Jazzuality @ TP .07


After another special edition featuring a group of madmen Ligro (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/jazzuality-tp-06-ligro-transisi-album-launching-bandung-the-report/), our event at the TP Stage of The Papandayan Hotel Bandung, JAZZUALITY @ TP is back to its normal form. We are back showcasing three live performances featuring three different bands with three different concept or style. By basing this event on this format, we wish to introduce the rich variety of jazz that can provide good quality of entertainment in wider scope. We also hope to be able to accomodate more bands or musicians’ wish to take part in our event. We try to see any interesting moves made by them and happy if we can introduce and/or promote it to public. We also keep our eyes on good jazz-related bands – including the newcomers – and bring them to gain experience on playing in a jazz club. We are thankful that the 5-star hotel The Papandayan is fully with us in carrying our mission.

As we are getting closer to the fourth month, we are ready to launch the 7th edition. The JAZZUALITY @ TP #07 is special, because there will be:
1. A unique trio with rare format paying a tribute to legendary jazz violinist who passed away earlier this year
2. A soulful lady who is just releasing her new single featuring a jazz sax virtuoso from USA
3. A solo project of senior guitar teacher

This seventh edition is coming soon on 22 April 2018, starting at 7:00 pm til drop at the cozy, luxurious jazz club owned by The Papandayan, the TP Stage. In case you didn’t know, this event is totally FREE and open for public, all age.

didier lockwood, tribute to didier lockwood, ammy kurniawan, rudy zulkarnaen, opik bape, trio bigibas, jazzuality, tp stage

Let’s break the lineup down one by one. First, the tribute by a unique trio. The session is called TRIO BIGIBAS : TRIBUTE TO DIDIER LOCKWOOD.

TRIO BIGIBAS comprises of three senior and highly respected musicians: the ‘jazz Paganini’, violinist Ammy Kurniawan, the all-rounder bass-man Rudy Zulkarnaen and the fantastic fingerstyle guitarist possessed with old soul, Opik Bape. All of them are virtuoso with each of their weapons, and they have been going through long, illustrious and fruitful career. Each of them have also given enormous contribution to jazz development in Bandung, and Indonesia in general.

We say unique, because this trio has a different formation than others. Think of it, how often do you see a trio of violinist, contrabass and guitar? If normally a trio would need a drummer or at least percussions, they are comfortable playing with this format. As far as we know, this is the only one found in Indonesia today. They go digging the vintage French scene to modern jazz effortlessly and making their show fun to watch.

According to Ammy, the embryo of this concept was created some years ago by him and Rudy. It was called Bandung String Ensemble. But then it was short lived due to their tight schedule. As now Opik joined in, they can bring the concept back alive and explore this rarely visited part of jazz, all the way back to meet the 30’s era in Paris when guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli.

Speaking of Stephane Grappelli, the Trio Bigibas is making a special tribute, paying respect to the disciple of Grappelli who has greatly inspired Ammy throughout his career, French jazz violinist DIDIER LOCKWOOD. Lockwood’s career spanned for more than 4 decades. Not only he was a virtuoso on his gear, as a highly influential figure he was also a great composer and true improviser. Mainly he was rooted in jazz, but during his performance, he loved crossing genres from jazz to rock to classical. Other than that, he often went beyond border by experimenting with different sound and effect using the electric violin.

The music world mourned when he suddenly passed away at the age of 62 on 17 February 2018, just a day after his last performance in Paris. Around 7 years ago Didier shaped a trio with the exact same format like Bigibas to respect his mentor, Stephane Grappelli. Maybe that’s what inspired Ammy in establishing this trio, we don’t know for sure. What we know is that this is not easy to do but together with Rudy and Opik, this trio can carry this concept at its finest.

Ammy told us that he is going to bring the experimenting scene the way Didier used to do and open up a possibility of having more musicians to jam with them. So, a tribute to an influential figure brought by three masters who join forces as a unique trio. This is going to be an interesting show, important and really entertaining. You don’t believe us? Do come and prove it yourself.

grace sahertian, kirk whalum, beautiful, single, jazzuality, tp stage

Now let’s talk about the soul-jazz singer who has a world-class singing voice and creativity beyond measure. A dear friend of us whose career began around the same time with our birth, a true singer, a great fiber artist, a song writer and lecturer of Faculty of Fine Art and Design majoring craft textiles and fashion, the one and only GRACE SAHERTIAN.

We were already in touch with her since she still served as the vocalist of Palm From Moodytunes. Then she teamed up with the young guitarist now riding his international fame, Tesla Manaf, digging the jazz-coated world music resulting one album. At around the same time, Grace also involved in an urban soul group, Circle O’Fifth, and joined the group from Depok, Margo Rising Stars.

In May 2016 she finally released her debut album titled HELA which is smartly reflected her 10 years journey by serving it in variety from soul, gospel, blues, jazz to world music. While the album is really artistic, she went far tracing back her roots by using the nearly extinct language, Yamdena from the island of Maluku. You can read what we think of the album here: http://jazzuality.com/album-reviews/grace-sahertian-hela-tracing-back-the-roots/.

grace sahertian, kirk whalum, beautiful, single, jazzuality, tp stage

So what’s next? Listen up. She just made another milestone by releasing her new single “BEAUTIFUL”, featuring a renowned American jazz saxophonist and song writer, Kirk Whalum. For you who still don’t know Kirk Whalum, he is the one who played the unforgettably beautiful sax solo in Whitney Houston‘s evergreen, “I Will Always Love You”, the best-selling single by a female artist in music history. He toured with her for more than 7 years, he has also worked with Luther Vandross, Barbra Streisand, Al Jarreau, Quincy Jones, Babyface and Lalah Hathaway, just to mention a few. His song from 1989, “The Promise” stands as one of our all-time favs.

If you wonder how they met, you might be surprise. Some people might take it as a coindence when something special happens out of nowhere. But for believers, they would take it as a blessing from heaven. Grace and Kirk met at the Java Jazz Festival 2017. At that time, right after Grace sealed her performance, Kirk approached her and praised her performance. He even said that Grace was the highlight of this biggest jazz fest to him. This is an unforgettable moment for Grace, especially since Kirk has always been one of her sources of inspiration.

Later on in October 2017, Kirk called Grace and asked her to be featured in his upcoming album based on the idea of diversity, as humans living in different countries, to find the common humanity. Kirk asked her permission to re-arrange her song “Fallin'”.
Having inspired by this, Grace wrote “Beautiful” which mainly reflects on the quality of human being, power of humanity, faith, love, empathy, compassion, and invites people to feel positively about themselves. Grace conveys the message into social and spiritual aspects of female identity, and she does so with charming wit and tender wisdom. Kirk came to Jakarta in January 2018 to do the recordings. It got substantial support from Kirk’s producer, trumpeter James McMillan in Jakarta.

We invited Grace Sahertian to promote her single “Beautiful” in this edition. Joining her are Omega Touselak (keyboard), Faishal M Fasya (synth bass), Rio Al Abror (drums) with Devina Ompusungu and Johanes Fayakun on background vocals.

We take “Beautiful” as a mixture between traditional and modern music which gives enormous support to Grace’s sublime social-spiritual message. We are proud to be able to feature her promoting the single at this event. Do come to congratulate and support her. And if you can do more, get the song in all major digital outlets like Spotify, iTunes and so on. You can also watch the videoclip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMU7fTaK1wM .

jhonny sitompul project, jhonny sitompul, purwa caraka music studio, jazzuality, tp stage

Last but not least, this edition features a long-time guitar teacher of Purwa Caraka Music Studio, Jhonny Edwin Sitompul. We have had him in this event in the special Christmas edition last December where he appeared alongside young female singer Luis Anastasia. (https://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/jazzuality-tp-swingin-christmas-report/) . This time we are bringing his own project called the JHONNY SITOMPUL PROJECT.

Jhonny has been digging music for almost all his life, and he’s been seriously doing it. He graduated from the Faculty of Cultural Science of North Sumatra University (USU). He began his career as a teacher in the mentioned famous music school since year 2000 and stays there until now. What probably not many know, Jhonny has actually made his own songs since he was still in college in 1986. If he made even just a song per year, he must have had lots of it now.

That’s why we urged him to start his own project 2 years ago and had him on our stage at the Braga Jazz Night #19 (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/braga-jazz-walk-19-the-report/). It’s been that long, now is the time to bring him back again, but instead of having him at the same venue, we would like to let him launch his vessel in this ellegant jazz club.

For this gig he is going to appear with almost the same team. Joining him are his most reliable partners. They are Wandi (drums), Donald Tobing (bass) and the guitarist who already has his own album Muhamad Choirul Rifki aka Mbot Irul. We are excited to have them teamed up again for our event. If you like fusion and pop jazz with probably a sprinkle of ethnic, this one would fit your taste.

Once again, the JAZZUALITY @ TP .07 is coming soon on Sunday, 22 April 2018 at the TP STAGE of THE PAPANDAYAN HOTEL, starting from around 7:00 pm onwards. Jam session will be provided afterwards, anyone can join and have a good time. No community event would run without the support of jazz aficionados, therefore your attendance is just as important as the wonderful artists in the lineup. We hope you can spend some time and have a whole lotta jazzy fun with us!


Date: Sunday, 22 April 2018
Time: 07:00 pm onwards
Location: TP STAGE, The Papandayan Hotel Bandung
Jl. Gatot Subroto no. 83 Bandung



Grace Sahertian – vocal
Omega Touselak – keyboard
Faishal M Fasya – synth bass
Rio Al Abror – drums
Devina Ompusungu and Johanes Fayakun – backing vocals

Ammy Kurniawan – violin
Opik Bape – guitar
Rudy Zulkarnaen – contrabass

Jhonny Sitompul – guitar
Wandi – drum
Mbot Irul – guitar
Donald Tobing – bass


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