Ngayogjazz is back!
There’s always something different when we talk about Ngayogjazz. This event has been penetrating not the big cities like most of the jazz events do, rather they go straight to the society living in rural areas for 4 years. It was initiated in 2006 by Djaduk Ferianto and a few colleagues but came to realisation in 2007. By doing that, Ngayogjazz always enables us to catch another atmosphere or dimension during the show. The question might rise: does jazz really fit to be played in this kind of places? The answer is: absolutely! At least we can trace the evidence from the success of this event, which not only still runs annualy but also to its growth which gets better and better each year. What you’re going to get from Ngayogjazz is the combination between the genuine hospitality and warmth from the nearby residents – something that’s hard to find nowadays in the big cities – and multi-colored jazz bursts. Down to earth yet rich in quality, absolutely free of charge!
If you get tempted by what we described above, then mark your calendar from now on because the fifth edition of this event, Ngayogjazz 2012 is coming next month, on November 18, 2012 located at Desa Wisata Brayut (Brayut Tourism Village), Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The event will run 12 hours straight, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, featuring loads of jazz artists/bands from Jakarta, International and regional jazz communities.
Before we go down to see this year’s performers, let’s see the theme. Last year they used “Nandoer Jazzing Pakarti” (twisted the Javanese proverb: “Nandur Woh Ing Pakarti”) which more or like means sowing the values of jazz into the way we play music or into everyday’s life in general. Now the theme is moving into next step as a continuation of last year: “Dengan Ngejazz Kita Tingkatkan Swasembada Jazz” (By playing jazz we increase jazz’s self-sufficiency). What the committee wish is to see the artists, especially the young ones, who had performed in Ngayogjazz can stand on their feet in building their creativity and career. That of course suits the spirit of Ngayogjazz to provide plenty of space for jazz artists to have fun, full of spontaneity, interactivity and expressive. Almost no limit, anyone, any kinds of instruments, anytime and anywhere, even in no matter condition. Why? “Because jazz was also born from a social condition which then responded with musical playings.” said the committee.
Huge Loads of Artists for Ngayogjazz 2012
Now let’s see the participants. The lineup looks shiny and bigger than ever, involving living legends, today’s top players and young lions from many regions in Indonesia either representing their jazz societies or themselves. From the corner of legends come many names. Surprise, surprise, the legendary Brazilian jazz guitarist Toninho Horta is said to give his special performance in Ngayogjazz. Eramono Soekaryo, better known as just Eramono, a pianist/singer who was highly popular during the late 80’s and 90’s (in his solo career, projects and also his Spirit Band) is ready to fly from Jakarta to show his fusion touch. Then there’s Irianti Erningpraja, a famous singer/songwriter from around the same era with Eramono. She rose to fame with the songs such as “Ada Kamu” or “Kasih” (sang by Ismi Azis). Other than these songs she also involved in many albums both locals and internationals (in Dave Koz’ “Off the Beaten Path” and Jeff Lorber’s “State of Grace”). She has come back again after being hiatus for quite some times, so it’s a good chance to meet her again through this event. Two other legends Idang Rasjidi and Benny Likumahuwa will also be there.
If you’re into feel good musics in terms of easy-to-love melodies and lyrics and intimate performance, Syaharani and the QueenFireWorks (ESQI:EF) is a must. what’s unique about this group is that they can put up their signatures in wide range of styles, from jazz, bossa, power pop, blues, disco and so on, either in full band or minimalist acoustic. They are also creative in making the right arrangements according to where they perform. High dose of funky groove will be there courtesy of Barry Likumahuwa Project (BLP). Coming from Bali are two skillful musicians: trumpeter Rio Sidik and the electrifying keyboardist Erik Sondhy. The smiley fusion bassist Indro Hardjodikoro also joins the lineup, while Shadow Puppets is set to perform in trio format: Irsa Destiwi (piano), Robert Mulyarahardja (guitar) and Kevin Yosua (bass).
Speaking of unique, we are happy to see the involvement of I Know You Well Ms Clara. For whatever reason they chose this unique sentence as the band’s name, this band from Yogyakarta offers a challenging musical concept by Serving the music in the tradition of Canterbury Scene, the sound of groups of progressive rock, avant garde and adventurous jazz musicians based around the Canterbury city during the 60s to the early 70s such as Soft Machine or Matching Mole. Being brave to do something different with loads of skills, they have signed to MoonJune Records, a forward-thinking label that will release their album internationally. If the Canterbury sound still sounds puzzle, just come and watch them. Senior keyboardist from Surabaya Yohanes Gondo will present his group Gondo & Friends. Don’t forget to check out the collaboration between Bandung based guitarist Tesla Manaf Effendi and Yogya’s saxophonist Jay Afrisando and his project called Jay & Gatrawardaya who just released their mini album several months ago (The album “Membuatku Cinta” is available at our online store: http://store.jazzuality.com/products/cd/jay-gatra-wardaya-membuatku-cinta/ ). The list continues on with Jen Shyu, Ketzia Laurentyna, Kampayo (Keluarga Artis dan Musisi Panggung Yogyakarta) and Erwin Zubiyan and Friends.
As mentioned before, there will be many jazz communities involved in Ngayogjazz 2012. First, let’s take the look of the community where this event’s made, Komunitas Jazz Yogyakarta. Carrying the concept of ‘Sidewalk Jazz” which means anybody can play and enjoy jazz, this community grows rapidly and already has their own regular meetings such as Jazz Mben Senen and the one at Momento Cafe. Speaking of recordings, they have released three albums so far: “Jazz Basuki Mawa Beya” (2009), “Sesarengan” (2010) and “Lain Ladang Lain Jazz-nya” (2011). For Ngayogjazz, this home community is represented by 9 bands: Chicken Jiezz, Berempat, Proyek President, Blank on 5, PROSES, Dialogue, Danny Project, Everyday and MuciChoir. From other areas are Solo Jazz ‘So-Jazz’ Society, Jazz Ngisor Ringin Semarang, Balikpapan Jazz Lovers, Entung Entung Gepik Jazz Salatiga, Komunitas Jazz Purwekerto, Gubuk Jazz Pekanbaru, Komunitas Jazz Lampung, Komunitas Jazz Pekalongan, Sound of Hanamangke Bandung and last but not least, Jazz Gudangan.
The Venue’s Profile: Desa Wisata Brayut
Let’s take a closer look at the venue. Desa Wisata Brayut (Brayut Tourism Village) is located at Pendowoharjo,Selman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The name of this village came from the respected elder, Kyai Brayut. Other than having wide areas of green paddy fields, this village upholds its culture strongly, contains many traditional arts that can attract both local and international tourists such as karawitan (the Javanese traditional playing of gamelan instruments and vocals), making batik, dancings, culinary (Legondo, the specific food of Brayut village), traditional people’s play and culture and environment conservatories. Other than that, the architecture of housing can be such attraction as well, since you can find the shape of Joglo, Limasan and Sinom all over the village. Some of the houses and joglos are otenly used to hold art performances and homestay. If you plan to buy gifts to your loved ones, Ani-Ani jewellery can also be found in Brayut. This home factory uses pure materials found in nature and still traditionally made by the local inhabitants. With all these facts, no wonder Brayut got its label as a tourism village, established since August 14, 1999. That based the decision in choosing this location as the home of Ngayogjazz 2012.
Imagine these many performers ready to rest their cases in 12 nonstop hours, free of charge, in the place where genuine Javanese hospitality exists. Oh yeah, jazz market and the launching of Jazz Jogja Compilation CD are going to merry the event even more. Speaking of campaigning jazz self-sufficiency, do remember that the jazz musicians can never reach that point without the support of you all, jazz fans out there. So start marking your calendar now, make sure you won’t do anything on November 18, then go feed your heart, mind and soul with assorted jazz bites. From now on no one should label jazz as something fancy, old fashioned/out of date, too difficult, not suitable for some part of the society and so on, because here at the Ngayogjazz, jazz is served in the true spirit as how it was begun around a century ago!
Date: Sunday, November 18, 2012
Time: 09:00 am – 09:00 pm
Location: Desa Wisata Brayut, Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
FREE OF CHARGE
For you who need help in finding the location, here’s the map (click the image to enlarge)