They cheered, they shouted, they yelled, they gave standing ovation. Some said,”I’m so satisfied!”, some told us, “Man, this is crazy. My musician friends, music teachers, everybody I know are here. It will take days for me to greet them all.” The number of crowds, the response, the appreciation and attention, all were fantasmic! And hey, they were loud. The first Special Edition of Terraz Jazz was a massive success.
Modesty is what lifted by Terraz Jazz since its first appearance in February 2014. Held at a food court at a shopping mall in a relatively small city in Indonesia, Terraz Jazz has been bringing in many respected, local musicians with international reputation such as Fusion Stuff, Indro Hardjodikoro and The Fingers, Erik Sondhy and many more. But at this very special event, Terraz Jazz managed to invite and import a very admired French musician and artist, Hadrien Feraud. In such a young age, Hadrien’s experience and exploration in the global music scene is indisputable, and his presence in Terraz Jazz is definitely very valuable for everyone involved. This event has set a benchmark to Terraz Jazz and the jazz scene in Bandung (and hopefully the nation). Indonesia can now only progress forward! Hadrien Feraud came with his girlfriend, a jazz singer from Los Angeles named Nicole Gonzalez. Once again we remind you, Hadrien Feraud (backed by few Indonesia’s best musicians) and the full team of Indro Hardjodikoro and the Fingers played at a food court inside a shopping mall. It seriously could not get any more casual than that.
Probably the best bassists local and international, but mind you that every other players have been doing their chores really well too. In full package, this show is about the awesomeness.
Even before the event started, we could see many musicians among the audience, not only from Bandung, but also from other cities as well. Madonna was right after all, music makes the people come together. The crowd was overwhelming. They could not seem to wait some greatest musicians of the country and the world to play. Musicians and audience were seemed socialising and hanging out with each other. A point of building a community has been reached. Achievement unlocked: hook ’em musicians up.
Our special guest artist for the night, Hadrien Feraud, has been bouncing back and forth from Bali (at Warisan Resto) to Jakarta (at Indro Hardjodikoro’s Jazz Spot), Jakarta to Bandung, and then he will be ending the Journey at Warisan in Bali, back to where they started. Oh, we also would like to thank Warisan as the co-sponsor, Erik Sondhy and Muna Bunayati who have very supportive in making this happen in Bandung.
The event officially opened by Alia Putri Syahbaniar and Bintang Steffy Tania at 19.00. A short opening speech was given by our founder, Riandy Kurniawan. “We are still minority, that’s true, but let’s show the world that we are loud minority!” he said. It was good to say, so the audience would know that they could cheer or even scream as loud as they wanted eventhough it was served at the food court of the mall.
A local Bandung jazz band, Out of 7 opened the set with Sting’s “Englishman In New York”. People were starting to gather to see this attractive band. Vocalist Erick Gabe demonstrated how well he could go beyond singing. He mimicked the sound of bass, guitar, trombone and trumpet without problem. For the second song, “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins (composed by playing pianist for the band, Widiyanto Sutanto) was covered by Out Of 7 in a very eccentric-interesting way. The song was unexpectedly played with much richer harmonies, as if we listened to it in a different perspective. Not to mention the brave-overdriven guitar solo by Daniel Christy and polybeat drum solo by the cute but hyperactive female player, Marissa Wiguna. From that experience it was obvious to see that this band has been improving a lot, especially on their attempt in doing the third song, “Got A Match?”. It’s not an alien song for music lovers, especially jazz fans, and the song is famous for its complex-fast melody courtesy of Chick Corea. But Out Of 7 surprisingly nailed the song and leave an awesome moment to the audience, including the multi-climaxes. The new bassist Reinhard Woran showed a good example of how bass could communicate with interesting statements. It was a great set and it is agreeable they are crowd magnet. We rate them 7 out of 7.
Right after, a very experienced and well-respected Indro Hardjodikoro and The Fingers took over the stage. As a very experienced bassist and teacher, Indro has a huge name amongst musicians and music lovers, and we are very honoured to have him play at Terraz Jazz. And the rest of the band? The talented Andy Gomez on keys, the demonic fingers Fajar Adi Nugroho also on bass, and the prodigy Yandi Andaputra on drums, who happens to also play for Hadrien as well. We once wrote about Yandi when he was in Ginda and The White Flower and we agreed that Yandi has rocketed in terms of playing and fame.
One fact about Indro Hardjodikoro and the Fingers: this fusion-based band managed to build their phenomenal status not only in their own homeland but reaching far to Russia. They have played 3 times in there and gained fantastic responses in each round. It’s indeed an honor for us to be able to bring them in. Not only because this band is brilliant, but also since there are so many things to learn from them, especially for young musicians who happen to be the regulars of this event.
Anyways, one word to describe the performance: effortless. They did not have to try hard to impress, they were seen having a lot of fun on stage playing such difficult tunes, and Indro’s joke in-between songs? Effortlessly entertaining.
They started their set with “Little Space” which will be featured in the upcoming album. Second song, “Come To Our Trip” is a song in the first album. The third song is a song written by Fajar called “Ragadeva”. This is an interesting one. “Ragadeva” is an Indian-themed song which has strong ‘taal’, the rhythmic component of Hindustani music. In this song Fajar and Yandi did this awesome trading, conversation-like solo which got the crowd hysterical.
Right after “Ragadeva”, they played “Ochi Chorne”. This song is a popular Russian folk song, and we do have this song in Indonesia as well. It’s called “Panon Hideung.” Ochi Chorne though, had some classical element and it has slightly Turkish feel with 5/8 odd-meter, but the band fused it nicely with funk and groove. “Andong” is always a favorite. It was played beautifully, the clear sound provided by Finesse also helped the performers to deliver.
And Indro Hardjodikoro and The Fingers closed their set with a cover of The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever”. Gomez’s solo on this was on bebop, and there was this very interesting bass battle between Fajar and Indro, based on “Giant Steps” progression. Not to mention the broken string of Indro during the play in this last song, but once again, he effortlessly overcame it with humor that pleased the crowd even more. The entire set was very entertaining. Effortlessly.
After Indro’s theme-park of entertaining funky bites, it was time for us to enter a beautiful flowery garden, relax as a cozy lounge. Surprisingly, the bassman Feraud here has been known as a jazz bass monster, yet this guy knows how to play sweet. The evidence was clear tonight. Despite all that, the jazz package was still well kept by the Mr. Fingers from Bali, Erik Sondhy on keys. Hadrien Feraud on electric bass, Erik Sondhy on keys, and Yandi Andaputra on drums, and Nicole Gonzalez. In mostly calm ways, they covered Michael Jackson’s “Black Or White”, “Baby” by The Bird and The Bee, a jazz standard “Night And Day”, a bossa tune “Triste”, David Guetta’s “Titanium”, and even Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”. You read it right guys, Titanium and Black Hole Sun, a current pop tune and a 90’s alternative rock tune.
It shows that their repertoire is wide and jazz can fit in anything. It was a heavy jam. Yandi fit in the band perfectly and Erik Sondhy kept the jazz feel around. While Feraud’s mastery on bass is indisputable, Yandi’s jazz drumming got the rock powerhouse and well, Erik Sondhy demonstrated how great he could play jazz in modern way with some exotic harmonies. As for Nicole, a beautiful lady with beautiful, soulful jazzy voice will never fail to seduce.
Hadrien Feraud, Erik Sondhy, Yandi Andaputra, and Nicole served their main meal for an hour straight on a silver plate.
Well, well, well… in the end we should say, what an edition. Unbelievably awesome crowds were there filled by the mix of senior musicians/teachers, active young musicians, jazz lovers and foodcourt goers, not to mention those who seek for some action. The whole players did their things very well. We saw skills, the fun factors of entertainment, varieties where lots of goodies found all around. The fact that there was still a little jam session played by Ayu Sara (vocal), Joo Yang (drums), Nicodemus Horrison (piano), Chris Alfeus (guitar) and Ilham Septia Inda Nugraha (bass) showed that the audiences were still hungry to play, eventhough they have been served by serious dose of jazz earlier on. We also appreciate the friendly act from Hadrien, Nicole and Indro Hardjodikoro and the Fingers who accepted the requests from so many audiences to take picture with them. A photo session as usual became the end of it.
Our special appreciation goes to the senior musicians and teachers: Hengky Suparjan, Asep Bachtiar, Venche Manuhutu, Teddy Abe just to name a few. Some of these guys are rarely seen in the music scene, and they were the ones whom we spotted and we believe there were more of them.
After the show, Nicole told us that she and Feraud loved the crowds. “The audience in Bandung are very appreciative, everyone was kind and nice.” she said. She also expressed her surprise to see how jazz’s doing in this part of the globe. “I never thought there were so much jazz in Indonesia before.” Yes we do have lots of jazz in this nation, and lots of great ones too. Even in a city like Bandung there are uncountable promising talents. That’s what we wish to see by providing a regular playground like Terraz Jazz. We are here for them.
However, this happening event could not be possible without the help by Finesse by Fadjar Gunawan that provided such clear sound. The electric Baby Grand Piano owned by KPH Music School added so much help in making this event shine bright. Also Auto Bridal Rent Car (AB Rent Car) for providing transportation. Auto Bridal Car Rent is a sub-division Auto Bridal Company, a visionary company that leads the car wash industry and car rental. Auto Bridal Car Rent is a rental division and is still one-year-old and they have branches due to their smart system. “Rent Like Your Own” is their tagline that promises comfortment in fulfilling your needs of an ellegant way of traveling. You guys rock!
On behalf of Jazzuality.com and Festival Citylink, we thank all of our sponsors, the playing musicians and of course to you all, happening crowds. None of these could happen without your supports. For us this embarks a new day for this event, because a small, community jazz event could go international in just a short run. Let’s keep showing that jazz audiences are loud minority who are happily walk hand in hand for a better future. We hope you enjoy the show, and hope to see you again in Terraz Jazz #8 (June 12, 2014) and the next Special Edition. Keep jazzin’ yourself up!
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