Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Jazz Events

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

TESLA MANAF

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAZ JAZZ #11

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

FREE EVENT!

Featuring:

** GUNTUR SATRIA **
Guntur Satria – vocals, guitar

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

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

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Duo-Tone

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

Duo Tone

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

Background

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

Duo Formation

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

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

Repertoires

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

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

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

Opening the Chance to Play

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

The Artists

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Keep updated and log on to www.pondokindahmall.co.id, follow their Twitter @pondokindahmall and like their Facebook fan page http://www.facebook.com/pondokindahmall

FREE EVENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jazz-Taman

 

What is a city without a park?

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

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

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

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

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

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

97.5 Play FM Palembang Presents: Jazz Taman

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

FREE EVENT!

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

SERAMBI JAZZ 2014 : TUSLAH

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

FREE EVENT!

Photos of Tuslah were taken by Mia Damayanti Sjahir

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Most of the regular music events stopped their activities during the month of Ramadhan in Bandung. But right after we passed the victorious Lebaran (Ied Mubarak) day, immidiately they start pulsing again. Our own Terraz Jazz is back in service on August 14th with a special Independence Day edition (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/terraz-jazz-10-special-independence-day-edition/) , and just a day after, the very well established jazz community in Bandung, Klab Jazz is going to launch its new brand in the new location. In cooperation with Novotel Hotel Bandung as the new partner, Klab Jazz proudly presents NOVO JAZZ. Novo Jazz will be held at The Square Restaurant-Lounge Bar, Novotel Hotel at Cihampelas Street Bandung. If you’re local musicians, you should be happy to have new playground. And if you’re a jazz fan, of course you should also be happy for having another jazztertainment spot.

According to the founder Dwi Cahya Yuniman, this event is still being set as a tryout. If the response is good, it’s very possible to make it regular.

5 bands have confirmed their participation in Novo Jazz. first, let’s take a look at Albert Suriadi Trio. Albert is a Bandung-born young drummer that’s still studying in Jacobs College of Music in USA  that has the privilage to learn from so many jazz giants such as Prof. Michael Spiro, Prof. Steve Houghton, Prof Andy Smith, Michael D’Angelo, Dave Weckl, Peter Erskine, Ed Soph, Mark Guiliana, Ignacio Berroa, Jesus Diaz and Shawn Pelton, By having those kind of names as tutors, this young man got shaped faster than normal to become a great jazz drummer. Not only he plays sharp and neat, but he’s also able to bring the true spirit of jazz and how to play it correctly according to what he sees, feels and experienced in USA. While he’s still in Bandung, he’s going to share the spotlight with his friends: Okki Jatikusuma (guitar) and Ferry Herry Heriyanto (bass).

Speaking of this trio, they have played at the Terraz Jazz #7 last May, 2014 (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/terraz-jazz-7-the-report/). They played calm, steady, content but spoke clear jazz articulations with their instruments. If you want to taste the kind of sound inside those jazz clubs in USA, you can get it from them.

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It’s good to see Halfwhole Project in the lineup. Being called as the best jazz quartet in Bandung by Klab Jazz’s founder, currently they have to slow down the pace since the saxophonist Kenneth Timotius Djaja has to be in Jakarta to carry on with his formal education, also because each of them are busy with their own schedule. But hey, they don’t quit. The band’s still exist and here you can see them back in complete formation. Other than Kenneth, the band features three other considerably young but really mature in playing such as Christ Stanley (piano), Gallang Perdana Dalimunthe (bass) and Edward Manurung (drums). Modern jazz from straightahead to post bop is always within reach when they are on stage.

What’s on your mind when you hear the word mafia?  Maybe people like Tony Montana or Don Corleone, those Sicilian Dons or even Yakuza? They might scare you, but not this band who choose Wedding Mafia as the name. You see, these KPH (Kruisenode Piano House) Music-based musicians are terrorizing the wedding party, not with guns and other weapons but with pleasuring jazz. The founder of KPH Music Andre Mangunsong is on piano, Ari “Black” on drums, Haris on bass, Arnas on guitar and the cute young girl who breathes jazzy vibes, Syafiera Prami on vocal. They achieve success in weddings, but they are perfect on jazz stage too. Jazz fusion, smooth jazz with touches of soul, RnB and a little funk are what they mostly play. If you fancy these music sides, go catch their show.

In conjuction to the upcoming Duo Tone concert at IFI scheduled for August 28, 2014, Klab Jazz proudly introduces two of four participants. First, Puspita Regi, a dynamic duo between La Belle vocalist Puspith March and guitarist Reggie Badh. And the second one is Agis Bape, a duo of Agis Kania and Opik Bape we know very well from the unique band rooted in the vintage spirit of Parisien Gypsy Jazz/Jazz Manouche in the 30′s. If usually in Satura Opik Bape is accompanied by Arief Ginanjar (both on guitars) and then often involved Agis Kania and Puspallia Panggabean, now half of them is shaping a duo of vocal and guitar. Acoustic rules in these acts. Eventhough they are just duos, you can’t help but expect surprises from them. Will they give that to you? Most certainly. Who knows, these simplistic/minimalist groups might caught your attention the most.

5 strong groups will do more than enough to establish this tryout event to be a regular. It should be good for the jazz scene in Bandung. More choices in different locations will give easier access to both jazz enthusiasts and musicians to meet their needs. Remember, this Novo Jazz is going to come no longer than next week. So mark your calendar and don’t miss it, especially if you love jazz and live in Bandung.

Novo Jazz

Date: Friday, August 15, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: The Square Restaurant- Lounge Bar, Hotel Novotel
Jl. Cihampelas no. 23-25, Bandung

NO COVER CHARGE, OPEN FOR PUBLIC

Featuring:

:: ALBERT SURIADI TRIO
- Albert Suriadi drums
- Okki Jatikusuma guitar
- Ferry Herianto bass

:: HALFWHOLE PROJECT
- Christ Stanley piano
- Galang Perdanakusuma bass
- Edward Manurung drums
- Kenneth Timotius Djaja saxophone

:: WEDDING MAFIA
- Andre Mangunsong piano, keyboard
- Ari “Black” drums
- Haris bass
- Arnas guitar
- Syafiera Prami vocal

:: PUSPITA REGI
- Puspith March vocal
- Reggie Badh guitar

:: AGIS BAPE
- Agis Kania vocal
- Opik Bape guitar

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The event presented by the collaboration between Festival Citylink and Jazzuality called TERRAZ JAZZ paused its activity during the month of Ramadhan as the venue didn’t want to disturb the process of spiritual cleansing in this holy month for Muslims. But now since we’ve passed the month and celebrate Idul Fitri (Eid Mubarak), we’re happy to announce that Terraz Jazz is back again in business! As usual, we are ready to feature potential talents from Bandung and beyond for your jazz enjoyment. We are still running at the same schedule, on Thursday at the twice and fourth weeks of each month. This twice a month event runs from 6:30 pm all the way until the mall ends its service at 10:00 pm. The location is also the same, at the happening mall in Southern part of Bandung, Festival Citylink. We place it right at the heart of the foodcourt (Terrazo Food Venue) to let you enjoy each performance while being accompanied by tasty foods an beverages courtesy of so many merchants around. The event itself is provided free from any charge. With the easy access and all the available services, you should be able to have good time with us.

Terraz Jazz presents three bands in each edition and keep the jazz tradition, the jam session alive at the end of the program. The jam session is always open for everyone, no matter what their musical color is. The Terraz Jazz aims to push the jazz regeneration in Bandung and any other nearby cities. We wish to support the newcomers/young talents while at the same time, providing a good jazz entertainment for jazz lovers in the city. These youngsters deserve a chance to be noticed by the public and we always believe that they can entertain the audience too eventhough most of them might not have so many experience just yet. It’s our calling to support them and introduce them to the public. It’s our duty to show the friendly face of jazz that welcomes musicians from other genres to join in, and most certainly, to make this event stand as a homey community for everyone. We happily welcome the successful bands/musicians that are willing to share their skills and experiences to the young ones and to show their support. That’s how the community should be.

The last time we featured a soulful, jazzy hiphop for the very first time in Terraz Jazz, playing side by side with two jazz oriented groups. (read the full info and watch the video highlight here: http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/terraz-jazz-9-the-report/). What will you get in the Terraz Jazz #10 next week, on August 14, 2014? Well, as you might notice in the poster above, we put the red and white nuance in it, showing that we are going to make a Special Independence Day edition. For our foreign readers, Indonesia is celebrating its independence day every August 17, so since this edition will be held just 3 days before, we decide to put it as the theme. So, special jazzy independence day celebration it is.

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The scene from last edition, Terraz Jazz #9

Let’s take a look at the featuring bands’ profiles for this 10th edition. First, there will be a one year old band named Owcindful. This six piece band was established first of all on Valentine’s Day last year at an event in Trans Studio Mall. Once they were called Dora the Explorer, but then they changed it into something cooler, playing with the keyboardist/most influential player of the band’s name Nico, spelling it backwards and then spicing it a bit. What this band play is funky disco with jazz attached and also a groovy pop fusion. They have graced quite many spots around Bandung, and for the first time they are going to have fun on Terraz Jazz’s stage. The personnels for Terraz Jazz are: Nicodemus Horisson (piano), Inez (vocal), Ariel and Anthon (guitars), Jere (bass) and Andre (drums). From this band alone, you can expect yourself to have the beat funk your soul, if it’s not possible for you to dance, at least you can always tap your feet or nod your head. When we asked them to play, they said they already have some repertoires that fit the independence day, so let’s see what they are going to bring.

What’s the first thing come in your mind when you hear the name Frank & Co? Most probably the world famous jewellery company right? Well, now you should add another possibility since there’s actually a band in Bandung using that name. Led by guitarist Frank Navayo who happen to join the jam session many times in our previous editions, the jazzy Frank & Co is set to spread the love of fusion. Other than Frank, the band consists of Josua Stephen (keyboard), Yeremia Liong (drums), Christopher Andika (flute & saxophone) and Brian Parsaoran (bass). The band was established in 2014 for the purpose of participating in the audition in Universitas Katolik Parahyangan. Realizing that they have the same passion to jazz, they decide to keep working together as a team. We already know that Frank is an excellent guitarist that never fails to remind us of young George Benson. So we’re curious to see his band. What he promised is to bring a wild, explorative and mad jazz, let’s see what he meant by it.

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Fancy a band with different and unique formation, playing jazz by involving ethnic music in just about the same portion? If so, then you have to see a band from Padjadjaran University (UNPAD) Bandung, Mahesvara. We knew them first of all when their name was still iPad. Soon they changed it to Mahesvara which means ‘Great Lord’, the epithet of Shiva or sometimes Vishnu. The name suits them better since they are having deep passion in digging up ethnic music like Sundanese, the traditional music heritage from their hometown. What’s even more unique is that they have a female kendang (the two-headed drum used by people in Southeast Asia) player, female conga player and female drummer. Both Sarah (kendang) and Hanna ‘Jipi’ (conga/percussions) are going to play, but since the drummer Riska is currently not available, her seat will be taken by Dika. Other members of the band are Riri (vocal), Romi (guitar), Gani (bass), Aldy (keyboard), Doli (bamboo flute) and the new sensation recently added: Hilmi on talempong. If you don’t know what a talempong is, it’s a traditional Minangkabau (West Sumatra) music instrument made mostly of brass but some are made of wood or stone. What will happen when modern, western instruments with jazz sound collide with traditional Javanese and West Sumatran ones? That should be interesting. What catch our attention even more is that this concept is brought by young players. An open jam session will be served as usual after the bands’ presentation.

A month pause is enough. It’s time for us to have fun again! Do come to this first edition after Idul Fitri. It’s still a good time to shake hands if you haven’t got the time to do it yet and unleash your energy on stage in the jam session. If you don’t wish to play, you can always have the pleasure as the audience. We need your support, the venue need it too, but most importantly, these young bands would be excited to have you there. The schedule is set, the rundown is set, all you have to do is come as we won’t charge you even a penny. We’re back and we’re ready to jazz again. Are you?

TERRAZ JAZZ #10, Special Indonesian Independence Day Edition

Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014
Time: 06:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Terrazo Food Venue (the foodcourt of) Festival Citylink
Jl. Peta no 241 Bandung

FREE EVENT!

Featuring:

:: OWCINDFUL ::
Nicodemus Horisson (piano)
Inez (vocal)
Ariel & Anthon (guitars)
Jere (bass)
Andre (drums)

:: FRANK & CO ::
Frank Navayo (guitar)
Josua Stephen (keyboard)
Yeremia Liong (drum)
Christopher Andika (flute & saxophone)
Brian Parsaoran (bass)

:: MAHESVARA ::
Riri (vocal)
Romi (guitar)
Gani (bass)
Aldy (keyboard)
Doli (bamboo flute)
Sarah (kendang)
Hanna ‘Jipi’ (conga/percussions)
Hilmi (talempong)