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.