Java Jazz Festival 2011: ESQI:EF, Santana, C-Man, Maurice Brown


Repeating his first night success, Santana‘s special show on the 2nd day of the festival even drew much more audience that started their queue hours before the show began. Even with the same concept, more crowds made Santana and his band played with more energetic performance, though in the same way, the effect had the media having more difficulties to entered the hall from the very beginning. Anyway, thanks to Santana and The Java Festival Production for giving us another gigantically memorable special show this year. You can check the report of Santana’s first day performance here.


For many music fans in Indonesia, Syaharani is more than just a singer with sultry voice. She’s dearly loved by the fans also because she’s really friendly and close to them. For us, Syaharani is someone who never stops exploring. She’s progressive, explorative and dynamic. She’s always relentless to find out more about the recording process and beyond. She found a perfect partner in crime in Fareed Saad (Didit), then got completed with the senior guitarist Donny Suhendra on their side. Then, Syaharani and the Queenfireworks, better known as ESQI:EF was born.


This very creative group has been entertaining us for almost seven years now. The first album “Buat Kamu” was released in 2004, where they demonstrated their secret formula, taking light jazzy, power pop, acoustic, lounge dance, blues, groove, soul, pop/power rock, bossa, ambience and other music forms to be their playground. Often they even blend them all in delightful crossover. Variety is a must, creativity is limitless. That’s what we always feel everytime we hear ESQI:EF. What makes them more interesting is the way they often rearrange their songs to suit the particular event they are in. That way we never get bored at all to see their gig. Plus, Syaharani’s communicative and interactive act brings another attraction to the fans too.

For their first appearance at the Java Jazz Festival 2011, Syaharani and the QueenFireworks (ESQI:EF) appeared in the complete formation. They brought the groove and delight to entertain their crowds at max. Just as usual, the crowds were involved in every songs. Not only the crowds loved it, the whole ESQI:EF had a lot of fun too on stage. It was intimate and familiar, no wonder the crowds loved it so much.


C-Man-(7)Graduated from Berklee College of Music, Erucakra Mahameru had started his carreer in his hometown, Medan, Sumatera Utara. As a town known of producing great vocalists in Indonesian music history, a guitarist would be another interesting treat. This last few years, Erucakra formed his band called C-Man, where his deep exploration in jazz has received a notable review from Karl Sterling, Jimmy Haslip Yellowjackets production and Grammy-American Music Awards nominee Allen Wentz. With the song called Aranti’s Code, Erucakra & C-Man had climbed Apple iTunes chart. And not only that, Aranti’s Code also remastered in Abbey Road Studios with the agency under ASCAP that opens a bigger chance in using their works in Hollywood film industry. It’s a big WOW for a local musician. C-Man consists of Edie Zam in the bass, Hery Syahputa in keyboards, Rusfian Karim in drums and Erucakra himself as guitarist/lead vocal.

Their performance in this year’s festival had proven that Medan also had a powerful part of jazz beyond its big phenomena of rock music. If the last two years we had Medan Jazz Community, which Erucakra Mahameru also played with them in 2009, this year, C-Man took that part even bigger. Held at The Stone stage, C-Man has attracted many audience to felt their deep exploration of something they called ‘neo-progressive jazz’. This unlikely genre will blends jazz, funk and also the Arabic Zapin. With the formation featured Janbesby (alto saxophone), C-Man also played legendary compositions such as Quincy Jones‘  “The Dude”, Miles Davis “So What”, The Beatles“Come Together” and some C-Man original works.


Explosive might be the perfect word to describe Maurice Brown‘s performance. He was raised right in the Southern part of Chicago, and that should make him familiar with jazz from the beginning. Maurice Brown started making his name as the winner of the National Miles Davis Trumpet Competition. Not only he could play the trumpet so well, he can also be wild when he sank inside his own play. We can always get both quality and entertainment from musicians like Maurice Brown.

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Reporter: Riandy Kurniawan, Edria Kosasih, Ata Michaella, Ardhi Saputro
Photographer: I Putu Surya KB, Febrian Dirga
* C-Man and Maurice Brown’s pictures are provided by R Ugi Kusumajaya of Shark


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