Jazzuality.com - Indonesian Jazz News http://jazzuality.com Get Your Daily Dose of Jazz! Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:27:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Salamander Big Band Meets Ack van Rooyen: A Jazz Life, 8th Anniversary Concerts http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/salamander-big-band-meets-ack-van-rooyen-a-jazz-life-8th-anniversary-concerts/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/salamander-big-band-meets-ack-van-rooyen-a-jazz-life-8th-anniversary-concerts/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:36:27 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=15025 SalamanderBigBand_AJazzLife_8thanniv


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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

DUALITY – Album Showcase of Tesla Manaf & Gerald Situmorang Trio

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



Guntur Satria – vocals, guitar

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

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

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

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

Duo Tone

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


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

Duo Formation

The incomplete formation that often becomes an obstacle shouldn’t be a problem any longer. Looking from the positive side, the lack of players can push the rest of the personnels to give their best shot. They have to work harder to fill up the empty spaces and to make a composition stands just as good as being played by full team.

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


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

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

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

Opening the Chance to Play

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

The Artists

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This is a slice of a ‘small’ group that plays French Gypsy Jazz, Satura ft Agis Kania. This time two members from this group: Agis Kania and Opik Bape will go deeper into Soul Jazz. This is a good choice since Agis is has a strong soulful vocal character. Step aside from the Django Reinhardt’s style that Satura is into, Agis and Opik will definitely give something tight and clean, the way they always do everytime we see them on stage.

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

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

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



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

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


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

ENTRANCE FEE: IDR 20.000 only

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August Starday Monday and Daily Thematic Music Program at Street Gallery, Jakarta http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/august-starday-monday-and-daily-thematic-music-program-at-street-gallery-jakarta/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/august-starday-monday-and-daily-thematic-music-program-at-street-gallery-jakarta/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:25:29 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=15047 august-starday-monday


You have probably heard the new spot for jazz at the heart of Southern part of Jakarta. Yes, it takes place at Street Gallery, a new, happening ground as the extension of Pondok Indah Mall (PIM). Since last May this famous hangout area has launched its thematic music program that enables you to find live music entertainment every night, from 8:00 pm to midnight (8:00 pm to 2:00 am on Friday and Saturday). Especially for you who live around this part of Jakarta, you should be happy to be able to have full access on these shows that’s provided free from any charge. Put it simple, you don’t have to wait until weekend to get good quality music entertainment. Any day you need one, all you have to do is just come to the Street Gallery to have it.

Along with this program, there’s a section called STARDAY MONDAY. This section allows you to meet the stars and enjoy their cool, intimate performances from a very close range. Probably you’d ask, when the nearest date for it and who will it be? Here’s the answer. In this month of August, Starday Monday (Monday with Stars) will come on August 25, 2014, featuring papa-son BENNY and BARRY LIKUMAHUWA and the band, plus a very special guest star, THE GROOVE! Note: the show will start exactly at 8:00 pm all the way to midnight.

There are many great musicians who got it from their parents’ DNA, but not so many of them play together. From that few there’s Benny Likumahuwa -  a legendary jazz artiste who’s been active for more than half of a century – and his proud son, one of today’s most popular stars that serves infectious funk with his bass, Barry Likumahuwa. It’s always inspiring to see the harmonious soul and spirit connection between father and son being brought from daily life onto the stage. They have shown it many, many times either in Barry Likumahuwa Project, Benny Likumahuwa Jazz Connection, special project Like Father Like Son or in any other occasional event, yet we’re still wanting to see more. In any of gigs when they share the spotlight, the audience can always feel love and respect they are transferring to each other. It’s not easy anymore to find this kind of harmonious relationship in today’s self-centered oriented planet. Moreover, what you can also catch is Benny’s pure and traditional swing spirit that blends with Barry’s youthful funky bass bites and chops. They never place themselves in an exclusive manners, on the contrary they tend to show an interactive, intimate session that bridges the stage to where the audiences are.


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Next, The Groove. This band was established way back in 1997 and said to be the trendsetter and icon of pop jazz/acid jazz in Indonesia. Amazingly they are still standing tall and strong today. They have uncountable number of loyal fans from 17 years ago, they are popular too among the youngsters. They have many evergreens but they do have new singles too like “Let’s Go (Reunian)” and “Kusambut Hadirumu”. What’s inspiring for us is that eventhough they, just like life, have had their ups and downs, they are always close as one tight family. No matter what, in the end they always know how to find their way back, just like how they were reunited in 2010 after being in absence for a while.

There are many reasons why this band can stand the test of time. Other than the strong family spirit, their soul, funk, disco with jazz taste is ageless. Other than that, they are absolutely interactive and their high-octane energy is really entertaining to see. Today the band consists of Rieka Roslan and Reza (vokal), Yuke Sampurna (bass), Ali Akbar (piano), Rejoz (perkusi), Deta (drum), Arie (guitar) and Tanto (keyboard). If you love them then, you’ll love them now, if not even more.

Imagine the moment when The Groove meets father-son Benny and Barry Likumahuwa. Imagine when so many great musicians that love to involve their audiences share the same stage together. That would be something you don’t want to miss. And yes, it will happen less just in a couple of days from now at Street Gallery, Pondok Indah Mall, Jakarta.

If you want to see the other days’ gigs, there are plenty of choices that surely can set your night cheerfully to music. The schedule is as follows:
- Tuesday Latino “Zarro & the Vega” (8:00 pm – 00:00)
- Wednesday Rockoustic “Bravo” (8:00 pm – 00:00)
- Thursday Pop Jazz “Davina & Friends (8:00 pm – 00:00)
- I Love Friday “Mr Brightside” (8:00 pm – 00:00) and DJ Teddy Mananta (00:00 – 02:00 am)
- Saturday Romantic “Romantic 4″ (8:00 pm – 00:00) and DJ Stefanya Morgan (00:00 – 02:00 am)
- Sunday Acoustic “Heart Worker” (01:00 pm – 05:00 pm), “Le’ Lucky Coustic” (8:00 pm -10:00 pm) and “DJ Erick” (10:00 pm – 00:00)

Be there and be a part of August Starday Monday on August 25, 2014 with Benny-Barry Likumahuwa plus special guest star, The Groove. Bring your friends, family and loved ones. Enjoy a nice dinner while getting great entertainment from these stars. Why wait till the weekend when you can immerse yourself in the musical festivities if you can do so on extraordinary Monday? Other than that, there are so many options to choose that we’re sure will catch your interest as well. Time to recharge yourself and feed up your soul, swing on and groove yourself up!

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For Further Information please contact:
Yunita Prima
PT. Metropolitan Kentjana, TbkPondok Indah Mall
Jl. Metro Pondok Indah Blok III B, Pondok Indah, Jakarta Selatan 12310
Telp: 021-7506750 ext 390, fax : 021- 7506755

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Groove Collective #17 http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/groove-collective-17/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/groove-collective-17/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:58:17 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=15043 groovecollective-17


After being paused for two months due to the presiential election and Ramadhan, Klab Jazz is finally back again with its Groove Collective. This regular event is set to be the playing ground for bands or musicians who have groove, soul, funk, nu-jazz and the likes as their concept. It was launched for the first time on September 2012, happy to see that it has reached the 17th edition.

Let’s take a deeper look at the word groove as a musical term first. Groove is the kind of music that become more and more accepted as a genre. In groove the sense of rhytmic feel is mostly created by the rhythm section of a band, producing something that usually makes us want to move, dance and any other response by the body in sync with the music, including foot-tapping and so on.. While the term ‘groove’ was actually already used in music at least since the 50′s, this concept began to be taken and developed seriously in the late 80′s/early 90′s. Groove has been widely used in variety of genres. Most notably in R&B, disco, hip hop and jazz, but it can also be found in some other sides like reggae, metal/rock or even ethnic. However, for the common listeners groove is mostly related to the kind of music which combines some elements such as jazz, funk, pop, soul and R&B which has the kind of infectious beat that our body can’t refuse to respond.

Due to its pop pattern, groove often gives benefit to jazz development due to its ability to introduce jazz in friendly approach to the common listeners. So, while we have to maintain the traditional jazz, groove is also needed if we want to see jazz being developed in this country. Having that in mind, Klab Jazz provides a regular event where groove is placed as the main theme.

It’s an undeniable fact that the number of groove bands in Indonesia is significant. From what the founder of Klab Jazz, Dwi Cahya Yuniman, has seen, the groove bands have helped the regular jazz gigs to keep going. We see that too in our own event, Terraz Jazz. On the other hand, the mutual symbolism of ‘pure’ jazz musicians and those in more pop-ish side has been going on for ages as well, enriching both sides, even able to create something new in music.

The Groove Collective #17 is going to run at the same homeground, Bober Tropica, Bandung. Five groups have confirmed to participate. The dynamic pairing of jazz vocalist Puspallia Panggabean and the all-rounder Galant Yurdian, together as Gallia, will give you light jazz in delightful acoustic groove. Then there will be Evan Natanael, the drummer we know as the personnel of jazz-rock band, E.I.P. This time he will bring his other band named Rhythm Motion. Stands as a trio, Evan brings his own team mate from E.I.P, Muhammad Ilham on bass and Yadi as the violist. The combination of drums, bass and violin will certainly give a different musical texture, especially since two of them are great in bringing jazz-rock.

More on the lineup, we find Ranitya Aulia‘s band. Other than Ranitya on vocal, the band comprises of Yanuar Gobel (bass), Zam Zam Yusuf Maulana (saxophone), Sena (guitar), Ferdi (drums) and Wais (keyboard). It’s the first time we hear about this band, but looking at the formation, we know this band will give colorful tunes that fits the main theme. Two other bands are the Green Dolphin Street and Hockeyhook.

If you’re looking for an event in this week that can fill up your relaxing hours with groove, do come to the Groove Collective #17 at Bober Tropica, Bandung. It’s provided free of charge as usual. It doesn’t matter if you like jazz or not, what’s important is for you to groove along the rhythm.

Groove Collective #17

Date: Friday, August 22, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Location: Bober Tropica
Jl. Sumatra no 5, Bandung


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Terraz Jazz #10 Special Independence Day Edition : The Report http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/terraz-jazz-10-special-independence-day-edition-the-report/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/terraz-jazz-10-special-independence-day-edition-the-report/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 05:08:53 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=15036 TerrazJazz-10


Man, it’s good to be back! We’ve been missing our tight activity in selecting the bands to participate in this very event, the Terraz Jazz twice a month. But then came the month of Ramadhan when the Muslims had to fast during the daylight and pray at night to have a spiritual cleansing. Since we didn’t want to distract them, the Terraz Jazz was paused for a month. Entering the second week of August, Terraz Jazz was back in action again. There are still many bands we haven’t invited yet, while the already played bands are worth to have another shot. We have to do the balance as well as trying to find the best combination in terms of dealing with the variety of jazztertainment. Just like before, the Terraz Jazz #10 was divided into two sessions: the live performances of three bands and an open jam session all the way to the end. Curious to see how it went? Let us spill it for you.

This edition was dedicated to the Indonesia’s Independence Day which falls on August 17, 2014. Due to this theme, we asked the performing bands to include something that could be related to it, either in repertoires, concept or even dresscode. Whatever it is, we let them free to choose as long as it fitted the theme.


Terraz Jazz 10 - Owcindful (5)


The first slot was taken by Owcindful. Quickly this band of youngsters poured some classic funky disco style that worked very well to open this come back edition. Nicodemus Horisson (piano), Inez (vocal), Ariel and Anthony (guitars), Jere (bass) and Andre (drums) didn’t just play, they clearly prepared the materials to fit the month of Indonesia’s Independence Day. A little fact about this band, it was established first of all on Valentine’s Day last year at an event in Trans Studio Mall. Long story short, they saw the opportunity to keep going. After many gigs around Bandung, Owcindful’s finally landed on Terraz Jazz.

Without any opening speech from us, the Owcindful quickly opened up their session with a national anthem written by Ibu Sud entitled “Tanah Airku”. They carried on with interesting version of Kahitna’s “Takkan Terganti”. Starting like it was going to be a ballad, they suddenly sticked this song in 70′s disco style, complete with the wah-wah guitar sound. What an enjoyable presentation that created smile on our faces. Then they moved on to another national anthem “Indonesia Pusaka” again in party mood, playful chords and Brazilian splash. Then they gave a song that’s listed in their memory, it was Sandhy Sondoro’s “Malam Biru” and sealed their show with “Can’t Take My Eyes of You”.


Terraz Jazz 10 - Owcindful (7)


If before we knew Nicodemus’ valuable contribution to the jazz band Chakraborty, we’re glad to see his ability to lead a band with cool music form. This would perfectly suit the young listeners easily. What’s also great is that these young folks served it not like a wannabe but we could feel that it came out right from their souls. It was groovy, soulful and danceable, but at the same time contained jazz in nice portion. Watching energetic boys with strong passion in music like this is always cool. With more experiences that can be gained from having more and more gigs, Owcindful can go fly up high. They have potential, we’re happy to have them in.


Terraz Jazz 10 - Frank and Co (5)


The second slot was taken by a band with the name that could remind you of a jewellery company. It’s called Frank & Co. We heard this band from its guitarist, Frank Navayo who came and jam many times in this event. So it’s about time for us to feature him in a session with his band. Other than this George Benson-ish guitarist, the band has Josua Stephen (keyboard), Yeremia Liong (drums), Christopher Andika (flute & saxophone) and Ken (bass).

This band was established just a couple of months ago for the purpose of participating in the audition in Universitas Katolik Parahyangan. Realizing that they have the same passion to jazz, they decide to keep working together as a team. We knew Frank’s great playing, but what about the band he’s in? Well, now we know that the rest are also great, and they are tight as a band as well.


Terraz Jazz 10 - Frank and Co (7)


Fusion is they core as they served some of the well known songs such as “Starsbrough St Dennis”, their own original song with a little Brazilian mood composed by Frank titled “Tropis”, and then closed the session with Chick Corea’s masterpiece, “Spain” that this time locked in between Spanish and Middle Eastern approaches.

Flute always adds up a different color in a band, especially jazz. It’s great to know that Bandung actually has a jazz flautist that can also play saxophone as well. And he’s here inside Frank & Co. The players possess great skill to execute jazz songs. They even already have original song, a really good one in our opinion. Well, if the Jewellery company has highly valuable products, this Frank & Co is valuable too. Clean and tight. Delightful.


Terraz Jazz 10 - Mahesvara (4)


For the last band we presented a distinctive band that combined modern Western instruments and traditional Eastern ones. It was Mahesvara, consists of young troops from Universitas Padjadjaran that share the same passion (and dreams perhaps) in music. Once they were called iPad, but then changed to Mahesvara which  we think much better in representing their concept. For Terraz Jazz #10, Mahesvara arrived with the team of Riri (vocal), Romi (guitar), Gani (bass), Doly (kendang), Hilmi (flute), Sarah (percussions) and Dika (drums).

Something’s interesting happened in this edition with Mahesvara. Since two of the players couldn’t join (female percussionist Hanna ‘Jipi’ was feeling unwell after a long coming home trip and the keyboardist Aldy got another gig elsewhere), they made some changes that actually showed their strength even more. Doly which usually plays flute now took the kendang position, and Hilmi who’s supposed to play talempong (the Minangkabau traditional instrument) became a flautist (including the bamboo flute). Riri got double job as vocalist and djembe player, the instrument that later guarded by both Riri and Sarah. If usually the drum is taken by a female drummer named Riska, this time she’s replaced by a powerhouse drummer, Dika. Tonight we saw the evidence that almost all of them are multi-instrumentalists, they can exchange position without problem and play just as good with less players. For us, that’s incredible.


Terraz Jazz 10 - Mahesvara (7)


They were captivating right from the start. The opening song directly pictured the music core they are into. Ethnic singing, kendang-percussion battle, the steady drumbeat, cool guitar and bass works plus the sound of the bamboo flute. All cooked with playful dynamics, nice timing and cool execution. Chrisye’s “Cintaku” got an interesting Sundanese music fashion in some parts that we never heard from others. They delivered “Five in One Medley” including “Djanger Bali” and then reached the final with Titi DJ’s “Ekspresi” where they unleashed all energy they had left.

Many unique things can be found in this two-dimensional ensemble. It’s never easy to find the perfect combination of jazz and pop with traditional Sundanese vibe. And, it’s rare to find female percussionists stand tall in a group. With this unique and complex concept, they can even exchange position or take double job. Mahesvara has it all. Moreover, they know how to cook it up by having totally different ingredients. Another thing, they were nice to look at too since they wore shirts with red/maroon as a dresscode. Quite big ensemble with happy vibes, energetic and totally entertaining. The guys played well, and the ladies? They were sensational, attractive, cute but powerful at the same time. The best performance of Mahesvara we’ve ever seen, it was epic.


Terraz Jazz 10 - Jam Session (1)


After all bands did their things, we moved to the second part of the show, the open jam session. Joo Yang of Chakraborty positioned himself on drums, Rizki Jonathan on vocal, Andre Fernando on guitar and two guitarists from Owcindful, Anthony and Ariel plus the pianist Nico were also back on stage. What’s different in this session is Anthony changed his role as a bassist. This batch played two songs, Chrisye’s “Kala Cinta Menggoda” and Bruno Mars’ “Treasure”. The next batch was filled with Agi (drums), Kevin (piano), Ken (bass) and Frank Navayo (guitar). Erick Gabe joined in demonstrating his ability on scat singing and his mouth trumpet signature. The photo session was the last thing to do, that’s the end of the whole program.

Having these three bands and the way the open jam session turned out satisfied us very much. The musicians are all still young and might not be as famous as today’s stars just yet, but the future actually lies in their hands. If/when one day any of them emerged as top player, we would be happy that they once got the Terraz Jazz as one of the sources to gain experience. All talented, all passionate, all are deeply into music, especially jazz. And they are open minded and creative too.


Terraz Jazz 10 - Titbits (7)


Speaking of Indonesia’s Independence Day, we have proclaimed and been living it for 69 years. We still dream to see Indonesia as one great nation where democracy and unity being lived fully by the society, respecting the differences as a blessing, not as a reason to destroy one another. Jazz can be a good way to show it as it carries the values. What we dream is to have jazz as the miniature of the nation or even the world we all dream of. Everyone respecting the others, playing together in order to create good stuffs, leaving all the ego and other self-attributes behind and works hand in hand in harmony to reach a better future.

Nelson Mandela once said: “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” If many parts of the world still unable to do such thing, the jazz people has to be able to live with that standard. There should be no room for ego or self-centered in jazz. We have met so many living jazz legends who are still humble and show big respect to other musicians. And for us, that’s really inspiring. Hopefully that will inspire you guys too, so we all can hope for a better tomorrow for our nation. Many thanks to all the participating bands, the attending musicians, the happening jazzy crowds, soundmen, the venue Terrazo Food Venue and everyone related. Let’s keep the spirit alive. Dirgahayu Indonesia, we love you.


Terraz Jazz 10 - Group Photo


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Reporter: Riandy Kurniawan
Photographer: Ayu Lestari
Video Editor: Vierna Mariska Kurniawan

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97.5 Play FM Palembang Presents: Jazz Taman http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/97-5-play-fm-palembang-presents-jazz-taman/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/97-5-play-fm-palembang-presents-jazz-taman/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:48:39 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=15032 Jazz-Taman


What is a city without a park?

With its magnificent trees taking in carbon dioxide and producing oxygen, lush green parks serve as the ‘lungs of the city.’ Especially in the hot weathered city like Palembang, the existance of park can offer the best of freshness nature can give. Now imagine this. What if the relaxing sound of jazz blends with the cozy, cool atmosphere and fresh air that’s provided by a park located right at the heart of a city?

97.5 Play FM Palembang thought about it. Acknowledging the importance of city parks in keeping the quality of air and life for the people, 97.5 Play FM Palembang collaborating with Bank Sumsel Babel, Kuto Besak Theater Restaurant, PT. Rambang, Boom Futsal, Reload Kitchen, Koran SINDO Palembang, Trijaya FM Palembang, Jazzuality.com, and Palembang Jazz Community; presenting an event where people can feel the social function of the park as a place to interact and to relax through a program called Jazz Taman (Park Jazz).

The premiere of Jazz Taman will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 3 until 6 pm. at Taman Kuto Besak Theater Restaurant. It will be hosted by 97.5 Play FM’s broadcaster, Dede Hasan, and will feature local jazz talents: Hei, Espresso and Real Band. If you’re a musician, you can also jam with them. Or else, you can just enjoy the performance while breathing fresh air and cozy green surroundings.

In addition to enjoying the city park and jazz acts, players can also participate through exciting games and by tweeting their Jazz Taman experience (mentioning @975playfm and @jazztamankota) to win prizes.

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

For you, both jazz lovers and a part of the society who care about the environment in Palembang, do join this good jazzy cause. Not many people realize, but actually we can have fun while doing our part in greening the city. It will definitely give benefit to the better climate and certainly make world a better place. We’re happy to see jazz is once again involved in the environmental care movement, we are proud to be able to support it.

97.5 Play FM Palembang Presents: Jazz Taman

Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Taman Kuto Besak, Theater Restaurant, Palembang


For more info on Jazz Taman :
Chelssa Seno
Promotion Executive 97.5 PLAY FM
Jl. Bay Salim No.1 Komp. Percetakan Rambang Palembang

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Serambi Jazz 2014: TUSLAH http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/serambi-jazz-2014-tuslah/ http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/serambi-jazz-2014-tuslah/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:22:33 +0000 http://jazzuality.com/?p=15024 SerambiJazz-Tuslah


As one of the most successful overseas program of Goethe-Institut, Serambi Jazz has been doing great in presenting quality jazz concert every two months since 2009. Riza Arshad who acts as the curator of this program works hard to maintain each edition by featuring skillful bands/musicians who have dedicated their love to jazz both from our local source and Germany. Series of clinics has been made that already bore fruit, meaning that there are successful bands today actually started from attending the Serambi Jazz’s workshop. Two months ago this successful program higlighted a great man that can combine the strong jazzpression with sophisticated and poetic tunes at the same time, Julian Marantika http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/serambi-jazz-2014-julian-marantika/. Just a month later, a special Serambi Jazz visit to Yogyakarta was held by presenting Duo Project, a guitar-piano session of Ramadhani Syah Warongan (Dhani Syah) and Johanes Radianto http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/serambi-jazz-2014-duo-project-ramadhani-syah-warongan-johanes-radianto-yogyakarta/. Both received great results from the society.

In this month of August Serambi Jazz is ready to spread its venom again. Unique might be the best keyword to describe this upcoming show. It involved four cross-aged jazz titans where each of them can pour out a deadly one. If a band decides to play without bass is already unique, what if we say that this band utilize just set of keys (piano, synthesizer and Hammond organ) plus drum? How can this formation carry the concept and how will it sound? Tell us if you on’t think it’s unique. We think these four dudes are really daring and brilliant at the same time. Who? Well, it’s TUSLAH. This quartet is the headline for Serambi Jazz August 2014 which will come on August 21, 2014 at GoetheHaus Jakarta, starting 7:30 pm onwards. Just like always, this one’s free concert and open for public.


tuslah, jazzuality, riza arshad, adra karim, sri hanuraga, elfa zulham


We call Tuslah a group of Jazz titans is not without reason. Other than they possess worldclass skills in dealing with their instruments, they know what to do in order to flip you upside down. Maybe you’re wondering what Tuslah refers to. It came from “Toeslag”, which is a shorten word from Toetsen (keyboard) and Slagwerk (drums).

The Serambi Jazz curator Riza Arzhad on synthesizer, Sri Hanuraga on piano, Adra Karim on Hammond and Elfa Zulham on drums are the personnels of this very unique quartet.

This idea came from Riza Arshad first of all, as he thought it would be interesting to form a band with an ‘unusual’ formation since he has some fellow musicians with specialties and distinctive characters. So it was formed some times in October 2013 and had the first gig in Red White Jazz Lounge. “What I wish to make is a home for these ‘non industrial’ fellows. I want us all to maintain our intellectuality as an improvisator, especially in this non industrial segment of music scene.” Riza explains. He also said that this becomes more relevant today since there are so many musicians that actually dare to take this path. So now four them is living harmoniously together, sharing and throwing the ideas to one another in order to make this work. “This band doesn’t have a leader, but rather is a collective band.” he says furthermore.

We heard this band for the first time when they were featured in Gedung Kesenian Jakarta’s event Festival Musik 2013  and then saw them again at the Java Jazz Festival 2014 .  Based on the uniqueness, masterclass skill, brilliant concept and fine execution, Serambi Jazz is exactly one of the perfect playground for this group.

Tuslah’s music is served as a creative impulse of the musician whose background is rich with musical experiences in Indonesia, also in Europe and America. What’s also interesting is, this group is like a combination of two groups. Riza Arshad and Sri Hanuraga are from W/H/A/T while Elfa Zulham and Adra Karim are two of the four players found in Tomorrow People Ensemble (TPE). From what we’ve seen, Tuslah creates a ‘new color’. They combine the element of classic, jazz, blues, funk and rock which are going to appear through original compositions and new arrangements.


tuslah, jazzuality, riza arshad, adra karim, sri hanuraga, elfa zulham


Just like we said before, each of them can make a difference when asked to play, now imagine what would happen when they join forces. Think of how the combination of piano, synthesizer and Hammond in one shot along with drum without bass would sound. What kind of ‘jazz hybrid’ does they create? The key-wiz Riza Arshad, the magic fingers Sri Hanuraga, the strong funky-punchlines of Adra Karim and the rich beat from Elfa Zulham will surprise you. Just don’t miss the Serambi Jazz August 2014 Edition on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at GoetheHaus Jakarta, and prepare yourself to see a concept totally different than what you’ve seen so far.


Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014
Time: 06:30 pm – onwards
Location: GoetheHaus, Jl. Sam Ratulangi 9-15, Menteng, Jakarta


Photos of Tuslah were taken by Mia Damayanti Sjahir

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