Jazzuality.com - Indonesian Jazz News Get Your Daily Dose of Jazz! 2015-04-26T09:33:51Z http://jazzuality.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Riandy Kurniawan http://jazzuality.com <![CDATA[Exclusive Interview with Roger Hanschel]]> http://jazzuality.com/?p=15714 2015-04-26T09:32:35Z 2015-04-26T09:32:16Z  


Jazz saxophonist Roger Hanschel: “Take your time, drink tea and listen to music!”

Jazz saxophonist Roger Hanschel studied at the Musikhochschule Köln in Germany and School for Fine Arts in Banff, Canada. He founded the group Nana in 1983. His works have appeared in 23 CDs and he has toured extensively at jazz festivals around the world.

Since 1987, he has been a member of the group Cologne Saxophone Mafia, which won a number of awards. Hanschel also founded the trio Triosphere, quarter Heavy Rotation, and a duo with the singer Gabriele Hasler, and has teamed with Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger as well.

His most recent collaboration is with Indian musicians Deobrat Mishra on sitar and Prashant Mishra on tabla. Their group, Trio Benares, performed in Bangalore recently at the Windmill Craftworks jazz pub. I caught up with Roger Hanschel after his performance for this exclusive interview on jazz and fusion.

How did Trio Benares get formed?
RH: I have felt deep love for Indian classical music since a long time, because I am a fan of shehnai legend Ustad Bismillah Khan since the early 80s. But after all those years I was dis-satisfied because of my limited knowledge of this music. So, I decided to spend some time there in India where Bismillah Khan lived and take some lessons.

In summer 2013, I was visiting the Mishra musicians – Deobrat on sitar and Prashant on tabla. It was clear that this would not be a regular teacher/student relationship but more a ‘colleague-ship.’ So after playing a little together in Varanasi we had a concert in Cologne in September 2014. That was when we decided to form Trio Benares.

What made you interested in music in your early years?
RH: My mother was singing in a choir and my sister, who is four years older than me, is a violin player and was of course inspiring me in early years. I started playing recorder at the age of eight, and at the age of eleven I was listening to a concert where there was a saxophone player. I fell immediately in love with that instrument and never stopped playing it since then!


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What are the challenges you face as a musician and composer?
RH: The challenge is to express my emotions through music and the way to get to this goal. I always want to find the emotional center in myself and make this portable through music.

Who would you say are the leading musical influences in your career?
RH: John Coltrane, Bismillah Khan, J.S. Bach, Jan Garbarek, Hariprasad Chaurasia.

How are you able to blend such different musical genres so effectively, i.e. create ‘fusion without confusion’?
RH: It is all about avoiding copies of any styles and to find the true voice of yourself. It’s about finding the real unique sound of this trio. We do not put fixed styles together. We try to be open minded and put influences of the colleagues into their own ways of playing. We are all leaving known paths and approach unknown areas without losing their own expression.

How would you describe your musical journey?
RH: In the beginning of my career, I was playing and composing much more experimental, searching for new possibilities which were not there before. The older I become, the more experienced I become with the ability of getting to the point of concern, which is searching for the real Roger. Who am I, and what is my center of being which has to come out through my music? For this aim I am now much more able to design my music, to know exactly what I want to express.

What is your vision of what music can do in this day and age.
RH: Music can move people emotionally. This is a big power I think. It can be stronger then every political statement.

What new album or video are you working on now?
RH: I am now working on the recordings we made with Trio Benares. The CD-recording has to be edited and mixed and will be released hopefully soon. There are also some videos we made of our concerts we played in India last month I have to work on. Besides Trio Benares, I am working on a pre-production CD for a septet. I was writing music based on poems of Christina Rossetti.

What have been your previous highlights in playing across India?
RH: In 1994, we played a four-week tour through India and Pakistan with the saxophone quintet, the Kölner Saxophone Mafia. That tour was very important to me. After being a fan of Bismillah Khan for many years, it was a little like coming home.

Do you compose on the road also, while travelling?
RH: Basically I am never composing on tour. At the most I make some notes to not forget ideas. Composing is for luxury of time and I want to have a good time while composing. No stress, good tea, silence!

Do you also teach workshops?
RH: Yes, I am teaching one day a week at the Musikhochschule in Köln. I am educating future professional musicians there. They can sign up for bachelor or master’s degrees with me.

How has the music industry changed over the years, and how has that affected your work?
RH: Producing CDs is not as important anymore as it was 10 or 15 years ago. Downloading or copying illegal is taking place more and more. The music industry is looking for money, not for art above all. This can compromise art. So, especially for young artists, it is important to decide how far they go away from their art towards a career for making money.

What message would you like to convey through your music?
RH: Take your time, drink tea and listen to music!

Written by Madanmohan Rao
Editor & DJ, World Music and Jazz; Bangalore
Global Correspondent for Jazzuality.com

Riandy Kurniawan http://jazzuality.com <![CDATA[97.5 Play FM Palembang Presents: Jazz Taman (April 2015)]]> http://jazzuality.com/?p=15711 2015-04-23T11:37:59Z 2015-04-23T11:37:59Z Jazz-Taman2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

97.5 Play FM Palembang Presents: Jazz Taman

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


For more info:

Jefri: +62 81368682626
Jl. Bay Salim No.1 Komp. Percetakan Rambang, Palembang

Riandy Kurniawan http://jazzuality.com <![CDATA[The 7th International Kampoeng Jazz “Don’t Stop Till You Jazz Enough”]]> http://jazzuality.com/?p=15706 2015-04-20T11:18:41Z 2015-04-20T11:18:08Z kampoengjazz-2015-info

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ticket Price: IDR 160.000 (presale III)

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

For more info:

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

Riandy Kurniawan http://jazzuality.com <![CDATA[North Sumatra Jazz Festival 2015 : The Report]]> http://jazzuality.com/?p=15700 2015-04-15T07:48:15Z 2015-04-14T04:21:16Z NorthSumatraJazzFestival2015


“We want to make it different than other festivals in Indonesia.”  That’s what Erucakra Mahameru told us in April 2011, just a couple of months before he launched his brainchild, the first-ever jazz festival in Medan city called North Sumatra Jazz Festival (NSJF). By saying different, actually Erucakra meant to uphold the idealism in presenting high quality of jazz-tertainment, without forgetting the rich traditional music from different tribes living in that particular area.  It was in 2011. Since then, we have been witnessing rapid growth. It now stands as an international festival. Many spontaneous collaborations indicates the fact that jazz is indeed a universal language. That’s not an easy thing to do in Medan, but it does work. Jazz penetrates Medan in the way never happened before. They have jazz communities, good regeneration and better and better acceptances from the societies. If Medan was once known as rock city, one must admit that it is jazz city too now. And North Sumatra Jazz Festival plays a very vital part of it.

Just a couple of days ago, the North Sumatra Jazz Festival as the fruit of solid collaboration between Waspada emusic (WEM) and Indiejazz Indonesia as the organizer has reached its 5th anniversary. At the press conference held in Marin Lounge Karibia Hotel on Friday, April 10th, Erucakra said that he’s ready to bring more jazz subgenres into the mix of cultures which has been seen as the city’s distinct scenes for years. This new theme’s called Jazzversity Culture. This year’s edition once again showcased spontaneous collaboration among performers from various countries.
Along with the official home band Erucakra C Man Band, from South Korea we got Phil Yoon Group consists of Phil Yoon (drums), Lee Jongwon (Saxophone), Lee Myeonggeon (Piano) and Heo Jinho (bass). From Malaysia, Razak Rahman and friends featuring Professor Hanafie Imam, Rosita Rohaizad (vocal) and Adrienne Pallikat (drums). From our side were the girl-wonder from Bali, 15 year-old VK a.k.a Vickay joined Emerald BEX’s Roedyanto, and the Indonesian progressive rock-fusion band, The KadriJimmo (Kadri Mohammad  & Jimmo) took us back to feel the atmosphere of 90’s Indonesian music scene together with Keenan Nasution. Keenan’s lifespan carreer as a drummer, pianist, guitarist, writer and also famous singer, from the member of God Bless to Guruh Gipsy (with Fariz RM & Chrisye) and Gank Pegangsaan, has made him a living legend in our music industry. To add more excitement to the younger audience, Indonesian Idol’s alumni Teza Sumendra stood tall in the lineup.

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The 2015’s edition started early with the performance from Medan’s local bands Elnino from University of North Sumatra,  Candle & Moonlight and UNIMED’s Kalila, with some Melayu/Malay and South Tapanuli (Mandailing)’s traditional dance to describe more of this year’s cross cultural theme. The night’s got stronger jazz ambience with Rio Riezky & the Band who sang their own compositions and Gugun Blues Shelter’s “Turn It On”.

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Vickay then jazzed up the stage with her amazing performance. Being only 15 year old, this jazz girl-wonder came up with her own songs from her first album, “You Don’t Know Me.” Not only great in singing, she also demonstrated her ability in playing multi instruments including keyboard and guitar. With Emerald BEX’s Roedyanto, Vickay sang ‘What’s Going On?”. the bluesy “Beggin” and “Bahagia Lagi”.

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Time to check out the jazz icon from our neighboring country: Razak Rahman and Friends. Razak and his team offered jazz tunes with the ellegance of Malay traditional sounds, even included a Malay monologue. The wonderful chemistry of Razak’s saxophone and Prof. Hanafie Imam’s  bass flew smooth over the Malay rendition of Duke Ellington’s “Don’t Get Around Much” presented in a translated Malay format: “Kini Aku Sendirian”. This song was sung by Mazlina Abdul Manan. The treat didn’t stop there, because then they brought in two of P. Ramlee & Puan Sri Saloma’s classic hits “Asmara” and “Mahligai Kahyangan”,  sang by Rozita Rohaizad. Rozita is the niece of Puan Sri Saloma (wife of the late maestro Tan Sri P. Ramlee) and daughter of the legendary actress Mariani. Not only in carrying the legacy, Rozita suits perfectly with the song too, as if she was born to sing it.

 Erucakra then joined them. Together they ran wild with John Coltrane’s “Impressions”.

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With Rheinhard Tobing (one of the founder of Medan’s famous Session Band before forming his own Rheinhard & His Combo) as their new additional personnel on keyboards, Erucakra C Man Band seemed to have new power. This time with the formation consists of Brian Harefa (saxophone), Rusfian Karim (drums) and Okky Pendawa (bass), their compositions felt more variative and melodic than ever. The y played Miles Davis’ classic “So What” in acid jazz variations, Chick Corea’s “Blue Miles” in strong blues touch and Dave Brubeck’s  “Take Five” in Al Jarreau’s version with lyrics, which became the highlight of their performance. This quite complicated composition was nicely sang by Erucakra. He also showed his scat-singing ablity which surprised the audience. They ended their part with The Beatles’ classic “Come Together” in a quite unique variations.

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Phil Yoon then came up on stage and gave everyone a different flavor. He let us enjoy the  taste of South Korean jazz which is a rarity to many jazz audience here. Their highly attractive playing clearly reflected on the repertoires which were mostly taken from their albums like from the 2007 album “E.J. (Homage to Elvin Jones)”, “Nardis”, “Jindo Arirang”, “The Ride” and from the 2012 album “The Reminiscence of Mom”, “Joshua”, “Bull’s Eye” and “Boston Blues”, where they collaborated with Erucakra Mahameru’s masterful guitar sound and techniques.

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As the night got even hotter, The KadriJimmo (formerly The KadriJimmo The Prinzes of Rhythm) got their shot. KadriJimmo is a duo vocalist group consists of Kadri Mohammad and Jimmo (known from Melly’s duet hit ‘Pujaanku’ from the hit movie ‘Eiffel I’m In Love’). Along with the band, these guys knocked the audience out with their progressive rock-fusion repertoires. Some was taken from their album ‘Indonesia Hebat’ like the uniquely titled “Secangkir Teh Sebelum Kau Pergi (A Cup of Tea Before You Leave)” and the upcoming single “Energi Cinta (Love Energy)” composed by Kla Project’s Adi Adrian & Bemby Noor. After the majestic medley of “Badai Pasti Berlalu” which also featured Popo the keyboardist on vocals, the most awaited Keenan Nasution joined them on stage.

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Accompanied by The KadriJimmo’s Noldy (guitarist), Soebroto (bass), Popo (keyboard) and Hayunaji (drums), Keenan swept the audience with his classic hit from Gank Pegangsaan, “Dirimu”. Then he took Guruh Gipsy’s “Indonesia Maharddhika” which also came from  2014 all-star thematic collaboration album featured many Indonesian famous musicians including The KadriJimmo and  Keenan. Then finally, the one that started it all in Keenan’s carreer, “Nuansa Bening” came from him in a surprise duet with Vickay, who gave cool improvisations by flying over wide range of notes. It was really, really beautiful.

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NSJF 2015 wrapped the event with Teza Sumendra in his ever attractive performance, mostly for the young audience. He sang RnB’s latest hits like Jay Z’s “Show Me What You Got”, Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love”, Jessie J’s “Bang Bang”, Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”, his own single “Real Love”, “Tonight”, “I Want You, Love”, “Girlfriend” and the festive Earth Wind & Fire’s classic “Let’s Groove”. Teza’s performance successfully brought the audience came closer to the stage and dance.

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This festival is fully supported by the city’s government and proudly stands as an international-scaled annual that should be able to attract tourists to visit Medan, as said by Medan’s vice governor HT Erry Nuradi in  his official speech. The collaboration between Erucakra Mahameru’s Waspada Emusic and Dion Momongan’s IndieJazz Indonesia isn’t just successfully introduced jazz and its various subgenres to the wider audience, it also gives more opportunities to the local jazz bands and musicians. In a hope to see more and more success story in years to come, let’s never stop giving our support to North Sumatra Jazz Festival.

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Reporter: Daniel Irawan
Photographer: Ferry Rumahorbo
Editor: Riandy Kurniawan

Riandy Kurniawan http://jazzuality.com <![CDATA[Braga Jazz Walk #12 : The Report]]> http://jazzuality.com/?p=15693 2015-04-13T06:36:02Z 2015-04-13T06:34:43Z BragaJazzWalk12-Jazzuality

As a community-based jazz edutainment program, Braga Jazz Walk was once running as a two weekly event, but right after the Java Jazz Pre Event which featured artists from three nations, the venue Braga CityWalk informed us the cut down due to some reasons. We still don’t know if this is going to be permanent or until when, but what we do know is that we should still focus in providing the local young guns a reliable platform to grow. Either they need promotion, wish you try out their concept, need to gain experience or simply love to perform in front of real audience in public places, this event is totally free for them to use.

While for the well established musicians, this event should be able to stand as a meeting point between them and the younger ones. They can share their knowledge and experience, they can give feedback, or they can let the youngsters learn through live performances. We provide jam session too in every edition to accomodate just about anybody who want to taste the jazzy stage. For musicians or singers who still has no band, this session can be useful. For the band members, this could freshen them from routines. And for the audience, they can always taste it anytime they want to. So far we have receieved many positive feedbacks and still have to work better on several issues. But generally, so far this event is still running on the right track with plenty of success stories to tell.

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After a long one full month, Braga Jazz Walk #12 was back again in action on April 9, 2015. For this edition we prepared 3 bands plus one special session. The special session featured a still 8 year-old girl that seems to know her destiny from such early age. Her name is Nadine. Nadine is currently studies at Venche Music School (VMS) under the guidance of a female jazz pianist we know very well, Nanet Ken Asri. She brought her mom and came to the previous 11th edition, where she directly approached us in order to ask for joining the jam. She amazed us directly from the first note. She could already play on stage like a pro and even joined much older players in jam session without any problem. This event is for talents like her. We invited her to have a slot in this edition, she grabbed it excitedly.

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Before Nadine had her first ever gig in life, Find Taste was the band to start the night. The band’s called Find Taste with Billy Likumahuwa (vocal), M Rizky Pratama (guitar), Joe Bastian (bass), Anthony (guitar) and Andre (drums). The vocalist Billy who constantly appears and jams almost in every edition of Braga Jazz Walk has a unique deep baritone voice and loves to sing no matter what genre he’s being given. Since last year he’s been placing his interest in jazz singing that’s perfectly accomodated by having reliable compatriotes in Find Taste.

Speaking of song choice, they selected 4 songs with really different backgrounds. First, Antonio Carlos Jobim’s gem “Wave” in pop bossa, then they caught everyone off guard with Ismail Marzuki’s “Panon Hideung”. From there they visited The Beatles by singing “Come Together” in jazz-rock spirit then sealed their session with “Biru”.

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As they have been showing their support by attending our event at regular basis, We’re happy that finally we can give one full slot for them. Unique baritone voice and young but capable musicians are found inside this band. As they are still pursuing the formal education in music, we are glad to be able to support them. Since Find Taste’s filled with passionate boys, we know they still have many things to offer. If this event still runs, we will invite them again and see their progress.

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Then came the time for us to see the adorable little girl, Nadine. She was there alone, playing all by herself. She was very brave to do so. Look at her repertoires: “Take Five”, “Over the Rainbow” and “Night in Tunisia”. Sweet and simple, with all the innocence and purity of a child, Nadine mesmerized everyone as she gained loud applauses from one song to another. How could a girl her age handle the pressure of performing in front of the audience? Not something that’s easy for them, but the adorable Nadine overcame all of her nervousness and came out as a winner.

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We always feel happy to meet new talent, especially a rare talent like Nadine. Imagine, while girls her age are still playing with dolls and starting to learn how to develop skills in activities they love, Nadine already found what she destined to be specifically. We are thinking, if she can already play like that today, how amazing will she become in the future. She has all the chance in the world, especially since her parents are supporting her fully. We are proud to be able to feature/introduce her, and hope she will take Braga Jazz Walk as home and come more often.

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Next was a trio, YD Nafis Trio. First, meet YD Nafis, an all-round keyboardist highly respected by many young guns in Bandung. About 6 months ago when the Braga Jazz Walk was just started, he told us about his plan of establishing his own group. It wasn’t easy to find the perfect ones to fill up each line, but instead of waiting, he started directly with whatever available. The drummer was already there, the young Alman Naufal who’s currently absorbing drumming knowledge and skill from Elfa Zulham and proudly is working as a drum instructor at the Venche Music School. With a very minimalistic format they have graced some stages, including some appearance on our own soil. Later on we heard that he has found a bassist. Then we invited him and his trio to fill up this edition’s slot. He took it and told us that he just got a new bassist, Robby Tribuwono Saksono.

For the first time YD Nafis Trio rest their case in our regular event, and according to Nafis, it was their first ever gig too as a trio. “All the Things You Are” was first, but then they served a surprise by pinning Nirvana’s classic “Smells Like Teen Spirit” into a soft but free jazz outfit. Throughout the songs Alman tranced behind the drums, showing how much he’s dwelling into it. Nafis let his soul go over the terrains, freely, happily. As for the newest member Robby, he is remarkable in guarding these two and keep everything intact. For the last song, they gave a cool cover of Robert Glasper’s song titled “FTB”.

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YD Nafis is not only a remarkable jazz pianist. He’s also a leader that expressively spreads positive vibe and happiness that can be felt by both fellow players and the audience. He leads and serves at the same time, thus make the trio stands solid. Alman as usual was into his trancing mode as a reflection of how much he’s into his play. And Robby is indeed an excellent bassist who really knows what to do. We predicted earlier that this session would be interesting and enjoyable, and yes it actually was. We enjoy YD Nafis’ keyboard playing in Tesla Manaf ft Mahagotra Ganesha and West Java Syndicate, now we see the other side of him in more central position. According to Nafis, Robby completed the core. His group may expand with more than trio, but the three will always be the core. Playing as a  trio is tricky and never easy, but Nafis should feel lucky to have Alman and Robby around, vise versa.

Braga Jazz Walk 12 - Violin Project (2)

The final showcase was a band, consists of young guns, that places two violins in front. The band’s called Violin Project. It’s still new, established earlier this year when two young violinists, Kiki Abdul Haqi and Raga Dipa wished to hold an internal concert that finally took place at the Auditorium Indra Music last month by the name of Violin Night. The violin duo are strongly supported by their friends such as Pandu Watu Alam (piano), Marsha Oktora (guitar), Satria Tri Buana (bass) and the talented drummer who has played at our event quite many times, Andi Pramudito.

Andi told us earlier that Funk/Fusion is the main style of their music. Since Raga is the personnel of Bandung rock band named Restless, some rock pattern is alive and kicking too in their music. They opened up with Chick Corea “Spain”. Jazz rock sounded majestic from them, plus some samba beat and other twists enriched this opening song. As they attracted more and more people, the threw more songs including Secret Garden’s “Poeme”, and Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be”. They do have original song too, written by Didi entitled “Journey”. For the last song, they played UZEB/Didier Lockwood’s “The Kid”.

Braga Jazz Walk 12 - Violin Project (1)

6 players connected and shone bright. The rich, strong and steady drumbeat, fine guitar line and melodious rhythm from the bass, fired up keyboardist and of course, two brilliant violinists in front created one solid package of music. Violin is not the usual instrument to find in jazz and rock, therefore a band like this is important in terms of enriching our music with colorful varieties. It feels good to be able to feature this in our event. Hopefully more people could see that there are so many possibilities in jazz and certainly, you can use any kinds of instrument to bring out the jazzy soul in you.

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Jam session started afterwards with Nadine and YD Nafis. They shared one piano and played “Take the ‘A’ Train” and then “Autumn Leaves”. Interestingly, Nadine’s grandfather who came to support her took the mike and sang. A golden, round baritone voice of the grandpa gained loud applauses and cheers from every one in the venue. Frank Navayo (guitar) joined in.

Nafis’ dear wife, Misty then took over the mike and sang “How Insensitive”. More players rushed in: Omega (piano), Rio (bass), Rizky (guitar), Anthony (guitar) and Alman (drums). Misty led them and sang Raisa’s “Could This Be Love”. Billy took the other mike and sang too. The photo session happened during this song, but there was one last batch: the whole YD Nafis Trio plus Billy (now on guitar) with Fauzan Razak (vocal). They made a spontaneous but stand out cover of “Feeling Good”. That became the end of this 12th edition.

Braga Jazz Walk 12 - Photo Group

Three groups in various formats and styles plus one special solo performance by an 8 year-old girl were the story of this 12th edition. It’s great to see many young players are already capable to bring good music in the name of jazz. We are satisfied with the variety of instruments being used, the wide age ranging and colorful sounds. Oh yeah, the jam was cool too. There are many bands still waiting to be featured. We will bring another fresh batch next month. If the event still runs, you can be sure to get something different. That’s all for now, see you again next month.

Watch the highlight of Braga Jazz Walk #12

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Reporter: Riandy Kurniawan
Photographer: Titus Firmanto
Video Editor: Vierna Mariska Kurniawan

Riandy Kurniawan http://jazzuality.com <![CDATA[The 5th North Sumatra Jazz Festival 2015]]> http://jazzuality.com/?p=15682 2015-04-15T07:49:41Z 2015-04-07T07:50:37Z NSJF-2015

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

From the international resources, a jazz drummer from South Korea is making his way for the very first time to NSJF. He is Phil Yoon. For this gig, he’s going to bring his quartet and shows that Korea is not all about boyband-girlband and K-Pop, but the nation does jazz too.

Malaysian jazz icon, saxophonist Razak Rahman is ready to merry this fest for the second consecutive year. Just like his visit to the other places, Razak comes with a mission to educate, share and deliver a message to the younger generation of the richness in quality of the Classical Malay Music from his homeland. Hopefully many of you would still remember that Razak is historically related to Duke Ellington. When Mr Ellington came to KL around 40 years ago, he met the 12 year-old Razak Rahman and planned to bring him to New York, unfortunately Ellington passed away before that happened. But Razak still emerged as a respected jazz musician from Malaysia. One thing you should know is that despite his reputation, he has never been given the opportunity to penetrate the Indonesian market until the invitation he received from Erucakra & Arsyadona Mahameru to North Sumatra Jazz Festival 2014 last year. So it’s great to see that he’s back.

If last year he came alone, this year he will bring his own band. Joining him are Muhammad Afiq Aiman b. Johari (piano), his wife Mazlina Abdul Manan (vocals), Adrian Palikat (drums) and Mohd Nizam b. Azis (rebana). He will also feature his long time friend, bassist Ron Carter and the honorable Prof. Hanfie Imam. As if that’s not enough to spoil the audience, Razak invites a special guest star appearance by Rozita Rohaizad who is the niece of the legendary Puan Sri Saloma (wife of the late maestro Tan Sri P. Ramlee) and daughter of legendary actress Mariani. Razak Rahman’s session will be special. Not only since this all-star cast will bring some classic Malaysian songs but also as the symbol of friendship between two neighboring nations that actually share similiarities in many aspects, including historical and cultural heritage that dates bck centuries, language and so on.

By looking at the lineup, we can get a hint that there will be assorted flavors of music to grab at the North Sumatra Jazz Festival 2015. Of course varieties of jazz will be on top, but you will find pop, rock, soul, RnB, blues and everything in between too in it. Waspada eMusic and Indiejazz Indonesia always wish to bring ‘good’ and ‘necessary’ music entertainment to the Northern part of Sumatra. Keeping the strong identity, character and form are important too for them. The committee has announced that they are absolutely ready to jazz you guys up with this 5th installment. Are you ready? North Sumatra Jazz Festival 2015, Jazzversity Culture!

5th North Sumatra Jazz Festival 2015

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 04:00 pm – onwards
Location: Grand Ballroom Karibia Boutique Hotel, Centre Point Complex, Medan

Ticket: IDR 100.000 (early bird)/ IDR 130.000 (on spot)

For complete ticketing info, please refer to this link: http://www.northsumatrajazzfestival.com/#!tickets/c1xl2

For more info, log on to http://northsumatrajazzfestival.com

Riandy Kurniawan http://jazzuality.com <![CDATA[Braga Jazz Walk #12]]> http://jazzuality.com/?p=15676 2015-04-20T11:19:35Z 2015-04-06T06:17:30Z bragajazzwalk-12

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


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


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

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


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

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

Braga Jazz Walk #12

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



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

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


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

Mellysa Anastasya <![CDATA[PASIFIC 2 Third Event Report: We Are the Soul of Nature]]> http://jazzuality.com/?p=15670 2015-04-07T08:04:10Z 2015-03-24T05:36:17Z Pasific 2

The journey finally comes to an end. BEM KEMA Fakultas Ekonomi dan Bisnis Universitas Padjadjaran (FEB UNPAD) finally completed their series of events, PASIFIC (Padjadjaran Music Festival and Culture). Started with the first event in February 2014, committee auspiciously held the gig with numerous big names in music such as NAIF, HiVi, Project Pop, Sheila On 7, Afgan, The SIGIT, Glenn Fredly, and Tulus. Continued to PASIFIC 2 First Event in last month of 2014, FLOAT, Pandai Besi, Senandung Taman, Tiga Pagi, and the remarkable Daniel Sahuleka were up on stage playing their music. At last, the second and third events of PASIFIC happened in this March. While the former spotlighted green activities at Taman Hutan Raya Djuanda, the latter we attended recently presenting Mocca, Maliq & D’Essentials, Sheila On7, and DEWA 19 feat. Ari Lasso. These pretty much summarize the whole sequence of PASIFIC.

Now, let’s pay attention to the last event we covered, which is the third event. Centering the importance of green life, PASIFIC consistently acknowledge their visitors about taking care of our nature surrounds and cleanness in Bandung. Therefore, they brought up “Experience the Soul of Nature” as second event theme and “We Are the Soul of Nature” as third theme. Located at Sasana Budaya Ganesha, last Saturday became one of many memorable music events in Bandung. The gate was opened from 1 p.m. and one distinguished thing about this event was their punctuality. Committee had proved that time and pleasantness of their visitors are important so they surely did the best in time management. In addition for our pleasure, they provided us with many tenants consisted of foods, beverages, performer’s merchandise, and sponsor’s items to choose. No worries of getting hungry or bored.

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As usual for college events, PASIFIC 2 was officially opened that noon as the Vice Dean gave his speech and followed by P2K2M. Months ago the committee had held band audition and the result was five groups who played in third event. Our biggest applause for many young yet talented fellas from Summer Breeze, Lebanon, The Mahad, Happy Man, and Mahesvara. They all deserve the spotlight at big stage as in PASIFIC because joyful they served to us through their tunes. Mahesvara is one of those bands closest to us and as much as we are happy to see they develop this far, great to see they continually spread the traditional Sundanese to many crowds. Fun to see they blended the latest hits with their traditional arrangements well just like within their first song, Sia’s “Chandelier”, continued by Titi DJ’s “Ekspresi”, and a Sundanese song from Pupuh Kinanti, “Budak Leutik Bisa Ngapung”.

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Right before break at dawn, one of four main stars was ready on stage, Bandung sweetheart, Mocca. We had mentioned within Java Jazz Festival 2015 report that last January Mocca released their newest album called ‘Home’. By saying home, it refers to Bandung as their hometown, where the creative Mocca was born and belongs. ‘Home’ is an album full of their stories about the long journey to come back home and special for this event, Mocca played several songs from that album. “Changing fate”, “Home”, “Somewhere In My Dreamland”, and “Bandung (Flower City)” were their new pieces, added with the old “I Remember” and “Swing It, Bob” which were beautifully sang by Arina Ephipania, Riko Prayitno, Toma Pratama, and Indra Massad.

Pasific 2 - Maliq n d'Essentials (2)

Right after the pray break time, the crowds increasingly fulfilled the venue as Maliq & D’Essentials was ready to give their best in order to entertain Bandung. The atmosphere was filled with festive atmosphere while Maliq continuously served us with their sundry hits such as “Himalaya”, “Setapak Sriwedari”, “Semesta”, “Terlalu”, “Drama Romantika”, “Pilihanku”, “Terdiam”, “Dia”, “Menari”, and the greatest of all “Untitled”. Since the releasing of their debut album in 2004 until now, there are plentiful gigs they have performed; they have six incredible albums and many labeling them with jazz and soul genre. But as we can see up to this time, they do not stop exploring new side of them, new genres, and many great things are worth to wait from this band.

Pasific 2 - Sheila on 7 (1)

Sheila on 7 was the only band who performed twice at PASIFIC and still they attracted many people. Two same things as Mocca did: first, Sheila on7 recently released their newest album last year, titled ‘Musim yang Baik’, so until these days their schedule is tight in order to promote their album. Second, they both finally joined the biggest jazz event, Java Jazz Festival 2015. As Duta opened the show with their friendly greeting, the vocalist thanked the crowds whom chose to spent their weekend at Sabuga and appreciate Indonesian music. For sure we expected Sheila On7 not only prepared to sing their newest tunes, but also the old which we are very familiar with. Yes, they gave what we wanted. “Hari Bersamanya”, “Sahabat Sejati”, “Seberapa Pantas”, “Satu Langkah”, “Melompat Lebih Tinggi”, “Dan”, “Itu Aku”, “Buka Mata Buka Telinga”, “Yang Terlewatkan”, and “Anugerah Terindah Yang Pernah Kumiliki” medley with “Lapang Dada” were well served.

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It is fair enough to say that this last performer was the highlight of this event. DEWA 19 who last time came to perform in Bandung was 2003 finally satisfied our longing for them. The formation for PASIFIC was Ari Lasso on vocal, Ahmad Dhani on keyboard, Andra Junaidi on guitar, Yuke Sampurna on bass, with two additional players on guitar and drum. It was clearly seen that the personnel really enjoyed the show because of strong vibes from the crowds. Sabuga was full house at that time, many Baladewa was on front line, and the crowds didn’t stop to sing along. Together they didn’t stop gave us the best performance with all-time hits we already knew such as: “Restoe Boemi”, “Pangeran Cinta”, “Cukup Siti Nurbaya”, “Sedang Ingin Bercinta”, “Kirana”, “Pupus”, “Cinta Kan Membawamu Kembali”, “Satu Hati”, “Separuh Nafas”, “Kangen”, “Arjuna”, and finally closed the magnificent show with “Kamulah Satu-Satunya”.

The air was filled joy, excitement, and tired faces from all people who came to PASIFIC because they enjoyed the gig very much they couldn’t stop singing and dancing along with the performers. The price of tickets is classified into above average for college gigs but for you who came know for sure that it was worth. You never know what time in the future DEWA 19 feat. Ari Lasso will ever performing together again. Also other big names like Mocca, Sheila on7, and, Maliq & D’Essentials in one stage? It was a big winning and Bandung should be glad to see those artists. Big thanks to the hard work of committee who finally done four big events and we hope that we will see another PASIFIC next year. Congrats, kuddos!

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Reporter: Mellysa Anastasya
Photographer: Titus Firmanto

Riandy Kurniawan http://jazzuality.com <![CDATA[Three Apps for the Aspiring Jazz Musician]]> http://jazzuality.com/?p=15666 2015-03-23T05:37:07Z 2015-03-23T05:37:07Z threeapps

Music learning and writing has taken on different platforms, and now musicians have turned to their everyday gadgets to expand their jazz horizons, learning new songs and even utilizing them as a resource to write their next piece. Although Harry Decimo of Evolver.fm explains that the “truly useful musicians’ tools designed for players who know what they are doing are decidely rarer,” there are definitely a few apps out there that no jazz musician can do without.

Using your smartphone or your tablet as a tool for jazz players is rather unconventional compared to traditional resources, such as sheet music and a metronome, some might say. But being that mobile internet is the most powerful trend on the internet landscape to date, as discussed by Gaming Realms, operator of bingo portal Free Bingo Hunter, an app can do more than what you might think. From recording music to learning jazz terms, these apps are recommended by jazz musicians, for jazz musicians.



iReal Pro
If there was just one app that every player needed to have, it would be this one. Available on both Google Play and the App Store, iReal Pro is the best tool for musicians, beginners or professionals, to master their art. As an added bonus, the app features a realistic sounding band that accompanies you as you practice. It’s a book and a band all in one.

Set List Maker
Just as the name suggests, this app is a must-need for those that need an organizer for their gigs. Rather constantly erasing your ideas, tossing papers into the garbage, and reorganizing set lists by hand, you can manage songs efficiently while attaching notes, PDF charts , and much more. Set List Maker is compatible on both iPhone and iPad, but for the purpose of notetaking and chart viewing, downloading the app on your iPad is your best bet.

iMusic Dictionary
All the Italian terms in this genre can be hard to keep up with. iMusic Dictionary currently has over 1,400 definitions that cover the extensive verbal vocabulary associated with jazz. Other than the theoretical terms that appear in your sheet music, obscure instruments, slang, musical styles, and oddly enough historical references are also included in the database. Unlike other dictionary apps, such as Musictionary, the definitions are simpler and more concise.

Riandy Kurniawan http://jazzuality.com <![CDATA[Pangeran Muda ‘Panda’ Single Launching and Crowdfunding GO PANDA! Campaign]]> http://jazzuality.com/?p=15661 2015-04-06T16:25:30Z 2015-03-18T13:32:30Z pangeran-panda-terpaku
Many would agree that the variety of theme offered is very, very limited at the recent time. There are some brightly creative talents manage to create something interesting, yet most of them fail to enter the market that’s ruled by the unseen hands. The question is: does our music scene today still have a room for new comers? And, if they are not with the big labels, do they have the chance? Well, the chance might be small, but we like to believe that there is. There are evidence too can be found in the industry. Those who started from scratch, struggling hard, fighting with and sacrificing anything they have to succeed. Some interesting and big potential talents have emerged from the independent/indie road. By being creative, one can still dig some more ways in the independent road to fulfill their dream and calling.

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Meet the young talent whose career has just entered the new, more promising dawn: Pangeran Muda ‘Panda’ Siagian (twitter: @PangeranMudaPM). He rose very early and have gained so many experience since he was still a little kid. We will let you know more about this, but let’s focus on his most recent move. As he’s preparing his debut solo album, last Saturday (March 14, 2015) he launched his single “Terpaku” (‘Stunned’) at Tokove Cafe, Kemang, Jakarta. This single is made light and easy listening in R&B mode with a little pop jazz and tells a story that’s close to us. The main theme is love, but Panda views it from quite a different angle. He might have dissapointed the one he loved many times, but still he receives love and happiness from her. So he expresses his love to her, telling her that his heart’s locked on her and let her know that he wouldn’t be able to live without her.

This song is produced by Tommy Widodo (co producer of Pongky Meet the Stars Album). Amazingly, throughout the process of making the album, Panda invites everyone to support him by being Co Producer. That’s the reflection of the spirit of unity, something that he has inside his soul. He truly believes that wherever there is unity and the will to support one another, the result will be something that can inspire many hearts.

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So far he has prepared 6 songs, all written by himself such as “Daraku”, “Bergegaslah, Kawan!”, “Akulah Pangeranmu”, “Bully”, “Kaulah Yang Ku Sayang” and “Hidup Sederhana”. As shown on the title, Panda take many daily life’s story as the theme, more than just simply about love. “True, there are so many love songs already, but we don’t fall in love everyday. So many other stories in life that we experience every day.” he says. Based on that, he speaks loud on life motivation, family, friendship, nature and even anti bullying. Quoting him, “We need more songs that can help to express our feeling on a daily basis.” In cooking up his meal, Panda doesn’t want to trap himself into any particular genre. He describes his music as “Complicated Pop” that accomodates all the music styles/genres that he likes, from Soimah (Soimah Pancawati, a presenter, singer, sinden, comedian) to Amy Winehouse.

On one hand, Pangeran Muda launched his single “Terpaku” as the first step towards a successful solo career. On the other, he also used the momentum to launch the Crowdfunding GO PANDA! campaign. This is a creative move made by him that openly involves the fans and wider society to support local musicians. Here’s how it goes. Panda and the team will visit many places to run a campaign in a hope to move many people to support the album. Using people’s power for a positive cause? That’s inspiring. If this idea works, many artists could follow his step, so they can keep working and progressing independently without having any intervention and/or coercion from the ruling people/elite  at the top. It will give more alternative for music listeners as well as creating and enriching healthy music scene.

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If you still don’t know him, allow us to bring you closer to him. This young man has achieved no less than 200 achievements throughout his career. The prestigious Java Jazz Festival and JakJazz are just a few of the event that he’s in. He has performed in Hong Kong and Macau and crowned as the Ambassador of Jakarta Musical Production Ministry. Speaking of competition, he won the Sherina Star Kids Competition in 2000, McDonalds Kids Awards in 2002, Heartline Gospel Singing Contest (2006), the winner of talent search show produced by Trans TV “Suara Indonesia” and runner up of Bintang Radio Festival in Jakarta, 2005. Last year he reached the Top 20 in Indonesian Idol 2014. As if those are not enough, he also exists as an actor. He starred the musical series “Peri Cinta dan Anak Jalanan” as the leading role as a part of the 9th Anniversary of SCTV. His voice was heard in some jingles for tvs and radios such as Honda, Spacy, Madurasa and Aneka Tambang. Recordings? Been there done that. He has released a couple of albums, particularly gospel. Two gospel albums in 2009, one Batak and one Christmas album “Colours of Christmas” in 2011 listed in his portfolio. What a shining resume, amazingly achieved before he even reaches 30 years of age.

We have had him on our very own regular event, the Braga Jazz Walk. Like a giant magnet he dragged mall goers to his show, joining the medias and attending fans who already stood near the stage (read the report here: http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/braga-jazz-walk-05-the-report/). From what we have seen, this man has it all. He has beautiful, soft and tender voice that will melt the girls’ heart, and wide range too. He has the look, smiley, familiar and friendly. He is also a prince charming that can create happy mood when he’s around. He has everything (including the ‘it’ factor) needed to success. A career in music is clearly his calling as his happiness can be felt throughout his performance.

Panda Pangeran Muda Terpaku (1)

“I wish to present a more real form of art that can be enjoyed at any time. And my dreams won’t stop there. I also wish to motivate young generation in Indonesia to be fruitful. Despite anything they lack of, they should know that they still have the chance to make something according to their calling and gain success. ” he said. Then continued, “As a part of long term mission, I have the vision to give support and appreciation to them, so they will know that by making serious effort, they can also make themselves and their works heard by many. ”

As what we have said in 2014, the year 2015 might become the best year for Pangeran Muda aka ‘Panda’. After Tulus, he is the next big thing. Let’s wish him the best, for the released single “Terpaku”, for the Crowdfunding “GO PANDA!” campaign, for the process of making up the album and of course for a successful career.

Written by: Riandy Kurniawan
Photos courtesy of Pangeran Muda