Jazzuality.com – Indonesian Jazz News http://jazzuality.com Get Your Daily Dose of Jazz! Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:45:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.1 Braga Jazz Walk #22 : The Report http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/braga-jazz-walk-22-the-report/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/braga-jazz-walk-22-the-report/#respond Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:42:30 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=16741 BragaJazzWalk22bIt’s certainly not easy to maintain the regular monthly event for many months. We have to manage the lineup according to variety of styles and formats, we have to think of supporting and/or motivating the newcomers while providing enough space for the success ones to join the party, either to promote their new moves or simply want to share happiness with the younger ones. Of course, we also have to deal with their availability, asking their most updated profiles and be ready to find backups if any of them postponed their participation due to some reasons. It’s not easy.

But now, looking at how the Braga Jazz Walk is doing, we feel really blessed. For a year and a half this event has been opening the chance for jazz lovers in Bandung to enjoy live music performances at the historical location that’s easy to reach without having to pay a single dime. We have featured hundreds of talents and tens of bands/projects/groups and the talents are keep on coming. Other than showcasing new bands to our stage, we are keeping updates on those who have played too.

BragaJazzWalk22-Tidbits (4)Full moon outside, some part of the city got heavy rain, but we all kept warm inside the mall with colourful jazz. This is the report of Braga Jazz Walk #22 where vibrant colors of jazz were found, brought by all young musicians.

BragaJazzWalk22-AndreArizky (2)We started with pop approach brought by a man who has been in many talent search programs, Andre Arizky. This pianist with baritone voice is not a stranger to this event. He has played several times including a special tribute to Elton John, in special Christmas Edition 2015 and in a couple of jam sessions. Recently he’s building his career in a new acoustic group Tiganama.

Andre took some songs from his long list of repertoire for this edition, and gave the theme ‘galau’ (in English: mellow). He began with John Legend’s “All of Me” with an excerpt of a famous song from Judika, “Aku yang Tersakiti”. Then he sang a popular song not many people sing anymore today, “What About Love” from Lemar. A slower, smoother version of “Englishman in New York” and then his ‘themesong’ for Braga, Elton John’s “Rocket Man” before closing his session with Tulus’ brand new song, “Pamit”.

BragaJazzWalk22-AndreArizky (5)Whether in group/band or solo, Andre Arizky always knows how to entertain. Thick baritone voice, good piano playing skill and charming while performing are always a catch. Playing and singing top 40s which are familiar to everyone’s ear gave a warm start for the Braga Jazz Walk #22. You may succeed in your career thoguh talent search programs, but even without it you still can have success if you are talented and serious in building your career. Andre Arizky has it all, so we have no doubt that he will go higher and higher.

BragaJazzWalk22-MarissaWigunaBand (6)Exactly on the same date of this event, April 21st, Indonesia commemorates the Kartini Day, referring to R.A Kartini, a prominent national heroine from Java that’s known and widely respected as a pioneer in women’s equal rights especially in education. The fruit of what she fought for can be felt even until now, including a young girl we featured in this edition, a cheerful 22 year-old girl who’s really good in drumming. Her name is Marissa Wiguna, and the band is simply named Marissa Wiguna Band.

We first found Marissa Wiguna when she was still a teenage girl serving as the drummer of praise and worship in church. Knowing that this girl has the X factor, we brought her to the secular world with a band called Out of 7. If before she was more into rock, in Out of 7 she digged more styles including jazz, soul and funk. While the band is currently paused, she found a breakthrough by being selected as the drummer of Singapore senior rock guitarist, Mr Moliano Rasmadi who’s famous with his band the Lovehunters. With this new band, Moliano in Rock, she aims an international career playing classic rock.

Still, we think she serves tasty jazz beat. As she is still in young age, we encouraged her to establish her own trio where she could gain better attention. Then the band was born. Joining her in this band is her own husband Widiyanto Sutanto and a bassist/multi-instrumentalist/composer, Farhan Faikar. They played together for the first time in a jam session at our event Javana Jazz Lounge last year (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/javana-jazz-bistro-3rd-edition-the-report/). Realizing that they like playing together, they formed an alliance as a band.

BragaJazzWalk22-MarissaWigunaBand (4)Her trio turned out to be ferocious right from the start. Taking Coltrane’s “Mr P.C.” enabled them to do a lot of manouvers, including a tasty drum-bass battle between Marissa and Farhan. They carried on with a swing standard “All the Things You Are” in boppin’ mode. A surprise came when they took “Ibu Kita Kartini” to celebrate Kartini Day which has been rearranged totally different in free jazz and once again gave a fully loaded action. Then, they hit the climax big time with a very difficult song to play, Chick Corea’s “Got a Match”.

Throughout the songs the players were really on fire. Widiyanto showed his fast piano playing using both keyboard and piano. Farhan did many delightful fast walking bass as he teased his team mates several times whenever he could. As for the band leader Marissa, she was captivating. This trio managed to catch the attention of mall-goers and dragged them to watch the performance. Complex compositions served mercilessly took people to the edge of their seat. Speaking of the letting out the passion in madness, these three stunts did it all.

Indonesia is fortunate to have a couple of great lady drummers throughout the years. But not many step forward to establish their own band. We think Marissa Wiguna should do it, and yes, turns out we are right. Whether it’s rock, disco or jazz, this young girl can serve lively beat. Good tempo, good control, good skill and the x factor, she should get good recognition she deserved.

BragaJazzWalk22-Continuum (2)The third band is a band with unique jazz, Continuum. This band was born a year ago in Bandung. Some of them are working in Jakarta, but they still come to perform frequently to Bandung. Starting as a trio, lately the band has added a vocalist. Continuum are Willyam Yuzaq (drums), Hajar Asyura (guitar), Dyva (bass) and a young lady with smooth but mysterious vocal tone, Mirna Nurmala. We have invited them to our other event in Bumi Sangkuriang, but it’s time to have them tasted the Braga stage.

Continuum started as a jazz trio, playing a song from the guitarist of Esperanza Spalding, Matthew Stevens titled “Woodwork”. Hajar stood tall and strong in front on this one. Mirna joined the boys shortly after and sang “Nakamarra” from Hiatus Kaiyote’s collection. The eerie version of Sundanese classic “Bubuy Bulan” gave a strong statement of how noir can they go. Then, “God Bless the Child” came in a different way. To seal their gig, they chose a song they played so well from The Jongens Quartet, “Miss Jones”.

BragaJazzWalk22-Continuum (6)On the surface it seems like they are playing standard, but if you listen carefully you will get the impression that they actually have some more nuances in their music which gives contribution in building a strong musical chararcter. While Mirna works well in front to paint strong color, Willyam Yuzaq who is also the drummer of Radhini gives sharp beats. Hajar is a great jazz guitarist graduated from Venche Music School up to the advance class and Dyva is essential on bass. A good jazz band like this should keep their existance, which becomes one of the reasons why we are proud to bring them in to this event.

BragaJazzWalk22-5Petani (1)The jazz scene in Bandung is currently in great weather. There are many jazz communities appear everywhere with loads of talents. What’s good about this is that the communities are not competing with one another. As one of the clear evidences, here we invited a very good band from Butterfieldjazz Society to play for the very first time. The name is 5Petani (in English: 5 Farmers).

5Petani consists of 6 personnels: Gerson Valdo Siahaan (keyboard) Frank Navayo Pattinasarany (guitar), Fauzan Rijal (bass), Yoga Wardana Kusumah (acoustic guitar), Athina Niassrin Muhamad (saxophone) and Arbi (drum). Occasionally they have two additional players: Hilmi (percussion) and Sidix (flute/bamboo flute). All personnel agreed that agriculture is the prime mover of the Indonesian economy, and farmers stand at the tip of the spear, that’s philosophy that the “5Petani” hold in mind in sharing their heart and soul through music to their audience.

They were formed just two years ago, in mid 2014. But they do move fast. They have performed at the Java Jazz Festival and currently aim big especially after releasing their EP. We planned to invite them since at least 6 months ago, but only now finally we got the chance to do so.

BragaJazzWalk22-5Petani (3)The complete ensemble of jazz farmers took their position on stage, as we interviewed Angga Wardana, the curator of Butterfieldjazz Society. This band played all original songs in light fusion with splashes of ethnic from the sound of bamboo flute. “Pelangi” was the first, which immidiately showcased their awesomeness as both individual and unit. After this fresh-feeling song they carried on with another cheerful arrangement, “Anak Petani”. Eight young musicians were having fun on stage. Not only they played their instruments, they were playful too all over the stage. The third song was their single “Matahari” that went with a bit of Sundanese nuance, and then for the last song 5Petani played a composition made by Frank titled “Zefania”.

Just like land, music has to be culvitated to bear good fruits. So we like the philosophy this band has. The way they play and the music style brought us back to more than 20 years ago when Karimata was born. At that time, Karimata also consisted of talented young musicians who played light fusion with some ethnic musics involved. Now, 5Petani brings back to the joy. We wouldn’t be surprise if some dacceds from now they have the same success story. May success be upon you guys! And kudos to Angga Wardhana and his Butterfieldjazz Society. Man, what a band!

BragaJazzWalk22-JamSession (2)As we still got a little time left, we directly opened the jam session. The 9 year-old Nadine was the first to take the chance. We have featured this little girl a couple of times before. Now she already has two own songs and currently working on establishing her own trio. Joining her was Farhan Faikar (bass), Frank Navayo (guitar), Athfy Fadhlika Shafa (drums) and Erick Gabe (vocal). Together they gave a final blast with “Route 66”.

BragaJazzWalk22-PhotoGroupBraga Jazz Walk #22 turned out to be a very interesting edition courtesy of all young players. We thank all playing musicians who put up a good show, and certainly we thank everyone who came. We will be back next month on the third Thursday with fresh batch, including a pianist from Jakarta graduated from Groningen. Stay tuned for the complete info, see you then!

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Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night #4: The Report http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/bumi-sangkuriang-jazz-night-4-the-report/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/bumi-sangkuriang-jazz-night-4-the-report/#respond Mon, 18 Apr 2016 05:37:23 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=16716 BumiSangkuriangJazzNight4We started the Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night with simple intention: to bring jazz back at home. This old building with vintage, grandeur ballroom has a long history of jazz ever since it was built in 1957. Jazzuality.com is partnering with the pioneer of jazz school in Bandung, the Venche Music School (VMS) creating the event titled Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night in January. We are happy with the result. We got more and more people came to the event. Long story short, we now have come to the 4th edition.

Like in the previous ones, we invited the jazz greats from Jakarta to join the ensamble of musicians and bands from local scene.We actually invited only Johanes Radianto as mentioned earlier, but we are fortunate this time, because Johanes actually brought his buddy from The Jongens, pianist Dhani Syah. So, we got two great jazz musicians graduated from Klaus Prins Conservatorium in Groningen for this edition. Here is the coverage of the Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night #4.

BumiSangkuriangJazzNight4-MichelleEfferinandFriends (1)We are happy to have the founder of a well-established music school in Bandung who also has jazz in their curriculum. The name of the school is M.E Music Centre, established in 2006 by Michelle Efferin just a year after she graduated from Australian Institute of Music. As this school which is based on Encore Music Education for its curriculum is commemorating its 10th anniversary, we think it’s a perfect time to have them celebrating it with the public.

As usual, she performed under Michelle Efferin & Friends. Joining her are her long time partners: husband Richard Sirait (drums), Oggie Samuel (guitar) and Iwan (bass). Plus a beautiful young girl with delightful jazz voice, Celline Indrawirawan. What’s also important to mention is that this band is no stranger to this venue since they were heavily active years ago in the past community event held here. So in a way, it is like bringing them back home.

For this special moment, Michelle decided to go back to her first love, one name who made her fall in love with jazz for the first time, Bill Evans. “Bill Evans is my inspiration in piano playing.. I love his simplicity, beautiful melody, rich harmony and voicing”, she said.

BumiSangkuriangJazzNight4-MichelleEfferinandFriends (3)Right after we introuced her, she started grand with a song listed in Bill Evans’ album in 1961, “The Boy Next Door”. Right after that, Celline joined them on stage and got huge applause with a song everyone know, Etta James’ “At Last”. Celline is the kind of singer who breathes jazz within her voice. “Summertime” brought without Oggie, then the complete group sealed their appearance in happy mood with “Take the ‘A’ Train.”

M.E Music School has introduced so many kids to jazz and taught them how to play jazz right and fun. We have seen so many good talents coming from this school and we believe they will keep on making jazz singers and musicians in the future. Lovely package served humble but grand by Michelle Efferin and Friends. We enjoyed their presence during the 2008-2010 period in this ballroom, we love them more now. Such strong unit serving jazz in beautiful way. Happy 10th Anniversary, M.E Music School! We hope to see more fruits coming from you!

BumiSangkuriangJazzNight4-KrishnanMohamadProject (5)The second performance also shared history with the past regular community event hosted by Klab Jazz. It’s a senior classical guitar teacher Krishnan Mohamad. Although he is a great teacher and guitarist in the classical scene, some of his soul and spirit belong to jazz too. Just like Michelle, Krishnan Mohamad was active in community jazz events back then. We haven’t heard much from him lately, so we are happy when he’s willing to grace the stage again under the same name, Krishnan Mohamad Project: The Jazz Trio.

For this gig Krishnan brought in two young jazz lions: Samuel Andrean (drums) and Steven Anthony (bass). Krishnan started with solo guitar playing “Route 66”. Then the boys joined him playing more songs, from Jobim’s classic “Wave”, standards “All the Things You Are”, Another song from Bill Evans “Waltz for Debby” and then his own composition which kind of blends jazz and classical, “February”.

BumiSangkuriangJazzNight4-KrishnanMohamadProject (4)The structure of jazz is pretty much different than classical. But then, usually when we see a classical musician plays jazz, we enjoy seeing how they build a solid structure over the liquid jazz concept. It always gives us something different. We knew Krishnan as a good jazz fusion player based from what we saw before, but now we see his cool ability to play pure jazz with some classical touches here and there. Steven and Samuel did well, including some solo runs given by Krishnan in some parts. In the spirit of bringing jazz back home, We are happy to bring Krishnan back home to Bumi Sangkuriang.

BumiSangkuriangJazzNight4-NewEquinox) (4)Then New Equinox got their chance. Speaking of this band of youngsters, they have been shaped as trio since a few years ago. In 2016 they marked their comeback and keep their existance by involving various players. For this edition New Equinox consisted of Aries Ardiansyah (bass), Alman Naufal (drums) and a stunning pianist resides and studies in Singapore but currently enjoys his holiday in Bandung, Jason Limanjaya (keyboard).

Surprisingly this band of youngsters bagged the loudest applause and cheers. They began with a famous tune of John Coltrane, “Giant Step” in faster tempo. Then they took Miles Davis’ gem “So What”, went swinging with “Beautiful Love” and “All the Things You Are.”

BumiSangkuriangJazzNight4-NewEquinox) (6)Alman was on fire, playing like tranced and that forced the audience to applause loudly. Aries as usual served strong, essential rhythm. As for the self-taught pianist Jason, he was impressive. Not only he got good skill, he’s sharp too. His facial expression caught our attention as well, making his performance even shinier. At the last song he injected deadly dose of funk on a song composed by Pee Wee Ellis and made famous by Jaco Pastorius, “The Chicken.”

This new combination of players actually worked really, really well. Jason adapted fast with the other two, probably because he often jam in Singapore. Only a couple of practice, he said, but they quickly clicked and as the result, we saw a potential new trio. Maybe it would be difficult since Jason will soon be back to Singapore, but who knows. One thing for sure, they have chemistry, are able to build solid compositions and entertaining as well.

BumiSangkuriangJazzNight4-JohanesRadianto-DhaniSyah (2)For the last session we featured a great jazz guitarist from younger generation, born in Semarang but now resides in Jakarta, Johanes Radianto. He graduated from Prins Claus Conservatory in 2007 and Koninklijk Conservatorium in 2009 in Denhaag then moved back to pursue his career in his homeland. Soon after he started getting busy in the national jazz scene, playing in many musical events in the capital and elsewhere, from small gigs to prestigious festivals including frequent appearance at the Java Jazz Festival.

Speaking of bands he is in, he’s currently a member of The Jongens Quartet which has released two albums so far: The Selftitled (2014) and Industri (2015). You can buy the album at our online store here: http://store.jazzuality.com/product/the-jongens/ and http://store.jazzuality.com/product/the-jongens-quartet-industri/. Step aside of The Jongens, Johanes has also locked in some projects like a interesting guitar-piano duo with Dhani Syah.

BumiSangkuriangJazzNight4-JohanesRadianto-DhaniSyah (1)Dhani Syah, as we mentioned earlier also came to play. Dhani fell in love with jazz after listening to jazz giants like Wynton Kelly, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis. Like Johanes, he graduated from Netherlands. While in there, he was featured in Kestutis Vaignis Quartet’s album, “Gypsy Nature”. He received “The Artistry of Dick Oatts and Young Jazz Musician” award and became the member of Re-Bop Unit, a jazz group consisted of selected students from different country by Dick Oatts. Later on, he went on tour for promiting the album around Europe. Nowadays, other than playing with The Jongens Quartet, he is working on a new project, Dhani Syah Trio. We are going to feature the trio next month in Braga Jazz Walk, stay tuned for more details.

Johanes and Dhani were assited by two of New Equinox, Alman and Aries. This time Aries changed his gear to contrabass. They took “The Nearness of You” as the first song followed by Charlie Parker’s “Anthropology”.  After “I Remember You”, Johanes led the group visiting Elis Regina’s song from 1974, “Brigas Nunca Mais”.

BumiSangkuriangJazzNight4-JohanesRadianto-DhaniSyah (5)From there, they bopped again with “Billie’s Bounce” and then repainted a ballad from Billie Holiday, “I’m a Fool to Want You” beautifully. They sealed up their performance as well as the event cheerfully, swinging with a popular standard from 1926, “Bye Bye Blackbird”.

Nutricious collaboration was served chilled by Johanes Radianto, Dhani Syah and two New Equinox members who never met and played together before. Johanes and Dhani have added the coming of great jazz musicians particularly guitarist to shape up the quality of Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night. Ellegant and stylish, these two artistic jazzmen made it looked simple yet stunningly beautiful. Alman and Aries did well in accompanying him. The photo session became the very last meal as usual.

BumiSangkuriangJazzNight4-Tidbits (3)Hopefully from now on, you will already know that jazz will be available to enjoy at Bumi Sangkuriang every month on the second Thursday. Variety of jazz that are still rooted to the origins hopefully will give benefit to the jazz development in Bandung and compliment to the fans. We send respect to all playing musicians, the sound operator, the supporters, everyone involved and of course, the enthusiastic audience. Hope to see you again next month!

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6th North Sumatra Jazz Festival 2016 http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/6th-north-sumatra-jazz-festival-2016/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/6th-north-sumatra-jazz-festival-2016/#respond Sun, 17 Apr 2016 15:27:00 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=16735 northsumatrajazzfestival2016Once known as the rock city, Medan, the capital of North Sumatra has been showing its jazz face clearer and clearer for the past several years. It has jazz community where many young talents grow in, they have regular jazz events, and probably what’s amazing is it does have its own annual jazz festival. The name of the festival is NORTH SUMATRA JAZZ FESTIVAL (NSJF).

This festival was presented to the public for the first time in 2011. The main idea was to provide jazz event in the form of festival, but with specific and unique shape which embraces the local wisdom. The organizers persisted that it has to be different than the jazz festivals elsewhere which are coming more and more in the past 5 or 6 years.

While some of them fail to keep their existance, this festival in North Sumatra is still alive. It even grows bigger and better, thanks to the hard work and effort of the initiator Erucakra Mahameru with his Waspada eMusic in cooperation with indiejazzINDONESIA. They realize they have to keep fighting in order to keep its existance at the best they can.

Five editions passed, now here is the 6th NORTH SUMATRA JAZZ FESTIVAL 2016. It’s right around the corner, ready to bang the city big on May 4, 2016 at the ballroom of Santika Premiere Dyandra Hotel & Convention Center (SOCC) Medan.

You must be curious to see the lineup for this year right? First of all, we said this event will bang the city big because there will be some big bombs to explode. That, and eruption too. Speaking of eruption, the supergroup, megaband, the legendary, the one and only KRAKATAU is confirmed to pour its fusion magma. For you who have been following the music scene since the mid 80’s until 90’s, your heart should be filled with joy whenever you hear this band being mentioned. They did have some formations throughout the active years, but the most famous one probably is the third formation which comprises of Donny Suhendra (guitar), Dwiki Dharmawan (keyboard), Gilang Ramadhan (drum), Indra Lesmana (keyboard), Pra Budidharma (bass) and Trie Utami (vocal). This formation produced so many hits who are still popular until now. This formation placed itself at the top of the list since their first selftitled album in 1987. The huge success story continued on with more albums until 1990.

There are many factors that make this band amazing. True, they have jazz/fusion gods inside. By having such unit, their on-stage performances are always a bomb. Some mentioned it complicated, against the main stream, tough, explosive, powerful with many magic moments. The band played sharp jazz with thick rock nuances in the layers. But what’s unique is that in recordings they knew how to make it more ‘pop’ without having to loose the identity and true-self of Krakatau. In total, this third formation managed to sell almost 5 million cassettes (!), which should place them as the most phenomenal group in Indonesia’s music history.

But then, storm was hitting the band as they were experiencing partial dissolution. While the Krakatau still carried on by some of them and went more to fusing deeper into traditional ethnic music, this third formation was out for no longer than 25 years. In 2013 a shocking news appeared. They decided to reunite and used KRAKATAU REUNION as the name. Since then,  the band has been showing increasing ‘seismic’ activity. In just two weeks from now, Medan will enjoy its eruption. The complete third formation will all be there, so make sure to dip into the fusion lava.

Next, the festival is welcoming back the Korean jazzman/drummer, Chairman of Yongin Global Jazz Festival (YGJF) and CEO of Global Green International Jazz & Cultural Exchange Center (GIJCEC), Phil Yoon and his band, Phil Yoon Group. This Berklee College of Music alumnus is ready to reprise his great performance from last year’s edition. What’s different is that he is bringing diferent troops. Joining him this time are Jonghwon Lee (saxophone), Jinho Heo (bass), Myoungguh Lee (piano) plus a beautiful female vocalist Ahhye Cho. In the midst of K-pop fever all over the world, Medan will once again find out that jazz is still pulsing strong in Korea too. Let’s call it K-Jazz, Phil Yoon Group will show you how it is.

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The initiator Erucakra of course will have the stage too with his band, Erucakra C Man Band. Just like Phil, Erucakra is also an alumnus of Berklee College of Music. With his C Man Band he explores challenging music that on the surface might refer to fusion. But if you listen carefully, you will get that they don’t just play normal fusion. Erucakra likes it more to call their music as NeoProgressive Jazz. Other than Erucakra himself on guitar and vocal, the band consists of Omar (lead vocal), Heri Syahputra (keyboard), Rusfian Karim (drum), Brian Harefa (saxophone) and Radhian Suhada (electric bass). The band just got a big chance last November to perform at the 1st Yongin Global Jazz Festival 2015 in Seoul, South Korea under the invitation of Phil Yoon (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-news/erucakra-c-man-to-blast-the-1st-yongin-global-jazz-festival-2015-seoul/). As they had a blast there, it’s time for you to guys in Medan and nearby to feel and find out why this band is listed in ‘the most extraordinary bands from Indonesia’ by Phil Yoon.

Recently more big names are added to the lineup! Java Jazz Festival Hall of famer, the ‘in-house residence’ of the fest who’s widely known as a jazz master who brings elements of funk, R&B, rock and electric jazz as he helped pioneering the genre of fusion is confirmed. He is none other than Jeff Lorber! For almost 40 years he’s been nourishing the music particularly jazz with his magic touch. After enjoying his essential supports for many years of Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, we are excited to have him pushing the jazz forward in the city located on the upper side of Sumatra. Since he was also from Berklee College of Music, it’s going to be a nice reunion for him too with Erucakra and Phil. You love fusion, smooth jazz, R&B, with funky chops and bites? Jeff Lorber is the man.

Three considerably young talents who are listed among the nation’s top musicians are just in. First, the funky bassist Barry Likumahuwa. Who doesn’t know him today? He reached huge success with his independent debut album Good Spell in 2008 followed by the first album with his famous band, Barry Likumahuwa Project (BLP) 3 years later. Other than these two moves, he has made several side projects too and let’s not forget his contribution in LLW where he’s in for several years, also with papa Benny Likumahuwa, Like Father Like Son and Barry Likumahuwa Experiment among others. He played alongside Joey Alexander before this magic kid moved to USA, and recently he just released his solo album, “Octonary” which for us contains high dose of funky jazzploration in the hiphop urban world. Now his fans in Medan will have he chance to watch him in person.

The saxophone corner in Indonesia got enhanced by Ricad Hutapea. Playing mostly tenor and soprano, this man is highly capable in giving up a merciless sax attack in order to funk you up. When he’s going soft, his sax lines are seducing. He has released his debut “Jalan Pertama” two years ago and highly active too as a sessionist/sideman. The last time we met him was when he performed in our own event, the Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night #1 in January (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/bumi-sangkuriang-jazz-night-1-the-report/). Medan will be happy to welcome this North Sumatran native back home.

The last name we should mention is also a young musician who uniquely is listed among the great skilled and highly experienced ones: Yesaya Wilander Soemantri, better known as Echa Soemantri. Born in 1989, he has started playing drum since he was still 2 and a half year and claimed to receive the first lesson from Jesus. When he turned pro, he became the drummer/involved in recordings of so many big names, starting from Marcello ‘Ello’ Tahitoe to Erwin Gutawa Orchestra, Yovie and Nuno, Tompi, Agnez Monica, Rio Febrian, Glenn Fredly, Base Jam, Dwiki Dharmawan, Dewa Budjana, Matthew Sayersz, Balawan, Indro Hardjodikoro & the Fingers, Tophati, Trisum, Abdul and the Coffee Theory and Iwan Abdie, just to mention a few. Today he is active in Abdul and the Coffee Theory, Dewa Budjana Quintet, Echa Soemantri and Friends, Erwin Gutawa Orchestra, NEWB, Trisum and some others.

With so many stars having their own distinctive jazz style, this year’s North Sumatra Jazz Festival 2016 should not be missed, especially if you live in Medan or other cities nearby. The organizer promises to give you one of the most exciting experiences you will ever have. After five previous editions, this year Medan will go jazz, big time. Make sure to be a part of it!

North Sumatra Jazz Festival 2016

Date: Wednesday, 4 May 2016
Open gate: 6:00 pm
Location: Ballroom of Santika Premiere Dyandra Hotel & Convention, Medan

Ticket price:
Diamond: IDR 1 million
Platinum: IDR 750k
Gold: IDR 500k
Silver: IDR 250k
Festival standing: IDR 100k

Get your ticket at:
Harian Waspada
ET 45 Sun Plaza
ET 45 Mangkubumi
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Braga Jazz Walk #22 http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/braga-jazz-walk-22/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/braga-jazz-walk-22/#respond Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:04:14 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=16719 bragajazzwalk22-webThe Braga Jazz Walk began its service in September 2014. We carried what we have started at the previous venue, that is, to contribute towards the regeneration of jazz musicians in Bandung. Bandung has been exporting so many famous stars over the decades, filling up any genres including jazz. Mainly we feature young talents and bands who has some amounts of jazz inside their blood. But along the journey, we are happy to see that many successful ones, even some international musicians came to join the party. We say it’s been a blessing for us to see this regular monthly event keep walking on and growing up.

Now we are ready to showcase Braga Jazz Walk #22. Following the formula, we are going to feature 4 bands and serve the jam session, open for everyone if there’s still time. This 22nd edition will come soon on 21 April 2016 at Braga CityWalk, starting from 7:00 pm. If you haven’t been there and don’t know, it’s totally free of charge and open for public.

5petani, jazzuality

First thing’s first. Let’s welcome the band representing fellow jazz community in Bandung, the Butterfieldjazz Society: 5Petani. This band was formed in mid-2014, originated from the personnel’s regular meeting and jamming in regular program implemented by the community.

5Petani in English means 5 Farmers. They chose this name because one of the personnel, Gerson Valdo Siahaan (keyboard) is studying at the Faculty of Agriculture, while the guitarist Frank Navayo Pattinasarany studied at the engineering faculty of Chemistry. The other personnels are Fauzan Rijal (bass), Yoga Wardana Kusumah (acoustic guitar), Athina Niassrin Muhamad (saxophone) and Arbi (drum). Occasionally they have two additional players: Hilmi (percussion) and Sidix (flute/bamboo flute). All personnel agreed that agriculture is the prime mover of the Indonesian economy, and farmers stand as the tip of the spear, that’s philosophy that the “5Petani” hold in mind in sharing beautiful jazz tones to their fans and listeners/audience.

Speaking of style, 5 Petani theme music inspired from great ones, ranging from Pat Metheny, Casiopea, Oele Pattiselano, Dewa Budjana, Tohpati, Accoustic Alchemy, Robert Glasper, Indra Lesmana and Indonesian young musician Gerald Situmorang, Andre Dinuth just to mention a few. They are moving fast in the recordings. They already have their first EP with singles “Sawah Impian”, “Pelangi” and “Matahari”. They had a blast last March landing big on the Java Jazz Festival.

5 Petani is a band representing the other jazz community in the city. We are proud to invite them as well as letting you guys know of this community, because other than we want to show everyone that we are not competing but instead working together based on the same mission and love of jazz, this is a really good band that everyone should know of. Butterfieldjazz Society is doing great in creating some bands, and this is only one of the ready ones. We will invite the rest of them in times, but for now, let’s enjoy these five farmers in their first attempt to cultivate our ground.

continuum, jazzuality

The second band to introduce is a band whose philosophy is to keep going, changing steadily over time in continuous sequence. It’s Continuum. This band was established February last year, at first comprised of guitar-bass-drum connection. Since they performed at our other event, the Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night two months ago (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/bumi-sangkuriang-jazz-night-2-2/), they added in a vocalist who they met at one jam session not long before. So, the most recent lineup are Willyam Yuzaq (drums), Hajar Asyura (guitar), Dyva (bass) and a young lady with smooth but dark-ish vocal tone, Mirna Nurmala.

Basically they are rooted in modern jazz and love to improvise along with cool solo run. But what’s interesting about this band is that they actually give birth to a slightly different jazz color in playing naturally. From what we heard, they can go with some new age and even sense of healing music. It can be noir and mysterious, although they don’t make it too dark. Yet, you will clearly know that they play jazz the right way. So it is interesting, it is different. They have played in our other event, now it’s time to bring them gracing Braga Jazz Walk.

marissa wiguna band, jazzuality

Indonesia is fortunate to have many great drummers. Like in any other places, men dominate the number, but let’s not forget that we do have some ladies who could produce tasty beat just as good as men, if not even better. And that has been going on throughout generations.

Speaking of female drummer, allow us to introduce a young girl Marissa Wiguna and his brand new unit, Marissa Wiguna Band. She’s previously known as the drummer of Out of 7, also once found in a band of youngsters Final Script. While the Out of 7 is still paused, she is still serving regularly in church, something that she has been doing for at least the past 4 years.

This cute girl has a cheerful, energetic personality. But once she’s placed behind the drumset, she can wow you instantly. Powerful beat, rich in variation give soul to any song she plays. She’s an all rounder too that can play any genre just as good. What’s great is that she is still 22 year-old, meaning she still has a lot of time to grow.

Recently she got a big break by joining the new band of Singapore’s senior rock guitarist Moliano Rasmadi. Moliano is famous for his band Lovehunters, but now he’s establishing a new rock trio called Moliano In Rock, where Marissa is the current drummer for the band. Their debut concert which took place in Bandung a couple of weeks ago was a success. They are aiming more gigs elsewhere outside Indonesia which will make her go international. But in the mean time we encourage Marissa to establish a band of her own, a band where she can show her true-self especially accomodating the jazz part of her.

She won’t be exposed at max if she’s just playing as a member of a band. So, here she is, answering our wish to push her forward. In this Marissa Wiguna Band, she’s accompanied by husband Widiyanto Sutanto and. the bassist/multi-insturmentalist, Farhan Faikar. A cute looking young girl, cheerful but also powerful and deadly when she’s using her lethal weapon, that’s a unique combination that won’t fail to get the attention. She is an amalgam of feminine and masculine, it’s time for us to push her much forward.

andre arizky, jazzuality

Last but not least, let’s once again welcome a man with cheerful personality who has delightful baritone voice, Andre Arizky. This man has placed himself in many tv’s talent search shows  from Rising Star Indonesia 2014, StarVoices and X Factor Indonesia 2015. Although he hasn’t won any of it, we never doubt his talent at all. This man is ready to play and sing at any time.

As one of an active members of the community, not only he came often but he has performed several times too. For example when he gave special tribute to Elton John, one of his sources of inspiration, also when he brought in many friends to have fun with him in Christmas edition last December 2015. When he’s not scheduled to play, he’d happily join the jam whenever possible.

He was inside several bands before, like the blues band Royal Flush around 4 years ago and the later one, Moses Band. He established a harmonious duo with Indonesian Idol alumnus Ayu Sara and performed in online UVER. Today he’s active in his new acoustic group, Tiganama. Step aside from that, he’s still willing to perform on his own. With his ability to sing while playing piano at the same time and with the charm that he possesses, it’s not a problem for him to entertain people eventhough he’s all alone on stage. By having many songs in his repertoires, we don’t know what song he will take. But no matter what, we know that he will bring some pop with bluesy and jazzy touch to make the event merrier. It’s been 4 months we haven’t featured him, it’s time to bring him back.

The event will begin around 7:00 pm all the way until the mall ends its service hours at 10:00 pm. So if all the bands finish before the closing hour, we will open the stage for jam session. Everyone can join in. Other than piano and drums, do bring your instrument and have a good time with us.

Alright, all said. Mark your calendar from now so you won’t miss the date! Hope to see you there!

Braga Jazz Walk #22

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016
Time: 07:00 – 10:00 pm
Location: Braga CityWalk
Jl. Braga 99 – 101, Bandung



:: 5 PETANI ::
Gerson Valdo Siahaan (keyboard)
Frank Navayo Pattinasarany (guitar)
Fauzan Rijal (bass)
Yoga Wardana Kusumah (acoustic guitar)
Athina Niassrin Muhamad (saxophone) Arbi (drum)
Hilmi (percussion)
Sidix (flute/bamboo flute)

Willyam Yuzaq (drum)
Hajar Asyura (guitar)
Dyva (bass)
Mirna Nurmala (vocal)

Marissa Wiguna (drum)
Widiyanto Sutanto (piano)

Andre Arizky (piano/vocal)

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Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night #4 http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/bumi-sangkuriang-jazz-night-4/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/bumi-sangkuriang-jazz-night-4/#respond Wed, 06 Apr 2016 13:06:35 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=16711 BumiSangkuriang_JazzNight_4.Web

BP Bumi Sangkuriang is a grand club house in Bandung. It was established in 1879 but then moved to the upper side of Bandung in 1957 where they settle in until now. They have a vintage ballroom that hasn’t changed much since day one. And this majestic Concordia ballroom has witnessed the history of jazz in Bandung throughout decades.

Entering the 80’s. a regular jazz event was made in this very hall by Hari Pochang. It’s called Jazz Break. The word Break is referring to the term of that word used in Amateur (Ham) Radio which was trendy at that moment. It lasted for 9 years with success story. Many of the musicians active in this event have now emerged as famous ones today. In 2008 it was revived again, this time by Klab Jazz under the title of Jazz Break Revival. Then after two years the name was back to Jazz Break, organized by Hotspot. Unfortunately it didn’t last long, and then the regular jazz event was put to sleep.

6 years passed, we got the honour to bring it back alive again. Together with the pioneer of jazz school in Bandung Venche Music School (VMS) and the venue, we decided to start fresh by using new title: BUMI SANGKURIANG JAZZ NIGHT. Having said that, we are carrying the legacy and tradition seriously. We embrace the spirit of jazz in this ballroom and keep the red line. Starting in January 2016, we have launched three editions with steady increase of audience in each one. Other than showcasing Bandung’s best talents, we also invite the renowned jazz musicians from Jakarta, ranging from the talented young jazz musicians, those who graduated from overseas to legends. By serving this combination we hope to stimulate the musicians in the city and fans to enjoy the beauty of jazz and fulfill their needs of good quality music entertainment.

As we are now in April, we have ready to launch Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night #4. We are keeping the tradition of featuring Bandung’s jazz musicians and a guest star from Jakarta, divided into three performances. What’s interesting is that music teacher will be found in each session. Who will it be? Let’s take a look at them one by one.

johanes radianto, jazzuality

First, let’s welcome a stylish jazz guitarist from Jakarta, Johanes Radianto. He was born in Semarang then got his first touch on guitar when he was still 12 years old through the classic guitar he received from his parents. He studied all by himself, absorbing lessons from his dad, friends and uncles. From that moment he started to explore this instrument, all the way until he got the chance to pursue his master degree on Jazz Studies in Guitar Performance in Den Haag, Netherlands. He graduated from Prins Claus Conservatory in 2007 and Koninklijk Conservatorium in 2009 in Denhaag. Shortly after he decided to come home, which for us seems to be the right decision, because he directly got many chances to proof his ability. In just a short time he has graced many jazz events, from the small ones all the way to big festivals. Other than carrying his role as an active jazz musician he also teaches in Ponpin Music School and Institut Musik Indonesia (IMI).

As a playing musician he is an active sessionist and a member of The Jongens, a jazz band with two released albums so far. Apart from those mentioned activities, Johanes has a couple of interesting projects in different formations including a beautiful guitar-piano duo with fellow member of The Jongens, Ramadhani Syah. He consistantly plays at the Java Jazz Festival, both with his bands and supporting international artists such as Chris Minh Doky (Denmark) and Hanna Paulsberg (Norway) at last year’s edition.

For us, Johanes Radianto is one of the jazz musician from today’s generation who can play in traditional style with touches of modernity. He’s calm and doesn’t talk much on stage. He concentrates with his play fully, enjoying every moment of it often with serious expression. But when you hear his music, you will find it rich and elegant. A charming jazz guitarist he is, he will captivate you from the first note.

krishnan mohamad, krishnan mohamad project, jazzuality

We are proud to have the return of Krishnan Mohamad on the jazz stage. Since we love to bridge this new regular jazz event with the old scene inside the same ballroom, Krishnan is most certainly has to be featured. He was one of the actively participating bands of Jazz Break Revival back in 2008 to 2010. If we go back several years earlier, Krishnan Mohamad Project was one of the first bands playing for Klab Jazz’s earliest event in 2004, the Bandung Jazz Statement.

Krishnan Mohamad has been mainly known as a senior classical guitarist. He’s been doing it for many years. He is also a recommended teacher for those who wish to learn classical guitar. He teaches in several music schools, Bandung Conservatory of Music is one of them. Classical is his forte. He is full with knowledge as well. But step aside from this, Krishnan is also a delicate jazzman. During his frequent present at Jazz Break Revival, we still remember how natural it sounded when he infused rock into jazz. So what about now? He is going to bring his signatured project, the Krishnan Mohamad Project: The Jazz Trio. Joining him are two young lions: Samuel Andrean (drums) and Steven Anthony (bass).

Krishnan said that for this performance he will bring the compositions of Bill Evans, Hammerstein-Kern, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Toots Thielemans and his own original. For you who haven’t got the chance to see him, at least you should be curious of how a man familiar with solid, architectural composition in classical would build the liquid, free-flowing jazz. Krishnan has a long history with The Concordia Ballroom, it’s time to bring him back.

michelle efferin, me music centre, jazzuality

The third band to mention is Michelle Efferin & Friends. This band represents a successful music school in Bandung, M.E Music Centre who has been introducing music including jazz to kids aged as early as 4 years old and teach them how to play it fun and right. The founder Michelle Efferin graduated from Australian Institute of Music majoring Contemporary Performance in 2005. As she directly joined the regular community jazz events in Bandung after she came home, just a year later she established the M.E Music Centre. This school is the first one who applies Encore Music Education curriculum in Indonesia. In which brought them to be the Official Representative of Encore Music Education for Indonesia in 2010. As for Michelle herself,she’s chosen to be the official trainer for this institution.

Her band is Michelle Efferin & Friends, the band that has been staying with her for more than 6 years. She decided to use “and Friends” instead of quartet or any other formation because she considers her team mates as friends, not band members. Joining her are her dear husband Richard Sirait on drums, Oggie Samuel on guitar and Iwan on bass.

She is not a stranger to this venue, because she was heavily involved in the community event in 2008-2010. We even met her for the first time right here at the 3rd edition of Jazz Break Revival in June, 2008. At the same year she landed big on Java Jazz Festival, representing the jazz community in Bandung, Klab Jazz. So for us, bringing her again to this ballroom is like bringing back the memory. We are sure she feels the same.

This year the school celebrates its 10th anniversary. She is preparing some events for this year, like children music competition, performances and just a couple of days ago, a seminar titled “Special Needs Children: Blessings or Taboo?” So for us, this is the exact year to bring her on our stages in a hope to make the public know more of Michelle Efferin, her friends and her school. Let’s give her a warm welcome back home.

If usually she showcases many little children to perform alongside their teachers, for this time she will appear only with the team, featuring a young girl with strong jazz vibes over her voice. Whether it’s the American Songbook, jazz standards, classic songs or today’s hits, one thing you can be sure of, she will bring them all into her sweet, beautiful jazz style.

michelle efferin, me music centre, jazzuality

One last band to tell you is The New Equinox. This band was established a few years ago but then they had to pause for a while due to their busy schedule. This year they are back with slight changes in the formation. They are keeping the trio though. Alman Naufal is still guarding the drums, then his reliable partners who have been playing for this event at the previous two editions, Aries Ardiansyah is back with his contrabass. As for the piano, Jason Limanjaya is ready to complete the team. These three young guns will assist Johanes Radianto.

So that’s all the featured artists for this edition. It’s right around the corner, on 14 April 2016, starting 7:00 pm. If you wonder, this event is brought to you totally free from any charge. Also, you can dine with special price during the event. Mark your calendar and see you there.


Date: Thursday, 14 April 2016
Time: 07:00 pm – 09:30 pm
Location: BP Bumi Sangkuriang
Jl. Kiputih 12, Bandung


Supported by:AB Production, Tiga Negeri, 106.7 Mara FM, Pikiran Rakyat, Ultima Music Indonesia and Roemah Enak Enak

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Braga Jazz Walk 21 : The Report http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/braga-jazz-walk-21-the-report/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/braga-jazz-walk-21-the-report/#respond Wed, 23 Mar 2016 07:16:22 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=16690 BragaJazzWalk_21Braga Jazz Walk #21 was held a couple of days ago on March 17, 2016. As usual we separated the event in four showcases and open jam session at the end. As this is a jazz community event, we don’t just invite bands but often collaborate with music schools and teachers as well. They can promote the school or themselves by sending in their representatives or involving directly on stage.

We think it’s important to connect with them. The music schools and teachers are working hard in equipping their students with skills, meanwhile we have an event that they can use as a try out. The students can practice everything they have learnt from their teachers and gain experience in performing live in front of real audience. For the audience, they can enjoy whatever served from the stage.

Meanwhile, those successful ones can always join in the community event like this. They can meet new friends, promote new albums, compositions, formations etc, or simply to just having fun. A community event can also be a friendly meeting point between musicians and the fans. No barricades, no security, body guards or strict regulations that seperate both parties, everyone can hang out together. For promoters and event organizers, community event can be a window to find good talents.

There are many successful artists actually began their journey from music communities, including or maybe even especially, jazz. As we are thinking of the regeneration process of jazz musicians, providing a friendly place to play like this would really help us to do it. Braga Jazz Walk is one of the places to be.

BragaJazzWalk_21-MichelleEfferin_Friends_JazzTeensVocalQuartet (1)This 21st edition started with a special performance from a music school which applies the international Encore Music Education curriculum in Indonesia for the first time: M.E Music Centre. As how the name says, the school was founded by Michelle Efferin in 2006, just a year after she graduated from Australian Insitute of Music. This music school has been teaching many kids from age 4 or 6, either in playing the instruments or vocal. Thanks to them today we got many kids who can play jazz the right way in Bandung. We have saw many of good fruits, for example the JFK (Jazz for Kids).

Now, for the first time they landed on Braga Jazz Walk. Led by the founder herself, the name of the band is Michelle Efferin & Friends featuring Jazz Teens Vocal Quartet. Performing alongside Michelle Efferin (piano) was her husband Richard Sirait (drums), Oggie Samuel (guitar) and Iwan (bass). The Jazz Teens Vocal Quartet comprises of teenage singers: Celline Indrawirawan, Lolita, Madeline Abigail, Sydney Gabrielle, plus she brought more young singers: Naomi Kumala, Patricia Angelica, Christopher Emmanuel and her own daughter, still four year-old, Kezia.

11 year old Sydney opened up their performance with “Cheek to Cheek”, followed by … (12) singing Colbie Caillat song, “I Do”. They are still in tender age, but they did well with this song. The voice were in tune, and their innoncence created such adorable atmosphere. Then Celline, the oldest of the teens stepped up and wowed us by pinning Etta James’ classic “At Last”. This young girl has really lovely voice that should become one of the success story of M.E Music Centre.

BragaJazzWalk_21-MichelleEfferin_Friends_JazzTeensVocalQuartet (6)Then it’s time to listen to the only boy in the singing team. His name is Christopher, still 10 year old but he speaks English and Mandarin fluently. He sang a famous song from Utha Likumahuwa, “Esok Kan Masih Ada”. After that, Madeline sang “Lullaby of Birdland”.

The Jazz Teens Quartet took the final round, with the adorable 4 year old Kezia who started first singing “Over the Rainbow”. It’s really amazing to see how a 4 year old girl could sing an English song in perfect pitch, and she wasn’t afraid at all being watched by many people on stage. The quartet carried on with one last bite, the jolly joyride “Take the ‘A’ Train.”

It’s really cool to see teenagers do so well in jazz. They are still young, but they can already perform together with their teachers. The four year old Kezia became the youngest person ever performed on our stage, and it was also her first time to sing on jazz stage. We are proud of her!

BragaJazzWalk_21-MichelleEfferin_Friends_JazzTeensVocalQuartet (9)Michelle Efferin and her music centre has been consistency producing young jazz talents since 10 years ago. Just watching this performance, we could see how successful the school is in teaching the kids, not only how to sing right but also how to perform on stage. They are going to celebrate the 10th anniversary soon with a special concert in October, but before that they are preparing junior class competitions too around May, June or July. Successful decade for them, let’s wish them the best for many more decades.

BragaJazzWalk_21-Boundless_ft_AcepBachtiar (6)Performing next was the band whose members related to senior and famous guitar teacher in Bandung, Acep Bachtiar. Majority of the members are his current students, the band was established under his guidance. The name of this new band is Boundless. The band has two guitarists in the front line: Herman Yulianto and Joe Luthier, with Abet Darmaji (bass), John Daurux (drums) and Erick Gabe (vocal). Since they are trained by Acep himself, jazz-rock fusion are found strong within their souls.

A big surprise happened. Acep didn’t just come but he involved fully by playing alongside his students. So many of his students came to watch him, showing how he is loved by them, not just as a teacher but also like a dear father.

BragaJazzWalk_21-Boundless_ft_AcepBachtiar (2)A song written by Acep Bachtiar just a night earlier titled “Last Night” was really deep, touching everyone with his heartfelt music. Then they took on Lee Ritenour’s “Night Rhythms”. The combination of Joe’s fully rocking touch, jazz and blues from Herman and Acep’s free running above the layers were just cool. John is actually not a drummer, but he did well on drums accompanying them. Abet has improved from the last time we saw him.

Erick Gabe then joined them to sing. The last three songs involved vocals. Starting from Doobie Brother’s classic “Long Train Runnin'”, “Pergi Untuk Kembali” to a very famous number from Chick Corea, “Spain” where Erick demonstrated his stunning singing ability. He was wild in this last song and the whole band with Acep Bachtiar gave jazz-rock paintings over the pallette. So, the more rockin’ version of “Spain”, it does work.

BragaJazzWalk_21-Boundless_ft_AcepBachtiar (8)Herman, Abet and Erick are the personnels of Out of 7. While the band is currently setting up their return, it’s cool to see these three had fun with a new band. There’s nothing wrong to be active in more than enough band. May this fresh start brings them to something good. We also extend our grattitude to Acep Bachtiar for playing on our stage. We salute him.

BragaJazzWalk_21-GreenDolphinStreet (1)The third slot showcased a funky blues with ‘Nirvana-ttitude’ courtesy of cool four young musicians who dare to break the limit: Green Dolphin Street. For a start, they decided to use the title of a famous jazz standard as the name. But they don’t play swing or bebop. Instead, they stay true to each of their sources of inspiration which apparently really wide, from Kurt Cobain to Michael Jackson, from The Beatles to Buddy Guy. What’s cool is that they know what to do with all these influences to make their own style.

The band was established in 2011 and now consists of four personnels: Antoni Sidjabat (vocal), Yosia Herdian Widianto (drums), David Alexander Manullang (guitar) and Okapatria Christie Adryan (bass). Last Christmas they released a special EP titled “Blues Christmas” with the spirit of charity. They donated 30% from the profit to a foundation in Semarang, showing their support to the youngsters for a better tomorrow. Now the band releases a new EP, “Extended Play”. As a part of promoting the album, they landed on our stage for the very first time.

The band directly twisted us with mind-boggling rock, taking on a different version of Koes Plus’ “Jemu”. Then they sang their own song that speaks loud of the rulers, “Man Behind the Gun”. Antoni blasted the stage with really expressive gestures on both songs. The power beat served chilled by Yosia, Oka gave vicious funky chops and David placed them high in the rockin’ land.

BragaJazzWalk_21-GreenDolphinStreet (2)The next song was interesting, because the sang Iwan Fals’ “Bento” with more rockin’ and rollin’ mode. The Blues classic “The Thrill is Gone” came next in which Antoni also played guitar before they sealed the performance with the new single they are currently promoting “Yesterday I’m in Love”. They were generous to share their album for free in this event.

BragaJazzWalk_21-GreenDolphinStreet (7)Edgy, wild and rebelious side of blues with funk served cool by Green Dolphin Street which gave a fresh variation into this event. They play tight and clean, has lots of ingredients inside their music. That’s why you can find them in various different events, from rock, blues to jazz. Being together  for 5 years makes them able to find the good chemistry. Today they have tons of gigs from Bandung to Jakarta, they have appeared on the radio and television, they have albums with original songs, it’s just a matter of time for them to be at the top of the game. From now on, if you hear the phrase Green Dolphin Street, you would know that it’s not only mean bebop, but it can also refer to the rockin’ funk blues with Nirvana-ttitude.

BragaJazzWalk_21-HendikeMuzakiProject (4)For the last performance we featured a new project of soulful saxman. His name is Hendike Muzaki. He’s still young but he’s been playing for quite some times now. We came to know hims when he played as a member of Final Script two years ago. He was found in 5th Avenue and played in one of Braga Jazz Walk’s early edition as Lumiere. Since he’s a good saxophonist, we asked if he ever thought of working on his solo career. He told us that he planned to do a project. It was more than a year ago. Now finally, we are looking at that his project for real.

Calling the project simply as Hendike Muzaki Project, he brought in high skilled friends including Klency Lyman Lembono (piano), Chris Alfeus (guitar), Ilham Septia Inda Nugraha (bass), Eggy (drums) and Bhisma Jaya Prasaja (keyboard).

BragaJazzWalk_21-HendikeMuzakiProject (8)They managed to grab the attention from the start with Chuck Loeb’s “True of False”. Then Hendike led on The Stylistics’ classic “You Are Everything” in more Kirk Whalum approach. The sound of Hendike’s saxophone was full of soul and heartfelt. Interestingly, while it can be clearly seen that he’s the leader, he knows how to share the frontline with his fellows. Chris did his part beautifully the way he does in his band 5th Avenue. Klency is a great young jazz pianist, he worked perfectly with Bhisma on synth. Ilham, probably the busiest bassist in Bandung today was strong, while Eggy served the beat nicely.

For the third song they played Reza’s hit “Pertama”. This is an example of smart arrangement, how they can make a pure smooth jazz version of it without throwing out all the beauty essences of the original. This song would be a success if they ever thought of including it into the recordings. They took us to a groovy jazz party by playing Brian Culbertson’s “Get It On” which turned out to be their last song.

BragaJazzWalk_21-HendikeMuzakiProject (9)This is a project of a saxophonist. Normally we won’t get too much melodic instruments in front, but Hendike decided to share the frontline with some of his compatriotes. It turned out all right. We can still get his sax lines dominated the performance but at the same time the portion of other melodic instruments are well balanced too. Soulful smooth jazz sounded beautiful from Hendike and his project. When it’s about to go funky, they did great as well. We can never get enough of funky smooth jazz, and certainly we can never get enough of the seducing sound of sax can we?

Since it was already late, we couldn’t open the jam session anymore. A group photo session became the ending of this edition.

In this edition we stretched the horizon pretty wider than usual. From jazz standard to soulful smooth jazz, from Jazz-rock fusion to blues funk, all were captured in this 21st edition. Not only that, we are proud to be able to feature a good music (jazz) school that applies international curriculum and a new band established by senior guitar and bass teacher.

BragaJazzWalk_21-PhotoGroupWe will be back next month with more bands to highlight. Just for a hint, there will be a unique jazz band that’s rooted to standard but has more sounds from new wave to healing music. Then, a band from Bandung who jus enjoyed their first major breakthrough by playing in the Java Jazz Festival. Stay tuned, see you next month.

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Reporter and photographer: Riandy Kurniawan
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Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night #3: The Report http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/bumi-sangkuriang-jazz-night-3-the-report/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/bumi-sangkuriang-jazz-night-3-the-report/#respond Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:58:02 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=16672 BumiSangkuriang_JazzNight_3We have launched three editions of monthly jazz event as a part of cooperation between Jazzuality.com, Venche Music School and the historical venue, BP Bumi Sangkuriang. The name of the event is Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night, holding a mission to bring jazz back to one of its earliest home in Bandung as well as supporting jazz talents to have a friendly playground. In all edition so far we featured reputable musicians from Jakarta who have given remarkable contribution towards jazz development and its future in Indonesia. Two guitarists (Robert MR, Dion Janapria) and one saxophonist (Ricad Hutapea) joined the selected local talents who we believe important to feature. (Read the report of the first edition here: http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/bumi-sangkuriang-jazz-night-1-the-report/ and the second here: http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/bumi-sangkuriang-jazz-night-2-2/

The third edition was held on Thursday night, 10 March 2016 at the beautiful Concordia Ballroom. We are honored to have a support from a legendary jazz guitarist who long illustrious career spanning over 50 years. It’s none other than the master of swing, Oele Pattiselanno. Having him in this edition made the distribution of lineup became interesting. From Oele (age: 70) to the youngest one Nayra (15), there were 55 years in between. In other words, the lineup for Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night #03 involved three generations of musicians. All joined hands in harmony, sharing the love of jazz together with the audience inside a vintage ballroom built in 1957.

BumiSangkuriang_JazzNight_3-PraBudiDharmaPerforming first was the sweet girl, Nayra Dharma. But before that, we invited her father, legendary bassist Pra Budi Dharma to the stage. Exactly 32 years earlier in 1984 Pra was active playing in the same hall, on the same stage with his band, that later became the supergroup Krakatau. “To me this is like going through a memory lane. The hall and its atmosphere is still the same, only the sound system is more enhanced now.” he said. He told the audience that his band actually called Mesopotamia among other names. “But it sounded too difficult. Later we saw the name Krakatau somewhere, then decided to use it.” This historical fact is important. 32 years ago it was Pra who began his journey, now it’s his daughter’s turn to follow her father’s footstep. Pra also stated that his daughter is really focus and determined to make her dream come true. “She now practices around 6 hours a day.” he said proudly. No wonder she could hatch this fast eventhough she started learning still less than a year ago.

BumiSangkuriang_JazzNight_3_NayraDharma (3)Establishing herself as a singing freestyle jazz guitarist is not easy to do, especially for a 15 year-old girl. “I want to be like Joe Pass, but I also sing.” she said. She directly got applause and cheers right from the opening of her first choice, “Satin Doll”. After that she sang a song dedicated to her sister, a timeless gem from 1925, “Tea For Two”. She turned to bossa nova with Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Watch What Happens” by inserting Ted Greene’s solo guitar piece. This is the song that placed her as the winner of Yamaha Competition for West Java just a while ago. Then she played Joe Pass’ version of “Misty”.

She again drew loud applause when she sang “La Vie en Rose” in French language. This song suited her sweet, soft and smooth vocal character really well. She continued with “L-O-V-E” and then called Alman Naufal to do guitar-drum duet with her. They chose two fast swing songs, George and Ira Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” and “Four” which required the ability to stream fast over the melody with both vocal and fingers. She successfully did it.

Nayra clearly inherits her father’s talent, she is lucky to have someone like papa Pra Budidharma to mentor her. But let’s not forget that she has strong commitment to learn. She is diligent, spending around 6 hours a day to practice, she also is a strong-willed, highly motivated girl to achieve her dream. Her determination plays an important part that makes Nayra as who she is today.

BumiSangkuriang_JazzNight_3_NayraDharma (6)Month after month we see tremendous growth on her. From a shy young girl to sweet girl full of talent who feel at ease on stage. What’s amazing is she is repeating her father’s history. If Pra found his success after winning the Yamaha Bands Explotion in 1985 which marked the international debut of Krakatau, Nayra has won the same competition for West Java region. She is going to compete in the national scale next week. Let’s wish her the best. She’s a darling with talent, she is determined and a fighter. what’s not to love about her.

BumiSangkuriang_JazzNight_3-FourBrothers (6)After sweet swing and bossa package, the hall suddenly painted with strong fusion color courtesy of Four Brothers. This band was born more than 20 years ago, starting as a high school band. The first drummer was Bambang Dole, but he was killed in a car accident. Deva Permana once sat as the drummer but then he moved to Australia and built a wonderful career which goes on until now. Imelda Rosalin has been found in this band too for many, many years.

This event actually became a sweet reunion and huge comeback of Four Brothers. Two original members were in, Ari Firman (bass) and Erwin Indrawan on guitar,  who’s also known as Erwin Bragi, based on his role as the member of famous Bragi band. Sitting on the drummer was the drummer of Jazzy Juice and SHE, Adisty Zulkarnaen. Plus one of the best jazz trumpeters in Indonesia today, Brury Effendy. Ari, Erwin, Imelda, Adisty and Brury, that’s a super formation. “Enjoy our performance, hopefully we are still as wild as how we were back then.” said Imelda.

BumiSangkuriang_JazzNight_3-FourBrothers (11)And yes, they are still wild if not even wilder than before. Probably the joyful atmosphere of reunion was the thing that fired them up. Erwin’s new original composition titled “I Will” directly created high octane jazz-rock flame on stage. This song is an epic, no wonder they instantly caught the attention of everyone inside the ballroom. Imelda addressed the audience to the next song, taken from Roy Hargrove’s collection titled “Strasbourg St Denis”. Brury Effendy did very well on trumpet, injecting sharp tunes like Hargrove. They continued with a song from The Manhattan Transfer, “Love Zoo”. They went mellow with a ballad from Diane Schuur “Love Dance” in which we could enjoy Imelda’s heartfelt 5-star voice and then sealed their showcase with another epic composition from Erwin simply titled “I Will 2”.

Erwin and Ari, the original members from the first formation were just lethal as always. They threw sharp punches throughout the songs that knocked people out in extacy. As Imelda isn’t a stanger to the band, she understood what the boys needed and added more beautiful tones into the pallette. Brury Effendy really enhanced the musical painting with more vibrant colors and speaking of the additional on drums, Adisty Zulkarnaen was amazing in providing the exact stream of beat.

The band has some really good compositions that would be great if could be documented in an album. A band with skillful musicians found inside, being inside the scene for more than 20 years with all the ups and downs. From what we see, they are still as passionate as before. May the band live on and maintained well. There’s always plenty of room for fusion in this nation in which Four Brothers could always fill in.

BumiSangkuriang_JazzNight_3-AnggaButterfieldWe called Angga Wardhana of Butterfield Jazz on stage and asked him to share how bands from Bandung was doing at the Java Jazz Festival 2016. He told everyone that actually the bands did very well in it. “If before we only saw musicians from Bandung mostly among other performers, this time we got them in full bands.” he said. He also said that some even played alongside international musicians. He has helped building some jazz bands now in his community and took them to the prestigious stage. We are proud of that.

What’s good about Bandung today is, there are many jazz communities found in it, and the organizers actually work in harmony, supporting each other, join hands towards the same goal. If you haven’t heard it, the union is called Bandung Jazz Community Association, consists of persons behind the jazz communities in Bandung including us. No rivalry, no competition, and that should give benefit to musicians, fans and of course the jazz development of the city and nation.

BumiSangkuriang_JazzNight_3-OelePattiselannoTrio (3)The last performance belong to the legend with long spanning career for more than 50 years, Oele Pattiselanno. He is now 70 years old, but God blesses him with good health. He is still passionate to play music especially jazz everywhere, making recordings and so on. He often found playing with the same legendary team mates, but he loves to collaborate with much younger players too. He has a strong character, swing flows naturally whenever he sounds his guitar. What’s also interesting is that he’s no stranger to Bandung since he has been playing in this city since the late 60’s, including having a regular gig at Savoy Homann hotel in a band called Savoy Rhythm during that era.

BumiSangkuriang_JazzNight_3-OelePattiselannoTrio (2)Oele started first playing two songs alone: “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” and “Montevideo”. The room filled with romantic and smooth ambience by him. Nayra joined him, the two played another swing standard “Moonlight Serenade”, with Nayra sang beautifully.

BumiSangkuriang_JazzNight_3-OelePattiselannoTrio (4)The VMS Rhythm Section (Alman on drums and Aries on bass) then took their position. The trio played more standards “You Don’t Know What Love Is” and Irving Berlin’s classic from 1932, “How Deep is the Ocean” followed by “Ciora”. After “My One and Only Love”, Oele led the boys to play two last songs “Darn that Dream” and “Bluesette”.

Having a legend like Oele in our show is indeed a blessing. Everyone can feel how swing actually is, and for young musicians who came to the event, they should be able to learn something out of his play. He is a musician with strong character, ellegant and classy. He never pushes anything too much or tries to show-off. He simply plays by involving his heart and soul. Honestly, without any pretention, and invites his audience to feel whatever he feels during his play. That’s why we always get pure beauties out of his show. The VMS Rhythm Section did well to serve Oele tonight. The cross-aged collaboration like this will definitely push the young musicians forward. A learning by doing method from a man who has done it all.

BumiSangkuriang_JazzNight_3-PhotoGroupFor us, this third installment marked another good round. Involving three generations of musicians, where the variety of jazz could be enjoyed by the attendances. Having a legendary musician inside a legendary ballroom is actually perfect. Plus, the daughter who finally stepped on the same stage where her father established a supergroup more than 30 years ago creates another story.

Remember, Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night is served every Thursday at the second week of each month. The event will be back again next month with more bands and variations. Do let your friends know about this regular jazz community event and bring them along. The more the merrier, we look forward to swing with you in the next episode.

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Reporter: Riandy Kurniawan
Photographer: Mia Damayanti Sjahir

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The 5th Jazz Not Jazz: Please Send Me Someone to Love http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/the-5th-jazz-not-jazz-please-send-me-someone-to-love/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/the-5th-jazz-not-jazz-please-send-me-someone-to-love/#respond Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:57:21 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=16683 JazznotJazz2016The 100.4 KLCBS has been fulfilling the needs of quenching the thirst of jazz enthusiasts especially in Bandung for 34 years.The KLCBS Jazz Alliance was born as a media that accomodates listeners (from beginners to jazz enthusiasts), collectors, experts, musicians and journalists. KLCBS Jazz Alliance already has its own regular event called JAZZ NOT JAZZ.

The last edition was held last December 2014 featuring Donny Suhendra Band (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/the-4th-jazz-not-jazz/). This coming Saturday, March 19, 2016 KLCBS in cooperation with the venue Novotel Bandung is ready to present the 5th JAZZ NOT JAZZ under the title of “Please Send Me Someone to Love”. This event is also intended to celebrate and support Earth Hour, a worldwide movement which encouraging individuals, households, business and so on to turn off the non-essential lights for one hour.

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The 5th JAZZ NOT JAZZ features some of the best and highly experienced talents from both Bandung and Jakarta. This year the artists are:
Riza Arshad – accordion
Imam Pras – piano
Rudy ‘Aru’ Zulkarnaen – upright bass
Mian Tiara – vocal

As the Earth Hour 2016 will come exactly at the same day, Jazz Not Jazz 2016 edition is made in sync with it. Nazar Noe’man, the CEO of KLCBS and Riza Arshad as the band leader agreed to use acoustic instruments for this event. The simplicity sound produced by acoustic instruments represents the strong character of earth.

This concert will present the combination of new arrangement of classic songs from American and Indonesian Songbook, also the original compositions from the playing artists. What makes it even more special is that Imam Pras will play piano from Aksan Instrument, especially designed by Aksan Sjuman himself, originally made and crafted in Indonesia.

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Based on the lineup and the stories mentioned earlier, 5th JAZZ NOT JAZZ “Please Send Me Someone to Love” should be considered unique because the concept is different than what you find elsewhere. This event is also made as an effort to increase the appreciation of art performance and insights of jazz lovers.

There will be Photography Exhibition with the theme of “Bandung Corner” by Bandung photographer Dudi Sugandi. Tens of pictures will be showcased, capturing the beautiful corners of Bandung.

Novotel Bandung is going to ask all the audience to support the Earth Hour by turning off the light at The Square Restaurant and corridor areas for an hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 pm. Meanwhile, everyone could still enjoy the lovely sound of jazz played by the artists.

To make it even better, Novotel Bandung is going to serve Buffet BBQ Night Dinner, only IDR 150.000 net for the first 100 pax. This event is sponsored by INDIHOME FIBER , TELKOMSEL and PIKIRAN RAKYAT, JAZZUALITY, WARTAJAZZ & BANDUNG NEWS PHOTO as Media Partners.

5th JAZZ NOT JAZZ: Send Me Someone to Love

Date: Saturday, 19 March 2016
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: The Square Restaurant, Novotel Bandung
Jl. Cihampelas 23-25 Bandung

Ticket Price: IDR 150 K nett/person (including dinner) for first 100 early bird. Normal price: IDR 200 K

For Buffet BBQ and Performance reservation, please contact:
Ai Supartini
Mobile phone: +62 852 2037 9586
Telephone: +62 22 203 2452

Info & ticket box:
Studio 100.4, Jl. Karang Layung no 10 Bandung

For further information please contact: +62 22 421 1001 ext 124

Photos by Mia Damayanti Sjahir

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Braga Jazz Walk #21 http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/braga-jazz-walk-21/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/braga-jazz-walk-21/#respond Sun, 13 Mar 2016 10:12:21 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=16674 BragaJazzWalk21It’s really great to see Bandung’s jazz movement recently. There are many jazz community events appearing everywhere, featuring potential talents dominated by young guns. Other than that, we see more and more experienced musicians from Jakarta who happily take part in the movement. Jazzuality.com currently involves with two monthly jazz community events in two different locations per month, Braga Jazz Walk and Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night. On the surface it might look like a competition, but we never thought that way. We actually happy to see how things goes for jazz in Bandung today. We are also happy with the fact that all the organizers actually work in synergy. We support each other, help promoting each other and cooperate since we all share the same vision and mission. At the end of the day, it will give benefit to jazz movement in Bandung and Indonesia, including the regeneration of jazz musicians that we really, really have to think of.

We have been running Braga Jazz Walk for about a year and a half. This event is brought to the public by a harmonious collaboration between Jazzuality.com, venue Braga CityWalk and KPH Music who provides the instruments and some other equipments. This event comes every third Thursday of each month. Since we are getting closer to the third week of March, Braga Jazz Walk #21 is right around the corner. It’s going to come on March 17, 2016, starting from 7:00 pm until the closing time of the mall. There will be four bands to perform and in the end we will open the stage for jam session. Either you just wish to watch or want to jam, we welcome you with open arms. The event is totally free.

Now let’s get down to the business. As we are running community events, we rapidly cooperate with music schools which have jazz in their curriculum and of course, some music teachers as well. We have to give them credits for without them we will not have young talents with good skills. Speaking of which, in this edition we will feature performances of one music school located at the Southern part of Bandung and a band established by a senior guitar/bass teacher who have been teaching for many years.

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Let’s talk about the music school first. The name of the school is Michelle Efferin Music Centre. This school was established in 2006 by Michelle Efferin just a year after she graduated from Australian Institute of Music majoring Contemporary Performance. This school is the first one who applies Encore Music Education curriculum in Indonesia. In 2010 M.E Music Centre was appointed to be the Official Representative of Encore Music Education for Indonesia, and the founder was chosen to be the official trainer for this institution.

What’s cool about this music school is that they accept students from really early age, as early as 2 years old who can take Kinderbeat class. Other than that the school has some other classes like Piano (jazz, classical, modern and pop), drum, vocal, violin and guitar. Children from 4 year-old are welcome to join the class. This year the school celebrates its 10th anniversary. They are preparing junior class competition in May, June or July. They are also looking forward to make a concert on October for the 10th anniversary celebration.

For years we have seen how good they create smart children musicians who can already perform on stage along with the teachers, but they have never participated in our event just yet. We are happy to have them in for the very first time. The founder herself is going to play. The name of the band is Michelle Efferin & Friends featuring Jazz Teens Vocal Quartet. Michelle will bring her usual team, including her husband Richard Sirait (drums), Oggie Samuel (guitar) and Iwan (bass). Performing with them are the teenage students including Celline Indrawirawan, Lolita, Naomi Kumala, Patricia Angelica, Madeline Abigail, Sydney Gabrielle and Christopher Emmanuel. If you want to see how well children can do in jazz, you got to see them.

boundless, acep bachtiar, out of 7

Now let’s see the senior teacher we mentioned earlier. His name is Acep Bachtiar. He was the guitarist of legendary rock band from Bandung, Staccato. Other than teaching in StiMB, he also has private lessons at his home. He has created many successful guitarists that you can easily find in music festivals. There are many students of his have participated in our events too.

A couple of months ago some of his students decided to form a new jazz-rock (fusion) band. The name they chose is Boundless, describing the band’s vision to explore music beyond limit. Three members of Out of 7 are found inside the band: Herman Yulianto (guitar), Abet Darmaji (bass) and Erick Gabe (vocal). Boundless has another guitar player, Joe Luthier. The drummer is John Daurux. Since most of the players are Acep’s students, you can expect to taste his sharp, rich textured jazz rock signature. We have seen many of his students emerge as skillful fusion guitarists, it’s time to check out some more of his students.

hendike muzaki project, hendike muzaki, klency lyman lembono, chris alfeus, ilham septia inda nugraha

Next to mention is the tall, young man playing the seducing instrument, saxophone, Hendike Muzaki. We knew him since he was still a member of 5th Avenue. He already played several times in our event with different bands like Final Script and Lumiere. Noticing his ability to play good soulful smooth jazz tunes with his saxophone, we challenge him to establish his solo career too. He told us more than a year ago that he’s working on his own project. A couple of months ago he informed us that the project is on, so here’s our chance to see how the project turns out to be. The name is Hendike Muzaki Project.

In this project he brings some of his closest friends. The guitarist of 5th Avenue Chris Alfeus is with him. Then lethal jazz pianist Klency Lembono is also in. We have seen some homemade video of Hendike and Klency practicing together posted in Facebook, they do sound cool. Also starring Etudiant’s Ilham Septia Inda Nugraha on bass, Eggy on drums, Bhisma on keys and featuring Palandi on vocal. Knowing that this is the project of a saxophonist, we are curious to see how the saxman would share the front line with keyboard and guitar. Soulful smooth jazz is to be expected from them.

green dolphin street band, bandung, blues funk

Last but not least, we welcome a band with unique name that sounds like a jazz standard, Green Dolphin Street. Their music was first inspired by blues and jazz, but then grew with more colors from rock n roll, funk and soul. This band was born in December 2011 and now comprises of 4 personnels: Antoni Sidjabat (vocal), Yosia Herdian Widianto (drums), David Alexander Manullang (guitar) and Okapatria Christie Adryan (bass),

What’s also unique from them is wide array of influences found in this band, brought by each personnel ranging from Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson, Mike Portnoy, John Mayer, The Beatles, POD, Buddy Guy, Nirvana, Sting, Flea, and Rocco Prestia. This enables them to step on different music events and festivals, from rock, blues, jazz and everything else in between.

Last Christmas in 2015 they launched a special Christmas EP titled “Blues Christmas” with the spirit of charity. 30% from the selling was donated to Salomo Foundation in Semarang. Now, they are ready to launch a new EP titled “Extended Play”. Edgy, funky rockin’ blues with some ‘Nirvanattitude‘ is how we think of their music in general. We haven’t featured blues for quite some times, so here, the Green Dolphin Street will bring it on. Time to get funked!

We will open jam session for the rest of the time until the closing hour of the mall. Whoever you are, whatever your instrument is and whatever your musical background is, you are totally welcome to taste our humble stage. Other than drums and piano, just bring your gear and jump right in.

Mark the date and join us. Plenty of musicians, the product of music school and senior music teacher, an edgy, rebelious funky blues, jazz-rock fusion and soulful smooth jazz will be yours. It’s totally free as always. Alright, see you there.

Braga Jazz Walk #21

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time: 07:00 – 10:00 pm
Location: Braga CityWalk
Jl. Braga 99 – 101, Bandung



Michelle Efferin (piano)
Richard Sirait (drums)
Oggie Samuel (guitar)
Iwan (bass)

Celline Indrawirawan
Naomi Kumala
Patricia Angelica
Madeline Abigail
Sydney Gabrielle
Christopher Emmanuel

Herman Yulianto and Joe Luthier (guitar)
Abet Darmaji (bass)
Erick Gabe (vocal)
John Daurux (drums)

Hendike Muzaki (saxophone)
Chris Alfeus (guitar)
Klency Lembono (piano)
Ilham Septia Inda Nugraha (bass)
Eggy (drums)Bhisma (piano)
Palandi (vocal)

Antoni Sidjabat (vocal)
Yosia Herdian Widianto (drums)
David Alexander Manullang (guitar)
Okapatria Christie Adryan (bass)

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Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night #3 http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/bumi-sangkuriang-jazz-night-3/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/bumi-sangkuriang-jazz-night-3/#respond Sat, 05 Mar 2016 12:39:23 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=16665 bumisangkuriangjazznight-03-wAs we are in the month of March, the regular monthly jazz event Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night #3 is right around the corner. This event continues the historical connection between the venue, Balai Pertemuan Bumi Sangkuriang and jazz which have emerged since the venue was built in 1957. Our mission is bringing jazz back to one of its earliest homes in Bandung. For that we cooperate with Venche Music School who decides the talents and some other supporting partners like 3 Negeri who have been generously providing the sound systems, instruments and other equipments since day one.

Two previous editions got the combination of local Bandung talents and the remarkable jazz representatives from Jakarta. If in both editions we brought in relatively young musicians who have given a lot of contributions toward our jazz scene, this time we will bring in a legend who has been active for more than 50 years. Curious to see who will be featured in this 3rd edition? Let’s take a closer look at them.

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The legend we are talking about is the master of Swing, Oele Pattiselanno. Born in Malang in 1946, Oele grew up listening to his father’s collections, from Stan Kenton, Art Tatum to Kenny Burrell. He already started playing in the band since his teenage years along with two siblings, Jacky Pattiselanno (drums) and the late Perry Pattiselanno (bass).

Bandung is not a stanger to Oele. He moved to Bandung from Surabaya in 1968 to play in Savoy Homman Hotel. He called the band Savoy Rhythm. He did move to Jakarta after that, playing with Jack Lesmana in Jazz Riders and involved in recordings in mid 70’s. Howebut he keeps coming and playing in Bandung from time to time until now.

Oele plays guitar with strong character. Ellegant, classy, reserved is his playing style. some say he successfully combines Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery and Charlie Christian’s style. If you are not familiar with these names, just know that he will introduce you to the beauty of swing which always flows naturally from his heart.

Accompanying him are two young musicians representing Venche Music School, the VMS Rhythm Section. They are Alman Naufal (drums) and Aries Ardiansyah (contrabass).

nayra dharma, pra budidharma, jazzuality

Next, let’s see a 15 year-old girl who plays fingerstyle guitar and sings at the same time. That’s really not easy to do, but she does that well. You will be surprised even more if you know that she just started learning last May. She is Nayra Dharma.

Nayra is the proud daughter of a bass master who co-found the legendary supergroup Krakatau and the bassist of mind-bending group of gods Kayon, Pra Budidharma. She clearly inherits her father’s talent, but that’s not the only reason of how she could emerge that fast. another reason which for us even more important is that she is totally focused, determined, hard-working and diligent. She spends around 6-8 hours a day, mentored by Pra himself. Not only she is trained as a guitarist, she also learns to sing. Nayra is not a singer who supports her performance with guitar, she is more like a superb fingerstyle guitarist who sings as well.

What’s interesting is the fact that Pra Budidharma actually formed Krakatau in this very building, at the regular event Jazz Break to be exact around mid 80’s. So, now that his daughter plays at the same stage 30 years later should make another story. And we are looking forward to see Nayra writes another history following his father’s footsteps.

She can still be shy like most of the girls her age, but she has charm. She is compelling when she’s on stage. Camera loves her, and you would too. As we are supporting newcomers to introduce themselves, we are proud to invite Nayra. It’s not easy to play freestyle guitar in jazz and sing at the same time, especially someone who just started learning not even a year ago. But she is really good. That is why we are happy to present her in this edition.

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The last to mention is Four Brothers. This band has been running for more than 20 years, starting as a group of high schoolers. The drummer at that time was Bambang Dole, but unfortunately he died because of the car accident. Then they looked for session player to fill the drummer position. Later on when Deva Permana was at ITB, he became their drummer for a while until he moved to Australia. Bassist Ari Firman (the member of The Groove) is now behind the band. We don’t know who he will bring to fill the lineup since we receive no update from him up until this very moment. If you wonder what their style would be, it’s fusion.

So there, you have it. This Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night episode 3 will come next week, on 10 March, 2016 at the Concordia Hall of BP Bumi Sangkuriang, starting at 7 pm onwards. The event is free and open for public. You can also enjoy dinner with special price during the event. Mark your calendar and see you there!


Date: Thursday, 10 March 2016
Time: 07:00 pm – 09:30 pm
Location: BP Bumi Sangkuriang
Jl. Kiputih 12, Bandung


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