Nobody loves problems, but whose life has none of it? We don’t like to have it, but it’s all actually about how you look at problems and face them, because any problem, even the biggest one can be a blessing in disguise.
This edition of Kampoeng Jazz should have the real experience of it. They just suffered big loss because the event had to be posponed due to the parliament election. It was hard for them surely, but they didnt surrender. They understood the situation and did everything to keep up. They took another date, dealt with the artists, the sponsors and of course, people who already bought the tickets. Instead of giving up, they brought in more talents and extended the duration, stretching it to start earlier than planned. As a result, they scored big time. They might achieve the same success had they ran earlier, but the stars they added in the lineup were just unbelievable. It can be a good moral lesson for us. After passing the stormy weather, they bounced back, being stronger than ever and made a spectacular blast. That’s qute a story to tell, that’s the story of The 6th International Kampoeng Jazz in 2014.
Following the fruitful years of the previous festivals, this year they did it with more enthusiasm, more crowd, more artists, wider kind of jazz, and more stages too. The people were seen happy with smile on their faces, some actually brought back some music instruments they bought at the venue, little kids asking their parents about jazz and music and wanted to study them, couples getting even more intimate, bunch of musicians reunited and seemed like having a good time, and that is how you know if a jazz festival is succesful.
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[flickr id=”13917126500″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”right”] This year Kampoeng Jazz presented two stages which played simultaneously, as if to let the crowd to choose which jazz suit them better, in accordance with this year’s theme “FIND THE JAZZ IN YOU”. While the main stage as usual became the reliable playground of who’s who in the industry, this time another stage was set and managed by the Bandung’s jazz community, Klab Jazz. Klab Jazz brought in some of the best bands under its flag to show that they are just as good as those who have made it. We think it’s a good sign. Finally there’s a jazz festival in Bandung that gives plenty of room to these potential local bands to be in action. What’s also great is that these community bands shared this second stage with some popular ones too. So, the second stage is clearly not for second class acts, but it simply gives the audience more choice to see. Speaking of the lineup, it was obviously seen that this festival is going uphill every year, and just by its sixth year, Kampoeng Jazz managed to bring high-caliber artists such as Renee Olstead and Tortured Soul, continuing the big catch last year with Sondre Lerche and Tetsuo Sakurai. And names from our own soil was just mouth-watering. Therefore, Kampoeng Jazz has established themselves to compete with other jazz festivals. Legends, supergroup, big names, potential new comers wthose who soon will be big, ere found crafting their pieces for 12 hours straight! 12 hours of jazz bash, we repeat, 12 hours of delicious jazz bash was just beyond believe. And mind you that it comes from university students, The Executive Student Board (BEM) of The Law Faculty of Padjadjaran University to be exact. Well done, team!
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A press conference was held at an unusual hour, 7:30 pm in at Sheraton Hotel, Bandung. In this press conference we met some of the artists including Renee Olstad, French Kiwi Juice, and… Krakatau! Krakatau? Yes, Krakatau. We have heard rumors about it, but the committee seems wish to keep it until the D-day. We will tell you more about Krakatau’s ‘come home’ gig, but let’s begin the coverage first.
Three winners from the auditions ignited the event. The first two sessions were filled by NYP and All Voices. All Voices has Boy Hylmy ad Simplicity (vocals), Dori and Trisna (guitars), Ciput (bass), Elko (keyboard), Puji (drums) and Rizfan (percussions) are all still students majoring other than music, yet they do have skill and passion into it. Good show in the early hours. NYP also stands as a students’ band that’s able to play catchy jazz tunes. Size-wise speaking, the band is also quite large: Nathania (vocal),Bagja (acoustic guitar), Rizaldi (electric guitar), Fabian (bass), Bobby (drums), Bhisma (keys), Widi (sax) and Virdania and Rena as the backing vocals. With groovy saxophone also stood in front other than the vocalist, the N.Y.P proofed that they do earn the shot to participate at the main event of this campus jazz festival.
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In between their performances, another winner was launched on the other stage. How cool it is to know that there’s a group of students passionate in keeping the Sundanese traditional music alive and has girls strongly guard the rhythm section. They were once known as iPad but then changed their name to Mahesvara. The three young ladies behind the beat making are Hanna (percussion), Sarah (kendang) and Riska (drums). The rest of personnels are Srikandi (vocal/tambourine/percussion), Romi (guitar), Gani (bass), Dolly (violin) and Aldi (keyboard). For sure this band has spent valuable times in practising since they could give a unique rearrangement with ethnic twists and played it neatly, not to mention their cool stage act. Mahesvara/iPad was in through the auditions. Unfortunately Riska couldn’t make it, but no worries since Dhika replaced her on drums. Unique fromation, unique composition and unique instruments combination, they delivered “Jali-Jali”, Vina Panduwinata’s “Cinta” and “Ekspresi”. This kind of band has to keep going, because what they give is not just different but also contains important mission to preserve the traditional Sundanese cultures by keeping it inside the modern groovy music.
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It was still early, but the big names has started to sail. Started with Adhitia Sofyan. This guy reminds us of Kings of Convenience’s Erlend Øye, with simpler lyrics and melody, but still haunting. It’s like KOC being married with The Beatles and has Adhitia Sofyan as the son. Simple lyrics, beautiful melodies, catchy guitar riffs, and manly but soft voice, Adhitia Sofyan has every ingredients to cook himself to be a singer-songwriter. His session at Kampoeng Jazz was rather intimate and romantic, it felt like we are watching a shy guy playing guitar at his room. At Kampoeng Jazz, he sang and played 8 songs including “Rainbow and Starlight”, “Memilihmu”, “Tokyo Lights Fade Away”, “The Stalker”, “Forget Your Plans” and his biggest hit “Adelaide Sky”. Captivating lyrics and hauntingly beautiful songs, Adhitia Sofyan is a polished elfine gem from the suburbs of love and heartstrings.
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[flickr id=”14096453981″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”left”] On the main stage was a group firstly established in 1978 named KSP Band. KSP is an abbreviation for Kelompok Suara Parahyangan (Parahyangan Vocal Group), consists of a big cast including 4 vocalists in front. Lucky Soeryo, Uchy Amyrtha, Marthin Saba and the rest of the band brought huge skills and attractive stage act under the lights, pouring strong RnB feels, such style that inspired youth jazz hip along with tasty brass lines. What made it even better this time is that the KSP band played alongside senior jazz guitarist/singer with the ability to scat-singing like George Benson, Mus Mujiono. If that’s not enough, the ‘younger him’ Ari Pramundito was featured too. As far as we know, this could be the first time for Mus Mudiono and Ari Pramundito to share the stage, and teaming these two resembling artists from different generation with KSP was a brilliant idea.
KSP itself has a great vocal harmony lines, so the session began with themselves. Songs like “Zamrud Katulistiwa” and Utha Likumahuwa’s “Sesaat Kau Hadir” were flowing from them. And then Mus Mudjiono joined in and threw couple of his songs followed by Ari Pramundito. But what’s amazing is the final presentation, “On Broadway” where Mus Mujiono and Ari Pramundito battled in front by using their special scat-singing whilst playing lines ability. We have wished to see this pairing, finally Kampoeng Jazz and KSP made it happen! A show worth to be a final but served so early not long after noon, Kampoeng Jazz took the chance and suceed with it. Thousands of people were already there enjoying the fest, can you believe it?
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[flickr id=”14119758713″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”right”] We consider this next performer a breakthrough in Bandung jazz scene. Why? Because what they bring is really different, something we haven’t seen existed in the industry so far. The name of the group is Satura, comprises of two guitarists Arief Ginanjar and Opik Bape.It might look like an ordinary guitar duo on the surface but wait until you hear them play. Why? Because they bring back the glorious years of Django Reinhardt and his signature French Gypsy Jazz way back to the 30’s. In this performances they again empowered by two great female vocalists, Puspallia Panggabean who kinds of representing the jazz vocal vibes and Agis Kania in the soulful corner. As a result, this group stands differently, opening up a new dimension for us to enjoy. Look at their set of songs: Gershwin’s “Oh Lady, Be Good”, Lulo Reinhardt’s “Lulu Swing” (in acoustic Gypsy jazz duo), “Etta James’ “At Last” and “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” (With the soulful Agis Kania) and “Nuages” (with the jazzy Puspallia Panggabean). In the midst of popular jazz colors like the groovy pop, fusion and smooth jazz, Satura dares to go against the mainstream and takes the lane that Django would be proud of, if he had still alive. Absolutely special.
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Maliq n D’essentials. What can we say? They are almost in every music events, jazz festivals, campus events, radio events, and they can still be good in maintaining their popularity in almost a decade. The dancable songs, romantic love songs, choreographed performance, captivative brass sections, and singable singles are what they offer in every performance they do, including in Kampoeng Jazz, and they never fail in it. It was packed during their performance. The young kids were singing along to the song, people were also seen grooving along. Why not? They played all popular hits from their own shelf such as “Heaven”, “Dunia Sekitar”, “Heboh”, “Ananda”, “Dia”, “Setapak Sriwedari”, “Terdiam”, “Drama Romantika” and “Terlalu”. In short, Maliq n D’essentials is a crowd-magnet for music events.
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Smiley face, cool, but ferocious keyboard playing owned by Christ Stanley. We have seen him with several projects before he finally settled down successfully with his Halfwhole Project. With this group he flew high, but then the saxophonist has to pursue his education in Jakarta. The good news is, Stanley still carries on. In fact, he’s busier than ever by joining Rudy & Band Listrik and as the pianist of Danilla. In this occasion he played with quartet formation with Edward Manurung (drums), Okki Jatikusuma (guitar) and Ilham Septia Inda Nugraha (bass). With a strong and solid team, the quartet was able to bring “Rhythm-a-ning”, “Beatrice” and “Airegin”. It was tight and full with sheer jazz extacy. Okki told us after the play that this group is going to be continued. We do hope so, because by having players like this inside, this band is really promising.
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[flickr id=”13913068767″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”left”] The Lounge stage carried on with a naturally wild pack. Not many bands in Bandung that dare to be acrobatic in multi-faceted way yet clearly rooted in jazz, but the Out of 7 chose to take this lane. Established exactly at last year’s Kampoeng Jazz, the Out of 7 quickly participated in this 2014 edition. Appearing in full team with Erick Gabe (vocal), Widiyanto Sutanto (keyboard), Marissa Wiguna (drums), Abet Darmaji (bass) and two guitarists Herman Yulianto and Daniel Christy, Out of 7 gave out highly entertaining showcase that suited the music taste of youngsters. Look at the songs they picked: the Ambonese folk song “Rasa Sayange” (arranged differently than any other existed versions), India Arie’s “Can I Walk With You”, then went crazily boppin’ with John Coltrane’s “Mr.P.C.” and then they hit hard for a climax by pinning Naif’s “Mobil Balap” in party mode. In front of considerably huge crowds, they exchanged energy to one another in a full action packed show. Just a year old, but this band is promising in every aspect. Mark our word, if they all keep the pace, you will hear a lot of great things about this band in the future. After a cool shot at Padjadjaran University last year in Espose, now they landed big again in Kampoeng Jazz.
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The big wave for young audience was created again right after Maliq n D’Essentials. This time it was from RAN. RAN is the combination name from Rayi (Voca/Rap), Asta (Vocal), and Nino (Guitar). It was started when they were in the same high school, Rayi with the cool rap character, Asta as a calm guy with guitar, and Nino with his great voice. This combination makes them shine in every performance. On stage they grooved their awesome crowds with “Begitu Saja”, “Kita Bisa”, “Hanya Untukmu” and “Pandangan Pertama”. RAN is an absolutely the favourable young group they got a lot of fans especially girls, we know that already. As they performd they also introduce their new album “Hari Baru” they said that this new album is so much different with their album before because they change the love words with the poetic words. As the fans already know, there’s a song in this album which features Tulus titled “Kita Bisa”. Since Tulus was there too, we have guessed that Tulus would join RAN on this song. Yes, he came in and sang together with them. That made the crowds popped big time. Energetic groovy pop jazz always attracted most of the campus students and fest goers, so imagine when two bands in this area went back to back, you could imagine how hot it was.
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[flickr id=”14076632646″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”right”] Back to the other stage we got a brilliant jazz guitarist who recently goes international, Tesla Manaf. He has participated several times in Kampoeng Jazz. In 2010 he came with G/E/T then in 2011 with his ensemble, Tesla Manaf feat Mahagotra Ganesha. Now he’s back again, but this time with another format according to his go-international move under US label MoonJune Records. Simply called it as Tesla Manaf Quartet, Tesla utilizes every bit of skill, creavity and imagination that he has to bring a world-class progressive experimental compositions alive. As he’s still adding more piece, some of the ready songs are jaw droppers and stunners. With his team-mates including Krishna Alda Radiansyah (bass), Desal Sembada (drums) and Hadis ‘Hulhul’ Hendarisman (flute, trumpet), Tesla showed his world-star quality in the late afternoon. If you’ve followed his moves from the moment he hatched professionally up to this day, you might still be surprised to see where he stands today, yet you will also understand that this young man deserves it. He’s willing to sacrifice to make his dreams come true, he truly knows what he should do in life and how to achieve success piece by piece, he’s never satisfied in any certain point and never loose passion to keep moving. He’s a true fighter with special gifts, and look at him now standing among champions. Many new songs were given such as “Chin-Up”, “Counting Miles and Smiles”, “Moving Side” and “The Sweetest Horn”. Tight composition, neat performance and brilliant play. The crowds were awesome too, flooding like a river.
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Time to get into the groove with The Groove. Since their establishment in 1997, they have done many albums which all received good results. So we can say they are the senior in the jazz music in Indonesia. But uniquely enough, they have been active for 17 years (they once went to hiatus and came back a couple of years ago), they can still grab the hearts of youngsters, just like most of the audience of this jazz fest. Reza and Rieka Roeslan as usual led the whole team to groove the audiences perfectly well with “Renunian”, “Hanya Karena Cinta”, “Sepi yang Bahagia”, “Menyambut Cinta”, “Satu Mimpiku” and their biggest hits “Dahulu” and “Khayalan”. They are not young anymore, but they still perform as if they are at the same age of these campus students. Lots of energy, strong passion, cool stage act… The Groove is adorable!
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[flickr id=”13913101697″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”left”] And for the next performances was Tulus! Let’s say this young man is being a new idol in Indonesia. A tall man, humble but gifted with gold voice. He has own character with the songs he writes. He is one of a kind. Many of his songs have connotative meaning such as Diorama (three dimension miniature or life-size scene in which figure), Sepatu (Shoes), Gajah (Elephant) which is also the name of his new album. The first selftitled album was phenomenal, and Rolling Stone Indonesia billed him as Editor’s Choice: Rookie of The Year 2013. Tulus was getting even more popular after his collaboration with Raisa in Java Jazz Festival 2014 and made a big wave in it. Last night he brought so many songs from his first and second album. “Diorama”, “Teman Hidup”, “Sewindu”, “Sepatu” dan “Gajah” became some of the showcases of his success. As usual, he’s accompanied by Yonathan Godjali and Ferry ‘Gembong’ Nurhayat (keys), Anto Arief (guitar), Sindhu Banyusekti (bass) and Fuad Rudyan (drums). We got goosebumps by looking at his enormous crowds. Familiar songs, smart lyrics, catchy tunes, thick and satin smooth voice and a friendly performance which only comes from a friend, what’s not to like from him? What’s funny is that when we met him just a while before his show, he told us that he felt really happy to perform in the Lounge stage which was organized by Klab Jazz. We can understand why, since before he rose to fame, he used to perform in Klab Jazz’s events many, many times. Well, no matter where he lands, he’s like a magnet that can pull so many people to stay with him. To show his appreciation to the fans, he took some pictures from the stage. Hail to the young king. Great job, Tulus!
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[flickr id=”13913151320″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”right”] Right when the sky turned to dark, two stages ran simultaneously. PSM UNPAD (UNPAD’s student choir) took the main stage and reprised their nice performance at last year’s edition. This time they sang “Tea for Two” and “Dancing Queen” beautifully. At the same time The all-ladies band Jazzy Juice got their turn in the other spot. We have seen them since the first time, from the sessions filled with cool funky, smooth jazzy and bossa covers all the way to the most recent concept when they finally have original songs and color. Dyah Sekar (piano), Arnie Christanty (bass) and Adisty Zulkarnaen (drums) rolled all the way spreading happy vibes to everyone in the lounge stage. They pinned strong rhythmic jazz to some ethnic patterns, including a poem reading in Sundanese language by Arnie layered by mystical humming from Dyah. The title is “Pohaci” Other than that, they also took the other original songs like “Death of Mosquito”. This band can remind us all of the force possessed by ladies that might be hidden behind their sweetness. Just three of them, yet they could bring neat and skillful jazz playing while also entertaining at the same time. Ladies rule!
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Is Yura the new Tulus? Probably, but what’s sure is that Indonesia has a newborn star. Rise and shiny. Although we still rarely see her at television but she gains a lot of attention in the market. Starting as the pianist for Sarasvati and then famous after competing in The Voice Indonesia, Yura moves fast by releasing an album Balada Sirkus. Look at how the university students’ excitement in watching her. They just kept their eyes on her while she was singing, moving, and dancing with the rhythm. Moreover she brought “Kataji”, “Superlunar”, a cool cover of Aqua’s “Barbie Girl”, “Jester Suit” and her single “Balada Sirkus”. No doubt with her voice and also her beautiful appearance, she gave the fresh sensation to our jazz and indie scene. Next time you hear her name, she’ll already be several steps higher than now. Mark our words, just see yourself.
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As the night went deeper, the event got heated even more. Hey, a big surprise was found at Kampoeng Jazz 2014! They didn’t say anything in the poster, but all of a sudden there was Krakatau Kembali Satu (Krakatau Back as One) in it!
[flickr id=”14103348065″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”left”] Kraratau has gone through an illustrious journey (from fusion, pop jazz to prog-ethno) and formation. All are phenomenal, but this magical formation (the third one) with Donny Suhendra (guitar), Pra Budidharma (bass), Dwiki Dharmawan and Indra Lesmana (keyboards), Gilang Ramadhan (drums) and Trie Utami (guitar) was the one mostly remembered by the fans. This formation was gone for a quarter of a century, but last year they started showing some ‘seismic activity’ that finally erupted in the Java Jazz Festival 2014 last March. Allow us to remind you that Krakatau was [flickr id=”14100261862″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”right”] actually established here in Bandung in 1985. So of course sooner or later they should visit Bandung after the reunion, and it was Kampoeng Jazz 2014 who actually grabbed that chance.
In this first ever come-home show after the reunion they stunned both their loyal fans and new, younger ones. For the loyal fans, the song like “Kembali Satu”, “Dirimu Kasih”, “Haiti”, “Imaji”, “Ironis”, “La Samba Primadona”, “Kau Datang”, “Sekitar Kita” and “Gemilang” surely brought the golden memories. But the youngsters would surely love it too, since they still feel current as if these are the today’s hits. That’s the magic of Krakatau, and Pra Budidharma told us that he just loved to see both adults and the young audiences got together watching them.
[flickr id=”14100123211″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”left”] We got goosebumps watching their spectacular show at the Java Jazz Festival, we got another one here in their first visit to Bandung after the reunion. They brought back all the major and influential hits in even wilder re-arrangement. It was like making a trip down memory lane yet deals with the future. It’s really awe-inspiring to see these music gods renewing their passion as one unit. Maybe, and hopefully, there will be a new Krakatau album to come that allows them to write down another history. Krakatau is from the past but they are certainly not forgotten, and of course, they still have the force to top any other bands in the current scene. It was another unforgettable show, we give credit to the committee for inviting them and make this as a wonderful surprise.
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At the lounge stage something different was served courtesy of French Kiwi Juice (FKJ). This project of young French producer Simon Bierlaire began in 2012 by releasing an EP The Twins. What the FKJ delivers is not just an ordinary electronic music that you found in club scenes but he crafts it sophisticatedly by sticking up to nu jazz, funk, soul, disco and splashes of hip hop among others. Often he added real sound of keyboards and electric bass above the cool layers of sample. It’d be perfect to listen to while treating yourself with a glass of champaigne, but it was also perfect to enjoy in a crowded festival like this. Jazz is associated with traditional swing, bebop to fusion, but you also have to know that in the modern days, it’s perfectly suitable for clubbing and dancing too. Jazz festival is or should be about presenting rainbow-like colors and styles, and by inviting FKJ, this festival has shown its openness towards wider jazz varieties.
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“Turn on spotlight! So excited to be headlining Kampoeng Jazz Festival in Bandung, Indonesia!” That’s how Renee Olstead expressed her excitement in her official twitter account (@renee_olstead) by participating in this event. It was a surprise when we heard her name being announced by the committee a couple of months ago, but it’s about time to bring her back again to Indonesia after her unforgettable [flickr id=”13916773340″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”right”] appearance in Java Jazz Festival 2008. We met her and her mom at that time, still a sweet, young girl with a very friendly attitude. Now she’s all grown up, achieved more success in her career and yes, we are happy to see her again in our hometown, Bandung.
If you wonder how a young lady like her can be so successful, you have to know that she has utilized every gifts that she has since her childhood. Starting as an actress, Then, at the age of fifteen, she released her self-titled album which showed her truly beautiful singing voice which has jazz vibes painted in every breath. It was David Foster who produced her second album titled Skylark, scheduled to be released in 2005 but suffered delays several times. In our meeting with her at the Java Jazz Festival 2008 she explained to us why the album pushed back several times. She said she was unpatiently waiting for the album to be released too. Finally it was released in 2009 and once again she bagged praises from everywhere.
[flickr id=”14103792534″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”left”] Renee obviously has an ‘old soul’ singing style which makes her easy to cover some of the standards from jazz legends. But she does sing more contemporary songs too that fit her age and the current trend. Well, with that kind of vocal quality, she can surely pin no matter what song it is in perfection. Such evidence was seen at her show. Look at the songlist this very beautiful, adorable and sweet girl sang tonight: “My Baby Just Cares For Me”, “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby”, “Sunday Kind of Love”, “Taking a Chance of Love”, Skylark”, “Through the Fire”, “Someone to Watch Over Me”, She’s Got Your Name”, “Stormy Weather” and “Alright Ok You Win”. Many of these songs were featured in her albums, all songs are classics. We do love them and now we got it from her in person.
It was wonderful, she once again gave lots of unforgettable moments from her Bandung gig. Hopefully it won’t take too long for her to be back again in Indonesia. Thank you for that lovely show, Renee! We’re always your fan, we love you.
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[flickr id=”14080275786″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”right”] At the second stage, a distinctive indie music which clearly rooted to the vintage scene yet feels modern, that’s what we got when Sore took its turn. The band originally formed by Ade Paloh (guitar, vocal), Mondo Gascaro (keyboard, vocal) and Awan Garnida (bass, vocal), three guys have been close to each other since their childhood. Two other members are Bemby Gusti (drum vocal) and Reza (guitar) was brought by Awan Garnida. Later the ‘6th man’ Dono Firman was brought in, and then they were completed. With this formation they achieved wide national and international acknowledgement, especially with their invention of retro-pop with jazz, rock and chamber pop licks. A hurricane struck them by Mondo and Dono quitted the band. Since their contributions were significant, especially Mondo’s obscura Indonesiana sound, some people might thought that it would be the end of Sore. But the rest of the band proofed it’s wrong. With the album Sorealist which contains 3 new songs, Sore seems to find a new formula to keep going. Tonight with the help of additional keyboardist they cased their hits including “No Fruit for Today”, “Musim Hujan”, “Somos Libres”, “Merintih Perih”, “Etalase”, “Mata Berdebu”, “Sssst” and “Funk the Hole”. Still haunting, still rich in metaphores, still kicking, still very ‘sorealist’. 14 fruitful years have passed, with the new formation of SORE we have no doubt that they can go way much further. Sore is still at it, happy to say.
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[flickr id=”14100349652″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”left”] In the new dawn era of jazz after the acid boomed, all of a sudden house music arised. The fusion of jazz and house music took place and gained many fans. This simply means even DJ can go jazz and the club people can dance with jazz. In this territory, rised Tortured Soul, three soulful-groovy guys from New York who proved that even house music can be performed in a live band set with heavy jazz feels. This simply means that they managed to maintain the purpose of house music, to make people dance, but at the same time they can still please our ears with jazzy riffs. The fusion of house music and jazz got themselves many respect from around the world, and they are currently touring the globe as this is written. Bandung is definitely so lucky to be included in their tours, and we are very happy to finally get the chance to see them. If you were into dancing in cold night, Tortured Soul gave it in style.
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[flickr id=”14100365572″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”right”] Let’s talk about a fact, that no matter what festival is going to come, this singing medical doctor is always placed as the most wanted talent. Well, that’s Tompi. Whether he’s alone or with his awesome pairing Trio Lestari, he’s one of the names that can guarantee a full-house. For Kampoeng Jazz he didn’t come just by himself and his cool band, not with Glenn Fredly and Sandhy Sondoro, but this time he teamed up with a lovely young girl with lushy jazz vocal vibe, Monita Tahalea. Another surprise was caught in this last performance since we spotted an American jazz singer most known as the featured vocalist with Michael Franks, Veronica Nunn! Professor Tjut Nyak Deviana Daudsjah was on piano, Fajar Adi Nugroho on bass and the young percussionist Ayla, the son of senior percussionist Ajirao. With set of songs such as “Sedari Dulu”, “Selalu Denganmu”, Koes Plus’ “Bujangan”, then the duet on Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day”, “It’s You” and “Menghujam Jantungku” was the last song that sealed the whole package of the 6th International Kampoeng Jazz.
And that’s it, folks. We will never get tired of saying this, but we would like to express our respect to the committee, Executive student Board of The Law Faculty of Padjadjaran University to well-made such an international class event. It was such a blast covering this festival. Great music, friendly staffs, eye-treating audience, awesome acts, something that we look forward to experience again next year. 7.500 tickets got sold out, and according to the Project Officer Eka Panjinegara, it was exceeded their expectation. Not many event dare to bring famous bands/artists so early, but here the big names were already found since noon all the way to the end. The good number of talented local bands under the flag of Klab Jazz also showed Kampoeng Jazz’s commitment to support the jazz development in their hometown. The on-time smooth running of shows on both stages should be appreciated too.
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Kampoeng Jazz Festival is successful in every way, especially it seemed that this year’s crowd were much more than the previous ones and the number of participating bands are tripled than last year. Thousands of people gathered, enjoying their moment in jazz. That’s surely created spectacular scene. It has shown us how this festival can be beneficial to many segments, especially for Bandung tourism. Because as we know, this festival is recognized not only locally but also internationally, and has been proven that this festival has been growing each and every year. Thank you guys for the consistency in making awesome music events. One fine day, cities in Indonesia will look up to you and say,”Hey if Bandung can do it, why can’t we?”. And when that day comes, our beloved country will be the world’s main music destination. One fine day.
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