Saturday, April 18, 2015
Jazz Events



Medan, the capital of North Sumatra has been widely known as the rock city for ages. But what’s interesting is that jazz actually lives and grows healthily too in there, especially since 2011. Since that year, Medan or North Sumatra officially has its own annual jazz festival. It was founded by proud Medan son, Erucakra Mahameru, Berklee Collee of Music alumni. He gave North Sumatra Jazz Festival (NSJF) as the name and set a solid and steady ground for jazz development in this particular area. Year after year this festival has been showing rapid growth. From using only local artists to international event, NSJF has brought colorful variation of jazz to the society. What’s interesting is that the local traditional musics are involved too in each edition, also the jazz and ethno musicians living in the city.

Now allow us to have your attention, especially if you live in Medan and nearby locations. This event is ready to launch its 5th edition. Waspada EMusic (WEM) in cooperation with IndieJazz Indonesia proudly present North Sumatra Jazz Festival 2015 (NSJF 2015) which will come soon on April 11, 2015, taking place at the Grand Ballroom of Karibia Boutique Hotel, Medan. It will start early at 4:00 pm in the afternoon to accomodate more local bands/artists and to give more presentation to the jazz lovers in Medan and North Sumatra in general.

Probably you’re curious to see this year’s lineup. Starting with the local talents, there are several bands consist of young lions to perform. Among them are Elnino (North Sumatra University/USU), Kalila Project (Universitas Negeri Medan/UNIMED) and Rio Riezky & the Band. These three bands will perform all the way until the Maghrib praying call.

It’s going to get hotter right after that, because that’s the time for big(bigger) cats to rest their case. First of all, the Medan/North Sumatra jazz-rock and this festival’s icon Erucakra Mahameru & C Man is going to open up the main event.

Also starring a senior bassist, Roedyanto. He is the founder of legendary fusion band Emerald-BEX. Roedyanto is no stranger to this event since he was among the lineup for the first edition in 2011 with Emerald-BEX. This year he’s going to collaborate with a new-comer who got huge potential to be the next big thing in our music scene.


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Next, the KadriJimmo. This is a progressive rock-fusion from Jakarta. This band is led by the singing-lawyer who’s also known as one of the important names behind the progressive movement in Indonesia, Kadri Mohamad. Kadri and Jimmo are the frontlines of this group, plus the legendary artist who has produced loads of hits especially during the 80’s and 90’s, Keenan Nasution.

Now, for youngsters, there’s a singer you don’t want to miss. It’s Teza Sumendra, the alumni of Indonesian Idol Season 3. He didn’t make it, but that didn’t stop him to find his way to the top, because today he’s one of the favorites especially among teenagers and youngsters. After series of participation in jazz events including Java Jazz Festival and Jazz Goes to Campus, he’s going to extend his jazzy path to this very event.



The Braga Jazz Walk was a two weekly program, used to be running on the second and fourth Thursday of each months. Unfortunately right after the successful Pre Event of Java Jazz Festival, the venue Braga CityWalk decided to cut down the schedule to only once a month, on the second Thursday. We do realize that it’s not enough, but we can’t do anything but to agree with the decision. We hope with all the limitation, our effort for the regeneration of jazz musicians in edutainment concept can still be carried on the best we can.


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So, who will play at the Braga Jazz Walk #12 in April, 2015? First, there will be a band, consists of young guns, that places two violins in front. The band’s called Violin Project. It’s still new, established earlier this year when two young violinists, Kiki Abdul Haqi and Raga Dipa wished to hold an internal concert that finally took place at the Auditorium Indra Music last month by the name of Violin Night. Their fellows are strongly supporting the duo such as Pandu Watu Alam (piano), Marsha Oktora (guitar), Satria Tri Buana (bass) and the talented drummer who has played at our event quite many times, Andi Pramudito. Funk/Fusion is said to be their style of music, served along with jamming mode. Since Raga is the personnel of Bandung rock band named Restless, you will easily find some rock pattern in their music. Violin is not the usual instrument to find in jazz and rock, therefore a band like this is important in terms of enriching our music with colorful varieties.


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If you watch Tesla Manaf ft Mahagotra Ganesha, you will find this next man to mention standing behind the keyboard. If you bump into West Java Syndicate’s gigs, you will find him too. He is YD Nafis, an all-round keyboardist highly respected by many young guns in Bandung. About 6 months ago when the Braga Jazz Walk just started, he told us about his plan of establishing his own group. It wasn’t easy to find the perfect ones to fill up each line, but instead of waiting, he started directly with whatever available. The drummer was already there, the young Alman Naufal who’s currently absorbing drumming knowledge and skill from Elfa Zulham. With a very minimalistic format they have graced some stages, including some appearance on our own soil. Later on we heard that he has found a bassist. Then we invited him and his trio to fill up this edition’s slot. He took it and told us that he just got a new bassist, Robby Tribuwono Saksono. YD Nafis Trio, that’s the name of his jazz band. Most likely they will go deeper in digging the free jazz with energetic improvisation, or who knows if Nafis has other ideas. But one thing’s sure, it’s going to be interesting and enjoyable.

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Then, the third band we invite is a band consists of students from STiMB (Sekolah Tinggi Musik Bandung) a.k.a School of Musicians. The band’s called Find Taste, with Billy Likumahuwa (vocal), M Rizky Pratama (guitar), Muhammad Firmansyah (drums) and Jonathan (piano). The vocalist Billy who constantly appears and jams almost in every edition of Braga Jazz Walk has a unique deep baritone voice and loves to sing no matter what genre he’s being given. Recently he’s been placing his interest in jazz singing that’s perfectly accomodated by having reliable compatriotes in Find Taste. As they have been showing their support by attending our event at regular basis, We’re happy that finally we can give one full slot for them.


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Normally we only invite three bands per edition. But for this one, we are proud to introduce a very special little girl named Nadine. She’s still 8 years old, but she could already play on stage like a pro and even joined much older players in jam session without any problem. We met her for the first time in the previous 11th edition. She came with her mom, and confidently approached us for joining the jam session. Wow. She played two songs: “Misty” and “Autumn Leaves” flawlessly, as if she has done it for many, many years. We have featured some boy prodigy in our event like Kafin and Jeremy, but now we found a girl, even younger but can already go surfing on jazz stage. Currently she studies at Venche Music School (VMS) with Nanet Ken Asri. Always feel exicted to find a new talent, and certainly it’s a blessing to meet a girl prodigy who rises so early like her. Jam session will be provided right after that, open for everyone.

We hereby invite you, jazz lovers and musicians in Bandung to join us in this event. It’s totally free from any charge. You can enjoy the presentation, you can jump into the jam session. We hope everyone can have a good time, jazz style. Don’t forget the date, 9 April 2015. All said, see you on Thursday!

Braga Jazz Walk #12

Date: April 9, 2015
Time: 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Braga CityWalk
Jl. Braga no 99 – 101, Bandung



Kiki Abdul Haqi (violin)
Raga Dipa (violin)Pandu Watu Alam (piano)
Marsha Oktora (guitar)
Satria Tri Buana (bass)

YD Nafis (piano)
Alman Naufal (drums)
Robby Tribuwono Saksono (bass)


and introducing:
:: NADINE ::
8 year-old jazz pianist




Finally fellas! the last event of PASIFIC (Padjadjaran Music Festival and Culture) we’ve been waiting for comes nearer. You probably still remember the first event of PASIFIC 2 we covered last December with the legendary Daniel Sahuleka on stage. Now, BEM KEMA Fakultas Ekonomi dan Bisnis Universitas Padjadjaran (FEB UNPAD) is ready to serve you (again) with their third yet main event next Saturday, on March 21th, 2015, located at Sasana Budaya Ganesha, Bandung.

Highlighting the same theme, “The Soul of Nature”, the committee did the second event at last March 8th, 2015. Our nature and green life are the main issue here, where they acknowledge the society to care the surroundings more. Taman Hutan Raya Djuanda was the actual place where it all happened. The event contained of two activities: seed planting and petition signing and they successfully reached 1000 participants to support land conversion.

Back to our focus, the top of all previous PASIFIC events, the third event. Since couple months ago, committee had spread online form aiming to know better visitor’s interest on the artist and lineup. As the result, they surprisingly made DEWA 19 to come performing in Bandung when the last time they had in Bandung was 20 years ago. Many people are wondering which formation of DEWA 19 will be perform, but one thing for sure, Ari Lasso will come along. Prepare yourself with their old-lasting-hits and come, let’s sing along.

The excitement don’t stop here. After their bad experience last time performing in Bandung where they didn’t make it, Sheila On 7 is back again. The committee has promised us via their twitter account that they already organized the time schedule the best they can to make sure you can enjoy all the performers on time without any distraction. Mocca, Bandung’s sweetheart, also will greet their swinging friends at sabuga with their cheerful tunes from newest album, “Home”. No matter what, Mocca is close with their hometown, Bandung, and get yourself ready to swing along with their warm-hearted music just like the old times. Many times we see their performances, many times we got surprised with their stage act and fresh arrangements. Maliq & D’Essentials is the latest band confirmed to join this biggest music event in Bandung.

Several months ago, PASIFIC had held band auditions and as result, Mahesvara, Lebanon, The Mahad, Summer Breeze, and Happy Man are the luckiest groups we will see as opening bands. These talented and creative young musicians you don’t wanna miss. We do know Mahesvara so well and proud of the way they uphold the traditional Sundanese trads along with their joyful, modern approach. As for the rest, surely they earn the spot too.

Feeling hungry while enjoying the gig? Don’t worry, your tummy will be fulfilled with many delicious food from tenants and bazaar at the venue. Until this info is written, PASIFIC 2 is still selling their presale 3 tickets for you who haven’t bought it. We already knew that presale 1 and presale 2 tickets are sold out. Absolutely you don’t wanna miss presale 3, right? Go grab the tickets for Rp 175.000. If you are willing to pay more for extra coziness to watch your favorite musicians, PASIFIC 2 has VIP tickets (Rp 350.000) and VVIP tickets (550.000). Yes, the lineup is not as much as the previous events, but these performers we mentioned above are absolute top of the line. See you next weekend people!

Ticket Price (available at RKM BEM FEB UNPAD)

presale III: 175k
VIP: 350K
VVIP: 550K

on the spot: 225k

Date: Saturday, March 21th, 2015
Time: open gate at 3pm
Location: at Sasana Budaya Ganesha, Bandung

For more info:
Twitter & Instagram: @PASIFIC_FEB

Sisil 085781812363 / LINE ID: sylcecile
Dimas 082233031916



The last Braga Jazz Walk was used as the Pre Event of Java Jazz Festival 2015 for Bandung region with a superb success result (read the report here: We are really proud to make it happen and hope for another chance to bring more international/national superstars, but now let’s get back to the core of this regular community event which intends to push the regeneration of jazz musicians through continuous edutainment program. We wish to see this event as the home of jazz musicians and beyond, being a place where they can learn, practice and grow. A home to meet old and new friends, sharing, exchanging and exploring ideas to one another. Or maybe, even establish a new band. Stuffs like these have happened ever since we launched the event last year. Now, with the support of Braga CityWalk and KPH Music, we aim to see more.

Here we come to the 11th installment of Braga Jazz Walk. In this episode we have prepared 3 bands with players ranging from the teachers, fully experienced musicians all the way to tender young lions who are still in junior high school. Who? Let’s check them out.


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First, Olteje. Stands as O Learns to Jazz, this group consists of jazz experts in every corner; iconic senior drummer Henky Suparjan with Caroline Tjhi (piano), Okki Jatikusuma (guitar) and Leo Hansen (bass). When they met at Klab Jazz’s event, they found out that actually they shared the same passion in jazz. From there they practiced together, digging all kind of repertoires from simple jazz standards to the complex ones. That’s why they like to spread their wings wide on stage, reaching swing, bossa, fusion and other kind of jazz horizons. In performing, they often add more bites with vocalist and/or percussionist. If you’re looking for a pure jazztacy from traditional to modern, this group will satisfy you to the max.


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Next, Gallia. This is a colourful duet between top notch jazz singer Puspallia Panggabean and cool all-round instrumentalist, Galant Yurdian. While Puspall is active in several groups and often goes back and forth from Bandung to Jakarta, Galant achieves success as the bassist of Deugalih & Folks and 70’s Orgasm Club. With Puspall however, Gallant switches his weapon with guitar and proves that he can play it just as good. They have been supporting each other for quite some times and stood tall as one of the Duotone teams at Klab Jazz’s special event last August, 2014. What’s interesting in this act is to see how an indie-rock oriented musician/guitarist like Galant would sound when he takes on Cole Porter. As for Puspall, this young lady is the perfect one to carry this task. Let’s see how they cook the meals.



Attention jazz lovers in Palembang and South Sumatra in general, you must be excited to hear this! Palembang finally have a jazz festival that features international musicians. This big news arrived earlier today on our desk. The event is called MUSI JAZZ SRIWIJAYA, scheduled for March 10, 2015 from 3:30 pm until 10:30 pm at  Palembang Sport and Convention Center (PSCC), Jl. Angkatan 45, Palembang. This event will surely spoiled jazz lovers living in the capital city of South Sumatra, because other than the shiny lineup, the event is totally free from any charge.

MUSI JAZZ SRIWIJAYA is brought to you by Palembang Jazz Community in cooperation with South Sumatra Tourism & Culture Office and The Consulate of the United States of America for Sumatra. “The appearance of Anthony Stanco Ensemble from USA would surely boost the spirit of local jazz musicians in Palembang, especially in terms of creativity and improvise”, said Zaenal Hanani, the chief of Palembang Jazz Community.

Musi Jazz Sriwijaya will also present collaboration between jazz and ethnic/traditional art of South Sumatra. Irene Camelyn Sinaga, the head of South Sumatra Tourism & Culture Office believes it would push the potential of South Sumatra arts much forward. Meanwhile, Trevor Olson, the Deputy Consul of United States of America to Sumatra Trevor Olson looks forward to see this event as an interesting cultural exhange program between Indonesia and USA.

Anthony Stanco Ensemble consists of Anthony Stanco (trumpet), Marcus Elliot (tenor sax), Paul Bratcher (piano), Sam Copperman (bass) and Jordan Otto (drums). They are going to play South Sumatra folk song in collaboration with Palembang Jazz Community. Other than that, the virtuous guitarist who’s famous with his lightning speed touch-tapping style and often called The Magic Finger, Balawan is confirmed to play in trio format. Joining him are Ketut Tarmadi (bass) and Warman Adhi Sanjaya (drums). The legendary female jazz singer Ermy Kullit is set to perform with local jazz musicians under BSB Band and CON BRIO Orchestra. Another interesting info, Nana Lee will host the whole event and also play saxophone plus sing.

More on the traditional music, the festival is going to present Sanggar Tradisional Kreatif Gema Suara and the South Sumatra traditional play by SD Yayasan IBA and Fashion Show in jazz. Other bands to participate are The ABC feat OP, 3 Ball Porta, HEI feat Nesia, Teguh Project, Celeste Voice, Espresso, Jazzyndicate and Staccato.

The Program Division of Musi Jazz Sriwijaya, Eko Adji Soebijantoro promised that the collaboration between Anthony Stanco, Balawan, Ermy Kullit, Nana Lee and the jazz musicians under Palembang Jazz Community will certainly bring surprises. This event is also plan to be held regularly every year.

It might be a bit difficult for you guys in Palembang to be in Jakarta for the Java Jazz Festival, but hey, now you have the chance to see some of the brilliant performers. Coming at you just two days after the biggest annual jazz meeting in the world ( and a day before the coaching clinic with Anthony Stanco Ensemble (read the info here:, this is a golden chance for Palembang jazz fans to have something special without having to spend even a dime. If you are in Palembang and you love jazz, mark your calendar and be there.




If you’re one of our regular readers, you should have known by now that jazz has been happening bigger and better in the capital of South Sumatra, Palembang. It’s true, just like in the other cities, jazz is not the mainstream. Yet the growth is promising. If concerts, shows or even festivals have existed, the educational matters still need to be pushed much forward. According to the chief of Palembang Jazz Community Zaenal Hanani, Palembang indeed needs school of music, conservatorium or at least special clinics that can upgrade the technique and the playing of young talents.

Based on that, Palembang Jazz Community in cooperation with The Consulate of the United States of America present music clinic which will be hosted by American arranger, musician and teacher: Anthony Stanco. He will share his knowledge with his group called Anthony Stanco Ensemble. The clinic will take place at Kedai Iphoek Thea, Jl. Hang Tuah no 5, Palembang on March 11, 2015, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

As mentioned earlier, the tutor Anthony Stanco is a trumpeter who is also famous as composer and lecturer. Anthony Stanco began his connection with trumpet when he was still at 5th grade of Fraser Public School System. He joined Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic and Civic Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Marcus Belgrave and Rodney Whitaker. Stanco carried on by studying at the Manhattan School of Music right after his graduation in 2007. In 2014 he finished his postgraduate education at the Michigan STate University. From that point he digged more lessons from the likes of Rodney Whitaker, Reginald
Thomas, Michael Dease, and Etienne Charles.

In 2008 Anthony released his debut “Kenya Revisited Live!” by collaborating with Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. This album got Grammy nomination for Latin. Anthony Stanco also released his first album “The Crucial Elements” with his ensemble.

Anthony Stanco who also sings will play with Marcus Elliot (tenor sax), Paul Bratcher (piano), Sam Copperman (bass) and Jordan Otto (drums). They come to Palembang under the cultural exchange program between Indonesia and USA, said Trevor Olson, the Deputy Consul United States of America to Sumatra.

This event is brought to you by Palembang Jazz Community and The Consulate of the United States of America, plus Trijaya 87.6 FM Palembang.

The event is open for all genre. Free to register, and you will get certificate.

According to Eko Adji Soebijantoro, the Station Manager of Trijaya FM Palembang, this event will be recorded fully and then will be aired on the radio. You can also find the audio file on the website The Palembang Jazz Community’s program can be accessed at, you can follow their twitter at @paljazzcom.

If you are in Palembang on March 11, 2015 and happen to be a musician, no matter what your genre is, you are welcome to join. A golden chance this is since this doesn’t happen every day, so make sure you won’t miss it.



Jazz event is not a new thing for Bandung people and we can see they crave for more. This is a trigger for more innovations and the born of new talents. Since 2014 Jazzuality has embarked a new mission, working on jazz regeneration by establishing regular jazz community event. Edutainment is what we have been carrying, meaning that not only thinking of presenting jazztertainment to the society, but educational matters are also weighed very significantly in our consideration. Since September 2014 we have moved to an even better crime scene, Braga CityWalk, a happening renewed mall located in the historical Braga street in Bandung. So far the event has found many potential talents and attracted musicians from Bandung and nearby cities to showcase their crafts as a part of the community.

2015 is a special year for Jazzuality because we got this opportunity to start the year with collaboration with the biggest jazz event ever in Indonesia, big welcome for Java Jazz International Festival 2015. Braga Jazz Walk sees this chance as a good momentous to expand the glorious of jazz and together with Jazzuality Community, the very supportive Braga CityWalk and KPH Music this regular two weekly event becomes the PRE EVENT of JAVA JAZZ FESTIVAL 2015 for Bandung region. The date is 26 February 2015 in accordance to the regular schedule of Braga Jazz Walk.

It is an honor for Jazzuality and Braga Jazz to host one of Java Jazz pre-events and will be the only gig in Bandung. Get yourself ready to receive the extraordinary talents presenting highly nutricious concert at Braga CityWalk before you jump up to the main event at JIEXPO, and for your information our musicians below are going to perform at Java Jazz 2015 too!


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VAC Trio is a multi-international trio consists of Isra Varela (Mexico, drums), Nita Aartsen (Indonesia, piano) and Daniele Cappucci (Italy, contrabass). They have visited many countries around the world and received amazing responses, not only for their master-class playing but for brilliantly bringing the unique combination as a new, exotic and magical hybrid, Flamenco Jazz.


Israel Jesse Varela is an amazing rhythm master from Tijuana, Mexico, with a long history of professional recording and performing with big names such as Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, Key Eckhart, Diego Amador. Varela is a rare talent, mixing super dynamic flamenco rhythm into contemporary style. He has released 3 solo albums to date.


Nita was the state piano player for Indonesia for a period of 15 years. She is a virtuoso pianist, specializing in the connection between classical, Latin, Jazz and contemporary music. She has performed all over the world with some of the best Latin and Jazz musicians. She is a regular performer at Java Jazz Festival and many other prestigious festivals inside and outside her homeland. Nita has released 3 international solo albums to date and is well known for her own unique brand of high energy, contemporary Latin Jazz.


Capucci studied music at the conservatory of Foggia, Italy, New Orleans Jazz University, Columbia College Chicago and the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, Netherlands. This genius Italian double bass player is an expert cross over musician, from classical to contemporary jazz.


This guitar virtuoso can play in any genre, but he’s specialized in Flamenco Jazz which is rarely found in Indonesia. Yeppy holds the MURI Record for playing guitar 10 hours straight, featuring 150 songs in 4 languages and 10 music genres, also collaobrating with 100 top class musicians (March 16, 2008). His Batakustik project claims many praises. He also supports and establishes many events in Jakarta.



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Batavicada is an acoustic band that blends jazz with some traditional instruments like Marawis/Kepak from Batavia (Betawi) and Darbuka from the Middle East. Played by 5 talented musicians: Wisnu (acoustic bass), Nita Aartsen (piano), Erick, Roby, Graha (marawis and darbuka), this unique ensemble is going to present Latin Jazz standards like Dizzy Gillespie’s composition, Juan Tizol, Chick Corea for the Pre Event Java Jazz Festival 2015. For the show in Braga Citywalk Bandung, Batavicada is going to present beautiful collaboration with saxophonist from Italy, Marcello Allulli.


Allulli is a prominent saxophonist prominent in the Italian national jazz scene, Marcello Allulli is leader and member of many ensemble including MAT-Marcello Allulli Trio, Maria Pia de Vito e Rita Marcotulli 5et, Glauco Venier ensembles, Israel Varela duoi, RAJ trio, Ettore Fioravanti 4tet. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2011, 2012,2013 and 2014 he was voted at the italian JAZZIT AWARD as one of the best saxophonists.

The main feature that distinguishes the artist is the versatility to play different styles, his music is a result of a total fusion and no boundaries between neo-bop, funk, folk music, avant-garde and Mediterranean melodies. His concerts testify to the will of a direct relationship with the public, actively involved during live performances.

DRUM CLINIC by Israel Varela

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As stated before, educational matters are important in our mind. Therefore there will be a Drum Clinic by Isra Varela, open for all-genre drummers and totally FREE from any charge. The clinic will start at 5:00 pm. If you are a drummer and wish to learn some Flamenco Jazz beat and all the twists, we invite you to attend this. Make sure you come on time.



It’s not easy to keep an event like this running continuously, but we are happy to make it still on the wheel, moving and growing from one edition to another, thanks to all your support: our partners in crime, music fans and most especially the musicians, who, not only take part in the showcases but also come regularly, either to jam or just to enjoy the jazzmosphere. Speaking of jam, many people doubted us when we decided to put jam session regularly in every show. But now, we have done it twice a month for more than a year. We give credit to the talents in Bandung and nearby for proving that Bandung does jazz indeed. It still feels like yesterday when we just rebooted this regular community event at the new venue, Braga CityWalk after the old one no longer wish to support this movement. But now, look. We have come to the Braga Jazz Walk #10.

As 10 is a special number, we have prepared special theme for this edition too. This 10th installment turns out to be an edition where you can find the connection and harmony between artists who grow in the communities: those who have taken the road earlier and the younger ones. These more ‘senior’ musicians began their musical path from jazz communities but look at where they stand now. The young ones can learn from them, how and what did they do to achieve success by having communities as the start point.

There is another interesting catch and let’s begin with it. following the first tribute to Joe Sample and the Crusaders by Chakraborty a couple of months ago (, once again there will be a tribute to an artist who has sold no less than 300 million albums, more than 50 top 40 hits (many become evergreens) throughout his career which spans for 50 years. Who? It’s Elton John.


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Many people relate Elton John with rock, from his glam rock eras during the 70’s, some rock n roll, pop rock, pop or even RnB. But someone as talented as him should be placed above genres, especially since his songs are sung in countless of styles by artists/people all over the world over the years. He’s famous with his eccentric/wild stage costumes, but his ability to make melodious songs, piano playing and most importantly his baritone voice are his signatures would be difficult to match.

There’s a young male vocalist in Bandung that has been following many talent search shows named Andre Arizky. He was in Rising Star Indonesia 2014 and made it to Top 36 Wall Riser. He also competed in StarVoices season 3, and currently tries his luck in X Factor Indonesia 2015. He took one of the showcases in Braga Jazz Walk #06 where he sang a couple of Elton John’s classics. We say, he did it great. Since Elton John is one of his biggest sources of inspiration, he sang and played the song with his heart. We loved it and asked him to take a full round of Elton John. He agreed, and the chance’s here.

So, any of you fancy Elton John and some of his golden hits? Andre can do it all alone, playing the piano, singing with the exact Baritone voice and spread the joy.



Time flies so fast, after the special show of their 10th edition last year, Java Festival Production is back again with a promising and outstanding event for you jazz lover out there. Yes fellas, it is already 2015 and less than one month from now, the biggest annually jazz event ever in Indonesia is going to happen again three days in a row. Prepare yourself to welcome Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2015 at JIExpo Kemayoran.

Java Jazz Festival reaches the 11th edition this year and it promotes Barong, which is a character from Bali’s mythology, as the main design. The committees do a little improvisation with the color and it will be seen mainly in black, gold, and red in order to attract youngster attention but still highlight the beauty of Indonesia. The design itself goes along with its theme. Java Jazz Festival 2015 is going to use “Exploring Indonesia” as theme and we will see how the musicians also contribute in maintaining Indonesia culture with their music, special arrangement, and unexpected experiment. As clear as it sounds, the theme and design that Java Jazz Festival use is exactly to spread Indonesian culture worldwide and a couple days ago they provide an artwork competition publicly with Barong and Jazz as theme for those who want to take part in publishing good name of Indonesia through art.

Java Jazz Festival will be held on March 6th until 8th, 2015 at the same venue for couple years back, which is Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran. For this year there will be seventeen stages, around sixty shows per day, and over a hundred artists are freely for you to choose and enjoy. Big event with big goal, actually there is no big difference conceptually compare to last year but Java Jazz Festival already set a target with 130 thousand visitors for three days and to reach this aim, as usual, Java Jazz on the Move and Java Jazz Pre Events is on their way to twelve different places in order to greet as many people as possible and spread the big news.

One new thing for 2015 is the publishing of Java Jazz Coffee. This idea started from a simple daily thing where many urban people love coffee and coffee shop. Using the well-built brand since ten years ago, Java Jazz Coffee uses the best quality of Indonesian coffee. What a smart way of expanding Indonesian heritage. On the other side, you can get the benefit from this program. Go get your daily pass ticket via Java Jazz official website or Java Jazz Outlet, then you can redeem one free cup coffee for each ticket you purchase.

The upcoming Java Jazz Festival 2015 has already received official confirmations from some of the legends and great ones both national and international including Jessie J, Christina Perri, Blue Note Tokyo All-Star Jazz Orchestra, Bobby McFerrin, Chaka Khan ft. Incognito, Chris Botti, Chris Turner, Lisa Ono, Harvey Mason ‘Chameleon’, Marc De Clive-Lowe, Iriao, Mehliana Featuring Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana, Richard Bona, Ramsey Lewis, Snarky Puppy, Warren Hill, Wayne Krantz / Anthony Jackson/Cliff Almond, Michael Lington, Akiko Tsuruga, Iriao, Ananda Sukarlan – Rapsodia Nusantara, Fusion Stuff, Dian Pramana Putra, Salamander Bigband, Mocca, Afgan, Kahitna, Sheila on 7, Andre Dinuth Solo Project, Dion Subiyakto Quartet, The Ladies Of Jazz ( Ermy Kullit , Margie Segers, Rien Djamain with Andra Karim & Trust Orchestra ), Dwiki Dharmawan Meets Violet Spin, Tesla Manaf, Ligro Trio, Emerald Bex, Indro Hardjodikoro The Finger, Rekoneko, and many more promising talents you have to watch live. The list has not ended here yet; they are only sixty five percent of the whole set, be patient to wait for some more, maybe your wish list can come true. However, looking closely to the already confirmed list, maybe you wonder why some names are not familiar in jazzy sector, but yes they will be on Java Jazz stage. Don’t be so confused fellas; it is common for jazz festival, even the abroad, to host non-jazz musicians. They who have widespread reputation are good to attract more people to come to the show and entertain people who are not fully into jazz. It is also a good thing to keep the variation of music in one event though jazz still be the center of our attention, isn’t it? Who knows, maybe we will be surprised by some of them who want to try exploring jazz music and mixing it up with their specialty.

Wondering why there are so many fresh names while you scan the list? In this 11th edition, Java Jazz tries another new notion. They are brave enough to take the risk and bring many new talents as possible then give them big stage to try on. Next pop-up question is why new names? In the press conference, one of committee said after these past ten years, almost all jazz musicians both national and international had been performed on their stage. Now it is a proper time for rotation and gives the spotlight for the new ones, let them feel the sensation of Java Jazz. Seventy percent are jazz musicians while the rest are not. This portion is made also to fill more color into the event and the more the merrier.

Collaboration is another new concept this year. Java Jazz is going to manage several collaborations so people can get two or three musicians at once in one stage and see how they blend musically. For instance, Tulus, youngster’s sweetheart is planned to perform in collaboration and acoustic concept, Dian Pramana Putra, Chaka Khan, Dwiki Dharmawan will collaborate with other musicians, while Sheila on 7 will perform with one international artist. There will be special project: Ladies of Jazz including Ermy Kullit, Margie Segers, and Rien Djamain. On the other hand, in order to pay honor to our beloved friend, music journalist who has passed away last month, Denny Sakrie, Java Jazz will prepare a special tribute for him. First time ever, 3 Diva, consist of Krisdayanti, Titi DJ, and Ruth Sahanaya will join the festival and Ruth Sahanaya will have love songs as concept in her own separated show. Can’t wait to sing along to their many hits, right?

The last updated info, Chris Botti and Jessie J are included in Special Show where you have to pay more than daily pass to watch their show. In other stages, there will be some special project like Chaka Khan who will has Incognito Backing along with her, Snarky Puppy will have three vocalists to sing their new songs, and Bobby McFerrin will perform with full band. Joshua Ledet, Jarrod Lawson, and Chris Turner are some examples of new talents that you’re going to fall into instantly, especially for you ladies out there. Not to mention what we have from our own Indonesian musicians, many new names like Mocca, Kahitna, Sheila on 7, Afgan, and Potret, who already get big fan base after years in music industry are finally come and love to taste the extraordinary Java Jazz. What a pleasant experience we will get.

The Pre Event of Java Jazz Festival in Bandung

Speaking of the pre event, as usual Java Jazz Festival showcased many artists for this occassion in many spot. Happy to say, one of the venue will take place on our own regular community event Braga Jazz Walk at Braga CityWalk, Bandung on February 26, 2015. This speical edition will feature multi-national artists including Israel Varela (Mexico/drums), Nita Aartsen (Indonesia/piano) and Daniele Cappucci (Italy/bass) as VAC featuring Yeppy Romero (Indonesia/acoustic guitar), then the marawis/darabuka ensemble Batavicada featuring Marcello Allulli (Italy/saxophone) plus some local performers. There will be Drum Clinic by Varela, former student of Dave Weckl and played with Pat Metheny and Mike Stern among others. The clinic and concert are both totally FREE as always. It’s time to show that jazz is really happening in Bandung and we are loud minority!

Back to the main event. Another special thing about Java Jazz is how the world comes to us in a musical form. You don’t need to travel abroad to get a little hint about how tunes are played in Venezuela, Georgia, India, Spain, France, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Holland and Japan. All you need is buy your tickets and come to JIExpo Kemayoran real soon.

After a long explanation about what to expect from Java Jazz Festival 2015, don’t you get yourself excited and thrilled? As the first official announcement has released, we will keep you updated on the latest developments. So far the lineup looks favorable. But what’s even better is the lineup isn’t final yet. There may be more big names to come, and it’s certainly interesting to wait for the confirmed Indonesian artists to join the gaiety this year. So what are you waiting for? Grab the ticket now and mark your schedule. The biggest Java Jazz Festival 2015 is in the making. Are you ready to have fun, people?


Date: Friday, Mar 6th 2015 – Sunday, Mar 8th 2015
Location: Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran

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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.


kafin, disney channel, mickey mouse club indonesia, jazzuality


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.


etudiant, jazzuality


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).