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KL International Jazz and Arts Festival 2014 - Day 2

 

 

Here we come to the second and final day of KL International Jazz & Art Festival. If you need guidance to see the 1st day story, you can refer to our report here: http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/kl-international-jazz-and-arts-festival-2014-day-1-report/. Today we found so many gems just like the Saturday schedule. Some sequels; meaning the bands that got another round of action; were still very interesting to see. Curious to know what’s happening in this final day? Allow us to share you the story.

 

 

Cool Sunday afternoon was opened with a band we have seen last year, Koolskool. This is a trio who loves to pin jazz standards and preserving the Malaysian evergreen songs with their own cool colors. The trio consists of Aznaff (sax), Jaya (electric upright bass) and Razey (guitar), plus Zaiyanis on vocal. All of them work at the same bank, the Maybank. All of them are music graduates on a mission. That is to give a homey jazz entertainment, giving up some kind of educational message during their session and the most important thing is keeping the essence of Malaysian song heritage alive.

They greeted us with “Nightbird” when we just arrived at the venue, then wowed us with “Winelight” by using Javanese pentatonic modes. Surprising indeed. We found a lot of exotic Asian modes from them in the improvisations and solo runs. All in a koolskool way, done by the kool-headed and fully experienced musicians. Right after pinning Dave Grusin’s song, “Masquarade” smoothly swayed from them. Shakatak’s other number, “Invitation” and Mezzoforte’s “Garden Party” ensured all the early attendances kept in pocket. This was just perfect to enjoy in the rain which occured during their performance. Razey does have the George Benson tonal color, and it was really nice. The solo run by Jaya was pretty and groovy.

 

 

A blues trio from the Klang Valley in Kuala Lumpur claimed the stage right after. It’s the Purple Haze Blues Band. This band consists of veterans who have been active for around 4 decades: Shaik Karim on drums/vocals, Hazizi “ZZi blues” on guitars/vocals and Jim Madasamy on bass/vocals, plus a harp player that’s being with them on and off, Alex Terry. Being fully equiped by skill and experiences plus the fact that Purple Haze Blues Band was established a decade ago, the pure, gitty sound of classic blues was so alive from them. It all clearly came natural from their hearts, both individually and as a unit. True blues musicians speak from the soul, and these guys are the ones. “Hoochie Coochie Man” and a piece from B.B King were found among their repertoires. “Blues can’t go wrong with B.B King”, said Naj Frusciante, the MC for Outdoor Stage right after the show. Just like a natural born killers, they nailed it. They completely burned the stage and wowed the audiences. Having cool blues-titude on and off stage, they just went at it. Imagine to get hit by a heavy blues truck in the late afternoon, it was really spicy.

 

 

On the other stage we found David Tughan in the middle of ‘chetting’ with the audiences. Tughan was born and raised in Northern Ireland but has been living in UK for 2 decades. Special for this show he took on interesting theme in rememberance of a legend called Chetting: A Tribute to Chet Baker. What he meant is that he sang the combination of Chet Baker’s songlist and some songs that Chet would have played or sung, placing it inside Chet’s spirit. But there’s something unique in this show. Normally when one tributes Chet, we would normally guess that a trumpeter would be involved. But David thought differently. He brought his combo comprised of Kirk Lightsey (piano), Ben Robertson (bass), Stephen Magnusson (guitar) and Daniel Firrugia (drums).

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StardayMonday-StreetGallery

 

“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.

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There are many live music events in Jakarta, spreading from one corner to another. Today you can find whatever music that suits you by going not too far from your home. It can be in cafes, malls and other spots, indoor or outdoor. But hey, we can never have enough, can we? If you agree with that, here’s the news: Street Gallery, a new, happening spot as the extension of Pondok Indah Mall (PIM) is going to entertain you with classy, thematic music program. Not once a month, not once a week, but it’s said to be daily! So, prepare yourself to have a full treat starting May, 2014. Keep reading, we will spill more beans.

 

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benny likumahuwa, barry likumahuwa, like father like son, jazzualityFirst thing’s first. You can start the first Monday (that’s on 5th May, 2014) with Starday Monday (Monday with Star). Starting at 8:00 pm til midnight, this session features Benny & Barry Likumahuwa and Friends. As usual, you can see how they inspire you with harmonious soul and spirit connection between father and son being brought from daily life onto the stage. As they have shown many, many times either in Barry Likumahuwa Project, Benny Likumahuwa Jazz Connection or their special project Like Father Like Son, you can feel love and respect they transfer to each other. It’s not easy anymore to find this kind of harmonious relationship in this lonely planet. Benny’s pure and traditional swing spirit will collide once again with Barry’s youthful funky bites at Street Gallery. If that’s not enough, they are going to have lots of friends supporting them, plus special performance by the soulful power house lady, Dira Sugandi. That’s surely a catch isn’t it?

That’s what you’re going to get on Monday. What about the other day? Hey, you’re going to get many more goodies. The next day you will get Tuesday Latino with Zarro & the Vega starting exactly at the same hour. You can have Rockoustic bites on Wednesday with Bravo and then enjoy the Thursday Pop Jazz with Le Jardin. I Love Friday will have Iwan Abide & Mr Brightside in it follows by DJ Teddy Mananta to make you dance all the way passing the midnight. The weekend continues on with Romantic Night on Saturday with the performance of Romantic 4 and DJ Stefanya Morgan, again until 2:00 AM and on the last day you will have Sunday Acoustic with Heart Worker (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm) and Le’ Lucky Coustic (8:00 pm – midnight).

Well, that’s about it. Since you already know what to have in this location in May, you can start picking your poison and come. Don’t forget to visit the first show Starday Monday on May 5, 2014 with Benny-Barry Likumahuwa and Friends featuring Dira Sugandi. It’s going to start on 8:00 pm all the way to midnight. Recharge yourself and feed up your soul, with nonstop entertainment food mall, Street Gallery Pondok Indah Mall from Monday to Sunday.

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Since 2012, the world has been celebrating a special day for jazz lovers called International Jazz Day. Herbie Hancock as the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova proclaimed April 30th as the date and set it to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool as well as a force for peace, unity, and dialogue. Jazz musicians and enthusiasts around the world celebrate it in their own ways. Just as we are getting closer to that day we received a very good news that should make us all proud. The little boy piano prodigy by the name of Joey Alexander is invited to participate in the annual benefit Gala Dinner of Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 1, 2014.

If playing at this jazzy corner of the historical complex of buildings in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City is already highly prestigious, Joey is going to get even more honor, because there he will perform with the living legend Wynton Marsalis and the great, great Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO). The concert is titled “LOVE, LOSS AND LAUGHER: THE STORY OF JAZZ”, set to be held at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, “The House of Swing”. Standing at the host is none other than famous movie star/comedian/MC, Billy Crystal. Joey is native Indonesian, and he’s still 10 years old. What a beautiful way for us Indonesian to celebrate this year’s International Jazz Day. And for your information, Joey is the only foreign musician that has an honour to play at this legendary concert. Way to go, Joey!

 

 

In conjunction with Joey’s upcoming performance “Love, Loss and Laughter: The Story of Jazz with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Orchestra, a press conference was held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 located at iCanStudioLive, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta. Joey was there to explain everything about his involvement in this concert. It was a bit rainy out there and the press conference started later than on schedule. But joey warmth us with his magical hands on solo piano performance.

Then MC officially opened this press conference by greeting us and let Lucy Willar as the host of iCanStudioLive to give a little explanation about this wonderful kid and how he become one of featured artist at that concert. Denny Sakrie were also there to give his opinion about Joey from the expert view. He told us that Joey has a common thing with Indra Lesmana. They got their beautiful talent since they were toddlers. Denny believes that Joey will bring a great impact to Indonesian music industry. Lucy Willar called him as a ‘black diamond’ while Denny Sakrie mentioned that medias have called him as ‘Harry Potter of Jazz’. As you know, Joey always wear glasses that make him look exactly like Harry Potter, of course also the wizardous jazz piano playing. That’s the way we love to call him since the first time we spotted him in 2011 (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/red-white-jazz-lounge-christmas-jazz-special-the-report/).

With the innocence of a child, Joey gave us a little explanation about how he started all of these until he could receive so many achievements internationally. It went really well and intimately. The attending medias congratulated him and asked him about how he prepared himself for this concert. We asked him will this concert affect him, he said that this is going to be one of his life’s legendary moments. He’s really excited and he is also ready to play there.

By now you should already be familiar with this wonder-kid. Imagine where you were and what you were doing at the age of 10, Joey has done things that not even adults or seniors can achieve.

 

 

Here’s a little profile of him. Joey was born in Denpasar, Bali on June 25, 2003. His parents bought him a mini keyboard when he was 6 years old. They got caught by surprise when noticing little Joey was already able to play the melody line of Thelonious Monk’s classic, “Well You Needn’t” out of nowhere. His parents directly gave him piano lesson. This little boy chewed everything up in no time. In just a year or so, he could already play difficult jazz renditions, mastering the improvisation with perfect skill that enabled him to play alongside big names in spontaneous jam sessions. For him, jazz is really great. You can play it spontaneously, with a coll improvisation. Jazz also gives him a freedom at playing and also, swing… That’s why he prefer jazz rather than other genres, such as modern or classic.

We met him for the first time at Indra Lesmana’s RW Jazz Lounge: The Christmas edition 2 years ago. At that time when he was still 8 years old he already stunned everyone by executing “My Favorite Things” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” flawlessly, just like a pro. At the age of 9 he already played alongside jazz giants and legends. He was invited by UNESCO in December 2011 to play solo piano in front of the jazz living legend Herbie Hancock during his visit to Inodnesia as a goodwill ambassador of UNESCO. He has graced many international festivals such as the Java Jazz Festival, JakJazz, Jazz Goes to Campus, World Youth Jazz Festival in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and gained spot at television. After winning the Grand Prix award of the first International Jazz Improvisation contest, Master-Jam Fest in Odessa, Ukraine last year by topping hundreds of other contestants (it was awarded not only for professionalism and talent, but also for whose performance became a phenomenon of jazz life), this year he’s in the news again by being featured in The Good News with the Ellen Degeneres Show.

In the invitation letter, Jason Olaine, the Director of Programming and Touring Jazz at Lincoln Center said this: “In my capacity as Director of programming and Touring for Jazz at Lincoln Center, I have the pleasure of inviting Mr. Joey Alexander to New York to participate in our annual benefit Gala with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, May 1, 2014. As a rising star on piano, we recognize his artistry and musicianship and would be honored to present him to our American audiences in New York City.”

If you ask us, Joey really deserves it. You will know it once you listen to his play or watch. We have seen him pinning complex compositions from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Chick Corea just like a long time experienced pro. The last time we heard his piano playing was in a track “Glory Glory” with Benny Likumahuwa Jazz Connection in the new CD “Rekam Jejak Vol. 1″. In this track if you don’t see who plays, you will never dare to take a guess that it all came from a little boy. He plays maturely with high skill, really good at controlling and fully understand his role when playing with other cats. His improvisations are flawless and always appear in the right moment. Normally something like this only come from players who have been doing it for many decades, yet Joey is indeed one of a kind. He’s cute, sometimes shy, just like any other kids, but once he’s placed behind the piano, it’s all a different story.

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NirwanaBaliJazzSeries2

 

The beautiful island of Bali has been listed as one of the world’s most famous tourist haven for many decades. The tropical weather, ancient temples, sandy beaches, rainforests, paddy fields, paintings, sculptures, colorful religious ceremonies, friendly people, all the way to the typical traditional music that you can easily differ from other sounds. What’s not to love about this island? If you’re a jazz fan, now you can add another reason to visit Bali, especially Tanah Lot and the 5 star Nirwana Bali Resort. Why? Because jazz lives happily in that very spot, and just a couple of days from now, a big jazz fest with important social cause is going to paint the whole area with “bluenote” colors. Prepare to meet the Nirwana Bali Jazz Series 2!

It was last September 2012 when we informed you about the premiere of this event (http://jazzuality.com/jazz-events/nirwana-bali-jazz-series-a-tribute-to-jazz-lovers-inspired-by-tanah-lot/).  Held for two days at Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort at Tanah Lot by involving combination of artists from Jakarta and Bali, this event gained great response from the jazz lovers, especially those who live in this Island of Gods. Looking at the result, the Hotels & Resorts unit of PT Bakrieland Development, Tbk (Bakrieland) in cooperation with Prime Time Jazz is ready to host the Nirwana Bali Jazz Series 2 (NBJS #2). This event which will once again feature Indonesian top jazz stars shows the continuous support from Bakrieland Hotels and Resort Unit (BHR) towards the Indonesia’s jazz development.

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“As a music form, jazz is fully filled with the spirit of improvisation and creativity to build beautiful harmony. That perfectly fits the Nirwana Bali Resort’s character that always loves to collaborate with local people to push the tourism forward.” said Nugroho Santosa of BHR, the chairman of Nirwana Bali Jazz Series #2. Furthermore, he explained that the event was made as an effort to provide creative space as well as appreciation to our nations’ and local jazz artists. “They can uprise the progress of jazz in Indonesia,” he added. About the number of attendance, Nugroho is optimist that the event will gain more audience comparing to last year. “We are targeting around 2000 jazz-goers this year.” he said. That’s about 3 times more than the first edition last year. Paul Counihan, the Managing Partner, Prime Time Jazz also expressed his full support to NBJS #2.

For this second edition, the lineup looks fantastic with more artists comparing to last year. NBJS #2 features top stars such as Syaharani, Idang Rasjidi, Tompi, Asty Asha, Amelia Ong, Yance Manusama, Cendi Luntungan, Barry Likumahuwa, Taufan Goenarso, Achmad Ananda, Doni Joesran, Koko Harsoe & Friends, Ito Kurdhi Quartet and more artist. Not only the lineup is shining, you can also expect a lot of surprises from highly interesting collaborations between them (See the complete list below). If last year the Nirwana Bali Jazz Series was served for 2 days, this year the event will be held for 3 days, from March 29 to 31 (Friday to Sunday) 2013. So, 3 days of jazz pleasure, that’s what you’re going to get from this jazz fest.

While the first day is set to be the “VIP Jazz”, the next two days will be served with something unique. At the second day (March 30), NBJS #2 is combined with Golf Fun Game in cooperation with Kadin Golf Club and Industri Kecil Menengah (IKM) Merchandise Gallery. Thus, this second day show is labeled “Golf & Jazz Concert.” How does jazz get along together with golf, or, can you play golf with well-known musicians? That’s something for you to find out. Last but not least, on the third and final day (March 31), by using the theme of “Jazz Clinic & Jazz Concert”, the musicians are looking orward to share their skills and knowledges to the society and children around Beraban Village. The jazz clinic will be open to let anyone interested to learn jazz from the experts. As it contains social activity, BHR will donate significant amount of funds to Yayasan Pendidikan Desa Beraban Bali (The Educational Foundation of Beraban Village, Bali) to support the uneducated children living in Beraban Village, Tabanan, Tanah Lot, Bali.

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“Remember remember! The fifth of November” is a famous catch-phrase we knew from the dystopian thriller movie ‘V for Vendetta’. it was actually a piece of a poem made to honor Guy Fawkes day. In Indonesia, this month is celebrated for our National Heroes Day, where tens and hundreds of brave men died in order to defend Surabaya, the capital city of east Java, from the Allied forces in 1945. Until today we actually still have heroes in terms of figures admired for his achievements, noble qualities, shows great courage or dare enough to make some new inventions that can benefit others, today’s and future generations. A hero is someone who never stops to inspire others, who keeps develop himself for the benefit of many people, a person who brings his country across the globe. We also would like you to remember the eleventh of November, the day where the Indonesia’s jazz icon Indra Lesmana officially released his new, revolutionary piece of art.

 

Just a couple of days ago we have announced the release of Indra Lesmana’s 21 solo album entitled “11:11″ which wasn’t intended to appear in the shape of physical CD but groundbreakingly made as an iOS Application. With a very cheap price of only US$ 3.99, available at the App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/indra-lesmana-hd/id573472437?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2 or simply browse the store and search for Indra Lesmana HD), this application gives you more than just merely 5 new songs so far. He’s going to add more songs until it reaches 11 tracks, but what’s even more exciting is that you can have some games, videos and music sheets too in there, if being able to connect with him hasn’t attracted you already. As far as we know, nobody has done it before, at least in Indonesia. What’s more to say is that all songs were made by using iPad and selected applications. So this revolutionary step can aways be taken as the new, modern way of making music, also as a new solution in distributing your music. The complete story of Indra Lesmana’s revolutionary new masterpiece can be read in this article: http://jazzuality.com/jazz-news/indra-lesmana-1111-revolutionary-album-in-the-shape-of-ios-application/. If you haven’t read it yet, do spend some of your valuable times to check that link first.

Unlimited inspiration is a suitable phrase for tonight. Once again, a small cozy lounge in Kemang, The Red White Lounge became the crime scene of an event that could change the face of Indonesia music industry once and for all. “well, again a surprising  invention came from Indra Lesmana.” said one of a readers to us. Well, who else? He’s a man who has inspired many, never runs out of ideas and inspirations, and always know how to execute them all into something real. He has done a lot of contributions in Indonesia’s jazz development to reach higher levels. He’s experienced everything from classical, swing, fusion, modern jazz (bop, hard bop and so on) and free jazz, even to touch the ethnic musics,  yet he is still hungry to try new things. He started surprising us by combining dubstep and jazz by using iPad, resulted a song titled “Two Steps at a Time”, released a couple of months ago (read the article here: http://jazzuality.com/jazz-news/indra-lesmana-jazz-dubstep-new-single-two-steps-at-a-time-ipad-way-of-composing/). From there he crafted an interactive iOS application where the fans/buyers could sing along, play along, and listen to his newest album, 11:11. So it’s more than just an eargasm, it’s total fun packed with many stuffs and will constantly be updated. Amazing.

 

Exactly at 9.15 PM, Indra made his speech, accompanied by a representative from K1W1, his app developer and Andre Muljadi, the Brand Manager of Magnum Filter.

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One of Indonesia’s biggest music festivals is back! LA Lights Java Soulnation Festival 2012 ready to feed your soul and this super September with a wide number of performances for three consecutive days (28, 29 and 30th) in the heart of Jakarta, Istora Senayan. Another masterpiece from Java Festival Production (JFP) presents this as a cross-cultural cooperation through music as its media and a variety of music and interest to deliver. This festival will be colored with more than 30 names from the archipelago and around the globe, ready to pump up five stages with rhymes, beats and tunes of soul, jazz, hip hop, RnB, rap and a whole lot of mixtures of other genres.

From the beginning Java Soulnation Festival has been set to serve a blazing urban party right in the heart of Jakarta. You can picture yourself standing amongst hundreds of thousands where colorful hues of music hit you from all corners. Then when you look up, you’ll notice many skycrapers surrounding you. This kind of feeling is magical. Step aside of any particular genre, you can always have great time by listening to variety of modern urban sound. That’s what we always feel whenever we attend this festival, the same feeling thousands of music lovers should feel too.

 

Opening performances for Day One included Indonesia’s sweetheart, Calvin Jeremy and Stereomantic on separate stages.  Well known with his hit debut “Dua Cinta Satu Hati”, Calvin Jeremy spreads the young spirit among the crowd with his fresh pop splash jazz. This duo, deriving its name from “Stereo” and “Romantic”, also took over the Juice Maverick Stage with a fresh start to the opening of the festival. This electro indie pop duo from Jakarta consisting of Maria Ferrari and Aroel, performing their studio album titled “Cyber Superstar” which sends us a message of the brief story of their four-year journey as a duo. They also created their second album in 2011, exclusively not for sale yet releasing it for free download on the internet. Creating a unique atmosphere with their creative way in presenting their music, the crowd just couldn’t resist them.

Java Soulnation sets its intention to gather round many artists from many ranges of age young and elder and sets of different genres into a stage where capital F.U.N and music collaborate to greet the audience who are in it to enjoy it!

 

In 2009, Muhammad Ibnu Rafi or known as Rafi, created a group named  Rafi and The Beat, producing an album titled “Music from Our Soul” in 2011, making it into the AMI Awarsds nomination for the best RnB/Soul music production.  Later on in 2012,  Rafi and The Beat went through a change of members adding Felix into the group and deciding to change their name by adding a touch of “experience” behind it  to Rafi and The Beat Experience due to the many experiences they’ve went through with their first album and that was the leap of making them a better group. They didn’t only make changes in name, but they also started something new in the music they played. If they were known better for their Rnb/Soul back then, now they have expanded their beats to a range of hip hop and jazz. They’re music are said to be mostly inspired by Robert Glasper Experiment, The Roots and J Dilla. Their latest formation of Muhammad Ibnu Rafi (Drums), Felix Haryono (Guitar), Kevin Yosua (Bass/Kontra Bass), Abram Lembono (Piano), Andre Rugebregt (MC Rap) and Dimaz Pramadhyana (Vocal/Rap) and additional players Jordy Revilian (Trumpet), Yohanes (Guitar) and Gerry Blaze (DJ).

If previously they expressed their music through soul, Funk, and RnB, this year at Java Soulnation 2012, they served a little more of jazz and hip-hop on their plate with a list of songs including their introduction with “Dig It! (The Experience) followed by “Electric Relaxation” and “Never Stop Lovin”. They also blew the crowd with a good beat of “How I Got Over” and “Gibberish”. This group also did collaborations with Izzo and Kyriz Boogiemen who is known for his unique rapping style in a dominant style of jazz with “Show Me What You Got”. If your ears are more than just the music and more into the lyrics, “You’re Not My Girl” and “How I Got Over” were a great treat for those going through some hard times. What surprised us on this year’s stage was an appearance from Java Soulnation’s (also Java Jazz Festival and Java Rockin’ Land) Festival Director, EQ Puradiredja who featured along in “Coba Sekali”. As a member of Humannia, EQ surely knew how to deal with the big stage and Rafi and The Beat Experience knew how to bring their beats along with all that. This was a moment and great experience for this group adding many more special moments to their list and also ours as the audience. A little hint, Rafi and the Beat Experience is preparing their second album, make sure to grab one when it’s released.

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For jazz-lovers who have been waiting for their regulars, Red White Jazz Lounge is back after it’s pause during the fasting month and Eid-ul-Fitr. Many emails and questions have been sent to us relating to when Red White Lounge will be starting again and which artists will be on the list. Well we can happily inform that it will be held tonight,  the 5th of September covering Wednesday to Sunday. Particularly for Wednesday and Thursday it will now start at 8pm, so those who are on office hours can relax and enjoy a good time without having to rush. With five times a week to fill your cravings for jazz, Red White Lounge will include a list of legends, today popular jazz artists and also new potential and skilled groups. That’s why Red White’s schedule is something worth to wait for.

Just like last year, a lot of changes are made to provide you even better things while visiting the venue. Other than new management, Red White Lounge is now partnering with England-affiliate SSR who place some soundmen apprentice in. Sumberia is now in charge on the sound system. New kitchen, new chef and even new menu, all to give you better experience in enjoying jazz concerts from your favorites. “We want the audience to feel full of ease… not only they can enjoy good shows but also good foods.” said Indra Lesmana to us.

As we predicted, September is going to become another lovely month, based on the lineup which we have received from Honhon Lesmana. Together with Indra Lesmana, they have prepared mouth-watering list that you shouldn’t miss.

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Margie Segers with Aina Band

“I’m blessed for still being able to work at this age, praise Lord for that!” said the legendary lady with a soulful, bluesy and thick jazz vocal Margie Segers to us not long ago by phone. What she said is really true. Rose to stardom in early 70s, she’s still healthy, energic and full of ideas, not to mention her voice which we say like wine, gets better with age. From time to time we’ve been seing her in various styles, from singing with her own band, collaborating with big band or even performing in special projects here and there. The legend is coming back again at Red White Lounge, this time to fill the whole Wednesday of the month. She will perform with Aina Band, consisting of Achmad Ananda (guitar), Jesse Mates (drums) and Ellias (bass). “Come and join me with the trio” is how she invites you all. 4 times chances should be good enough for you not to miss it.
Margie Segers with Aina Band will perform every Wednesday: September 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012
First Drink Charge : IDR 60.000

Otti Jamalus Trio

The elegant lady behind the piano, a natural jazz singer, standout band leader, great teacher, a cheerful friend and a loving wife. Those are the qualities that stay in Otti Jamalus. In her hands jazz never appears to be difficult even to the common ears. She knows how to bring jazz in romantic tunes, and still lovely when she goes upbeat. By now she should be really familiar with the Red White Lounge’s stage since she’s been performing there many times. If you missed her previous gigs or still thirsty for more, here’s the chance to catch her again at the same spot, this time in trio formation. Not only once, but you’ll able to see her 4 times starting this Thursday. Be there and get intimate with jazz.

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We always believe that the cancellation of Java Rockin’Land 2012 was just a hiccup. Now listen to this: Java Festival Production (JFP) strikes back with what seems to be the best ever edition of Soulnation! LA Light Java Soulnation Festival 2012 is set to be held at the end of next month, September 28, 29, 30 2012 at Istora Senayan Jakarta. Loads of lineup featuring top-rank international superstars and some of the best from our own soil are ready to put some spells on you for 3 days straight!

Program coordinator EQ Puradiredja told us his vision of the Soulnation last year when we stood beside him in front of one of the last acts. “Imagine this. Here, right at the center of Jakarta which is surrounded by tall buildings, we are having a party together in the name of urban style.” he said. Soulnation is always planned to be a party for everybody. “It’s the place where you should loosen up, forget everything else, just have fun, go dancing and enjoy the best moment of your life.” he continued. We still remember those lines from him, and now we are happily invite you all on behalf of Java Festival Production to be a part of it.

 

It’s still a bit less than 2 months to go, but the first Press Conference was held today (Wednesday, August 1, 2012). The founder Peter F Gontha, the President Director of Java Festival Production Dewi Gontha, the festival director Paul Dankmeyer, EQ Puradiredja, Sigit from Djarum company and Sujay of Indosat were there to explain what’s going to come at this year’s program. “This is a festival for everyone, especially the youngsters.” said Peter Gontha. He also stated his happiness that JFP has managed to bring two BIG worldwide names, the Brit-Award winning JAMES MORRISON and golden hit-maker/singer/songwriter ROBIN THICKE for the fifth installment where “Urban Music with a Splash of Attitude” takes place as the theme.

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In the fifth year the popular annual touring event Magnum Filter Urban Jazz Crossover which has been famous for its ‘urbanized’ cross-genre jazz music performances offered a number of differences compared to previous years. Starting from the mingling of keroncong music is represented by young talented singer who brought the genre of keroncong pop music, Intan Soekotjo. With the theme “JAZZ THE WAY YOU LIKE IT”, this year Magnum Filter Urban Jazz Cross Over’s Music director Viki Sianipar, Ali Akbar, Raynhard-Lewis Pasaribu and team carried 22 songs sung by top and legendary singers of Indonesia which collaborated with Indonesian ethnic music. During last press conference in Jakarta, Andre Muljadi of Magnum Filter said “All the tickets that we provide, certainly sold out. Even before the sales counter open, today’s music lovers have been waiting in line to get the tickets we provide. All the team and I, feel satisfied with the event Magnum Filter Urban Jazz Crossover 2012 “.

Medan became the first city the event held on, on the last week of May 2012. At that time the show was attended by 2500 music fans. The second city was Bandung, which certainly attracts more number of viewers, as many as 4600 viewers. For the next city, Surabaya, became the third city visited by the Magnum Filter Urban Jazz Crossover 2012 attracted around the same number as Bandung and Semarang became the second city before the event Urban Jazz Crossover 2012 ended, again filled with enormous number of audience. Finally, Jakarta became the last city this event Magnum Filter Urban Jazz Crossover 2012 visited.

 

After gate opened to purchase tickets, the time that we’ve waited for so long finally came. The existing queue is very crowded with enthusiastic music fans in Jakarta. With a light that shone into DJ Odotto who was standing on the left side of the stage, Magnum Filter Urban Crossover Jazz has began.  Under the outstanding lighting and sound, the DJ continued to play music that makes the audience participated nodding their heads. The heart beated faster when the count down’s clock that appeared on the big screen, and yes, that was the sing for the UJC band came right up on the stage including the music director, Viky Sianipar. He shone the night with his guitar

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