Saturday, January 31, 2015
Jazz Events



Some people thought jazz is all about cozy, relaxing, nice and easy tunes. Some others thought that its the kind of music that’s difficult to listen, full of complexity, puzzling and hard to chew. Then, there are people who demand vocalists most specifically ladies, ask them to sing love songs and describe it as jazz. Don’t we see many venues have it in their perspective? The truth is, there are more than 70 hybrids or sub genres of jazz today, from those pop-ish, the nice and easy, the mainstream, the modern and traditional, up to the loud, rebelious sides jazz wich often deliver with distortion the way rock stars do. Well, we can find jazz everywhere, and jazz can be played in whatever style. You can have it with modern, western instruments, but you can also present it by using local traditional instruments. Or the combination. Et cetera. One thing you have to know is jazz is a dynamic, progressive music that’s keep growing, expanding and giving birth to many new hybrids. It was like that, it still is now.

At this Braga Jazz Walk we have many homeworks. On the surface, just like any other music event, we are doing our best to provide jazz-tertainment which is accessible and free of charge. But underneath that mission, we are dealing with the regeneration process of jazz (related) musicians, trying to invite the young players to try playing this music while at the same time providing playground for the jazz musicians to perform. Then, we also have to introduce the wide variety of jazz, showing how open jazz actually is toward the other genre and all the possibilities that can be brought inside thi particular music. This event should become the destination for those who need to promo themselves and/or their latest work and certainly a reliable source if one need some talents for their event. In the end, we wish Braga Jazz Walk to be a comfortable home for anyone, from jazz fans, musicians and music lovers in general. Together with our partners in crime Braga CityWalk and KPH Music, we are commited to bring it all on.


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Here we come to the Braga Jazz Walk #09. Who will be there under the spotlight this time? First, let’s see a kid prodigy who we found by surprise when we visited Venche Music School last year. At that time he was having a class with Mr Mochamad Yahya Salam who directed him very well into jazz. His name is Kafin Sulthan Reviera, still 10 years old but you’ll be surprise when you see him on stage. This boy can sing very well while playing piano, and he can draw like a pro too. You can see how great he can play and sing here: or when he did vocalese jazz with Indra Aziz

Kafin is still a boy, but he’s not an ordinary kid. He’s pursuing his formal study by taking homeschooling, level third grade of Junior High School. Musically speaking, he has taken vocal lesson since 5 year-old and digged jazz on piano 3 years after. He starred in Mira Lesmana and Riri Riza’s Laskar Pelangi, Musical Drama Theatre in 2012. Then, he joined Erwin Gutawa’s ‘Above Average’ kids project which is currently in the process of recordings and concert. More, Kafin is now busy doing singing and coreo practice for Disney. Yes, Kafin is a part of Mickey Mouse Club Indonesia that will be aired on Disney Channel this year. When we invited him last year to perform at the tryout of Terraz Jazz, he successfully wowed everyone (read the report here: At that time, he said that jazz is actually his thing. Last August he went to Bali International Jazz Summer School and now the ‘enhanced’ Kafin is more than happy to show his progress at Braga Jazz Walk. Do come early, because he’s going to appear first. You have to see him, seriously.


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The second to mention is a jazz trio named Etudiant (French word for ‘student’). This interesting trio consists of female jazz pianist Tiurma Tizadya Ramadhani Siregar and two active personnels of Isola Jazz: Ilham Septia Inda Nugraha (bass) and Galih Cahya Nugraha (drums).




The Braga Jazz Walk ended its 2014 series with a joyful Christmas Edition. Many performers, guests and participants, ranging from 12 to 73 years old were there to celebrate and enjoy the season’s holiday together. Now we have entered the new year of 2015. Some people take it as a hard year to get through, but for us, what’s important is to give our best in everything we do. As for the Braga Jazz Walk, happy to announce that the cooperation between us, and two partners, Braga City Walk and KPH Music continues on; and we are determined to sail full speed. Since the second Thursday of January falls on 8th, that means the Braga Jazz Walk should also be ready to present the 8th edition. Are we? Yes, of course. We are going to give a strong start by featuring three highly potential young dudes in their attempt to pursue their solo careers. Curious to know them? Scroll down and read their brief profiles.


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First, meet Fearman. We first met him as the vocalist of Poinkustik, a band that has graced so many cafes, malls and restos since its establishment in 2009. As once a senior musician told us that the oldest instrument is the human voice, you would be amazed to see how powerful voice can be through some really gifted singers. Fearman (Firman) is able to sing anything he wants, in just about any styles he wishes.

Firmansyah, his real name, was born in musical family. His father is one of Sundanese artiste in Bandung. He already started playing instrument since he was still in junior high school. He jumped into the music scene since 1999 by being a choir and private vocal teacher. He studied at Pasundan University (UNPAS) taking classical guitar as his major. Establishing a band would be next, rooting in progressive genre. He competed in some festivals in Bandung and reached final, for example the Asian Beat 2002. He has appeared on TVRI and IMTV. Poinkustik is his current active group.

Performing as himself, Fearman will be supported by TNT (real name: Tinto Arief Anugrah), a guitarist inspired by Guns N’ Roses’ guitar player, Slash. Just like Fearman, TNT has bagged some achievements too such as the Best Performance at LA Lights Music Enjoy.

Back to Fearman, aside from his singing ability, let us remind you that he has charm and charisma. We have seen how he stole the attention of some mall-goers or cafe guests even before he started singing. If you haven’t heard him yet, here’s his soundcloud: . It’s about time for him to establish a solid ground for his solo career, and we are more than happy to provide it.

Guntur Satria

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When playing as one of the GFRtrio, Guntur Satria is a wild blues cat, playing the role of cheeky, hyperactively playful, very attractive and full of surprise musician. But as a solo performer apparently he has a different concept. He chooses to be a one man band. He sings, he plays guitar and sometimes equipped with harp too. As a solo performer he digs his romantic side much deeper. From what we previously seen, he is much calmer and appears more folkish, but still has some sharp blues and jazz patterns here and there. You can check some of his solo sessions in his Soundcloud (

We have invited him as a single fighter at the Terraz Jazz 11 (, but it was 5 months ago. Currently he’s working on his EP, consists of 5 tracks. As he’s busy in the studio, it’s time to invite him again and be updated. Hey may be alone, but as usual, he will be fully connected to the audience and happily inserted some real-life stories during his show.


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Ever wonder how will it be when a rocker with his electric guitar does jazz? Well, for sure, this man named Amo is one of a kind. Plenty of rockers play jazz once in a while, that’s correct, but it’s rare to see a man still keeps all the distortion and slashes his guitar like a metal pro yet jazz can be clearly captured during his play along with vicious heavy metal riffs complete with rebelious distortion. That scene happened a couple of times on our stage. Yes, Amo has been featured in our event, but so far only as one of the personnels of a band or supporting player. This time Amo will represent his true-self. Prepare for the madness, the music where jazz is served with rock and distortion, or ‘Jazztortion’, the way we called it.

According to Amo, he has been into rock, heavy metal and thrash since his early years, listening to bands like Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer and the likes. He learned guitar and began to take it seriously when he reached seventeen years of age. He hatched in no time, standing tall as an open minded (and rebelious) musician with authentic rockitude. His killer instict is sharp and often makes his guitar like a blade. Last November he performed with double guitar for the very first time. Let’s hope he’ll bring it to this event. Hadi (rhythm guitar), Andi Pramudito (drums) and Robert (bass) are his friends to support. This dude is sensational, he will steal your attention the minute he steps on stage and blow your mind when he’s in action.

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As usual, the jam session will be totally available after the showcases. If you wish to join the party, you can just come and jump right in.

We believe this is going to be another interesting edition. All great male performers with charm, charisma and skill in their attempt to pursue their solo career. From pop, jazz, blues to rock, all will be served differently by them. We are excited and ready to start this program in 2015. Still plenty to show, still many to feature and still a lot to share. Join us and let’s have a good time together. Ngabaraga, Ngariung, Ngajazz!

Braga Jazz Walk #8

Date: December 11, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Braga Jazz Walk
Jl. Braga 99 – 101, Bandung



:: AMO “Jazztortion” ::
Amo (guitar)
Hadi (rhythm guitar)
Robert (bass)
Andi (drums)

Guntur Satria (vocals/guitar)

Firman (vocal)
TNT (guitar)




Ho, ho, ho! Christmas is right around the corner. If you celebrate it, you should already be very excited now since it’s very, very near. Now put jazz in it, won’t you love it even more? Who doesn’t love the jazzy sounds of Christmas. Once a musician said, when jazz and Christmas intersect, his celebration would be truly enhanced. Surely this quote represent many of us who feel the same.

Now let’s talk about Braga Jazz Walk. As a fruit of cooperation between us,, Braga City Walk and KPH Music, the event has been showcased 7 times. 6 regular shows (every the second and fourth Thursday of each month) and one special edition in accordance with the culinary fest Bragalicious. Since we are entering the fourth week of December, Braga Jazz Walk is set to go again next Thursday. But hey, what a cool coincidence. If you look at the calenddar,  you will see that next Thursday is exactly fall on 25th of December. For us it was like a sign, a sign that we should make something special. We are. This time, in accordance with the theme of the mall: “The Oldtown Christmas”, the Braga Jazz Walk #07 is set to bring the joyful Christmas spirit to you. Three groups are going to give you that. Jam Session will be available too as always. Braga Jazz Walk: Christmas Edition will be held on 25th December 2014, starting at 7:00 pm at Braga City Walk, Bandung. If you are in Bandung on that date, do come and join us. Nothing to worry, we won’t charge you even a penny. This event is totally FREE and open for public.


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Who will be featured this time? First, one of the prestigious Jazz Goes to Campus 2014 consolation prize holder, 5th Avenue. This band consists of 3 lads: Chris Alfeus (guitar), AlbenOctorys (drums), William Anthony (bass) and 1 lady who is also in charge as the manager: Stella Inke (piano). Their playground is somewhere around jazz fusion and smooth jazz. Some of their specialties including brilliant arrangement and the scat singing along with guitar playing on the same note (or at the interval of an octave) by Chris. This made Chris won the Best Guitarist for Jazz Goes to Campus 2014. They have some great original compositions, they do interesting covers of some famous jazz repertoires/songs. This is our time to enjoy Christmas carols from them. Ever wonder how  Christmas songs would sound with guitar-scat-singing in jazz fusion/smooth jazz outfit? Wish to see a neat fusion band that serves smart arrangements, ear-catchy songs that are easy to listen to? 5th Avenue it is.


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Out of 7 is a band that places itself in between secular and gospel. All personnels are active praise and worship musicians beside their daily works. We used to call them acrobatic band due to their ‘stunt’ attempt in exploring wide array of genres. The keyboarist Widiyanto Sutanto is the leader who is also in charge of composing the materials. Then, the young but hyperactive lady drummer Marissa Wiguna who has catchy appearance and rich punching variety, guitarist Herman Yulianto and Daniel Christy with their rock-blues colors over jazz and funky bassist Abet Darmaji. Last but not least, the man you’ve seen in every Braga Jazz Walk edition as the MC, Erick Gabe is the vocalist. He has magical gift when it’s about voice. Wide range, perfect pitch, extreme manouvers, scat-singing, mouth-trumpet,trombone, beatbox and so on, you name it, he does it. They have some original songs too (including several contemporary gospel songs), and just like 5th Avenue, they love to surprise us with unique arrangement. Luckily none of them leave Bandung for holiday, we can invite them to fill one slot. We don’t get to see them often anymore nowadays, we’re happy to bring them back again.

For this act Out of 7 will bring some Friends, a vocal harmony group from GKI Maulana Yusuf consists of Norama Herty Yunieke, Mutiyani Repie, Lela Yuliantika Kawareh and Ferdi Hendarman. A vocal harmony group will surely enrich the Christmas Edition, we believe so.

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Then, speaking of GKI Maulana Yusuf, here comes the last band to highlight: MY Kids. MY stands for Maulana Yusuf, the name of the street where their church stands. This band consists of kids from 12-16 years of age including Billy (drum), Panji (bass), Adam (electric guitar), Korin and Miguel (acoustic guitar), Yugo (conga), Ferdi (keyboard), Louis Arnita and Syela (vocals). My Kids was built from the children of the church’s Sunday School who apparently have talents in music. It began only with acoustic guitar but then grew with more kids coming in. They have began their service since April 2011 and has been serving twice a month ever since. Cute performance will be just one aspect to expect, because usually children can surprise you with their all out ‘nothing to loose’ way of performing.

As we’ve mentioned earlier, jam session will be provided as usual. You can be on stage and play any song you like with the other players, but we expect some Christmas songs too. Just bring your gear and come, the stage is open for  one.

Christmas celebration is going to be colorful, served under the Braga Jazz Walk #07: Special Christmas Edition on 25th of December. Plenty of songs, plenty of styles. From swing to bop to fusion to smooth jazz, from full band to children ensemble to vocal harmony group, from full music and singing, instrumental and acapella, all wish to make your Christmas celebration and holiday season merrier than ever. Talks about the harmonious relationship between jazz and Christmas that has been walking side by side for decades, the Braga Jazz Walk is ready to bring that up in this special 7th edition. We may have no snow, but we do have jazz. So, do you wish for jazzy Christmas? Come and let’s celebrate with us.

Braga Jazz Walk #07: Special Christmas Edition

Date: Thursday, December 25, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Braga Jazz Walk
Jl. Braga 99 – 101, Bandung



:: 5th Avenue ::
Chris Alfeus (guitar)
Stella Inke (piano)
AlbenOctorys (drums)
William Anthony (bass)

:: Out of 7 ::
Widiyanto Sutanto (keyboard)
Marissa Wiguna (drums)
Erick Gabe (vocals)
Herman Yulianto/Daniel Christy (guitar)
Abet Darmaji (bass)
Vocal Harmony Group:
Norama Herty Yunieke, Mutiyani Repie, Lela Yuliantika Kawareh and Ferdi Hendarman

:: MY Kids ::
Billy (drum)
Panji (bass)
Adam (electric guitar)
Korin and Miguel (acoustic guitar) Yugo (conga)
Ferdi (keyboard)
Louis Arnita and Syela (vocals).




The 100.4 KLCBS is a jazz radio in Bandung which has been consistantly served all kinds of jazz since the year it was established in 1982. The KLCBS Jazz Alliance was born as a media that accomodates listeners (from beginners to jazz enthusiasts), collectors, experts, musicians and journalists. KLCBS Jazz Alliance already has its own regular event called Jazz Not Jazz. The founder/CEO of KLCBS Nazar Noe’man who is also a jazz expert in Indonesia is the one who recommend the selection of arrangements and compositions for this jazz community gathering event. So far Jazz Not Jazz has been served three times. The first one at Javana Bistro featuring Arief Setiadi, Oele Pattiselano and Jeffrey Tahalele, the second at Opulence Dago and the  third installment once again took place at the same place with Gilang Ramadhan, Pra Budidharma and friends. Each event was attended by at least 250 people representing communities from all over Indonesia.

Here comes the 4th Jazz Not Jazz as the fruit of cooperation between KLCBS, Prama Grand Preanger and BNI. Holding the theme of “Absolutely Sensational Fusion”, this fourth installment will make sure you get the best of fusion by featuring full batch of highly talented and experienced artists. Jazz Not Jazz is coming on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Prama Grand Preanger, Jl. Asia Afrika 81, Bandung.

As you may have seen on the e-flyer above, big names are going to treat you with high quality of jazztertainment. First, the band: Donny Suhendra Band. Led by senior jazz-blues-rock and all-rounder guitarist Donny Suhendra, this group is indeed the home of the giants because it featurs names like Budhy Haryono (former drummer of GIGI, Krakatau, Jamrock/Jamrud and Karimata), pianist Krishna Balagita (former keyboardist of ADA Band who celebrated his comeback to jazz by releasing a solo album titled “Sacred Geometry” eaerlier this year) and bassist Adi Darmawan, a multitalented figure found in the mainbending trio, LIGRO. As you can see, these are artists who have been placing themselves in between jazz and rock (and everything else in between) for many, many years. They will serve madness, no doubt.

As if these are not enough, the lineup goes longer with guest stars. Who? Well, listen carefully. The soulful powerhouse diva Dira Sugandi, violist/string man Ammy Kurniawan (one of 4 Peniti), Lia Amalia (one of the vocalists of Salamander Voices and background singer of Tulus) and Brury Effendi (the trumpeter of Salamander Big Band).


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There are two ways to be a part of this event: Gold Package (Dinner and Concert) or Silver Package (Concert only). Scroll down to find the complete info about it.

BNI, KLCBS and Prama Grand Preanger are ready to warm you up during the rainy season with the 4th Jazz Not Jazz “Absolutely Sensational Fusion”. Interesting lineup that you won’t find elsewhere, featuring all players that could change the course of game with their presence. Other than that, it’s going to be cool to meet new friends who share the same passion or hobby inside a jazz community gathering like this. As we are a jazz-related media which happen to maintain our own jazz community through our two weekly regular event Braga Jazz Walk, we are proud to support this event. Alright. Jazz lovers, hope to see you at Grand Preanger on December 18, 2014.

BNI, KLCBS and PRAMA GRAND PREANGER Present: 4th Jazz Not Jazz “Absolutely Sensational Fusion”

Date: Thursday, December 18m 2014
Location: Prama Grand Preanger, Jln Asia-Afrika no 81 Bandung


Donny Suhendra Band :
– Donny Suhendra – (of ESQI:EF Krakatau and many other bands/projects) – Guitar
– Budhy Haryono (former GIGI, Krakatau, Karimata and Jamrock/Jamrud) –  Drum
– Krisna Balagita (former ADA BAND) – Keyboard
– Adi Darmawan (of LIGRO) – Bass

Guest Stars:
– Dira Sugandi – Vocalist
– Amy C. Kurniawan (4 Peniti) – Violinist
– Lia Amalia (Salamander Voices, Tulus’ background singer) – Vocalist
– Bury Effendi (Salamander Big Band) – Trumpeter


Gold Package : Dinner and Concert
Silver Package : Concert only

Dinner starts at 6:30 pm
Concert starts at 8:00 pm

Gold Package IDR 250.000,-
Silver Package IDR 150.000,-

Online ticket:

Ticket box:
Prama Grand Preanger Hotel
Jln. Asia Afrika No. 81, Bandung
+62 22-4231631

Studio KLCBS:
Jln. Karang Layung No.10, Bandung
+62 22-2032452

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For more info, visit:, Twitter @KLCBS
and, Twitter @JazznotJazzGig




Jazz was born in America, but enjoyed worldwide. Jazz belongs to the entire world and is an integrated part of world’s history. That means, having a jazz festival inside a historical site should be an excellent choice. Right at the end of this week, a new jazz festival will be born, taking place at the historical Kota Tua (Old Town) area of Jakarta. The name of the festival is JAZZ @ KOTA TUA, Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Taman Fatahillah, Museum Sejarah Jakarta starting from early in the morning to late at night. And yes, it’s FREE!

If you visit Jakarta, you should visit this particular location. Kota Tua is also known as Old Jakarta or Old/Oud Batavia, a small area that still preserves the reminiscence of the city during colonial times in the 16th century. It was once the administrative headquarters of the Dutch East India Company and a trading port. Some places of interest include the Maritime Museum, the Fine Art and Ceramic Museum, Wayang Museum which periodically showcases shadow puppetry and of course the Fatahillah Square, where The Fatahillah Museum (also familiar as the Jakarta History Museum) has been standing tall against the time. This building was built in 1620 as the Stadhuis of Batavia by Jan Pieterzoen Coen and then rebuilt in 1710. Other than being the Stadhuis of the Dutch East India Company, it’s also used as a Courthouse, Civil Registration Office, the sermon, House of Sunday worship and City Council (College van Scheppen).

The Fatahillah Museum has around 23.500 objects including the Jagur Cannon, the prison of Untung Suropati and Pangeran Diponegoro, the painting of Dutch East India’s governor all the way to some prehistorical stuffs. Another history’s added by the appearance of Jazz @ Kota Tua.


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It was Dwiki Dharmawan who had the idea. He thought about it around 8 years ago, but he got no positive reply from the related authorities at that time. But suddenly he was asked to make it happen. In just a short time Dwiki collected everything and everyone. He makes sure the audience to enjoy variety of performers, from the jazz masters to the newcomers, from local to international jazz artists, from rag time to modern jazz, from standards to ethnics. Assorted artistic jazz will be served in the artistic representative of Jakarta in some centuries ago. How cool is that.

Hundreds of musicians divided into more than twenty acts will run on two stages, plus one sharing session/talkshow with the CEO/Founder of MoonJune Records. Leonardo Pavkovic. Leo believes that Indonesia is the next big music country in the world. He has been keeping his eyes on our local scene and so far has recruited almost 10 bands from Indonesia (still counting). Currently he’s promoting the IndoJazzia, a division of Leonardo The Vinci Entertainment with Arlo Hennings in charge as the chief operational activities in Indonesia.

MoonJune proudly presents many of its talents too in this festival. The latest recruit is this festival’s initiator and director, Dwiki Dharmawan. For this fest Dwiki is going to bring two of his sensational legendary groups: the Krakatau-Ethno and Dwiki Dharmawan World Peace Orchestra. The Krakatau-Ethno is the version that embraces the ethnic music, specify in Sundanese (West Java) traditions. The ensemble utilizes the micro-tonal system of ancient gamelan musical structures that is based on S’lendro scale. About the World Peace Orchestra, well, this is beyond believe. Think of this: an orchestra comprising of musicians from around the world. If all members are present, it would resemble a ‘World Music Union’. No gap, no differences, just peace, love and respect to one another. The participants came from USA, China, Japan, Australia, European countries, Malaysia and Indonesia, including traditional musicians from Java to North Sumatra. Wide diversity of backgrounds, instruments and styles. Since it was quite impossible for them to gather in the studio, the recording process took place in various countries. The phenomenal mega project is simply called Dwiki Dharmawan & The World Peace Orchestra.


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In this festival, the World Peace Orchestra will be carried by a smaller ensemble yet still reflects the spirit perfectly by multi-national musicians. First, Beledo. Often considered as a real myth among Uruguayan music connoisseurs, the guitar hero Beledo plays with the proficiency of a man that has been sharing life with his instruments for some decades. He was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, but he is a New York based musician and composer. Other than standing as a guitar hero, he is also a prominent pianist. His music lies in between Jazz and Rock with some touches of exotic Spanish-flavored melodies, polyrhytmic rhythms and some other diversely stylish sound. This MoonJune artist isn’t far from Indonesian Jazz. As he is listed as one of the MoonJune Records’ artists, he has collaborated with the cross ethno-progressive ensemble simakDialog, with its pianist Riza Arshad and guitarist Tohpati in 2013, also as a duo with guitarist Dewa Budjana and recorded with Indonesia’s Jazz icon, the one and only Dwiki Dharmawan.

Also joining the World Peace Orchestra is Dale Barlow. The legendary composer/musician from the land of Oz is back again to Indonesia. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays especially the saxophone and flute. As one of Australia’s most accomplished and internationally recognized Jazz artists, he has played with uncountable who’s who in the Jazz scene, even once joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the 1980s, including several albums with his compositions. He was also a member of The Cedar Walton Quartet. After his shiny appearance in Ubud Village Jazz Festival, he’s ready to grace this fest as one of the WPO team. The kind-hearted and highly respected percussionist Steve Thornton is one of the catch in this act too.

Dewa Budjana and Tesla Manaf are the other names from MoonJune listed in the lineup. Coming from different generations, both players are amazing artistes who should be listed in the world’s greatest guitarist. They will perform under quartet formation. One more MoonJune representative is the cross ethno-progressive ensemble simakDialog. Led by Riza Arshad, this group has gained so many critical acclaims worldwide. Also found on board are Tohpati (guitar), Adhitya Pratama/Rudy Zulkarnaen (bass), Endang Ramdan and Cucu Kurnia (kendangs) and Erlan Suwardana (metal toys). Watch them to see how the using of kendangs as a replacement of drums could open a new musical dimension.

The last to mention from MoonJune is LIGRO. Agam Hamzah (electric/acoustic guitar), Adi Darmawan (electric bass) and Gusti Hendy (drums) succesfully create the mind-bending musical concept wonder since 2004. They give something unusual and might never been or seldom explored by others. They are powerful, chaotic, in some parts can be derange, provocative and even able to deliver some terrors within their music, yet they create lovely harmony.

Bassist Chaka Priambudi and vocalist Nesia Ardi established LANTUN Orchestra to (re)introduce the richness of Indonesian traditional music especially the Batavian like keroncong, tanjidor and the likes. But what’s unique, in order to bring it they use jazz elements not only in notations but also improvisations, solo runs and call & response. “We’re searching for the similiarities between jazz and Indonesian traditional music especially the Batavian, and that’s important because we need to preserve our own cultural heritage and keep deveoping it under today’s condition.” said Chaka proudly. Lantun Orchestra proves that there are still many music corners to explore with limitless possibilities. They also brilliantly shows that jazz can be used to preserve our own traditional music, and for us, Lantun Orchestra is considered as one of the most interesting new concept at present time. Intan Soekotjo, the proud daughter of legendary keroncong singer Sundari Soekotjo who once made surprise with her keroncong rendition of “Over the Rainbow” is featured in this act.


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Two of Indonesian pianist who pursue their career overseas will be here too: Dutch/European-based Sri Hanuraga and New York/USA Nial DJuliarso. The ‘El Montuno’, Rio Moreno is going to play too. Then the Jakarta-based Big Band who redefine the Big Band’s way of performing, HajarBleh Big Band is confirmed too. Ever seen the members of big band took selfies and did high-five during performance? This crazy gang will show you that the member of big band can be funky and trendy too. Born in Jakarta but live in Brisbane versatile guitarist Yuri Jo will have a session under Yuri Jo Collective.

Two ladies with the music that symbolizes the beauty and everything that’s 100% Indonesia, Lea Simajuntak and Irsa Destiwi as Bandanaira are in the lineup as well. With the sweet rearrangement of some Indonesian classics and anthems served by top notch vocal technique which appears as the combination of ‘soprano’ and pop, they will give you something nice and easy to chew yet classy. The ‘girl-power’ will also shine from a group of five named Ina Ladies. Senior singer and trumpeter Happy Pretty (she’s the youngest of the legendary Pretty Sisters) led the team consists of Bonita (vocal, harmonica, guitar), Metta Legita (pianist) and two Starlite members: Sheila Permatasaka (bass) and Jeane ‘Alsa’ Phialsa (drums). You will never underestimate the power of ladies anymore after watching them. Presenting the traditional music of Atjeh is Keubitbit. Formed by young musicians, this band plays songs with genuine traditional Atjehnese nuance in progressive fusion corridor.

While top national and international have confirmed their involvement, many newcomers/young lions become an important part too of Jazz @ Kota Tua. Farabi sends two groups: Farabi Percussion Ensemble (with GMB’s percussionist Adi Prasodjo and Steve Thornton) and Farabi Rising Stars featuring Ita Purnamasari and Ify ‘Blink’. Arnando Putra’s Triology, WTF and Revival Generation Project (RGP) also represent the great young talents from today’s generation. Last but not least, don’t miss the Flores proud son Ivan Nestorman and the female singer with shiny international achievements who is famous both in gospel and secular world, Eka Deli.

The most recent update is the final show. It’s going to be the group of colourful pianist who plays all kind of music, from classical, jazz, blues, pop to Latin, Nita Aartsen. The show’s called  Nita Aartsen for Batavia.  Joining her are all star cast including Indro Hardjodikoro, Jalu Pratidina, Arif Darma featuring Yeppy Romero. You should stay until the very end because this final act will give you a special treat.

Jazz @ Kota Tua is ready to showcase heady mix of talents from Indonesia and around the world. This event is meant to celebrate Jazz in a city which is at ease with its rich cultural diversity and drawing a multitude of venues around the old town of Jakarta. Up to 3000 people are projected to enjoy many genres of Jazz at this historical site surrounded by heritage colonial buildings. You can imagine the magical atmosphere. While getting the best of jazztertainment, you can also romancing the snapshot of how the city looked before the skyscrapers move in. It’s time to go jazzy in the Old Town Jakarta.

1st Annual JAZZ @ KOTA TUA

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Time: 09:00 – 22:30
Location: Taman Fatahillah, Museum Sejarah, Jakarta



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The 6th Braga Jazz Walk is right around the corner. If last year we featured the soon-to-be mega star, a twisted Blues band and an acoustic trio, this time we have prepared a fresh batch which involve a student Jazz band, a cool male rising star that can sing and play piano at the same time, and a Jazz band tributing a late legend and his group. As usual, the event is totally free. Interested? Roll the dice, here we go.

First, let’s talk about Joe Sample. The world of jazz mourned when he passed away last September due to lung cancer at the age of 75. We still remember his awesome performance at the Java Jazz Festival year 2008, we enjoy his solo albums and a couple of collaboration albums like with Randy Crawford (“Feeling Good”) and Lalah Hathaway (“The Song Lives On”), and of course his legendary band, the long-time running The Jazz Crusaders or just The Crusaders. The Crusaders is known as a unit where Jazz, Soul, Pop and Funk live harmoniously and nutriciously. Other than being a master of Funk, Joe Sample is great since he had distinctive playing style. He could go wild, but when he went smooth, it felt relaxing like Sunday morning. It’s been three months after his passing, we decided to give a tribute to Mr Sample and The Crusaders. For this, Chakraborty is the band in charge.


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Chakraborty was officially established at Aru Studio in Bandung in 2013. The band consists of Venche Music School (VMS)’s students and often supported by sessionists from other music schools. Said to be rooted in traditional American Jazz, they play wide to cover most of the big jazz corners from Swing, Cool Jazz, Fusion, Blues Jazz all the way to Bossanova.

If you still don’t know about the meaning of the name, The band is led by a fine young drummer named Joo Yang with other players such as Adya Amru Hidayat (guitar), Ayu Sara (vocal), Yosua Setiawan (bass) and Nicodemus Horisson (keyboard). Recently they seem to make great moves by getting more and more gigs, including some big catches like Tangsel Jazz Festival 2014 and JakJazz 2014. We have featured them a couple of times but this is going to be the first time for them to bring a special tribute at Braga Jazz Walk. What song will they choose? How will they do it? If you are a fan of Joe Sample, The Crusaders or simply a soulful jazz funk, just come to the show.


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Fancy a man singing and playing piano all by himself? Then there will be a perfect session for you in this edition. Andre Arizky is the one to do it. We got to know him for the first time when he was one of the Blues band, Royal Flush about three years ago. From there, this Law student of Padjadjaran University showed more and more passion to music. From 2010 to 2011 he acted as the head of Music Division in his faculty.

Then he rose to fame as the contestant of Rising Star Indonesia Live Audition and Duels (Top 36 Wall Riser). He was seen on TV and got his own fans, respectively. He is also one of the top 40 contestant of StarVoices Season 3 contestant. If in last edition we featured a soon-to-be mega star, Andre Arizky is heading towards the same direction. He started playing piano at 5 years old, he might have sung too by then. As Andre draws influences from Elton John, Peter Cetera and Sandhy Sondoro, you can expect him to choose some of the songs from those names, especially from Elton John who also sings when playing piano. For the first time in Braga Jazz Walk there will be a young man to take this move. A one man show by singer-pianist, and it’s Andre Arizky? Man, we have no doubt it’s going to be cool.


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The last one to mention is a band from Telkom University Bandung called Nouveau. Starting from a collaborative project of several bands, they decided to make a solid group. While they were trying to find a steady ground they had to go through many changes especially on the lineup. Due to this reason, they dropped the word ‘Project’ and use only Nouveau as the name. The personnels are Fachmi Satriyo Yogaswara (vocal), Camelia Yunitasari (vocal), Wiim Bahar Maulana (guitar), David Winalda (guitar) and Mohamad Naufal Ihsan (bass). More about the past members, eventhough they have quit the band, interestingly they still support the band, either as the additional players or crews. Nouveau is rooted in pop jazz, but they have the soulful taste too especially from Fachmi’s voice. This young fella reminds us of Matthew Sayersz and the likes.

As usual, jam session will be provided for you who want to have some fun on stage. It’s open for anyone interested. Bring your best gear and jump in. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a jazz musician, because you can always start right here in this event.

The Braga Jazz Walk #06 will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the Braga City Walk, on the right side of Giggle Box on the ground floor. A singing pianist, a soulful jazz band from Telkom and one special tribute to Joe Sample and the (Jazz) Crusaders are the highlight. Braga Jazz Walk is brought to you by in full cooperation with Braga City Walk and KPH Music every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. This is a community event which need your support, while at the same time we try our best to treat you with fun jazztertainment. Hope to see you there.

Braga Jazz Walk #06

Date: December 11, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Braga Jazz Walk
Jl. Braga 99 – 101, Bandung



Joo Yang (drums)
Adya Amru Hidayat (guitar)Ayu Sara (vocal)
Yosua Setiawan (bass)
Nicodemus Horisson (keyboard)

Andre Arizky (piano/vocal)

Fachmi Satriyo Yogaswara (vocal)
Camelia Yunitasari (vocal)
Wiim Bahar Maulana (guitar)
David Winalda (guitar)
Mohamad Naufal Ihsan (bass)


2015 is on the way and we need some great moments to wrap it up, agree? If you nod your head, let join us in PASIFIC 2 FIRST EVENT with Daniel Sahuleka. Coming with idea to “Experience the Soul of Nature”, members of BEM KEMA Fakultas Ekonomi dan Bisnis Universitas Padjadjaran held their second event at Lapangan Parkir Selatan kampus UNPAD, Bandung on December 6th, 2014.

You must be familiar with an event named PASIFIC because its first event was already happened in last February with so many famous musicians such as NAIF, HiVi, Project Pop, Sheila On 7, Afgan, The SIGIT, Glenn Fredly, Tulus, and yes it was a big success. This time, our fellows from FEB UNPAD once again are preparing their huge gig for people in Bandung who crave for music and surely we hope this time the crowd will be bigger, the lineup will be more spectacular, and more joyfulness in the air.

PASIFIC itself stands for Padjadjaran Music Festival and Culture and the combination of those two things never go wrong. After last time was held in 2006, this year the committee came back on the track and people behind this event properly arrange some pre-events to welcome their main event next year. PASIFIC 2 as one of a series event from FEB UNPAD is definitely ready to warm up yourself with nature is highlighted as theme. Looking closer to the lineup, you will find a special ambience which are peace and calm because of compilation of the musicians. FLOAT, Pandai Besi, Senandung Taman, and Tiga Pagi are going to meet you next Saturday with one international artist with Indonesian blood, the legendary DANIEL SAHULEKA.


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As music looks very promising in this event, culture will appear in another form. The committee does remember that happy tummy go along with happy people; they will enjoy you with their culinary night and do not miss the bazaar. You will also find various cultures of Indonesia not only from artist’s performance but also angklung performance which emphasizes the specialty of West Java. There are many widespread talent of young musicians in Bandung and PASIFIC 2 is there to help distributing their abilities to more people. Through a series of band audition, there are several names come out as the best from all very talented participants. Blue Jays and the cool soul-jazzy unit SSP Band are the winner who is going to perform on December 6th, 2014. Meanwhile, the pop jazzy ensemble with Sundanese ethnic twist Mahesvara and Lebanon are bands who will be on stage in February 2015, The Mahad, Happy Man, and Summer Breeze are three groups who will play their music on March 2015.

Try to imagine December with current rainy season and a strategic place in Bandung where your favorite artists will be on stage, you will be sorry to miss this gig. Come and prove yourself how great the creativity of our fellows from FEB UNPAD Bandung is. Bring your lovely people around and make it as an unforgettable moment to close 2014. Hope to see you fella at the most festive music event presented by BEM KEMA FEB UNPAD!

Ticket Price (available at RKM BEM FEB UNPAD)
presale: 50k
on the spot: 65k

Date: Saturday, Dec 6th, 2014
Time: open gate at 5pm
Location: at Lapangan Parkir Selatan, Kampus UNPAD Dipati Ukur

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Twitter & Instagram: PASIFIC_FEB





The previous edition of Serambi Jazz presented a collaboration between Benny Lackner Trio and Indonesian Azfansadara Karim and Johanes Radianto held twice: in Bandung (October 15,2014, and Jakarta (October 16, 2014). Since Serambi Jazz is a two monthly program, another episode is ready to launch in the first week of December. As the last edition was very special, one may wonder who will be placed under the spotlight and what concept will he bring. The answer is here. To close the 5th consecutive year of Serambi Jazz, the final show will feature a brilliant musician. He is a pianist, composer, arranger, music director, lecturer, producer and orchestrator (you may add a ‘creator’ too). Jazz is clearly his thing, but interestingly he always go extra miles by inventing unique and distinctive concept. He’s none other than Boby Limijaya, presenting his newest concept called BOBY LIMIJAYA QUINTCHESTRA. This concert will be held on December 4, 2014 starting 7:30 pm at GoetheHaus, Jakarta. As usual it’s presented free by Goethe Institut Jakarta.

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Before we take you deeper into his new Quintchestra, let us introduce you to Boby Limijaya first and his previous creations. Let’s begin with a little historical background. Boby Limijaya was born in Tangerang 34 years ago. He already showed interest not long after he was born and already played when he was still 6 years old. He graduated from Pelita Harapan University, majoring piano classical and then continued his formal education to Berklee College of Music in Boston USA with the scholarship. He took dual major in Berklee: Jazz Piano Performance and Jazz Composition.

Being a great student he grabbed Herb Pomeroy Award in 2009 for excellence in jazz composition by Berklee. His experiences gained by performing in many prestigious events such as Java Jazz Festival (2005, 2006 and 2012), JakJazz Festival (2006) besides appearances in smaller scenes. He was once the keyboardist of Andien (2004-2006), worked as the arranger for Christmas Album (2007) and the creator/music director of “Give Thanks” concert in 2006. Known as an active participant in jazz communities in Jakarta and Tangerang, nowadays he has his own orchestra, also works as an arranger and orchestrator, a lecturer and pianist plus band leader of the famous trio, B3.

From what we see, he plays jazz in wide covering area, meaning he doesn’t stuck in one particular style. He’s expressive when placed behind the piano, he conducts his orchestra like a pro. And like we said earlier, he has many ideas and knows how to cook it. His latest CD received critical acclaims, both for his unique concept and his efforts to record it. If normally a band utilizes 4 to 6 brasses, he expanded it into 8 with 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, one alto and tenor saxophones plus clarinet and flute. Calling it Boby Limijaya 8 Horns, it was neccessary for him to go all the way to Budapest. He played with Budapest Jazz Orchestra and recorded the album in there. Not a normal path to take, but the CD’s released as a beautiful package where the bop and staightahead eras all the way to 70’s jazz-rock fusion live in, plus the addition of rich multi-layered sounds created by these 8 horn players. We have written an comprehensive article about it. You can read it here: “Boby Limijaya 8 Horns with Budapest Jazz Orchestra: A Fine Jazzchestra’s Journey” ( The album’s titled “Journey”. If you haven’t got it yet, you can order it to us via this link :


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Now, let’s move on to the main subject, his new Quintchestra. What he means by Quintchestra is the combination of jazz quintet with orchestra, plus the flute and clarinet that he has used in the 8 Horns concept. “Basically I got reference from Michael Brecker Quindectet. I just want to try combining the jazz quintet concept with string orchestra and clarinet and flute.” he said. But this Michael Brecker’s 15-piece brainchild which was established in 2003 is not the only source of inspiration for Boby in giving birth to his Quintchestra. He expands his reference by listening to Metropole Orchestra and todays popular New York-based fusion band, Snarky Puppy.




One project duo carrying free jazz concept, one new but highly promising jazz trio and one soul jazz full band became the highlight of the last edition, Braga Jazz Walk #04 (read the report here: Happy to tell you guys that this two weekly event is improving since it was started two months ago. Well, actually since we planted the seed in the beginning of 2014 in another venue.

In the new and even better venue, we establish even more solid cooperation with the ground zero Braga City Walk and KPH Music who provides the instruments and look forward to make this event grow bigger and better. In every edition we think of providing good jazz(y) entertainment as well as pushing the jazz regeneration forward as well as establishing a friendly/homey playground for the musicians to rest their case. Either they want to promote their new works (single/album/project), try their concept, to get the media coverage or simply to gain experience of playing in front of real audience, this event would be good to use.

Since we are getting ready to present the next 5th edition, you may wonder what we will offer. Well, turns out this edition will become an edition that could surprise you. Wide coverage in genre, involving two bands from Jakarta: one is a rising star that you will hear much, much more very soon and the other one is a blues trio that gives joyful vibe while resting their case. Other than that, a group of ‘mafias’ will ‘terrorize’ you with happy tunes. They are all ready to merry the Braga Jazz Walk #05. Plus, the open jam session that invites you guys to participate in. Now, let’s dig the lineup one by one.


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Pangeran Muda Siagian

A young man, still in mid 20s but has gained quite experience and held hundreds of achievements (he has no less than 200 trophies at home), including the winner of Sherina Star Kids Competition in 2000, McDonalds Kids Awards in 2002, Heartline Gospel Singing Contest (2006) and runner up of Bintang Radio Festival in Jakarta, 2005. He became the winner of talent search show produced by Trans TV “Suara Indonesia”, reached the Top 20 in Indonesian Idol 2014, performed several times at Java Jazz Festival and JakJazz and an unforgettable duet with Viky Sianipar at Rising Star concert among hundreds of shows he’s in. So many to say until we loose count. Here’s a handsome man that we predict to go big in no time. You will hear him a lot more often soon. He is Yesaya Pangeran Muda Siagian.

Other than singing, Pangeran also stands as an MC, like for example in Java Jazz Festival 2008. It wasn’t his first time tasting the prestigious festival. In 2006 he sang together with the famous vocal teacher Bertha and just a year after in 2009 he came back by proudly bringing the music of his own tribe, Batak called Toba Rumba and received great response from the crowd. In the recordings he has released a couple of albums, particularly gospel. Two gospel albums in 2009 and one Batak and a Christmas album “Colours of Christmas” in 2011. He has played all the way to Hong Kong and Macau and crowned as the Ambassador of Jakarta Musical Production Ministry.

Speaking of vocal ability, he’s really gifted. He’s an all rounder that can sing just about anything. He does pop easily, he can croon like a pro while doing jazz, he knows how to sing ethnics, even classical or soprano/seriosa singing that he has done several times. Pangeran has done some jingles for tvs and radios such as Honda, Spacy, Madurasa and Aneka Tambang. One more thing: speaking of television, he can act too. He starred the musical series “Peri Cinta dan Anak Jalanan” as the leading role as a part of the 9th Anniversary of SCTV.

As he’s preparing a single and his debut album, we are proud to have him gracing the Braga Jazz Walk stage. He’s going to perform full team with Klency Lyman Lembono (keyboard), Reinhard Woran (bass), Bernardus Ajutor Moa (guitar), Martin Julio Sutanto (drums), Mario Ruben (saxophone) and Gina Dewi (backing vocal). This should be considered a dream team. Reinhard is the bassist of Cakra Khan, Bernardus is the music director of Monita Tahalea an Gaby Idol and Gina is the runner up of Star Voices seasion 1. Let’s make something clear. If Tulus’ success has spread all over the nation, it’s about time to have a new male star with exceptional quality. Pangeran Muda Siagian is the one.




SOCIETY LOUNGE (Makati Ave. corner Paseo De Roxas, Makati City) treats you to a night filled with classy & sophisticated music featuring multi-awarded Japanese Jazz/OPM Artist, Aisaku Yokogawa together with special guests Asia’s Harpist Angel Noelle Cassandra, Japanese traditional Koto (harp) artist Yu Miyoshi, Multi-voiced Doble-Kara talent Aekaye Tereshkova, Japanese singer Karen Kono, Jazzin’ Diva Monet Ganir, and 13-year old singer/actress/violinist Tricia Bernales (GMA7), together with the VERVE Band on November 20, 2014, 8:00 pm onwards in Society Lounge, GF Atrium Bldg., Makati Avenue corner Paseo De Roxas, Makati City. FREE ENTRANCE / FREE VALET PARKING.

Aisaku Yokogawa is a full-blooded Japanese known for his Commercials, OPM music, and Japanese covers interpreted in Filipino such as IKAW PA RIN (Saigo No Iwake) released under I&I Records and Universal Records. He has been active as a Jazz singer and OPM artist in the local music scene winning various awards such as 2014’s Asian Star Entertainer Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Global Excellence Awards  as ‘Outstanding OPM Artist, People’s choice for Entertainment Host, & Most Outstanding Asian Male Host’.

Born and raised by Japanese parents, Aisaku is an amazing multi-lingual performer. Aside from singing in his native tongue, he never fails to surprise the audience as this sleepy-eyed lad dishes out OPM favorites in flawless Tagalog. Aisaku’s talent as a performer is evident in his humor as a host and in his repertoire of Latin and Jazz influence of Japanese songs mixed with standards, pop jazz, & ballads. Don’t miss this chance to see Aisaku’s live performance with his brand of music thats will make you learn some Japanese just by listening to his heartful song numbers.

The newly released single ‘Imademo Aishiteru’ which features a unique mix of OPM and Japanese is currently available on iTunes and all your favorite local radio stations!!

Accompanying him is Francis Etorma on Keyboards, Steven Mora on Drums, Brian Mora on Guitars, Philip Ariola on Bass, Joseph Cabanero on Sax, and Laura Austria on percussions, with special performances from Monet Ganir and friends of Aisaku.

If you are currently in Philippines, don’t miss this one! Let’s all have an intimate night of different classy music together with Aisaku and his friends! Arigato Gozaimasu!

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