It was a cool night at Parahyangan University (UNPAR) Bandung tonight. Many performers from many different genres was on stage for the event held by the Industrial Engineering Faculty. LIGHT, or LIGHT De’Carnelevarium to be exact, was this year’s annual event made by the Industrial Engineering students. From indie rock band, cabaret, kecak dance, percussions,jazz groove bands, soulful jazz to the main event, TOMPI were there performing live from 6:00 – 12 pm. It was quite unfortunate for the organizers at first, because the rain was pouring down quite heavily almost until half of the show. But right after the rain stopped, the venue got crowded right away. And in the end, it was a success.
Some indie rock and pop bands performed first, followed by a cabaret by Industrial Engineering students. Later on, as the night got deeper, the style turned slowly into jazz. Chalk For Cheese, the new nu jazz/groove band in the block, delivered their own songs like “Kala Hari”, “Sukmaku”, and their newest song, “Bercerita Jingga”. It was great as always to see Chalk For Cheese performing live on stage. Their groove was really sound cool and nice. Trianzani Sushi, the vocalist was attractive on stage. Her smooth voice was perfect for their style of music. It was really nice. This is a band to look for in the near future.
Chalk For Cheese
Da’moonlite, a soulful band with a little taste of pop jazz brought a series of songs, like “Sinaran”, Andra & the Backbone’s “Sempurna” and their new radio hits, “Percayalah”. A Balinese Kecak Dance was interesting to see, and gave the different nuance on stage with their performance. Another interesting (and for me, surprising) was Crescendo Percussion. The combination between students of Pasundan University and Industrial Engineering of Parahyangan University came on stage with the instruments you wouldn’t ever think of playing. They used different sizes plastic water drums, can drums and cooking pans on stage, and delivered a great samba percussion style along with two whistles. There were 13 personnel of the group, including 3 girls. What a suprising show stealer. All of a sudden I felt like beamed to Brazil. They delivered really fabulous series of compositions with all these plastic and can drums plus three small cooking pan. Bravo!
Palm From Moodytunes came next. This is a jazz band with heavy soulful touch, especially with the soulful voice of the vocalist, Grace Caroline Sahertian. They were really enjoyable. Palm From Moodytunes brought some cool songs. Incognito’s “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” for example. I’ve heard their version several times, and I never bored with it. This song really fits Grace’s vocal character. They also played a nice twist of swing standard, “Route 66”, this time appeared as soulful groove. Loved it.
Palm From Moodytunes
Then the main event came. It was the time for Tompi with his band to came on stage. And the crowds popped. Tompi’s performance was really fun to see. He was attractive on stage, playing around with his vocal ability and with the mike to give an interactive and enjoyable stage show. He mimicked several sounds of instruments like trumpet, guitar and drums, also with his vocal, like talking and singing in very heavy voice that sounded as heavy as Barry White, also with really high tone that sounded like cartoon character. What a wide vocal range. He also shown his great scat several times. What made it even funnier, he sang one of the popular pop rock recently in Indonesia, ST12’s “PUSPA”, but not like the ordinary. He changed the melody and rhythm into a cool funky jazz style. It actually sounded million times better than the original. It was hillarious. More on, he also sang a classic children song in Indonesia, “Balonku”. He twisted it so differently into the style of Herbie Hancock used to have in the 60’s. Beside those entertaining twist of songs, he also brought his best hits like “Selalu Denganmu” and “Menghujam Jantungku”. He also let the band member, Derry Pratamsyah (keyboard), Ilyas Muhadji (bass), Kevin Wahl (trumpet), and Echa Soemantri (drums) showed their skill in solo parts. Great performance, really entertaining.
LIGHT was a really cool concert, with a very low price ticket. Well organized, good planned schedule and enjoyable. All the organizers’ hard work for 4 months have finally paid off. Good job, guys! Hopefully there will be more jazz events later in UNPAR.