We still experience ‘jazz lag’ after the magnificent 3-day jazz blast at the Java Jazz Festival 2013. What’s good to know is, there will be many upcoming jazz events in various sizes, shapes, styles and sounds. One of the nearest upcoming event will be held in Bandung, highlighting the historical jazz style which stands as one of the earliest forms from the hey day of swing, the ensemble we all know as Big Band. Brought to you free of charge scheduled on Thursday night, March 14, 2013 at Balai Pertemuan Bumi Sangkuriang Bandung, this grand concert presents the one and only Salamander Big Band with special guest star, Thorsten Wollmann.
Let’s talk more about Salamander Big Band. Founded and led by Devy Ferdianto, they have been running for 6 years with great progress. You can see or expect hundreds of audience in almost all of their concert. You’ll be even more surprise with the fact that young audience usually dominated the number of attendance. That’s remarkable, since the current music trend in Indonesia actually goes to different direction than the good ol’ big band scene.
The Salamander Big Band upholds the traditional, classical concept of Big Band along with the spirit. They ususally appear in Count Basie-like formation, but you have to know that they play more than just the traditional swing. It’s like they open up a time tunnel for us to be able to experience the atmosphere of Swingin’ Big Band from the golden era all the way to the more modern periods. Often they infuse funk, pop, rock and/or ethnics inside their game then cook these ingredients well to create one spectacular show. Salamander Big Band is not just a band that’s big in size, but it’s an authentic Big Band with top-notch quality. You can always expect the best of Big Band sound coming from them.
Some of you might have noticed that Salamander Big Band holds two regular concerts per year, the Mid-Year and the Anniversary. But Devy actually wished his big band to perform more. “I wish to have at least four concerts every year. Other than the mid-year and anniversary, there should be the early concert and then the closing at the end of the year.” he said to us. Well, they finally made it. Having the full support from Goethe Institut Jakarta, the early concert of Salamander Big Band will take place in just a couple of days from now. Through Goethe Institut’s involvement, Salamander Big Band early year concert will feature a German artist who now lives in Bangkok, Thorsten Wollmann. He will be the conductor of this concert and will give workshop to the Salamander Big Band’s personnels in order to enhancing their skills.
Now let’s take a look at the featured star, Thorsten Wollmann. Born in Biberach-Laupheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, this Master Degree (Magna Cum Laude) holder from the Musikhochschule Köln is majoring composition and jazz trumpet, minoring in piano. He is a composer/arranger/conductor of many big bands in Germany, also active as a soloist. Aside of composing for big bands, he also compose movie scores. Speaking of his music piece, he has written wide variation of genres from jazz, tango, children’s songs to chamber music and classical symphonic music. As a soloist he was a member of the Youth Jazz Orchestra Baden-Württemberg, the National Jazz Orchestra, the National Jazz Septet, the German-Scandinavian-Project and the Südpoolensemble. Then as a composer he has written many works for Cologne Radio Orchestra, the Thorsten Wollmann Orchestra, the Jazz Orchestras of the WDR, SDR, Hessian Radio, North German Radio, Bobby Shew (USA), Tom Harell (USA) and John Taylor (UK), the National Jazz Orchestra, the Südpoolensemble, the German Jazz Orchestra, the German Music Festival 1995 (where his composition „From a Legend“ was selected as the compulsory piece for the national band competition), the Ensemble Pyramide (Switzerland), Duo Concertante (Cologne), Due Boemi Di Praga (Czech) and the Bamberg Symphony Bigband. Some of his symphonic works were performed and recorded by the Auckland Philharmonia and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.As if all of these activities are not enough, he’s also working as a lecturer for the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in the Music Department of Payap University in Chiang Mai. Wollmann is indeed a man of talent. It’s going to be great to have him perform here alongside Salamander Big Band. What’s also good to know is this time they will bring Wollmann’s original compositions. They have prepared no less than a dozen songs to entertain us, that should be enough to make our night filled with jazz joy.
As we said before, all presented free of charge. So let’s join this very special concert at Bumi Sangkuriang, Bandung next week. If you are still unfamiliar with the Big Band, allow us to inform you that even the sound of so many instruments collide together creating harmonious melody can already be an interesting attraction in a way. This concert is definitely not to be missed, so get yourself ready, see you there!
Salamander Big Band Concert 2013, conducted by Thorsten Wollmann
Date: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Time: 07:30 pm – onward
Location: BP Bumi Sangkuriang, Jl. Kiputih no 12 Bandung
Thorsten Wollmann’s photo is taken from his official website, http://www.thorstenwollmann.com