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37thJGTC-Jazzuality

 

University of Indonesia, Salemba, 1976. At that time the students of Faculty of Economics wanted to bring up series of events that covered arts in general, including theater, painting, photography and so on, including music. During that era, jazz was already labeled by many as an expensive and exclusive music by many. One of the active student at that time, young Candra Darusman, wanted to prove otherwise. He initiated an event called Jazz Goes to Campus (JGTC) in late 1976 in a mission to ensure the society that jazz could actually be enjoyed by wider segments and also very affordable. So, the first ever JGTC was held in a park in Salemba, with minimalist stage sets and ticket price only IDR 500. Apparently, it became a huge start for something historical. Today, that very event has reached the 37th edition. That’s the longest running event in Indonesia and one of the longest in the world. How can an event run that long with different committee in each year? Kudos to the Student Board of Faculty of Economics from UI (BEM-FEUI), they did it and will keep doing it.

So here’s the report of 2014 installment. As usual the event started early, around 1:00 pm at noon with selected bands in varieties. We found familiar names from last year: Sekawan and Friends. What we like to see from this band is that they give solid evidence that jazz is actually alive healthily in a small(er) city like their hometown, Salatiga. Good to see that Salatiga’s groove was back to JGTC.

 

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The Jazzperience Stage began with a four-piece band called RnF. The name stands for Room Number Five and they are rooted in soulful pop jazz. They began their journey 5 years ago with Rendy Hendrawan (vocal/guitar), Alex Zulkarnaen (bass), Bobby Abdiawan (percussions) and Fauzan Billie (drums). Their first single was released last year titled “Cinta Adalah 5″ and reached another success with “Habis Kata” from OST Hijabers in Love. Their acoustic guitar sound with groovy rhythms was nice to hear and definitely suit the taste of young listeners. After 5 years in service, RnF seems to find a steady grip. Based on what we saw, 2015 may become their best year to date.

 

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At the same time the Indosat IM3 Stage started its service with JBF Trio. You might wonder what sound would appear when  Jazz, Blues and Funk fused into one? The outcome may vary from one band to another, but one thing for sure, the music produced by this blend will make you unable to stand still. JBF, stands for Jazz Blues and Funk has the winning formula in combining these roots. We enjoyed their performance last year in the 36th JGTC and now once again we tapped our feet over their clean shots. So bluesy, so jazzy and funky at the same time. Fawdy (gitar and vokal), Soebroto (bass) and Ryan (drums) as usual demonstrated their smart brain, creativity and skills in cooking up their tasty platter. 2014 has been a great year for them. Being the winner of Jakarta Indie Music Festival (JIM Fest) that involved all kinds of genre is an evidence of their high quality. Their act in this year’s JGTC can become another proof as well.

 

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Nado Project opened up the Musik Asik Stage at 1:30 pm. We saw them in the Final Round of JGTC Competition when they served tight modern jazz, this time Nado, Ibnu and Nadya interestingly served experimental free jazz. Not easy to play, but full with action. SevenStrings Music School & Production used their performance in JGTC to give Tribute to 80’s and 90’s Jazz. It featured so many young talent. You’d know that a music school is good by how the students’ perform. Clearly they have done a marvelous teaching since the representatives played jazz neat and sharp.

 

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Came all the way from Surabaya was a fast-growing jazz community in Surabaya which specialized in Fusion, the Fusion Jazz Community, better known as FJazzC. It was established on June 2, 2012 based on the mission to extend the jazz coverage area through fusion. Today they have 300 active members (500 if includes the inactive ones) and a regular show on local East Java tv. Other than that, they have graced many jazz events locally. An appearance at a prestigious festival like this is an important step because then they can expand the community with fusion lovers from Jakarta, Depok and beyond. Aside of that, it felt nice to have the jazz fusion shower during the hot weather. When “Billie Jean” and “September” were found among the songlist, what can be wrong?

 

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The winner of the JGTC Audition 2014 4/4 who gave a superb high class traditional jazz playing couldn’t come due to some reasons. Their session was taken by the consolation prize winner from Bandung, 5th Avenue. Chris Alfeus (guitar/vocal), Stella Inke (keyboard), AlbenOctorys (drums) and William Anthony (bass) gave a rich arrangement of fusion including some scat-singing that fell into exactly the same notes from guitar by Chris. Tjheir version of Indra Lesmana (JavaJazz)’s “Bulan Diatas Asia” was served gloriously like in the competition. And they presented some original songs too, including “Membisu”. They didn’t win the competition, but they did very well just like a champ.

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Prologue

1978 is the year when Jazz Goes to Campus was held for the very first time. At that time the students of Faculty of Economics from University of Indonesia got the idea to create art events not only about music, but also theater, painting, photography and some other art forms. During that era, jazz was already facing the stigma by being labeled as an expensive and exclusive music by many. Candra Darusman, -at that time still a faculty of economics student-, wanted to prove otherwise. He initiated the first ever Jazz Goes to Campus (JGTC) in late 1978, still in Salemba, with minimalist stage sets and ticket price only IDR 500. “But we got really great crowds. It was cool and familiar.” said Candra Darusman not long ago to us. The history proved that among those art events, only the JGTC managed to stand the test of time. Today this event proudly stands as the longest running annual jazz event in Indonesia and one of the oldest in the world (second to North Sea Jazz Festival). This year they are ready to back again with a mouth-watering lineup of artists. Let’s give it up for The 37th Jazz Goes to Campus!

The Ultimate Jazzperience

There are some interesting new movements being made by this year’s committee, which once again involves hundreds of current active students of Faculty of Economics from University of Indonesia (FEUI). First, they will be a Project called “Tribute to Salemba”, made by one of the playing artists in the first JGTC in 1978, Benny Likumahuwa with the initiator, Candra Darusman. This show will bring back all the memories and should be interesting since it will feature legendary names who were presented at that very first installment in Salemba. Therefore, the committee decided to use “Living the Inspired Jazzperience” as the theme which is focusing on “Inspired” and “Jazzperience”. “This year we wish to show our appreciation by presenting the senior jazz musicians that have given uncountable contributions in building up the jazz industry in Indonesia.” said the committee in the press release. In accordance to the theme, the 37th JGTC has “The Ultimate Jazzperience” as the tagline. This tagline pretty much shows their spirit in letting the audience feel the beautiful experience of enjoying jazz as well as ultimate satisfaction that can be felt by all this year’s stakeholders. “We are commited to give different jazz festival. We are going to bring variety of jazz musicians with balanced composition of senior and young ones. Other than that, “The Ultimate Jazzperience” should be able to represent the 37 years of our service.” said the committee. Not only celebrating the well known jazz musicians, Jazz Goes to Campus also aims to create a platform for young musicians to express their passion for jazz and exhibit their music talent throguh our very own JGTC competition.

The crowds of the 36th Jazz Goes to Campus (2013)

PRE-EVENTS

- Opening and Clinic

There are series of pre-event being held before the D-day. Starting with the JGTC Opening & Press Conference three days ago on October 31st, 2014 at Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia, Depok, a JGTC Clinic was made exclusive for the JGTC Competition’s contestants on November 2nd. Given by guitarist Agam Hamzah, drummer Rayendra Sunito, pianist Boby Limijaya and bassist Fajar Adi Nugroho, this clinic enhanced the technical aspects and an overview of how to become a good player in the industry.

- JGTC Competition

About the competition itself, this event is one of the most prestigious competitions that has created so many well-established musicians. The JGTC Competition belongs to JGTC Exhibiton along with the JGTC Choice Awards. The Qualification Round will run on 8-9 November 2014 at Tribeca Central Park, but that’s not all because for the first time will also be held in Surabaya. This will give easier opportunities to jazz bands/artists in Surabaya to be a part of the competition. The Surabaya Qualifying Round will take place at Area Danau Kampus C, Airlangga University, Surabaya on November 14, 2014.  I (Riandy Kurniawan) will be one of the judges with Benny Likumahuwa, Rayendra Sunito and Boy Rhunos (Surabaya only).

- JGTC Roadshow

JGTC Roadshow is on schedule too. This year it will visit Surabaya in cooperation with Airlangga University’s students as a mini show on November 14, 2014 featuring ITS Jazz, Korek Jazz, C.Twosix Jazz Club, Fusion Jazz Community and special guest star Idang Rasjidi and the Syndicate.

- JGTC Scholarship

To show the Social Responsibility, JGTC is going to give scholarship to the FEUI students who need it. The fund raising is made through JGTC Gathering & Charity Night, inviting the donors and previous JGTC committees. This charity night is set to come on November 15, 2014 at Qi Dine and Lounge, Sultan Hotel Jakarta with a special appearance of a beautiful multi-talented lady who represented North Sumatra in Miss Indonesia pageant in 2013 that showed her ability in singing/songwriting, Yemima Hutapea.

 

Tulus at the 36th Jazz Goes to Campus (2013)

- JGTC Community Night

To show our care towards the jazz communities in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi and Bandung, the JGTC Community Night will be held on November 21, 2014 at Airman Lounge, Sultan Hotel Jakarta. This Community Night is giving a platform for jazz communities in those areas to mingle and spread the love of jazz. Beben Jazz from Komunitas Jazz Kemayoran (KJK) and the living legend Benny Mustafa will be there as the guest stars.

- JGTC Choice Awards

This program has been running since 2007 in order to give the highest appreciation to those who have given enormous contribution to JGTC and to jazz development in Indonesia in general. This year the awards will be given to selected person in some categories such as Newcomer Artist, Most Dedicated, Young Talent, Album of The Year, dan Lifetime Achievement. The judges are Agus Basuni, Frans Sartono, David Karto, David Tarigan and Yance Manusama. These awards will be given at the main event.

- The Main Event

Now here comes the information you’re waiting for. The main event will be on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Campus Ground FEUI, Depok. As for the lineup, the list are mouth-watering. The international artists are Sondre Lerche (Norway) and Ray Harris and the Fusion Experience (Scotland). We have covered Sondre Lerche’s show twice: at Java Jazz Festival 2011 and Kampoeng Jazz 2013, but this time surely he’ll highlight more of his new released album “Please”. As for Mr. wild keyboardist Ray Harris and the Fusion Experience, we watched his performance at JakJazz 2008 and still remember all the fun we had back then as if it was just yesterday.

 

 Sondre Lerche at Kampoeng Jazz 2013

 

From our own land there will be today’s front runners, living legends, experienced ones, rising stars and new comers, also special projects. They are Glenn Fredly, Tulus, The Groove, Adhitia Sofyan, JGTC Project “Tribute to Salemba” , Idang Rasjidi Syndicate, Like Father Like Son (Benny Likumahuwa & Barry Likumahuwa), ESQI:EF aka Syaharani and Queenfireworks, Monita Tahalea & The Nightingales, Oele Pattiselanno Quartet, Tjut Nyak Deviana & Friends, Bandanaira, Kunto Aji, HajarBleh Big Band, Yemima Hutapea, Bonita & the hus BAND and of course the JGTC Competition Winners. All these artists will be divided into four stages with wider and more comfortable festival area.

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ESQIEF-SelaluAdaCinta-H

 

In 2010 ESQI:EF made a big breakthough with a very successful album, “Anytime”. This follows the first one made 3 years earlier which created a solid start entitled “Buat Kamu”. We called Anytime a breakthrough because it got good result in cross-genre Indonesian independent music scene right from the first time it was launched. Some songs became big radio hit such as the disco beat “Sayang Sayang Sayang”, the power pop “Kekasih Palsu” and the candy sweet bossa, “Anytime”. Well, these songs were released 4 years ago. Many of their fans would wonder what’s next, where they would release the new album and most importantly, what concept would they bring. We have heard about the making process of this album since at least 2 years ago. We have even heard one song, “Morning Coffee”, sung by Syaharani herself on the stage of Jakarta Blues Festival 2010. But the album didn’t exist… until now. If you’re their fan, you should be excited because ESQI:EF a.k.a Syaharani and the Queenfireworks has finally released the third album by the title of “Selalu Ada Cinta” (In English: “There’s Always Love”) via DeMajors.

 

The first launching was held last Saturday, March 9, 2014 at Driving Range, Senayan Jakarta early in the morning, around 9:00 am. If you wonder why, ESQI:EF thought it would be perfect to launch the album where the single “Morning Coffee” existed at the morning coffee hour. Because of that, the scene we got was different than others, because before the ceremonial show took place we saw everyone enjoying coffees on their tables. You can imagine the scene.

Then the complete team of ESQI:EF came in. Surprisingly, they didn’t talk about the album first, instead they served an early morning live performance. Syaharani (vocals), Didit Saad, Donny Suhendra (guitar), Fajar Trias, Andy Gomez (keys), Sirhan Bahasuan (drums) and Kristian Dharma (bass) were all there looking happy like a happy family.

 

The first few songs surely set brighter mood for everyone. Then Syaharani led everyone to sit in front, explaining about the third and new album, “Selalu Ada Cinta”. In this morning talk, Syaharani explained that Donny Suhendra contributes big deal in this album as something like music supervisor. Meaning that he has to make sure that everything fit in place. So Syaharani writes, Didit works in the studio, and then the final word would come from Donny, the most senior and experienced figure in the team.

ESQI:EF actually is a brainchild of three musicians with quite different backgrounds. Syaharani is known as an iconic jazz diva, Didit Saad is an important figure in independent music scene, at since geng Potlot. Then there’s an all rounder guitarist, great in blues, rock and fusion besides the other music styles, Donny Suhendra. With the various background of these three figures, plus the rest of the players which bring many other influences, you can take a guess why ESQI:EF never stays in one particular genre. Hence, their music is rich and colorful in style.

According to Syaharani, what makes the ESQI:EF concept rich is that they all don’t stay under just one band. Each of them play in many projects or listed in different bands with different flavors. This fact gives the band plenty of variation to choose. Such evidence can be found in any of their album. Whether it’s Light Jazzy, Power Pop, Acoustic, Ambience, Lounge Dance, Groove, Blues, Soul, Rock, Bossa, the indie music, the sound of the 70’s and so on, that know how to present their flow of taste.

 

For this third album, eventhough they are still digging up wide variety of sounds, the concept is actually different. Syaharani herself explained that while they still keep the habit of highlighting something retro, this time it’s different. “We did different guitar reamping and so on, so soundwise speaking, it’s different.” explained Syarahani. Other than that, you will find cozier and calmer songs in this album and two vintage swing, scatting, except the album carrier “Morning Coffee” which lies inside the frame of rock n’ roll. Simply put, the ESQI:EF taste can still be felt, but it’s time for them to move into another zone, while still easy listening, melodical, fun and enjoyable.

Following the release of this album, ESQI:EF plans to go on tour, visiting West, Center and East Java.

Another story is coming from the title which clearly speaks about love. When we see this word, most likely our thoughts would go to romance between couple. Well, that’s not their intention at all. Listen to what Syaharani says: “This album is not about people fall in love, but it’s more about love as a blessing. As long as you have, find and feel love, no matter what your condition is, you can cope with everything.” She also said: “In the mortal world, everything will always come and go, but love will always exist.” The album is also made after a very long process. Even so, they weren’t rushing everything at all. Instead, they just let it all flow. It’s some kind of natural process of soul searching, where the hearts of the team go at present time that got translated into music. What’s also important is that every song they make is special. So in order for you to get the message and enjoy it at max, you should listen to all songs from start to finish.

After some more explanations, they performed again, carrying about three more songs including the carrier “Morning Coffee”. During this session they also presented video trip when they were in Banyuwangi for the purpose of making Morning Coffee video clip. We all could see that they were serious in exploring every side of Banyuwangi without losing the fun factor at all. They all looked happy, cheerful and took it actually as a long holiday.  The ceremonial tumpeng (a special rice dish that is usually served in Javanese traditional ceremonies or to celebrate events) cutting took place too. David Karto of DeMajors was the first one being handed by Syaharani.

 

Another thing that hopefully can be felt is that the group is getting more solid than ever. It’s not even a group, it’s more like happy family. So whenever they create something, you can expect good stuffs within. Listen to all the songs in the album, you will get their true heart and trueself, at the most honest way. Once again this album is made as a tribute and love to the roots of music, without taking any sides, served humbly but tasty in ESQI:EF’s cooking style.

We congratulate our dear friend(s), Syaharani and the QueenFireworks for the new album. May this album be as successful as the previous ones, or even manage to climb another height. Whether you’re one of the fans or not, as long as you’re into good music, ESQI:EF’s “Selalu Ada Cinta” will quench your thirst. Music to share, they say, we say it absolutely is, in a very lovely way.

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Reporter/Photographer: Mia Damayanti
Written by: Riandy Kurniawan

 

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Reaching the number of 36 isn’t easy. Imagine how much the world of music change over those long years. To keep the continuation, an event should have to pass many obstacles, ups and downs, not only to preserve the legacy and the important causes, but also to make each edition stands as something to remember by the fans. The Jazz Goes to Campus (JGTC)  has done it. The tagline this year was “Jazz It Your Way”, showing their intention to answer the needs of jazz aficionados in Jakarta, Depok and beyond no matter what their jazz taste is. You want it, you get it, exactly your way. That’s what they wanted to serve more or less.

This is the story of Jazz Goes to Campus, the longest running annual jazz festival in Indonesia. It was initiated by Candra Darusman when he was still a college student of the Economic Faculty of Universitas Indonesia back in 1978. We don’t know if he already pictured this event to keep running this long at that time, but as we know, this event still has reliable engine to maintain its pace and existance up until today. Passing the torch from one generation to another by holding the same spirit and quality, fitting it to the latest music trend, find new innovation and differentiation, selecting lines of performers that can satisfy various interpretation, expression and inspiration of Jazz from and for all segments. That’s certainly isn’t easy. But this year’s committee from The Executive Student Board of Faculty of Economics of Universitas Indonesia has once again done it. Held at the legendary ground zero, Campus Ground FEUI in Depok, the 36th edition presented one interesting batch of cross-generation,multi-national jazz artists that dipped Depok in full jazz for at least a day.

The show started as early as 1 pm with Victorian Music. Bravely the band brought instrumental numbers, led by the sound of funky saxophone. Not long after they started, Pretty Lotion and Apertunes began the other two stages. Pretty Lotion is not a product of a beauty clinic, but this is the name of one band that highlights wide range of musics. Their musical territory spans from reggae, hip hop, neo soul and electronic. This is the other group of Dimas Wibisana other than the one he’s famous with, Sketsa band. You might not hear their name so often yet, but this band already plays like a pro. Apertunes is a band with 9 Universitas Indonesia students, combining instrumental, vocal and beatboxing. They played whatever they like, from blues, funk, rock, latin, gospel to even dangdut. Nice early shows.

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jakjazz2013

 

The pioneer of international-scaled jazz festival in Indonesia, the Jakarta International Jazz Festival, better known as JAKJAZZ is coming again in 2013! Just like what you see in the flyer, in this 14th edition JakJazz as one of the most respected jazz festivals which is critically focused on jazz as an art form is stepping up a gear to expand its high calibre image. For this mission, they are ready to extend the festival’s position as a one-of-a-kind jazz festival, without necessarily having the mind to compete with other well-established jazz festivals in Indonesia. The preparation is really short, since they just started to spread the flyer at the Indonesian Jass Festival a month ago. But still, as one of the historical jazz festivals and as they have promised, you can expect many great things in this edition. JakJazz 2013 is ready to go on 18,19 and 20 October 2013 at the Istora Senayan Jakarta.

JakJazz is a brainchild of senior guitarist Ireng Maulana. Since the first edition in 1988, JakJazz has featured thousands of artists, both national and international. It was already held 13 times: in 1988 and 1991 at Ancol, 1993, 1994 and 1995 at Plaza Timur Senayan, 1996 and 1997 at Pasar Festival Kuningan, 2006, 2007. 2008 at Istora Senayan. In 2009 JakJazz came with a special theme: A Touch of Jazz served at Airman Planet, Sultan Hotel, in 2010 appeared as a charity show called JakJazz Cares at Gandaria City and since 2012 it started to settle in Istora Senayan Jakarta. All the way, JakJazz has successcully gained hundreds of thousands or might even be millions of jazz aficionados either from the Jakarta residents, other cities or around the world. Just like life, this legendary festival also has its ups and downs. But the efforts to keep it alive is always intense, just like the words came from the official committee, Sharkindo Komunika. “What’s important is we keep it running, keeping the existance this year and for more years to come.” they said. This year JakJazz 2013 still holds the theme of “Jazz the Way You Are”.  Plenty of actions for 3 days straight, all kinds of jazz from assorted jazz artists, ranging from the legends, big cats, today’s toppers, rising stars and promising newcomers, all of these will answer your needs in good quality jazz fiesta.

As how most of international jazz festivals are, this 14th edition of JakJazz in 2013 will feature international artists to join the local ensemble. So far some of the international lineups that are already confirmed. Indoneia’s closest neighbouring country Malaysia fills some slots:  the sweet Malaysian Bossanova artist who, just like our own Jilly Likumahuwa, has spent several years in Brazil to absorb the authentic local music and culture, Xiong Lee and one of the most accomplished drummers in Asia and a close friend of Indonesia Lewis Pragasam. Lewis Pragasam will bring his Asiabeat Project featuring jazz/RnB singer, Richard Jackson.

French guitarist Jeremy Tordjman also joins the fest. The last time we saw him was at last year’s Asean Jazz Festival when he teamed up with Barry Likumahuwa, Erik Hargrove and Kyriz Boogiemen. It’s going to be interesting to see his distinctive ‘fuzzy jazz groove’ once again in this festival. If you wonder how it is, you should check his session. From Brazil came the amazing lady who knows how to combine poetry, singing, dance and visual art with her multilingual jazz vibe, Lica Cecato. Lica is not a stranger to JakJazz since she’s been supporting the event, for example at the JakJazz 2008 when she teamed up with Zarro. Came all the way from Netherland is Rene van Helsdingen. Rene was born in Jakarta but resides and builds his career in his homeland. Even so, he never forgets Indonesia as he’s been visiting the nation many, many times. Afronesia is a world music band fused with Afro jazz, salsa, reggae and bossanova is led by Vieux Aliou Cissokho from Senegal. Although Vieux came from Africa, the band actually based in Bali, Indonesia. An album Tama Silo – The Journey which tells about the story of his journey from Africa to Indonesia has become an important content in their profile. It’s going to be interesting to see the combination between Africa and Indonesia that definitely will spice up this year’s festival. Helga, a violist player also resides in Bali will join with the  band.

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Last year’s JakJazz (2012)

From our own land the JakJazz 2013 will be filled with who’s who in the jazz scene. Legends like Ireng Maulana, Kiboud Maulana, Idang Rasjidi, Margie Segers, Ermy Kullit, Mus Mujiono, Oele Pattiselano, Jeffrey Tahalele, Yance Manusama, Benny Likumahuwa are already on the lineup. Then the experienced  musicians/bands like Jilly Likumahuwa, Eramono (ft Witsqa), Eddy Syakroni, Cendi Luntungan, Nita Aartsen, Tohpati (and friends), Balawan Bifan Trio (ft Didiet Violin), Syaharani and the Queenfireworks (ESQI:EF), Andi Wiriantono, Indro Hardjodikoro and the Fingers, Didiek SSS, Once Mekel, Otti Jamalus, Emerald/BEX, Beben Jazz, Harry Toledo, Yuyun George and her Jazzmint Band ft Grace Simon, Lana and GI, Lala Suwages are there too. From the source of today’s popular bands/young lions come Barry Likumahuwa Project, Sierra Soetedjo, Matthew Sayersz, Endah N Rhesa, Shadu Rasjidi Band, KulKul, Abdul and the Coffee Theory and Andre Harihandoyo.  More names filled the lineup such as Maera, Rio Sidik Quintet, Aimee Saras, Speak Easy, Fusion Stuff, the young drummer Nathan Gulo, Danilla, Bagong Big Band, Time Warp , Bexxa, Higher D, Soukma, Grooves n Roll and Suave.  The sensational 10 year old pianist who won the international  Master-Jam Fest Competition in Ukraina Joey Alexander is in too, also the pianist who made a recordings in Budapest, Hungary Boby Limijaya and his 8 Horns Band. Some jazz communities from Jakarta and other regions are projected to be there too such as Komunitas Jazz Kemayoran (KJK), Rompok Bolong Malang, Komunitas Jazz Lampung, Komunitas Jazz Serpong, SoJazz (Solo), BJF (Batam), Margo Rising Star (Depok), Jajan Jazz BSD (Tangerang), Jazz Ngisoringin (Semarang), Etawa Jazz (Jogja) and FJazzC (Surabaya). The senior keyboardist from Surabaya Yohanes Gondo will bring his trio consists of much younger team, then Bandung is represented by new but explosive Out of 7.  Many more names are said to be announced.

Another important thing to mention is that there will be JAM SESSION, placed at the end of each day. The free-for-all jam session will start from 11:15 pm until 11:55 pm. During these 40 minutes time every musician can climb the stage and have fun. Not all festival has it inside the rundown, so if you’re a jazz musician, you better use this chance.

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After the great first day, here comes the second and final day of Indonesian Jass Festival 2013. Just like yesterday, the event started early at 2:00 pm with two different shows. The male jazz singer also the road manager of Inna Kamarie, Joey Abdul brought his own band named Joey Abdul And Friends to fill the first session on the second day of Indonesian Jass Festival 2013 stage.

 

At the same time, Kosakata took the PP stage. In English, Kosakata means Vocabulary, and the band took this word for one good reason. “Arranging the music is kind of like arranging words, so it can produce senteces that could develop life’s spirit.” said Andri Brendley, the guitarist of the band. With Gerinov Medaimanto (saxophone), Baroka Ismail (bass) and Chrismareza Prakoso (drums), Kosakata carries that philosophy in serving jazz with delicate funk, rock, blues and gospel. In 20 minutes there are 5 songs played on the stage, “Dimensi”, “Growing”, “Lumpat”, Living Your Dream Yet?”. and the last one “Panca Indra”. We haven’t heard from them for quite some time, so it’s glad to see them still alive and kicking even harder than ever.

 

The ‘crazy gang’ of HajarBleh Big Band took the Telkom Stage. This big band combining their performance with choreography to put some new taste in their performance. Wildan Abdat who also a part of Jazzuality said they brought more Indonesian songs because they presented this performance especially for our country. Here it is their song list “Pick up the Pieces”, “Chameleon”, “Janger” (Balinese Folk Song), “Samba de uma nota so”, “Bananeira”, “Bulan diatas Teras Kota” (HajarBleh Big Band original song), “Barcelona”, and “Kopral Jono.”

Essence Stage then started to run with representative from Semarang Jazz Community, Jazz Ngisoringin filled that up. At the Samali, Peppy Probo & The Southside Fellaz. Haven’t seen this band since 2011 but we’re glad that they are still on. As usual, Peppy was joined by set of young but skillful musicians. This band gave nice jazz with slices of new concept; slow funky jam.  Approximately at 3 pm, Jojo & Friends came up as the second act at Samali Stage.

 

The progressive fusion band Heaven on Earth did another spectacular job in the big sized festival. This band has three ‘stunt’ musicians; Tedjo Bhayu Adjie (piano/keys/synth), Ossa Sungkar (drums/percussions) and Franky Sadikin (bass/all sequencers programmer). All these three stuntmen love to do maneuvers, wild exploration and unpredictable twists and turns in creating their musical presentation. Jazz guitarist David Pantouw’s band Dave & The Hollow Ensemble took over the stage from Peppy Probo and the SouthSide Fellaz.

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If there is any annual music festival that Yogyakarta most anticipated in, it is definitely Ngayogjazz. Just like its previous years, the city’s jazz event held on Sunday, November 18 was still served in fresh outdoors. For this time the organizer chose Brayut, a tourism village where located in the north of the city of Yogyakarta, with the charm of rice green fields and rural inhabitants that represent friendliness and closeness to nature. So geographically speaking, the chosen venue for 2012 edition was still in the same tradition. They presented it right in the heart of a peaceful countryside where the genuine Javanese hospitality still exist and a place you can actually catch a magical atmosphere when jazz got a very warm welcome by the villagers, but there are a lot of other points that makes this year’s edition exceeded the previous ones. For example from the number of participants which now also included international artists from Brazil, the duration, the combination of modern and traditional instruments, traditional costumes and so on. You will get all the impression if you continue reading this article.

Six stages were prepared to entertain all the crowd and the entire population of Desa Mbrayut. They were uniquely named as  Caping, Pacul, Keprak, Luku, Lesung, and Ani-Ani which names were taken from Javanese language about farming equipments and supplies.

Heavy rains soaked the venue down for half an hour just before the opening ceremony was scheduled to begin at 12:30 pm. All the crowd, organizers, musicians and food vendors took covers as rain poured hardly. All the people who initially did not know each other, was seen standing next to each other and chat while they were waiting for the rain to stop. It seemed that Jazz has begun to show its strength, bringing the excitement that diffused in the warmth of togetherness, which is difficult to find nowadays.

 

Rain had finally stopped at about 2 pm and it was the right time for Ngayogyazz to begin! Starting from Keprak stage, the frenzied Ngayogjazz was opened by The Everyday Band, a band from Jazz Jogja’s Jazz Mben Senen community that formed in 2010, who always brought full of laughter and joy on stage. The Everyday consists of Reagina Waworuntu (vocals), Gilang Adyaksa and Bramantyo “Itonk” (keyboard + synth), Harley Yoga (bass) and Anggrian Hida (drums), opened up with a javanese song from Ki Narto Sabdo, “Gambang Suling”. They invited Gigin (kendang) to add a traditional rhythmic mixed with jazz, which made the song delivered in ethnically funky and groovy kind of way. Then, they brought their own original songs such as “Beautiful Day”, “Surya Kembara”, “Kembali Rindu” and ‘Move It”.

What’s interesting was when the song “Kembali Rindu” went on, a mysterious man in yellow suit and painted face came out from the audience and did some theatrical movements like pantomime. If that wasn’t shocked you enough yet, he brought an umbrella and a package matching his suit. He was none other than Jemek Supardi, a big artiste from Jogja. His appearance surprised the audience and added such a lovely twist into this fest.

After all those early teasers, Ngayogjazz was officially opened by Vice-Regent of Sleman, Mrs Yuni Satia Rahayu, who hopes that the event could become the main attraction for tourists who visit Yogyakarta. She also expressed her grattitude to have the people of Brayut Pandowoharjo Sleman to be involved in this huge Yogyakarta’s jazz party.

 

Thereafter, Sound Of Hanamangke, Delight Band and The Interview was next up on stage. Sound of Hanamangke is a music group from Bandung that consists of Henry (kendang, flute, stringed instrument Tarawangsa), Lutfie and Randy (bass), Yudi (kecapi), and Bintang (drums) who previously had been invited to Tembi Music Festival in Yogyakarta on May. That afternoon at Ngayogjazz they performed several compositions such as “Takokak”, “Amorfati”, “Salaka Domas”, “Halimun”, “Paksi Naga Liman”, “Ceurik Rahwana”, “Hujan Poyan” and “Hoksa”.

It was such a delight to watch Delight, a band that consists of Aiya Esti Effendy (vocals), Alex (guitar), Titis (keyboards), Fauz (bass), Yoga (drums), and Putra (sax) who brought Stevie Wonder’s infamous hits “Overjoyed” and Bunglon’s “Denganmu” while The Interview performed very attractive and entertaining by dressing up as Operette Players. They delivered “Inikah Cinta”, “Blue Moon”, and Cherrybelle’s famous song “Dilema” in witty arrangements and stage act. Nanda (vocals), Indri (guitar), Yopie (bass), Andrew (keyboards) and Ardi (drums) were managed to entertain the crowd in Keprak Stage. Both of these bands represented Jazz Ngisor Ringin, Semarang.

 

Then Gondo and Friends, led by Surabaya’s senior keyboardist Yohanes Gondo replaced them on stage. This time he brought Frederic Ahot (bass), Dhanny Ugik (drums) and Natasha Attamimi (vocal) to present Coltane’s “Mr PC”, “Just in Time”, Joe Henderson’s “Recorda-Me”, “I Wish You Love” and “Honeysuckle Rose” flawlessly. Fun, pleasuring but sheer real jazz ecstacy once again presented humbly by Johanes Gondo and team.

 

Although it was still raining, the crowd seemed eager to wait for Indro Hardjodikoro and The Fingers on stage, who came in a full team form with Indro Hardjodikoro (bass), Andy Gomez (keyboards), Fajar Adi Nugroho (bass) and Demas Narawangsa (drums). Songs such as “Panon Hideung (similiar to Russian famous folksong “Ochi Chyornie”), “Andong”, “Rencong”, “The Fingers”, “Travelling”, “Drum n Bass”, “And I Love Her”, and “Slip Sometimes” were played on stage to the crowd who stood in the rain. Indro Hardjodikoro is indeed one of the most successful projects in our jazz scene lately, at least in the last two years. Not only they got many shots in local stages, but they have been gracing East Europe (Russia) at least 3 times already. The last time was in the first week of this month (November) when they represented Indonesia at the “Wonderful Indonesia- Ethnic Jazz Music Concert and Fashion Show” promotion in Moscow and Kazan. Looking at the composition that use two bassists, all we can say is, when bass does rule, it rules great.

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“Wow, this is amazing!” That was our impression when we just arrived in the venue, even before the whole Banyuwangi Jazz Festival 2012 ran. The Banyuwangi’s traditional culture was felt directly, shaped in one majestic, grand decoration.

Banyuwangi Jazz Festival 2012, a quality musical performance was presented for the very first time to the people of Banyuwangi. Located at GESIBU (Gedung Seni Budaya) Banyuwangi (November 17, 2012), this event was successfully impressed the audience with unique approach that collaborate the free spirit of jazz and the traditional spirit of  local culture.

Attempting to improve local tourism and broader awareness of Banyuwangi’s traditional culture, this event held by Banyuwangi Government in collaboration with Thinktank! as a bold statement to communicate the new image, spirit and confidence of Banyuwangi into the world, as shown with the new tagline “Banyuwangi – The Sunrise of Java”. Since jazz is a universal language, national jazz artists such as Riza Arshad, Syaharani & Queenfireworks (ESQI:EF), Monita Tahalea & Friends, and Rieka Roeslan and Reza  of The Groove) were choosen as the ambassador to  convey that message in the form of musical performance. That said along with bags of surprises, wide spaces of exploration and helluva fun brought by these lines of artists.

The festive feeling surrounded us before the event started. About 2000 people enthusiastically gathered at the venue, enjoying this jazz side of the annual Banyuwangi Festival. The stage setting & visual mapping combines the traditional and modern elements, making the whole thing looked interactive and dynamic.  The audience who couldn’t get tickets would still be able to watch the show at the huge screen outside the venue provided by the organizer. A highly appreciated anticipation.

The show was opened with Banyuwangi traditional dance “Jejer Jaran Dawuk”, one variation of the infamous Gandrung dance. Followed by a short speech by the Regent of Banyuwangi Mr Abdullah Azwar Anas, briefly explaining about the idea behind Banyuwangi Festival.

 

Senior jazz musician Riza Arshad took the stage as the first performer. This keys wiz created a whole new nuance by collaborating with local percussion group Arum Semi. They performed 3 compositions, “Gelang Alit”, “Sing Ono Jodo” and “This Spirit” (a song from SimakDialog’s album “Trance/Mission” but with new arrangement).  Between performances, Riza said that he really appreciates the open spirit of Banyuwangi’s traditional culture, and it’s possible to create a unique collaboration with modern culture that is valuable and appreciated by the world. Nonetheless this was a catchy start of a jazz performance, describing the open minded of jazz that can always carry the mission of introducing the rich, traditional ethnomusicology of Banyuwangi to the world. Choosing Riza Arshad to hold this task is perfect, since he’s been digging the connection between eastern and western sides of musics for many years, especially with his simakDialog.

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It’s always great to see jazz being included as an intergrated part in many official regional festivals all over Indonesia. The annual Braga Festival in Bandung where jazz has been standing side by side with other things like foods, clothings and so on for the last two years, or at the Jakarta Anniversary Festival presented by Gedung Kesenian Jakarta where jazz also oftenly included to represent one of the art forms living healthily in Jakarta are just a few examples of jazz’s involvement in this kind of festivals.

The regency of Banyuwangi, also known as “The Sunrise of Java” which is located at the far eastern side of Java island and has its own colourful culture also has its own yearly festival called Banyuwangi Festival. So now, as the big fest is coming soon from November to December 2012, series of art and cultural events are ready to fill it up. Besides Festival Anak Yatim (Orphanage Festival), Parade Gundrung Sewu, Banyuwangi Ethno Carnival and Pagelaran Wayang Kulit (Javanese shadow puppet performance) by Dalang ki Enthus, jazz is ready to be involved for the very first time! Listen to this:  Banyuwangi Jazz Festival will come this month, on November 17, 2012, featuring selected artists to make your world fully filled with jazz. You’ve got that right! For the very first time, select and pick out the word ‘jazz’ from our music vocabulary and put it in among the exciting events of the festive days! Excited, Banyuwangi residents? We bet you are!

Wonder why they have all of a sudden decided to put a jazz touch into the line of events? Well, let’s just have you led into the fine explanation of the fact that the glitters of jazz touch is by time becoming more and more universal. Jazz is levelling itself to stage up into the spotlights to represent the freedom of expression. It always appreciate the endless achievements of music in many aspects and always has a unique way to establish a unique communication to its audience. On top of that, jazz can always walk together with all kinds of traditional musics wherever it lands. Take jazz as a universal language, it can perfectly be used to introduce the lovely traditional arts of Banyuwangi to the world! That includes the Gandrung Dance, traditional music all the way to the visual mapping of candi (ancient temples) which will appear in the backdrop. Believe it or not, jazz can be functioned as the ambassador for this matter. The government of Banyuwangi realized it. Therefore in cooperation with ThinkTank!, they decided to use jazz to tell everything about Banyuwangi to other part of Indonesia and in general, to the world. The Banyuwangi Jazz Festival is ready to welcome the audience to Banyuwangi Ethno Carnival as a part of the whole Banyuwangi Festival schedule.

bupati banyuwangi, abdullah azwar anas, banyuwangi regentThe same thing has been said by the Regent of Banyuwangi, Mr Abdullah Azwar Anas in his foreword. “Music is the universal language of all nation, through time and space. We have specially selected jazz as the media to reveal the face of Banyuwangi to both national and international state. This is the first time for us to have jazz inside this Banyuwangi Festival. May this jazz festival give new breath to jazz in Indonesia, and may it become a bridge to all music lovers to see Banyuwangi as a new setpoint of quality entertainment and also tourism. I also hope this event to continue for more years to come as well as to give a new kind of enthusiasm to the people living here.” he said proudly. The art and fun of Banyuwangi may not yet be heard throughout the archipelago, which is why the festival is going to be a great bridge to have them introduced to the world through the very own universal language of jazz.

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As for which groups of fine musicians will be taking the stage to color the stereos of jazz for the first time in the Banyuwangi Festival, they’ve got the loveable ESQI:EF (Syaharani and Queenfireworks), the keyboard wiz Riza Arshad, the electrifying Rieka Roslan & Reza of the Groove, and the beautiful Monita Tahalea and Friends. And oh, note this: Riza Arshad will gladly be collaborating  with the Banyuwangi Ethno Music. If we check out how he’s been digging the ethnomusicology in connection with jazz, for example like in his band simakDialog for many years, we’d be certain that he’d surely be the perfect choice to do that. Not so many names you might say, but this is a very strong lineup, considering their creativities, skills and abilities to create unforgettable jazz experience in many ways. They are more than ready to proudly stand as the ‘spokepersons’ of Banyuwangi to the nation and the world.

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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.

The Theme

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.

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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).