“Presenting jazz in public places? Well, I think it’s good, so people could get much closer to jazz, then become familiar with it.”
That was the words we got from one of the stars of the night, Barry Likumahuwa. Well, last night was cool! The Street Gallery, the new extension of Pondok Indah Mall (PIM) actually didn’t just serve variety of foods for the hungry belly, but also thematic musics for the hungry soul. Actually this is not the first jazz program they’ve done. They actually have been attracted to jazz for quite some times. Many previous jazz programs you could grab in a mall which is located in the Southern part of Jakarta. In fact, jazz has been on the menu every Thursday and Saturday, then regularly have Idang Rasjidi every weekend. And there’s more! But now, Street Gallery is fulfilling your thirst not monthly, not weekly, but daily. The program has more than enough varieties to answer your needs. And it’s served for free. Isn’t it cool or what?
We think it’s good that people can express their musical passion in public places. Jazz, a music that’s been widely known for its openness and freedom always has more than enough space to be a media of expression. If we usually can have it in a place that’s more private such as lounges, cafes, restaurants, or even jazz clubs, or occasionally in some bigger events festivals, Street Gallery Pondok Indah Mall is opening itself up to everyone who wish to have jazz treatment. Anyone could join and enjoy. The easy, totally free access should be beneficial to the jazz lovers in Jakarta, but Barry told us that it also gives benefit to jazz itself. Why? Because this move enables jazz to spread its wings wider and then reach people who might have never heard about how jazz really sounds like. In other words, it’s like a good way to introducing jazz to the public.
The Street Gallery’s new move in music entertainment started running since the first Monday of May. What’s interesting is, the program began with Jazz. It’s called Starday Monday (Monday with the Star), scheduled to run every 1st Monday of the month, and for the premiere edition the Street Gallery presented father-son connection who are very popular among the jazz lovers, or even in our music scene in general. It’s Benny Likumahuwa and Barry Likumahuwa. While the father is a legendary multi-instrumentalist that’s specialized himself in trombone who has been active for more than 50 years, the son is one of today’s top crowd-gatherers, a versatile bassist with a funky, trendy soul. They were empowered by some of their colleagues including the swinging guitar master Oele Pattiselano, drummer Dimas Pradipta, the genius saxophonist Bass G (Sebastian), young ‘Miles’ Jordy Waelauruw, and later on keyboardist Nadya Sella Belansky plus special performance by Dira Sugandi. What a team you might say, we thought so too.
In the first-ever Starday Monday they entertained people who come into Street Gallery in four sets. They were going to perform from 8pm to 12pm, and Dira Sugandi was set to seat-in with them. Wait, seat-in? Yeah, seat-in, as Barry said. “There’s a little difference between seat-in and jamming, and most of the time people got it wrong. Seat-in means they do it without any rehearsals, but they have played together before. While jamming means the players have never met before. Whatever happen on the stage would occur spontaneously. What they served on this beautiful night was a sheer jazz mainstream delights. “We bring it so everybody could enjoy this at ease. We won’t bring anything complex ”, promised Barry.