Jazzuality.com - Indonesian Jazz News http://jazzuality.com Get Your Daily Dose of Jazz! Mon, 15 Sep 2014 03:38:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 PIM Jazz Festival 2014 http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/pim-jazz-festival-2014/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/pim-jazz-festival-2014/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 03:12:31 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=15105 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 by Bank Sumselbabel that has been showing strong commitment to support the jazz events in Palembang, including sending in its representative called Bank Sumselbabel Jazz Band who will share the stage with Palembang Jazz Community in this event. Other than this bank, the event also involve 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 and Sumselbabel Jazz Band, 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.

In 2014 he’s been active with Bintang Indrianto Trio ++. The symbol ‘++’ enables him to collaborate or feature more players as he wants to. Bonita and Joel Achmad are some of the names who’s filled the extension. They have performed in many events such as Red White Jazz Lounge, Jajan Jazz Teras Kota, Rolling Stone Café and The Breeze Jazz Music Parade just to mention a few. Bintang has participated many times in Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival, JakJazz, Jazz Goes to Campus and many other big jazz festivals.

For PIM Jazz Festival 2014, Bintang Indrianto will bring two lions as his companions. They are guitarist/producer/arranger Denny Chasmala and the sensational young drummer Iqball.

The complete rundown is as follows:
10.00-16.30 : Festival Band
16.30-16.50 : Staccato
16.50-17.10 : Creative Percussion
17.10-17.30 : Teguh Project
17.30-17.50 : Dave Project
17.50-18.30 : Real
18.30-19.00 : Pal Jazz Com & Bank Sumselbabel Jazz Band
19.00-21.30 : Clinic Music & Live Perfomance “BINTANG INDRIANTO TRIO”

The event is free and open for public. Not only the shows, but also the clinic. Musicians from all genres and music school students are welcome to attend it. If you live in Palembang or nearby, do come to this event.


Date: Sunday, September 28, 2014
Time: 10:00 am – 9:30 pm
Location: Palembang Indah Mall
Jl. Letnan Kolonel Iskandar, Palembang


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Duality: Album Showcase of Tesla Manaf and Gerald Situmorang Trio: The Report http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/duality-album-showcase-of-tesla-manaf-and-gerald-situmorang-trio-the-report/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/duality-album-showcase-of-tesla-manaf-and-gerald-situmorang-trio-the-report/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:13:40 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=15122 Duality-Tesla-Gerald-AlbumShowcase


What a showdown of talents. The team of Tesla Manaf and Gerald Situmorang Trio finally nailed their album showcase called “Duality” in two cities. Last Monday, September 8th, 2014 they successfully hit Indro Hardjodikoro’s Jazz Spot at Rolling Stone Cafe, Jakarta. Before they visit UPH Jakarta next week, on the beautiful but cold night of  September 12, 2014 Bandung got the chance to enjoy the package of these two brilliant young guitarists.

As we know, Tesla Manaf and Gerald Situmorang are young guitarists who have fought for their music since many years ago from one stage to another. The appealing point of this show was how two distinct styles and concepts of music could be cohered and blended harmoniously in one single concert. The collaboration of creating this concert occured since they both need to promote their new album, which, coincidentally or not, is being realeased during close period of time. Gerald and Tesla is around the same age, they have the same passion in music by playing the same instruments. Eventhough they are based in different cities, both of these guitarists have made big impact in Indonesia’s jazz scene. They gave a strong statement that a calling is worth fighting for. Look at how these boys struggle in their early career. But then, look where they are standing now, while they are still considerably that young. It surprised us when they announced this collaborative event, but it does make sense and should happen sooner or later.


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What Gerald brought into this event is his trio, simply called Gerald Situmorang Trio which has just released an album entitled “Time is the Answer”. Gerald started the show with him alone playing a sentimental composition “Natural Thinker”. This composition brought out the sensitive side of us. Actually, Lawang Wangi is a cafe and art space that located in Bandung’s high land. Since the event was set outdoor, a very beautiful scenery of sparkling Bandung’s city lights was the background that naturally made a perfect harmony with the music, especially in night hours.

Before we carry on with this report, let’s take a closer look at Gerald Situmorang first. This man is skillful as a guitarist, great in composing and also ‘restless’, in terms of never stop producing something. He’s been active with variety of bands where each of them has different concept. BAG Trio came out at the first time as a jazz band, then they added more flavor and changed the name into BAG+BEAT with more team-mates and urban sound. He also shaped Hemiola Quartet and of course, his probably most famous band to date, Sketsa. It was born nine years ago, mainly as a guitar-duo concept (that stays until today), a showdown between him and Dimas Wibisana. However since they always love to place more sounds and wish to avoid stagnation, Sketsa’s formation is made flexible. They can appear as a trio, quartet or even bigger with vocals, violin, contrabass, percussion, clarinet and accordion.


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Back to the concert, the second song was “P & L”. He called his team mates to play with, bassist Ankadiov Subran and a drummer Jessilardus Mates. They came out and brought a fun medium to fast beat. Jessilardus Mates was the spotlight on the third song, “Keeps Coming Back”. The syncopative drum beating, the long-duration solo run and cool dynamics made him gain applauses from the crowds. Gerald and Ankadiov gave him comfortable space to show off his ability. The next song was called “Debu” which allowed Ankadiov to set his bomb. Gerald played a pretty catchy melodious jazzy tune in it. “This song is a reminder that we’re all formed of dust, so arrogance should have no place in us.” Gerald said in explaining this song. This reflective song relaxed our minds.

“Familiar Song” was carried in solo format by Gerald Situmorang and still led a reflective nuance to the audience. After this one, Ankadiov and Jessi back to the frame by bringing a light countryside’s freshness entitled “Old Stories”. Gerald put some effects to the guitar’s sound on the next song called “Dice”. They mixed a rock sound and jazz vibes in one bowl with high beat and each of them had a space to do solo runs.
Once again they served a relaxing tune in medium tempo entitled “Time is The Answer”. This title track already got a video clip which was released just a couple of days ago (watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmUpviQz8mU). “Getting The News” became the last song that might be listed under the modern progressive jazz. Challenging but fun. The temperature felt like dropping colder, the consequences of watching a concert outdoor on a high ground. Thanks to the trio, we got warmer by their presentation.


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Gerald Situmorang told us about his trio, “I’m so happy because I got two my closest friends to play with me.” Ankadiov Subran was like his ‘music soulmate’ that has played alongside him for many years, while Jessilardus Mates is his musical mate as the band member of Monita Tahalea.

More about his new album “Time is the Answer”, Gerald told us that this album can be used as an introduction for us to find out who Gerald Situmorang and his music really is, and it will lead to the upcoming solo album he plans to release next year. Other than having beautifully crafted music where jazz pulses strong, we always love the surprise factor in his music projects. That happens because he loves to try new concept by using different kind of stuffs and sounds, then put them all into the recordings. That move makes us able to be a part of his journey as well as using it as a window to see where Gerald is at one particular time.

Gerald, is a fine young musician who has the tendency to have borderless exploration no matter what format he’s in. Even with a minimalist formation like trio he still performs many manouvers and flies as free as a bird. No keyboards or other ‘melodic’ instruments to block the chords while Gerald runs freely, but they know how to make their music round and full. Nutricious show from Gerald Situmorang Trio we have to say. If you wish to get the album, you can buy it at our online store: http://store.jazzuality.com/product/gerald-situmorang-trio-time-is-the-answer/. The Gerald’s Game is always interesting isn’t it?


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Tesla Manaf and his team took over the stage for the second and final show. Tesla has been through quite a musical journey. We caught up with Tesla for the first time when he was still in his first duo, Bayu & Tesla with Bayu Kristianto. Later on this young man’s progressing not only in skill but also in trying out different concepts. He was in Ivan & Tesla, another duo project with Grace Sahertian called Grace & Tesla, then a trio with Gallang Perdhana Dalimunthe and Edward Manurung called G/E/T.

But the genius collaboration with Mahagotra Ganesha, the Balinese gamelan ensemble from students of Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) known as Tesla Manaf feat Mahagotra Ganesha seems to be his pot of gold. Maybe not really literally just yet, but this unique ensemble made quite an impact to his career. The album got sold out pretty soon and he caught the attention of MoonJune Records from USA that made him a fresh, new recruit from Indonesia after simakDialog, Tohpati Ethnomission, Dewa Budjana, Ligro and I Know You Well Miss Clara.


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While Tesla Manaf ft Mahagotra Ganesha’s “It’s All Yours” appeared again with the repackage edition under independent label DeMajors (click here to buy: http://store.jazzuality.com/product/tesla-manaf-feat-mahagotra-ganesha-its-all-yours-reissue/), he’s ready to launch the whole new concept for a shot to be distributed internationally by MoonJune Records. He recruited Rudy Zulkarnaen (contrabass), Desal Sembada (drums) and Hadis ‘Hulhul’ Hendarisman (clarinet/sax) and the quartet embarks a journey towards the progressive acoustic experimental music. Rudy is the bassist for the album, but in terms of  concert, his place is given to Khrisna Alda Radiansyah. With this team, Tesla managed to make an album with the funny title: “A Man’s Relationship with His Fragile Area”. The surprise continues on with the most recent news we got from Tesla that his international debut will come as two-in-one album. That means, both his quartet and the one with Mahagotra Ganesha will be distributed all over the world by MoonJune. His never-say-die spirit that sometimes makes him more like a warrior than a musician proved to work. Tesla’s project with Moonjune Records is expected to arrive in November 2014.

Tesla started with a song called “Chin Up”. Hadis ‘Hulhul’ Hendarisman came first by playing his clarinet and the other players came in to build a complete structure. They combined the progressive free jazz with ethnic sundanese sound. The second one was the song of long distance relationship, “Counting Miles and Smiles”. They went out from the normal jazz pattern to create their own pattern, still involving the Sundanese sound. The third song was “Moving Side” where the clarinet spoke even louder. Is that it? Absolutely no. They actually have just begun and ready to bend our mind and flip it upside down.


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Look at what came next. It was one of our favs, the spooky yet intriguing “Necrophilia” where horror and noir satire bumped to each other. Tesla and Hulhul created an interestingly different music hybrid unlike what you usually expect from guitar and clarinet sessions.”The Sweetest Horn” began with marching Celtic army, created by flute and drums, but then the strings completed it. Drummer Desal Sambada and bassist Khrisna built some variations of tempo and rhythm. “Where Are We Now” became the very last drop of Duality.

Tesla has a distinctive music style that’s like coming from a different dimension of brain and mind. We have noticed the seeds since many years ago when he was just started, and now comes the time for him to collect ripe fruits. As a quartet, the players sail towards the progressive-acoustic-experimental music where his nationality is shown within the pentatonic scales. Great ability to compose even the most complex piece, his braveness to go boldly beyond limit, visiting terrains not many have ever gone before and of course, fine execution with a perfect team, all makes the pendulum of fortune swings to his side. Don’t be surprise if soon he’ll be described as one of the finest, exquisite guitarists in the world.


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Being a musician doesn’t mean that you should just wait for someone to give you gig but you can start making your own. And hey, you can also collaborate with your fellow musicians in making a ‘double-show’ concert. Tesla and Gerald did it. A simple idea but executed well with fine results in the end. Both of them are ready to make more impacts with their new works. For us who have known him since they were just begun, we feel really, really proud of them. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t a one-night work, but it takes long struggling years. In the end, we all know that it’s all worth fighting for. They have became a good example in such young age. Well, Tesla Manaf and Gerald Situmorang Trio, congratulations and wish you the best with your album and future career. Shine on, jazz yourself all the way up!

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Reporter: Bintang S Tania
Photographer: Mia Damayanti
Editor: Riandy Kurniawan and Titus Firmanto

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Serambi Jazz 2014: SKETSA , Surabaya http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/serambi-jazz-2014-sketsa-surabaya/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/serambi-jazz-2014-sketsa-surabaya/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 08:23:18 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=15087 SerambiJazz-Surabaya-2014-Sketsa


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.

As the name of the band is Sketsa, uniquely this project can create many different hybrids that is highly unpredictable. Who could predict that they would stretch the band from just guitar to ‘crowdier’ sounds involving contrabass, violin, percussion, clarinet, accordion and some vocals in adding up some more aestethic taste? But they did it. In any formations, Sketsa happily flies higher than genre. They serve rich varieties of sound, from jazz, bossanova, folk, pop and ethnics, not separately but in harmony to create enjoyable sounds that fits the ear of anyone who loves music.

Mainly Sketsa is, and will always be a dynamic guitar duo between Gerald and Dimas. That’s the core formation of Sketsa. Having said that, this duo can expand the size with more players in various formations depending on the musical requirements and type of events. “Both me and Dimas always love to have more tones by adding other instruments than guitar.” said Gerald to us. Moreover, Gerald once told us that he needed new exploration to avoid stagnation. No room for safe play for them, they seem to know that there are so many territories they haven’t been to, and they are more than happy to get into each and every one of them. They can come with both electric and acoustic. Just like painting on a canvas, these folks can sketch anything from simple things to complex and multi-textured/colored stuffs, all will just be beautiful. After the debut “Childhood’s Dream” which was more into electric,  new album “Different Seasons” showed how far they dare to go, this time in acoustic. By using kind of ‘unsual’ instruments than the ones normally used in a combo, Sketsa shows that creativity is really beyond limit.


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Since Sketsa loves to give surprises, all of a sudden they come up with a new trio formation. Both Gerald Situmorang and Dimas Wibisana will be there, plus Andreas Arianto Yanuar on accordion and clarinet. Speaking of trio formation of Sketsa, they have done it before with violist Dika Chasmala many times. But Dika won’t be able to play this time since he got a gig in Austria. So, Sketsa decided to add Andreas for this event. As for Andreas, he’s definitely not a newcomer in Sketsa since he has played with the band since 2010 and also involved in the second album, “Different Seasons”.

As a man who’s always evolving, Gerald never minds himself to be busy. Imagine this: he will be in Bandung playing as Gerald Situmorang Trio on September 12 (Duality Album Showcase with Tesla Manaf: http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/duality-album-showcase-of-tesla-manaf-and-gerald-situmorang-trio/) , but then the next day he will be in Surabaya for Serambi Jazz with Sketsa. Different concepts, different bands in two different cities in just two days in a row shows how this man’s filled with enthusiasm and passion with loads of energy to keep doing something he really loves, playing music.

If you live in Surabaya, you should thank Goethe Insitut and Wisma Jerman for taking this unique band to you and allowing you to enjoy their performance without having to pay even a single penny. All you have to do is just come. Bring your family and friends and enjoy the Serambi Jazz in Surabaya with Sketsa in Trio formation as the highlight.

Serambi Jazz 2014: SKETSA, Surabaya

Gerald Hiras Situmorang (guitar)
Dimas Budi Satria wibisana (guitar)
Andreas Arianto Yanuar (accordion/clarinet)

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm – onwards
Location: Ciputra Hall, Performing Arts Centre, Sekolah Ciputra, Puri Widya Kencana, Citraland, Surabaya


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Salamander Big Band Meets Ack van Rooyen: A Jazz Life – The Report http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/salamander-big-band-meets-ack-van-rooyen-a-jazz-life-the-report/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/salamander-big-band-meets-ack-van-rooyen-a-jazz-life-the-report/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 20:14:13 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=15111 salamanderbigband-ackvanrooyen-jazzuality


How relevant is a big band today, especially in a far away country from the origin of jazz like Indonesia? It’s far from the current trend, we don’t hear or see it often on TVs or radios, yet you’ll be surprised to see how many audience a big band could get in a concert. This Salamander Big Band‘s 8th Anniversary Concert in Bandung again got huge crowds, at least around 500 people or even more. Many of the audiences had to stand since all seats were taken, and many of them were youngsters. Another huge success for Salamander Big Band. Well prepared, great choice of songs, wonderfully executed, all resulting an epic concert.

Let’s see the case of this highly successful Big Band in Bandung for example, the Salamander Big Band. They don’t make concerts that often, only two to three times a year. But once they make one, it’s always that good or even sensational. For us who have covered their concert since 2008, we have seen tremendous progress of it. They keep the traditional formation of a Big Band like Count Basie’s ensemble, they are absolutely great in swinging, but they can cover more musical horizons too like fusing in some traditionals or going European style. They have served many collaborations with legendary musicians from Europe like Dieter Mack or Thorsten Wollman. Not only have them in concert, but the Salamander Big Band has been fortunate to learn from them as well. This year once again they got the previlege to have it from a legendary Dutchman from The Hague/NL, Mr Ack van Rooyens. Organized by Goethe-Institut Indonesien in corporation with Erasmus Huis, Salamander Big Band’s 8th Annivesary’s served grand in 3 locations: Bandung (Bumi Sangkuriang), Jakarta (Erasmus Huis and GoetheHaus). 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.


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Maybe you don’t hear the name that often in Indonesia, but Ack van Rooyen is actually one of the most important names in European music scene especially in jazz. Ack van Rooyen was born on New Year’s Day of 1930 and already started playing flugelhorn since he was only 7 years of age. On a trip to US with brother Jerry van Rooyen and Rob Pronk, they heard jazz in New York and were among the first to introduce it to Holland. When he moved to Germany, Ack joined SFB Big Band in Berlin, also the SDR Orchestra in Stuttgart. He toured with Wolfgang Dauner and Albert Mangelsdorff all the way to Asia and South America. He’s also a charter member of United Jazz and Rock Ensemble plus Peter Herbolzheimer’s Rhythm Combination and Brass.

Not many of today’s generation know it, but Ack van Rooyen is closely related to Indonesia. In 1946 when the van Rooyens were members of a big band, interestingly they made music here in Indonesia. It was also here in Indonesia when Ack heard bebop for the first time. According to him, it became one of the most important milestones in his life, something that inspired him for the rest of his life. Speaking more specifically about one of the cities he’s going to visit, Bandung, this capital of West Java was the place where he made the acquaintance of Rob Pronk, the prolific Indonesian-born musician, composer and arranger who was later on working extensively with the siblings. A lot of nostalgia and memory must this be for him, therefore this year’s series of concert tour will also be used as a tribute or to pay respect to brother Jerry van Rooyen and Rob Pronk. A very important tribute to Ack van Rooyen’s life, could be the most important one, and Salamander Big Band is the ensemble for him to go with.


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We came to the Salamander Big Band meets Ack van Rooyen: “A Jazz Life” (8th Anniversary Concert) in Bumi Sangkuriang Bandung on the lovely night of Monday (September 8, 2014). The concert began a few minutes after 7:30 pm and sailed directly after the opening speech from Verena Lehmkuhl,  Coordinator for Culture & Development Southeast Asia. The famous song written by Frank Foster for Count Basie, “Shiny Stockings” was the first choice. The singing pianist Imelda Rosalin took it to the top, creating a glorious opening. The founder Devy Ferdianto himself stood as the conductor.

Then he called Ack van Rooyen that directly told the audience that he was here in Bandung for the first time in 1948. “There’s a song I played back then that I still remember until now,” he said, and it was the ever-lovely “Moonlight Serenade”. They were like setting up a time capsule, sending more than 500 audiences to the swingin’ era in the 40’s. It was magic!


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In “Walking Tip Toe”, Ack introduced the trumpeter to stand in front, Brury Effendi. This man matched Ack with his flugelhorn in the front row. They spread harmony, backing each other up and exchanged punch lines. Once again loud applauses were given to the team. Another Ack’s original song came next, “Autumn Bugle”. It’s a sentimental song, sweet and touching that could bring happy tears to those who hears it.

While Mr Ack took some rest, Devy Ferdianto introduced his vocal lines, the Salamander Voices. Four singers (Devi Remondi, Lia Amalia, Sekar Teja Inten and Adi Sigerra) joined the 18-piece big band. They covered an Indonesian evergreen song written by Maladi, “Di Bawah Sinar Bulan Purnama” very, very beautifully.  Since “Di Bawah Sinar Bulan Purnama” means “Under the Light of the Full Moon”,  something strange happened tonight. We don’t know if the musicians and audience realize this or not, but a shiny full moon actually graced the night sky outside the hall. Speaking of coincidence.


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A song from Rob Pronk, a legendary Dutch musician with Indonesian blood (he was born in Malang, Indonesia) was the next piece. It was a pentatonic-based song called “Sinta”. Not an easy repertoire, yet they all did very well in bringing it back alive. The sweet night continued on with Imelda Rosalin back on vocal. She sang another standards, “It Could Happen to You”. Then the first session reached the end with the song everyone know so well, “Route 66″. The guitarist Bramania Bachtiar did a cool rock n roll solo, while the Salamander Voices was captivating.


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The second session started with Matt Ashworth on flute stood right beside Ack. The ensemble played “Elusive” really well. Then Ack conducted everyone to hum along with some guitar lines, and that was the opening of the next song, “Sometime Ago” in swingin’ Blues. Bram once again showed his tasty blues line on guitar, but many other musicians got their own round too, from Imelda on piano, Brury on flugelhorn, Matt Ashworth on saxophone, Gallang Perdhana on contrabass, to Agustinus on drums, they all had fun with Ack’s flugelhorn who once again involved the audience’s humming sound brilliantly in this song. No wonder this song got the biggest applauses up to this point.


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“Day In, Day Out”, a 1939 song by Rube Bloom and Johnny Mercer took a fast swing lane with Imelda’s vocal plus Brury’s solo run in the middle, followed by a very old standard, “For Heaven’s Sake”. “Time to visit Brazil”, said Ack before the Salamander Big Band pinned Ivan Lins’ song, “Commeçar de Novo”. A piece written by Jerry van Rooyen “Tailspinning” took us back to the jazz path. Matt Asworth gave a cool improvisation lines in this composition which is probably the most difficult piece they play this year. “Because I Love You” brought back the sentimental mood to us. Devy introduced the whole players before serving up the last song, a Jimmy Dorsey’s piece, “Tangerine”. Trumpeter Egi Bayu who got promoted from Sangkuriang Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO) to Salamander Big Band did very well in it. More solo runs and energetic playing sealed the official show with an ace.


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Since it was very beautiful, the audience of course asked for more. So they brought one last song, Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo” by involving all players. One interesting thing about Mood Indigo, this was the song that made Rob Pronk fell in love with jazz for the very first time. Also because of this song, Duke Ellington became his role model). As much as we loved it, the concert finally reached the very end.

With Mr Ack van Rooyen, the Salamander Big Band sent respect to Jerry van Rooyen and Rob Pronk as well as treating the audiences with a very special and beautiful package. Last year they explored many difficult terrains, playing complex compositions that showed how far a Big Band can stretch its concept under the guidance of Dieter Mack (read the report here: http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/salamander-big-band-7th-anniversary-latin-night-the-report/). This time they came back to the mainstream, embracing the true heart and real spirit of Big Band, just like the moment it was born and changed the course of music. Ack has taught them how to play as an ensemble. How they should blow the brasses to create an ‘alive’ sound. So tonight, we saw the whole team of Salamander Big Band involved their souls in creating a ‘warm’ tones with heartfelt dynamics on any given piece. We always know that Salamander can take up repertoires with high degree of difficulties but can make the more simple ones sound rich and majestic. Thanks to Ack, the Salamander has taken one step higher in producing lively dynamics throughout the performance.


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Ack is the perfect one to do it. He has a very long experience, more than 60 years at least. There are many flugelhorn players, but it’s rare to find someone who still can play it like Ack. The sound he produces with his flugelhorn is naturally beautiful, it feels like having a heavenly sweet caramel candy melts in your mouth. The brass section of Salamander Big Band should be proud to learn it from him. But Ack gave a lot of space to the rhythm section too to shine.

For you who live in Jakarta, you can catch their next performances on Erasmus Huis (Tuesday, September 9, 2014) and GoetheHaus (Wednesday, September 10, 2014). Both show will start at 7:30 pm without taking any charge. The first concert in Bandung was very beautiful, you people in Jakarta should not miss this one.


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We sincerely thank the Salamander Big Band, Ack van Rooyen, Goethe Institut, Erasmus Huis and everyone else (persons/institutes) behind this event. Happy anniversary Salamander Big Band! So happy to witness your tremendous growth for 8 years and look forward to see more updates from you. And long live, Mr Ack, may you be blessed with the best of health and keep bearing much fruits for many more years. We hope to see you again in Indonesia and give another unforgettable round with Salamander Big Band like the one we got tonight.

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Repoter: Riandy Kurniawan, Titus Firmanto
Photographer: Mia Damayanti

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HoliJazz Nite : Premiere Edition http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/holijazz-nite-premiere-edition/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/holijazz-nite-premiere-edition/#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 07:40:08 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=15093 holijazznite-1


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


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Salamander Big Band Meets Ack van Rooyen: A Jazz Life, 8th Anniversary Concerts http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/salamander-big-band-meets-ack-van-rooyen-a-jazz-life-8th-anniversary-concerts/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/salamander-big-band-meets-ack-van-rooyen-a-jazz-life-8th-anniversary-concerts/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:36:27 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=15025 SalamanderBigBand_AJazzLife_8thanniv


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.


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Van Rooyen started playing flugelhorn since he was only 7 years of age. Later he and his trumpet-playing brother, Jerry, joined a local brass band. In 1946 the van Rooyens became members of a big band, which interestingly made music here in Indonesia. It was also here in Indonesia when Ack heard bebop for the first time. It became one of the most important milestones in his life, something that inspired him for the rest of his life. Speaking more specifically about one of the cities he’s going to visit, Bandung, this capital of West Java was the place where he made the acquaintance of Rob Pronk, the prolific Indonesian-born musician, composer and arranger who was later on working extensively with the siblings. A lot of nostalgia and memory must this be for him, therefore this year’s series of concert tour will also be used as a tribute or to pay respect to brother Jerry van Rooyen and Rob Pronk.

The pianist of Salamander Big Band, Imelda Rosalin is really excited and looks forward to have Ack in the upcoming concert and workshop. “The point is, we can still dig the history of big band in Indonesia much deeper, and the presence of Ack as the primary source of information is so precious.” she said.

Salamander Big Band has established itself as one of the best big band in Indonesia that we believe can compete with any other big band from other parts of the world. Most of their concert has been completely booked, with the number of audiences that could reach around 500 people as we’ve witnessed many times. Jazzuality’s been supporting Salamander Big Band’s concert since 2009 and will proudly continue to do so. They can appear like a traditional big band that brings us into the time tunnel to reach the golden swingin’ era in the 30’s, they can go wild in playing some progressive compositions with many flavors, they can go embracing the pentatonic areas if needed. They can make you unable to stop yourself from dancing or tapping your feet, they can drop you into the most romantic zone. They can play nice and easy to make you fall into dreams but they can also take on challenging compositions that normally would take months to master.


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So, for this year, it’s Salamander Big Band Meets Ack van Rooyen, the theme is “A Jazz Life”, made as a series of concerts in honor of Jerry van Rooyen and Rob Pronk, a special concert that’s also made as a celebration of their 8th Anniversary. Since the concert will be held three times in two cities, you can find the most suitable time and/or nearest location from where you’re based at. Or, if you feel like it, it’d be great to be in all shows as well.

The Salamander Big Band is inviting you to celebrate it together, the Goethe-Institut is proudly organizing the series. We are more than happy to give our support as well. So guys, fancy a big band in a special concert? Are you a fan of Salamander Big Band or the ageless swingin’ sensation produced by tens of instruments at once? Or simply, are you looking for a great quality of jazztertainment on September? Whatever it is, we are hoping to see you there.

Salamander Big Band meets Ack van Rooyen: A Jazz Life, 8th Anniversary concerts


Date: Monday, September 8, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm – onwards
Location: BP Bumi Sangkuriang, jl. Kiputih 12 Bandung

Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm – onwards
Location: Erasmus Huis, Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav S-3, Jakarta

Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm – onwards
Location: Goethehaus, Jl. Sam Ratulangi 9-15, Menteng, Jakarta


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Terraz Jazz #11 : The Report http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/terraz-jazz-11-the-report/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/terraz-jazz-11-the-report/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 05:33:26 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=15065 TerrazJazz11


When we created Terraz Jazz, we planned something simple. What we had in mind is to push the regeneration process by creating a platform that’s free to use by any jazz oriented/related bands. They all can showcase their concept, skill either individually or as a unit, as well as getting experienced to play in front of the real audience and to taste how it actually is to stand on the real stage and be covered by the media. They can have the stage as a playground, the place where they can have fun while entertaining people at the same time, unleashing their passion and energy positively through music. And naturally, it should become a new spot for jazz lovers in Bandung to visit.

We make Terraz Jazz as a jazz-based program but open, meaning that we never close our door to any other genres as long as they are interested to play in a jazzmosphered show. We’ve also been trying to look up for unique formation that most people might never thought of. We have featured many special duos like drums-guitar, drums-saxophone, drums-keyboard and guitar-violin. We have invited full electric bands and acoustic ones. The younger musicians found on stage was 8 and 10 years old, many female drummers and percussionists, and speaking of location, we have had musicians not only from local Bandung areas but also from other cities like Jakarta, Bali, all the way to overseas like Malaysia, USA and France. And what amaze us is that all of these happened only in ten editions.


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With no intention of building an exclusive community, so far there are many regular attendances especially young musicians. Eventhough they had no schedule to perform, they just came either to watch or to join the jam session. We wish to keep it that way, making everyone feel at ease when they are attending the show. As our tagline says: “fun jazzin, fun jammin’, fun learnin’, these three aspects that are all rooted in ‘fun has got to be there in any edition. What makes us happy is that many successful, well-established or senior musicians/bands have given their supports and blessings. Some have even showed it by playing together with these young ones. We hope this to grow and continuously give benefit to Jazz, its development and everyone living in it.

So, just like we predicted, the Terraz Jazz #11 stood as a strong, solid one with rich flavors. We say rich, because there were varieties of styles and cross-genres in it. We spotted jazz fusion, smooth jazz, Brit-pop, blues and a pleasantful folk.

For the first time we featured a solo performer. We’re glad to have it from a young fella named Guntur Satria. We knew him when he came and took part in the jam session in one of the early editions. We directly got hooked on him, his magic charm worked just perfectly to stun us. From there we’re connected with him and all his updates.


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Guntur Satria has a trio called GFRtrio with bassist Farhan Faikar and drummer Raka Rizkyandi. This trio played at the 6th edition that was dedicated fully to Blues (read the report here: jazzuality.com/jazz-events/terraz-jazz-6-special-blues-edition/). The trio was just finished their recording session and is looking forward to launch their album. We’re planning to bring them again in letting them promote their upcoming album, but first we thought it’d be cool to feature him first as a solo player because we believe he’s capable to carry it.

He’s eccentric, meaning that he can be on his own doing weird stuff and unpredictable, he’s energetic, attractive, expressive and interactive. He could stun everyone when he’s on fire on stage. But surprisingly, when he stands alone as a solo performer he actually got a different concept. We have heard some of his solo sessions in his Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/gunturblues) and we just had to feature him in this format. He was a mad blues player when plays as a trio, but in his solo he’s a lot calmer both in gesture and music. He goes embracing the country side while still keeping his blues-rock tone in much smaller dose. But Guntur is always Guntur. He’s still fully connected to the audience and happily inserted some real-life stories during his show.

He started in folkish pop by covering John Meyer’s “Stop This Train”. Then he gave his newly written ballad, only 2 days old called “Kala Rindu”. “Blackbird”, a hauntingly beautiful song of The Beatles written by Paul McCartney came alive from him in fresh country style. This one is a winning song, the song that made us impatiently has to invite him to perform in this 11th edition. He sang another original song titled “Sabar” and then invited his band members to join his session. As Farhan Faikar (bass) and Raka Rizkiyandi (drums) came in, he delivered Sting’s “Englishman in New York” which included some solo runs and free improvisations.


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Guntur told us that recently he found a self-enlightement about his music passion. “Actually I found out that it’s not the skiill that’s important, but how I can share my true-self to my listeners. You know.. what should I bring to make people happy and to be a part of their lives.” he said. It’s amazing when someone as young as him already found that wisdom.  As a one-man show, he explores his sensitive side and appear like an ordinary young man that’s just enjoy his mornings by having a bedroom session only with a guitar. He doesn’t have to care about vocal manouvers, he doesn’t need a show-off on his guitar-playing ability. No, no, he just needs to let his feelings out honestly, as simple as that. And that suits him perfectly. Either as a trio or a solo performer, Guntur Satria deserves a recognition. Mark our words, this man is going to be big.


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5th Avenue did really well for their second visit to Terraz Jazz. The first one was in the fourth edition last April (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/terraz-jazz-4-the-report/) when they pinned Cole Porter, Norman Brown, Roberta Flack and their own originals. Since we want to keep updated with their progress, it’s about time to have this cool fusion band again.

The band consists of four personnels. Chris Alfeus on guitar/vocals and also acts as the arranger for the band. Then the pianist is Stella Inke Pratama who also serves as the manager. The bassist is William Anthony and an all-round drummer who’s once active in Singapore music/praise and worship scene (also holds many achievements/awards in there), AlbenOctorys.

“Centrifugal Degrees” became their first choice. This jazz-rock song is their original work, and tell you, this could be a gem since this kind of music is ageless plus beautifully written and played by them. Then they went on covering “101 East Bound” and the smooth jazz version of Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You”. A new song titled “Membisu” took us deeper into relaxation. But for the last song, they took us upbeat again with another new composition “Come On Dance with Me”. The disco beat and funky rhythm was really delicious to listen to.


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Once again they wowed us. Other than serving their meals tasty and chilled, they also creates a different way to enjoy instrumental numbers by involving cool scat-singing runs that fell into exactly the same notes from guitar played by the same man. Essential play in every line, tight as a unit. Since 5th Avenue are active in Weddings and parties, we can imagine how lovely it is to have them as the band. But with the quality the band has, 5th Avenue can and should also play in jazz stages as well. Being as one of the finalists of Jazz Goes to Campus (JGTC) Competition last year is a straight and solid proof of the band’s strength. This kind of band should have albums, and you’ll be their fans if your taste lies in the range of funky fusion and smooth jazz. We felt happy and relaxed by the performance at the same time. Sweet.


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Speaking of bands active in weddings and parties, here’s another recommended one, especially if you prefer an acoustic one. It’s Poinkustik. They have landed on many spots including having a regular gig at the same place, Terrazo Food Venue every Wednesday. We thought, since we are all using the same place, why didn’t we invite them to Terraz Jazz? We were in touch with Firman and his wife, the manager/sound engineer Regina, and happily they agreed.

This acoustic band is unique due to its multifaceted style. They can go with any concept just as good, from rock, pop, soul, funk to jazz without any problem. The members are Firman and Olive (vocals), Vik (guitar), Reo (keyboard), Boif (bass) and Uci (drums/cajon). They have served as the opening band for big names like Kahitna and Sammy Simorangkir, now it’s time to taste the jazz side of them.

Reo couldn’t make it, but the band was still able to carry their show without problem. Surprise, surprise, in this event this acoustic band went electric. And they did it well too. After BLP’s “Mati Saja” as an energetic opening, Firman left the center stage and let Olive sang Sky’s “You”. Erwin “Mr Uye” Saz’s hit “Sumitro Rojali” took them deeper into jazz. Olive once again ruled with”Bye-Bye” Raisa then gave the center stage to Firman to party with Michael Buble’s “It’s A Beautiful Day”.  Firman’s voice sounded exactly like the original singer that we would think it was Mr Buble himself on the stage if we had our eyes close. Olive then got her turn again with Britney Spears’ “Toxic” in a whole different arrangement and made it as the final song from them.


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The audience tonight should get the point, that an acoustic band can do so much more than one ever think of if they have strong lineup like Poinkustik. They all know their role and give essential contributions to everything they bring. Speaking of the vocalists, both are wide ranged and excellent. Firman also works as a vocal teacher, and Olive was actually one of his former students. And since the keyboardist wasn’t there, Vik as the guitarist did very well in covering the role of the pianist and himself all at once. Colorful music, interactive and entertaining. We’re proud to have them in one of Terraz Jazz edition, hope this won’t be the last time we see them gracing this event.


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Jam Session was served directly right after. As this edition got many skillful musicians who dare to take step on jam, it was crowded right from the very first run. Guntur Satria was back again on the saddle, along with the regular jammers such as Andre Fernando (guitar), Farhan (bass) and Rizki Jonathan (vocal), a designer who finally sat behind the drumset again already leaving it for many years Rabi Perdana. Ines who sang for Owcindful in the previous edition was also took position. All set, they went right away sailing with Maliq n’ d’Essentials’ “Dia” and Sandhy Sondoro’s “Malam Biru”. After that, Erick Gabe jumped in along with Stella (piano) and the drums was taken by Raka. This group turned the stage into a happy playground with James Brown’s superhit “I Feel Good” all the way until the whole event reached the end with group photo session.


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All in all, this 11th edition was a dope by having strong lineup and rich varieties. We got so many flavors, different styles, different approaches that all in all served highly entertaining show. Just like before, we got many musicians who came to jam or just simply enjoying the jazzy atmosphere and supporting the playing bands. We feel satisfied with the result.

We extend our thanks to the performing bands, jam participants, the audiences including mall-goers who coincidentally were there and enjoyed the show. Many bands to come, many concepts and themes to bring. What makes us excited is that there are actually so many jazz musicians in Bandung, or those who are interested to try. We welcome you all with open arms, no matter what genre you’re into. We never plan to make this as an exclusive community, we want it to be as friendly as possible to everyone. Let’s keep on making this event as a comfy home for you, where you don’t have to feel intimidated or being stepped aside but a friendly place where you can use to bring out the jazz in you as free as a bird.


Terraz Jazz 11 - Photo Session


Hope to see you in two weeks from now! Hint: in the upcoming #12 edition, we will feature a band that carries the mission to bring God’s image in blessing their audience with good show, a newly formed fusion band from STiMB and a band whose name was taken from the Sanskrit word from North Indian ancient mythology that means ‘the best/the ruler’.  We will let you know in details later, but for now remember this: Thursdays on second and fourth weeks of the month are the time when you can have full access on Terraz Jazz, the time where we all can jazz together as a big, happy family.

Watch the highlight of Terraz Jazz #11 on our Youtube Channel:

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Reporter: Riandy Kurniawan
Photographer: Nia Kurniawati, Ayu Lestari
Video editor: Vierna Mariska Kurniawan

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Duality: Album Showcase of Tesla Manaf and Gerald Situmorang Trio http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/duality-album-showcase-of-tesla-manaf-and-gerald-situmorang-trio/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/duality-album-showcase-of-tesla-manaf-and-gerald-situmorang-trio/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 04:59:00 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=15067 Duality-AlbumShowcase-Tesla-Gerald


There are so many jazz events in Indonesia, but it’s not often to find something unique like this. Two guitarists around the same age that share the same passion in music by playing the same instruments but reside in different cities join forces in organizing an event with the intention to promote their new album which, once again, coincidentally released during close period of time. They are Tesla Manaf and Gerald Situmorang. And the event they are making is called “Duality”, an Album Showcase set to be held in two cities: Jakarta (Indro Harjdodikoro’s Jazz Spot at Rolling Stone Cafe on September 8, 2014) and Bandung (Lawangwangi Creative Space on September 12, 2014).

They chose “Duality” as the name based on the fact that it’s made by two different person that has different approach/style by using guitar as the medium but they have the same need. The collaboration occured since they have the same vision, that is to produce works as many as possible and share it to the public in the shape of album on CD.

Let’s take a closer look at them one by one.


As a guitarist, Tesla is the kind of brave young man that’s willing to risk everything in order to pursue his dream to become a musician. And he’s never stop making something. He had a duo with Bayu Kristianto called Bayu & Tesla, another duo with Ivan ‘AJ TheReal’ Jonathan (Ivan & Tesla) then with Grace Sahertian (Grace & Tesla), a trio called G/E/T (with Gallang Perdhana Dalimunthe and Edward Manurung) and of course his collaboration with the Balinese gamelan ensemble from Institute Technology of Bandung (ITB), Tesla Manaf feat Mahagotra Ganesha. They have released one album titled “It’s All Yours” which turned out to be a highly acclaimed album that got fantastic response from the market directly after it’s release two years ago, totally independently. On May 23 he released a repackage edition of it with indie label DeMajors (read the info here: http://jazzuality.com/jazz-news/tesla-manaf-feat-mahagotra-ganesha-its-all-yours-reissue/) with two new tracks. A success story that finally came to the man who deserved it most of all.


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But the success story doesn’t stop right there. About a year ago Tesla attracted the USA Label MoonJune Records that made him a fresh, new recruit from Indonesia after simakDialog, Tohpati Ethnomission, Dewa Budjana, Ligro and I Know You Well Miss Clara. Tesla quickly worked on the concept and came out with something he called progressive acoustic experimental music. As a quartet with Rudy Zulkarnaen (contrabass), Desal Sembada (drums) and  Hadis ‘Hulhul’ Hendarisman (clarinet/sax) he exlores the more high-classed artistic style of jazz that could simply place him among the top ranks of jazz guitarists in the world. We have heard some of the songs and feel really proud of him.

More about this upcoming album, his debut with MoonJune Records will be released soon in November 2014. From Tesla himself we got the news that it’s going to be two albums in one CD. One will be the Tesla Manaf ft Mahagotra Ganesha “It’s All Yours”, and the Tesla Manaf Quartet with the title that’s kind of naughty, “A Man’s Relationship with His Fragile Area.” This title track will be played for the very first time in both of the concerts.


Gerald Situmorang is a superb guitarist. He’s still young, but he’s blessed with complete skills, ability to write and limitless creativity. We have known him for years with different bands that each has its own distinctive color. The jazz band BAG Trio that later turned out to be BAG+BEAT with more team-mates and urban sound, Hemiola Quartet that dares to tear down the normal jazz patterns and place loads of spontaneous improvisations which makes their music appear as fun as jamming, and of course his successful group Sketsa. Sketsa was born 9 years ago as a guitar-duo but later got expanded much wider, creating a new dimension by having instruments such as violin, contrabass, percussion, clarinet and accordion plus some vocals.


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All of these mentioned bands of Gerald has already produced album, but it’s not Gerald if he doesn’t keep moving. On June 7, 2014 he launched “Time is the Answer” in the formation he simply called Gerald Situmorang Trio, featuring his long time partner Ankadiov Subran (bass) and Jessi Mates (drums). He got the idea for this album when he acted as the host of Red White Jazz Lounge’s jam session last February, 2013.

This album is like an introduction album to who Gerald Situmorang and his music really is. Furthermore, it will lead to his solo album which is projected to come next year. As usual he brings the talented young fighters, skillful musicians that he’s familiar with for years. Tell you what, this man is highly productive. He will keep on working on new stuffs for you to dig. It’s always interesting to be inside Gerald’s game.

Imagine a concert that you can have two fantastic group of talented young lions at once, two different concepts, styles, or even point of views, yet just as good. It will be a showcase of creativity, skill and imagination that will satisfy both hardcore jazz lovers and common music listeners. All free of charge.

On behalf of these two awe-inspiring guitarists Tesla Manaf and Gerald Situmorang and their respective teams, we invite you to the “Duality” Album Showcase. Be there and have a good jazzy time!

DUALITY – Album Showcase of Tesla Manaf & Gerald Situmorang Trio

Date: September 8, 2014
Time: 8:30 pm – onwards
Location: Rolling Stone Café
Jl. Ampera Raya 16, Kemang Jakarta

Date: September 12, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Lawangwangi Creative Space
Jl. Dago Giri no. 99, Bandung


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Terraz Jazz #11 http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/terraz-jazz-11/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/terraz-jazz-11/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:23:17 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=15055 Terraz-Jazz-11


Time goes so fast. All of a sudden, we, Jazzuality.com and Festival Citylink have done 10 editions of Terraz Jazz plus one Special Edition with Indro Hardjodikoro & the Fingers and Hadrien Feraud Trio (with Erick Sondhy, Yandi Andaputra) plus Nicole Gonzalez (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/terraz-jazz-special-edition-the-report/). Up to this point, we have featured tens of bands and hundreds of musicians. Other than presenting the talented local young lions, we have also invited top musicians from Jakarta, Bali and even overseas such as France, Los Angeles, USA and KL, Malaysia. For us its a proud achievement, but we are not going to stop since we still have many works to do.

In the 10th episode we brought a special Independence Day edition as the theme, since it was held just 3 days before Indonesia celebrated its 69th year of freedom (read the report and watch the highlight here: http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/terraz-jazz-10-special-independence-day-edition-the-report/). Now, here comes the Terraz Jazz #11. Personally, I like this number because it’s like reminding me of the first but double. Just like before, we feature three performers in the first session and then launch the open, free for all jam session all the way till the end (until the mall ends its service). You should have known the location by now, but in case you forget, this event is set regular to run twice a month (on Thursday, the 2nd and 4th weeks) at Terrazo Food Venue, the food court of Festival Citylink, Bandung. No charge once so ever, you can just come and enjoy the show, or even let yourself busy in the jam session.


terraz jazz 10, jazzuality, special independence day edition, hut ri, hari kemerdekaan, proklamasiScene from the previous edition, Terraz Jazz #10 (August 14, 2014)


Anyway, who are the takers of the showcase slot? If you need a hint, this edition will satisfy wide range of music fans, from smooth jazz/light fusion, acoustic jazz and … blues! Scroll down, we will let you know in details.

If you’re into acoustic, then this band will satisfy you at most. It’s Poinkustik. The band was established in 2009 and went through a couple of changes. Finally they found the solid formation that stays until now. The personnels are Firman and Olive (vocals), Vik (guitar), Reo (keyboard), Boif (bass) and Uci (drums/cajon). What’s interesting about this band is that they came from different musical backgrounds that enables them to spread the wings wide in covering the genres. Whether it’s pop, RnB, rock, funk or jazz, you name it, they have it.

As you see, the band is multifacet and each player has their own favorite genre, but they know how to put everything neatly under their cool acoustic style. Poinkustik has landed on many cafes, and other spots including at the same ground zero of Terraz Jazz, the Terrazo Food Venue. They are active in wedding, gathering, birthday party, grand opening/launching and so on. That’s not all, because they also have collaborated with some national musicians for example when they became the opening band for Sammy Simorangkir and Kahitna. If you need to see their gigs, simple go to their Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXBa8mBkoK6hNuK-nYJUnGw.

We’re happy that we manage to ‘kidnap’ them from their regular gig at Terrazo for this 11th edition.  If you come to Festival Citylink often, probably you have seen this band play. But now, they are going to cover some of the famous jazz numbers and probably original songs too. Let’s just see what Poinkustik will bring inside a jazz event, but whatever it is, we have no doubt it’s going to be cool.


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For the smooth jazz lovers and fusion fans, 5th Avenue will give this side of jazz to you. Just like Poinkustik, the band’s active in jazzin’ up the weddings and parties. The band consists of talented personnels with some individual achievements and special gifts. The band had their reborn in 2012 and running well ever since. The frontman Chris Alfeus has the ability to scat singing the melody he plays over the guitar, the way George Benson, Mus Mujiono or Ari Pramundito’s signature style. The pianist (also stands as the manager) is Stella Inke is good in pouring out jazz chords on piano. The groove is safe in the hand of William Anthony and the beat is provided by an all-round drummer, AlbenOctorys.

We have them performed at Terraz Jazz already, but it was long time ago on the fourth edition last April (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/terraz-jazz-4-the-report/). So it’s about time to have them back again with their tasty fusion of jazz, funk, rock, ambience and soul. They have some great original compositions, but they do interesting covers of some famous jazz repertoires/songs. Fancy guitar-scat-singing? Wish to see a neat fusion band that serves smart arrangements, ear-catchy songs that are easy to listen to? Then you have to see this one. Oh yeah, another thing, 5th Avenue is one of the finalists of Jazz Goes to Campus 2013.

Last but certainly not least, you’ll see Guntur Satria representing the Blues corner, especially the naughty sides. It’s Guntur Satria. This young man is awe-inspiring not only because he can play Blues really well on guitar and sing as well, but also since he always goes to the important point of performing: that is, to entertain the audience. He’s eccentric, meaning that he can be on his own doing weird stuff and unpredictable, he’s energetic, attractive, expressive and interactive.

We have invited his trio GFRtrio to play at Terraz Jazz on the Special Blues Edition last May (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/terraz-jazz-6-special-blues-edition/).  A little info about GFRtrio, this band has just finished doing some recording hours in the studio. We will invite them again next month, but for now we challenge Guntur to play alone. This dude actually has no problem when being asked to play all by himself, and we want to show it to you guys. For the very first time Terraz Jazz will have a solo performer in the session. To be able to carry it up, the musician has to be strong on skill, concept and charisma. And yes, Guntur Satria definitely has it all. “You know… what I always wish to do is to bring something that can entertain everyone who see me. Other than that, I want to let them taste and enjoy some Blues. Guntur Satria is still young, but we know there are many things we can learn from him. Since we also carry the educational aspects inside this regular event, Guntur can be a nice source to learn from.

One question: would you like to hear The Beatles’ “Blackbird” in solo acoustic blues? If yes, then you have to come. From what we heard, Guntur has given a new perspective to this song. As how Guntur is, he will bring everything that’s pure from his heart, honestly, openly and for this act, acoustically. You’ll love this man and his performance, no doubt about that.

The open jam session as usual is set to run all the way to the end. Everyone can participate in it. If you’re a musician from whatever genre or style, you can just come with your gear and jump right in, especially if you wish to play on stage but still have no band yet, this will be a perfect spot for you. This session can be good for the members of participating bands to drain the whole energy that’s still left inside.

We wish to have your support in our attempt to jazz up the Southern part of Bandung. You can do it by coming and enjoying the show, or even be a part of it. Fusion, smooth jazz, acoustic jazz and naughty blues are to be expected in Terraz Jazz #11. Since it’s totally free from any charge, bring your friends, family and your loved ones along and let’s have fun together!


Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Time: 06:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Terrazo Food n Venue (foodcourt), Festival Citylink
Jl. Peta no 241,  Bandung



Guntur Satria – vocals, guitar

** 5th Avenue **
Chris Alfeus – guitar
AlbenOctorys – drums
Stella Inke Pratama – piano
William Anthony – bass

** Poinkustik **
Firman and Olive – vocals
Vik – guitar
Reo – keyboard
Boif – bass
Uci – drums/cajon

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Duo Tone http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/duo-tone/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/duo-tone/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:25:39 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=15052 Duo-Tone

An interesting concept is coming right at you, brought by Klab Jazz in cooperation with the Institut Francais d’Indonesie (IFI), Bandung. It’s called DUO TONE, set to be held on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at the Auditorium of IFI-Bandung, Jl. Purnawarman no 32 (right in front of Bandung Electronic Center/BEC). Surely you’re curious to know more about this program, the lineup and some brief informations about them. We will let you know all the details right here in this article.

Duo Tone

Duo Tone is the smallest collaborative work of a musical pairing. It’s made as a vehicle where two musicians try to interpret musics and lyrics, either from jazz, soul, blues, pop or their original works to the unity and harmony of taste and color that can really represent both sides.


Perhaps you wonder where this idea came from. According to Dwi Cahya Yuniman as the founder of Klab Jazz, he got the idea after realizing that many bands had to pass the invitation to play at Klab Jazz’s events because some of their personnels were having another activities elsewhere. Many of these bands are actually promising, but they are stuck due to the empty seats left by some of the team mates. Klab Jazz realized that those who are still staying actually have enough strength to carry on. It’s a waste if they had to loose so many chance only because they require a combo formation (including drums and bass). That shouldn’t stop them from expressing themselves musically, because there are still things can be done to support these musicians in order to fulfill their calling.

Duo Formation

The incomplete formation that often becomes an obstacle shouldn’t be a problem any longer. Looking from the positive side, the lack of players can push the rest of the personnels to give their best shot. They 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.

We say, it can pushes their creativities or even skills. It will sharpen their sensitivities and make them smarter in creating a concept. Duo is the smallest collaboration between players that needs more than just ability to play instrument. It often needs charm, extra energy and ability to connect to the audience more than ever. That’s the homework, that’s the challenge. In other words, both of the players have to be strong and work in harmony to provide a musical dialogues that can be understood and accepted by the audience.


Repertoire-wise speaking, the concept of Duo Tone is being directed towards the classic pieces that have stand the test of time, but might have been forgotten or replaced by today’s popular songs.

The Duo Tone will present four categories: Cole Porter, Nina Simone, Soul Jazz and Male Jazz Vocal.

In Male Jazz Vocal, this program will cover the present-time’s songs. There are many outstanding international male jazz vocalists today, but unfortunately since they don’t get enough air time in our radios and televisions, most of our music fans become unfamiliar with the fine works of recent male jazz stars like Jose James, Gregory Porter and others.

Opening the Chance to Play

Today there are many venues (from cafes, restaurants, meetings, parties or small festivals) that require bands with small formations to play. The reason may vary, like the size of the space, avoiding too loud sounds that can disturb their guests or the limited budget of the owners. Playing as a duo opens up a chance for musicians to be in this field, something that they might not get if they only choose to play in combo formation.

The Artists

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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 is has a strong soulful vocal character. Step aside from the Django Reinhardt’s style that Satura is into, Agis and Opik will definitely give something tight and clean, the way they always do everytime we see them on stage.

This is the combination of Galant Yurdian, the bassist of an independent band 70’s Orgasm Club that also plays guitar with a superb jazz songbird, Puspallia Panggabean. We knew her since a couple of years ago when she used to play with Halfwhole Project, in another duo project with AJ theReal or in any other special sessions and we love her ever since. She has a regular gig at cafe Laos with Benyamin on guitar. What’s interesting in this act is to see how a indie-rock oriented musician/guitarist like Galant would sound when he takes on Cole Porter. As for Puspallia Panggabean, this young lady is the perfect one to carry this task. Let’s see how they cook the meals.

This is an experimental project between the vocalist of La Belle, Puspith March and a new sensation Reggie Badh. Reggie Badh once played solo, tackling both melodies with guitar and sing in Klab Jazz’s event “Et Alia” at the beginning of this year. Puspita Regi is going to pin the masterpieces of Nina Simone.

This is a newly-formed duo that was made especially for this Duo Tone event. Unlike the other duos, Yuricho Billy and Alvis Gusreo of Reo Richo combines vocal and piano. As the only male jazz vocalist in this event, Klab Jazz asked them to take on Male Jazz/Soul Vocal’s repertoires, ranging from the 70’s up to present.



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Other than those 5 duos, this event invites a successful duo Sarah N’ Soul as a special guest star. Sarah Herliani Saputri and Nissan Fortz spread their musical horizon around soulful Blues. They have supported KlabJazz’s events three times before, and Sarah was once joined the jam session of our own Terraz Jazz some weeks ago. Both of them are individually outstanding and highly gifted, but when they become Sarah N’ Soul, that’s another story. They know how to combine everything they have inside to create the magical world of Blues. This sensational pairing has some singles that has been getting more and more attention from music lovers. From what we see and hear, we believe Sarah and Nissan is a musical soulmate.

Interesting concept we should say, and we’re happy to support it. For the jazz, soul and blues aficionados, indie fans, those who love acoustic duo formations or even if you want to see the potential pairings that one day can rule our music industry, this is for you. Strong lineup, strong combination and strong concept in cool varieties can be enjoyed all at once.


Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm – onwards
Location: Institut Francais d’Indonesie (IFI) de Bandung
Jl. Purnawarman no 32, Bandung

ENTRANCE FEE: IDR 20.000 only

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