We started running the event Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night in cooperation with VMS in January 2016 due to the wish of the venue, BP Bumi Sangkuriang to bring regular jazz event back alive in it. We completely realized the long history of art, culture and music this building has since 1957, or even longer if we count it from the first establishment which located in another place under the different name, Societeit Concordia. Because of that, we take this as a challenge and deal with it more than just creating a usual regular event. We want to keep the legacy, we want to bring jazz back pulsing and breathing inside its ‘home’, but at the same time we keep our mission to present great talents from Bandung, Jakarta and beyond which in the end will contribute towards the jazz regeneration and development; and it has to be entertaining too.
At first it might sound difficult, but happy to say that we now has reached the 9th episode, again presenting the combination of influential names, the international reputable jazz musician, the band with unique concept and a very, very young talent with amazing ability in playing jazz. The Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night ep#09 will be held on Thursday, 10 November 2016 starting at 7:00 pm. As usual, it’s totally FREE of charge.
By looking at the poster above, you should be able to see who we are going to feature for this edition. If you want to know more about them and see why we are proud to bring them in, we are going to share the profile for you.
Last month we invited a highly respected jazz-sensei who is using piano as his weapon. This time we continue the path by taking in another respected figure, a prolific teacher who has been teaching for at least two decades. He has birthed many successful guitarists/musicians since then. What’s amazing is that he doesn’t only teach, he is a highly active musician too, holding international reputation. A humble, sincere and cool man who always love to play with anyone, including those who are much younger than him. He is none other than the Indonesian guitarist extraordinary and prolific teacher, Agam Hamzah.
Agam was born in Lhok Seumawe, Aceh on August 29th, 1963. He began his encounter with music since the elementary school, learning from his friend. When he was in high school years, he began taking his passion seriously. One of the moves was having Donny Suhendra as his mentor on modern guitar playing. Other than Donny, he also learnt from Eman Saleh, Gideon Tengker, Bambang Sumarsono and learnt composition from the late Harry Roesli, Idang Rasjidi, Fahmi Alatas and Yose Haryo.
As a teacher, he has shaped many successful guitarists/musicians found in our music scene today which spread more than just in the jazz corner. He has been working as guitar instructor in Farabi since 1999 and once taught in two universities in Bandung, Universitas Pasundan (UNPAS) and Sekolah Tinggi Musik Bandung (StiMB).
As an active musician,he began his professional career by joining Spirit Band in 1986. He decided to play jazz consistently since 2000, playing in various bands including Idang Rasjidi Syndicate and ESQI:EF. What’s even more important to mention is that Agam has made many ground-breaking groups in his career. Look at his mind-bending LIGRO TRIO. This band was established in 2004 infusing jazz and rock into a progressive, avant-garded surreal (sometimes eerie) musical experience. This group has released two albums, Dictionary 1 and 2 distributed internationally by USA-based label, MoonJune Records. Then he also shaped the unique project involving Aceh language and Islamic lyrics, Rafly Wa Saja alongside a singer with unique vocal character, Rafly. Other noticeable projects including Agam Hamzah & The Playerz, Agam Hamzah Acoustic Connection, Agam Hamzah & the Jazz Rendezvouz and acoustic guitar duo with Donny Suhendra. This duo has landed in this same building 7 years ago (read the coverage here: http://jazzuality.com/klab-jazz-events/jazz-break-revival-xii-the-report/). We also interviewed Agam and Donny after their show which you can read here: http://jazzuality.com/interview/exclusive-interview-with-donny-suhendra-and-agam-hamzah/). Currently he’s involved in Dwiki Dharmawan Project.
Agam Hamzah is indeed a maestro in the guitar world. Whether it’s classical, Latins, rock, all kinds of jazz, you name it, he would stun you. He has his own signature in playing which is like none other. An international reputable guitarist extraordinaire and prolific teacher on the stage this time, make sure you won’t miss his show!
Joining Agam Hamzah this time is the home band, New Equinox in core formation: Jason Limanjaya (piano), Alman Naufal (drums) and Ezra Manuhutu (bass). These boys have just landed on the TP Jazz Festival’s stage for the second year and launched their debut album. The combination of three passionate and quite ‘wild’ boys would bring some action, and it’s certainly interesting to see them collaborating with a senior guitarist like Agam.
For the next band, let’s talk about the French way in art for a while. Think of it: it always gives you something different when connected to French in many ways. Try listening to any French songs or watching any French movies and you will know what we’re talking about. It’s like a simple tell-it-like-it-is as they usually give a unique cinematic and a musical experience which are not only meant to entertain but also want to express their artistic touch in pure honesty. The same thing goes when listening to French music.You can never avoid your imagination about summer in Paris, people greet Bonjour! to you while passing by. Speaking more specifically of French jazz, just like in the other parts of the world jazz has been evolving too for more than 80 years the least. From the Gypsy swing/Jazz Manouche to modern French electro jazz, you will always easily smell the fragrant scent of French in them.
Now, let’s focus on the vintage French music. There are many names who became international stars like chanteuse Edith Piaf for example. Then, of course there are musicians like Django Reinhardt and Stephanne Grappelli who stapled the Gypsy Swing/Jazz Manouche to the world’s history of music. Here in our hometown there is a fine guitarist who is possessed by this old soul and consistantly plays this music as if he came from that exact era. His name is Opik Bape. He first presented this music with his duo Satura and then after this duo no longer exists, he continues playing it in his new bands/projects. We have featured two of his new babies, now it’s time to introduce you to his new ensemble, Madame & Toean (in French: Mesdames et Messieurs).
Madame & Toean is a quite large ensemble rooted in playing manouche. This ensemble is still very young (established in July, 2016), but since it consists of skillful musicians, it doesn’t take long for them to establish strong chemistry. The ensemble has 7 players inside. They are Rahma Savitri (vocal and pianica/melodica), Opik Bape (guitar), Charlie ‘Achay’ Septiana (guitar), Ilham Septia (contrabass), Mega Ariani (cello), Rabita Syahbunan (violin) and Dwi Prayoga (percussion). They love to play songs in French nuance by having influences from Edith Piaf, Django Reinhardt and the likes. Other than singing in French lyrics, they also has Indonesian old songs too in their repertoires. As a very unique group, Madame & Toean does not only play this vintage genre, they also know how to suit the stage act and costume with the theme.
For you who probably haven’t heard the French manouche just yet, we can assure you that you will be hooked with it once you listen. This band and their music is like opening a time tunnel to the 30’s era, smelling the frangrant of colourful flowers in Paris. It’s not coincidence that Bandung is called Parijs van Java since the Dutch colonial time, we say Madame & Toean will even strengthen the reason of why Bandung city got that nickname. Feeling vintage? Curious to feel the 30’s French music inside a vintage ballroom? Madame & Toean will be happy to let you taste it. One thing for sure, they will create the whole new level of musical experience.
From time to time we are proud to show how blessed Indonesia is by presenting very young jazz talents. For this edition, there will be a sensational boy with strong ability and passion in swinging and bopping. He is Adrian Jeremy Hutomo, ready to perform under a trio simply named after him: Jeremy Hutomo Trio.
We met him around three years ago when he came and wished to join the jam session. There, he surprised us by playing “Billie’s Bounce”, not long after he started learning piano. What’s interesting is, not long after that performance he switched to chess and went representing Bandung in Under the Age of 8 Chess Championship. But then, his passion in music and jazz actually pulsed too strong to deny. So, he came back again to it, learning jazz from Yahya Salam. He also digged blues and classical which equipped him to have more ammo. And since four months ago, he has been taught by Ray Martosono.
At the last episode of Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night he came to watch the whole performances from start to finish. When all is wrapped, he was asked to play and got huge applause from the supervisory board and audience. Then he landed on our other event, the Braga Jazz Walk and again gained praises from everyone. We think it’s time for us to bring him in this event because we know he is ready and it will be beneficial for him in terms of experience. Other than Jeremy on piano, the trio consists of his father Hasto Hutomo and drummer Evan Natanael. Imagine a 10 year-old boy as a band leader, playing in good control, great skill and undertand where to improvise and set the dynamic, Jeremy can do it all. Come and see this amazing bop boy and do support him.
Once again, the Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night ep#09 is set on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at BP Bumi Sangkuriang, Bandung, starting 7:00 pm onwards. In case you don’t know, this event is totally free of charge. Bring your friends and family along and let’s have some good jazzy time together! Mark your calendar, hope to see you there!
Bumi Sangkuriang Jazz Night ep #09
Date: Thursday, 10 November 2016
Time: 07:00 pm – onwards
Location: BP Bumi Sangkuriang
Jl. Kiputih no 12 Bandung