event as an interesting cultural exhange program between Indonesia and USA.

Anthony Stanco Ensemble consists of Anthony Stanco (trumpet), Marcus Elliot (tenor sax), Paul Bratcher (piano), Sam Copperman (bass) and Jordan Otto (drums). They are going to play South Sumatra folk song in collaboration with Palembang Jazz Community. Other than that, the virtuous guitarist who’s famous with his lightning speed touch-tapping style and often called The Magic Finger, Balawan is confirmed to play in trio format. Joining him are Ketut Tarmadi (bass) and Warman Adhi Sanjaya (drums). The legendary female jazz singer Ermy Kullit is set to perform with local jazz musicians under BSB Band and CON BRIO Orchestra. Another interesting info, Nana Lee will host the whole event and also play saxophone plus sing.

More on the traditional music, the festival is going to present Sanggar Tradisional Kreatif Gema Suara and the South Sumatra traditional play by SD Yayasan IBA and Fashion Show in jazz. Other bands to participate are The ABC feat OP, 3 Ball Porta, HEI feat Nesia, Teguh Project, Celeste Voice, Espresso, Jazzyndicate and Staccato.

The Program Division of Musi Jazz Sriwijaya, Eko Adji Soebijantoro promised that the collaboration between Anthony Stanco, Balawan, Ermy Kullit, Nana Lee and the jazz musicians under Palembang Jazz Community will certainly bring surprises. This event is also plan to be held regularly every year.

It might be a bit difficult for you guys in Palembang to be in Jakarta for the Java Jazz Festival, but hey, now you have the chance to see some of the brilliant performers. Coming at you just two days after the biggest annual jazz meeting in the world (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/jakarta-international-java-jazz-festival-2015-exploring-indonesia/) and a day before the coaching clinic with Anthony Stanco Ensemble (read the info here:  http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/palembang-jazz-community-coaching-clinic-with-anthony-stanco-ensemble/), this is a golden chance for Palembang jazz fans to have something special without having to spend even a dime. If you are in Palembang and you love jazz, mark your calendar and be there.