“The #1 Jazz Concert on Campus in Indonesia.” This is not something everyone dare to claim. But for an annual event that has been running for almost 3 decades with jaw-dropping lineups and marvelous achievement, this campus has many reasons to claim it.
Campus and jazz. This is a special connection that has been happening in Indonesia for many, many years. It’s even difficult to find this connection in the country where jazz was born, but here in this nation there are several campuses able to do it, some even manage to do it for years. And this event, the ECONOMICS JAZZ LIVE is one of those. No, this event is not in the capital but proudly existed in Yogyakarta as the brainchild of the Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM).
Casiopea at Economics Jazz Live 2015 (photo courtesy of Economics Jazz Live)
We will tell you some interesting facts about this annual jazz event with long, spanning years of service, but before that, allow us to tell you that the ECONOMICS JAZZ LIVE XXIII is just around the corner! It’s coming soon on Saturday, 28 October 2017 taking place at the Grha Sabha Pramana, UGM Yogyakarta, starting from 07:30 pm onwards. As you can see on the flyer above, the lineup contains world class acts both national and international. Especially if you are into jazz, you should agree that the names listed above do mean business and hard to be missed.
Some of you might have known the Economics Jazz as the UGM Jazz, and that makes sense because this name was used in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2007 – 2010 due to the Rector’s decision to held it under the university. But then since 2011 the name back again to Economics Jazz when the concert was back to the hand of the Faculty of Economics. This event started in 1987 presenting the legendary Karimata with young Ruth Sahanaya and the late Embong Rahardjo.
Long story short, this event grew into an international scale starting with the appearance of California-based saxophonist Michael Paulo. From that moment on, the Economics Jazz maintain its level by inviting jazz legends from around the world such as David Benoit, Lee Ritenour, Phil Perry, Dave Koz, Peabo Bryson and the super group from Japan who has inspired lots of musicians in Indonesia over the years, Casiopea. It’s important too to mention that this festival surprised the jazz afficionados in 2015 by being held twice to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Faculty of Economics and Business.
Now let’s take a closer look at the lineup. The Grammy winner, famous RnB, pop and jazz singer who has a long spanning years of career since the 60’s, Patti Austin is ready to be the highlight of this 23th edition. You should be familiar with some of her hits like “Baby Come to Me”, “How Do You Keep the Music Playing” (both with James Ingram) and her classic from 1977, “Say You Love Me”.
Here in this event she is going to perform with the legendary jazz pianist, David Benoit. Many of us remember his spectacular achievements during his GRP era with so many albums to remember like “Every Step of the Way”, “Freedom at Midnight”, “Urban Daydreams”, “Letter to Evan” among others. His other monumental album including “Here’s to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years” with a big hit “Linus and Lucy”. As mentioned above, this is Benoit’s second appearance in this event after 2012. He has worked with Patti Austin many times like in Austin’s album “The Real Me” (1988) and “Carry On” (1992). So it’s going to be nice to see them together on the same stage.
Also appear big in the poster is a very popular female singer that needs no introduction: Isyana Sarasvati. Michael Paulo, the in-house residence of Java Jazz Festival is going to continue his participation too.
More from the local source, the event will have many legends this year such as jazz guitarist/singer Mus Mudjiono, pianist Idang Rasjidi, bassist Yance Manusama, percussionist Iwan Wiradz and the jazz/blues lady with such voice like wine that gets better with age, Margie Segers. Sax sensation from the younger generation, Ricad Hutapea is set to bless this edition as well.
The youngest one joining this giant crowds is Mahesa. This young drummer was born in 1995. He’s still young but amazingly has already had many experiences by being active for 16 years! That’s because he started really early at the age of 8. He has bagged so many awards since 2003 and has graced many big, international festivals. Speaking of album, he has made it with his band Rekoneko in 2010 and two solo albums, both featuring many big guest stars. His debut solo album, “iPlay” was made by partnering with Idang Rasjidi who didn’t just play but also helped him in composing and other creating process, also acted as the music director and mentor. Since both of Idang and Mahesa are here, it’s going to be great to see them sharing the stage. Oh yeah, Mahesa is currently an active student of the Faculty of Economics and Business of UGM. This event is going to be hosted by Choky Sitohang.
The ticket box is available at FEB UGM (Monday-Saturday from 10:00 to 16:00), ELS, Crescendo, Hana Music, R&B Grill. Should you have question or need to find more info, you can contact them through:
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On behalf of the Economics Jazz XXIII, we invite you to come and have a good time, especially if you are in Yogyakarta or nearby. Just like in the last seven gigs, Economics Jazz once again offers such shining lineup, something that will keep it as ‘The #1 Jazz Concert on Campus in Indonesia.”