35th Jazz Goes to Campus (JGTC): Freedom of Jazzpression


The annual Jazz Goes to Campus, also known as JGTC, is coming on this November to mark its 35th year in service! Since the first establishment in 1978 by Candra Darusman all the way until now, the Student Executive Board of Faculty of Economics at the University of Indonesia always manage to bring plenty of great super jazz stars to Depok, where all of jazz buffs in Jakarta and around can enjoy for a whole day.

We do know that this event is the oldest running annual event in Indonesia, and the second oldest in the world, next to North Sea Jazz Festival. Nevertheless, the committee of Jazz Goes to Campus always strives for excellence by keeping the passion alive and making improvements through all of editions of this event these past years.

In this 35th anniversary, there are three core values that the everyone in the committee want to deliver. First is passion, as a symbol of what the committee feels and the sense of belonging towards this very event. Idealism is the second core value, meaning that they are not placing this event in the form of commercialism. Then the last core value is upgrading the quality. As a regular yearly show which has been running continuously for 35 years, sustainability is very crucial especially when the similiar events are being more competitive.

This year the committee launched “Freedom of Jazzpression” as its theme, illustrating the freedom of expression in jazz. That means they will feature a variety of sub-genres in Jazz to show the beauty of diversity in Jazz. By the same token, “Freedom of Jazzpression” also represents the revolution of Jazz music along with the development period. So while still holding on to the students’ idealism, they wish to create  strong concept of Jazz Goes to Campus with all their heart and mind and hope that will bring a positive contribution to Indonesia’s music scene.

One of the improvements which we mentioned before is the renewal of festival’s concept. There will be 3 show areas and a lounge with different showtimes that allowing crowds to enjoy and feel different ambiences in each stages or areas.

Before we get down to the lineup of the main event, let’s see the long road of JGTC just like how it was in the previous years. There were series of pre-events such as JGTC Gathering & Charity Night, inviting all the alumnis to support the JGTC Scholarship which was held on November 10, 2012. Then the JGTC Children Workshop came on November 6, 2012. This workshop which intended to rise the jazz awareness since the early age was coached by Idang Rasjidi. All of these were parts of JGTC Expression.

Then there was a JGTC Roadshow which has been running by visiting two cities in and out Java by collaborating with local universities, Malang (with the Student Executive Board of Universitas Bawijaya) featuring Komunitas Rompokbolong and Idang Rasjidi Syndicate and then on November 16 they will arrive in Bali for the first time, presenting the famous Japanese band Orange Pekoe and Dialog Dini Hari.

As usual, the JGTC Competition also became a part of the pre-events. Many of the successful artists today actually started their journey by winning the JGTC Competition. For this year the competition was given to the hands of judges like Ireng Maulana, Gilang Ramadhan and Thomas Anggoro. Some of the previous JGTC Competition winners like Indonesian Youth Regeneration, Ari Pramundito, Four on the Floor, Syailendra Sextet ft Nilakandi are going to make the final round on November 17 merrier. What’s different this year is they also give free jazz clinic to the participants. Highly influential names such as Aksan Sjuman, Nikita Dompas, Indra Perkasa, Julian ‘Joy’ Marantika and Didiek SSS are ready to empower their knowledge and skill through the clinic. The JGTC AWards are given again for the 5th times, separated into 5 categories: Artist of the Year, New Comer, Most Prominent, Most Favorite Album and Most Dedicated Artist. The awards will be given to the winners during the main event.

35th jazz goes to campus, jgtc 2012

Now let’s see the batch from our local jazz musicians for this year with no less than 28 bands are ready to participate. Big names such as The Groove, Barry Likumahuwa Project (BLP), Kunokini, Idang Rasjidi Syndicate, Tohpati Bertiga, Andi Wiriantono and Friends tribute Bubi Chen Project, Tulus, Bubu Giri, Ligro, Ari Pramundito, Fariz RM, Indonesian Youth Regeneration, Benny Likumahuwa Jazz Connection, Yance Manusama Funky Thumb ft Tompi & Simon, Bonita and the Hus Band, Monita Tahalea, Tristan, Ginda and the White Flowers, Indonesia Long Play Extended Project, BSO Band FEUI  and the winners of JGTC Competition are listed on the lineup.

Meanwhile, the international artist is going to be represented by Orange Pekoe from Japan,  Martin Denev from Bulgaria and Brazilian jazz legendary guitarist, Toninho Horta.  Bulgarian born Martin Denev should definitely be highlited regarding this man is highly capable to create a whole different atmosphere through his stylish jazztronica style that will make you unable to hold yourself from dancing. We witnessed his divine performance before at Java Soulnation Festival 2011, at Portico (at the launching of his second album, Bamness)  and got a chance to do an exclusive one on one interview with him ( read here: http://jazzuality.com/interview/exclusive-interview-with-martin-denev/). Orange Pekoe is a famous Japanese duo formed 14 years ago and excellent in blending musical styles and elements into jazz-based composition. They  can go wide to reach some pop, rock and roll, soul as well as some Latins like bossa and samba. The alto vocal of Tomoko Nagashima is unique and can be easily noticed by the fans, while the multi-work from playing guitar, arranging/composing and programming lies in the hand Kazuma Fujimoto. The fans should be excited to see them live, but if you haven’t heard about them yet, it’s time for you to see them, because their music concept is different. Meanwhile, Toninho Horta will continue his performance after Ngayogjazz 2012.

Prepare yourself and get ready to have the 35th Jazz Goes to Campus, coming to you at 25 November starting from 11:00 am till drop at Campus Ground, FEUI and let your jazzpression out!

35th Jazz Goes to Campus (JGTC) – 2012

Date: Sunday, November 25, 2012
Time: 11:00 am – onwards
Location: Campus Ground FEUI, Depok

Ticket price:
IDR 42.000 (pre sale)
IDR 58.000 (on the spot)

Buy the ticket at our online store: http://store.jazzuality.com/products/ticket/jual-tiket-the-35th-jazz-goes-to-campus-jgtc-2012/

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Written by: Fardhani Ramadhana and Riandy Kurniawan