Tomorrow People Ensemble was formed by four incredibly accomplished young fellas. They are Nikita Dompas, Adra Karim, Elfa Zulham, and Indra Perkasa. The band could play a wide array of styles of music from rock n roll, blues, reggae, afro cuban, even electronic, but still their biggest influence is from jazz. They have participated in the making of few songs such as “Something Like Your Smile”, Rieka Roslan’s “My Heart” and “Sahabat”, Janji Joni OST “Step Ahead For Freedom”, SOva’s “Nak Cenik Kedek”, and the very famous song which they also played last night, “Wham Bam Thank You Mam” in Jazz Masa Kini compilation album. Two of the personnels got to leave Indonesia to continue their study, and that made the band had to be put on hiatus. Elfa Zulham is now back for good to Indonesia. It’s only Adra now who still lives abroad. Still, whenever they had the chance to unite in complete formation, it’s almost sure that they would make one or two concerts.
It was invigorating to see them playing again since they have been inactive for 3 years before since we were all curious what they all four would bring out after some years of not playing together. Each of them has had their music studies, experiences and backgrounds from different areas of the world and its interesting to see and listen how Tomorrow People Ensemble develop and grow into different sound but still represents Tomorrow People Ensemble themselves. For us, it’s always delightful to see this band and we always give respect to them. It was established when the music trend seemed to go against them back then, but they just went on doing what they knew best, pouring their heart and soul away into the form of music we all love, jazz, with all the freedom and pleasure in. Tomorrow People Ensemble might not be around regularly, but we will be more than happy to have them play anytime at all. Salute, Tomorrow People Ensemble!
New York Voices was performing again for the second time on the last day of java jazz festival 2011. The audiences could not get enough of their captivating shows on yesterday. Fortunately, they performed again for other audiences and fans whom had not gotten the chance to see their performance.They carried out some songs from their first show and also brought out some new tunes to the menu.and as always, they consistently presented the best of their performance to mesmerize their lovely fans and audiences.
Indonesian Youth Regeneration (IYR) is a group that is formed around October 2009. it was consisted of 8 incredibly amazing talented young chaps, Dennis Junio Gani (saxophonist), Demas Narawangsa (Drummer), David Manuhutu (Keyboardist I), Albert Fakdawer (vocalist), Timothy Luntungan (Keyboardist II), Reno Castello (Gitaris), dan Enos Martyn (Bassist). They have performed before in Wine and Jazz Singapore festival 2010, Jazz Goes to Campus and International Java jazz Festival. Last year, they also participated in SINGAPORE PERFORMING ARTS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP for INTERNATIONAL KIDS PERFORMING FESTIVAL. and they successfully grabbed the gold medal and the title “Grand Champion 2010″. We are really proud to see they represent Indonesia internationally to show the world that we have brilliant, skilled, and talented young musicians. If you look closer to each personnels, you will know that they mean quality. Some of them have emerged as the pro with enough experiences to be proud of. It was really invigorating to see such fresh talents of such young ages teamed up and performed such an amazing show in Java Jazz Festival 2011.
Assembled from artists with various kinds of music background including Dewa Budjana from jazz area, Gigi was known best a pop-rock band, one of Indonesia’s finest. This time they were paired with Ron King Big Band which are straight jazz big band. After King’s collaboration with Slank, it is always interesting to see such combination of totally different styles. Along with the changing of personnels, we could see that this band is somehow related to jazz. Some of the personnels are active in the jazz scene outside GIGI. Dewa Budjana is the jazz maestro with the sensibility of playing ethnics, Gusti Hendy is also the drummer of the dare-devil fusion band LIGRO Trio. Although Armand Maulana’s vocal sometimes cannot unmounted the too-rock felt, but somehow it has created something unique. Opened the show with the new song from their new album, “Distorsi Manusia”, Gigi then played their many hits including “Terbang”, one of the most unique when the originally electronic dominated sound replaced with big band sound.
Last year, Indonesia got a big surprise from the breakthrough appearance of Sandhy Sondoro in their music industry. Comes from a musician family, Sandhy started his carreer not in his hometown, but in Germany after some hard struggling from a busker to pub singer. His first single, “Down On The Streets” from debut album “Why Don’t We” , then brought Sandhy to his stardom. He performed in famous theatres, won in singing festivals and some other important events. After an online videos, Sandhy started his new carreer in Indonesia. What made him special is his widerange and a very powerful vocals, that hardly even heard in other Indonesian singer. His debut performance in last year’s festival attracted famous songwriter Diane Warren who invited him to Los Angeles, to join Diane Warren‘s show with Cher, Patti Austin, Celine Dion, Toni Braxton, LeAnn Rimes, Eric Benet and others. On this year’s performance of the festival, not only Sandhy will bring us the songs from his recent debut Indonesian album, the theme is Sandhy Sondoro Sings Classics, where Sandhy will sing his interpretation of Percy Sledge’s classic, “When A Man Loves A Woman”, the one that delivered him to the first place at the ‘International Contest of Young Pop Singer’ in Jurmala, Lavtia, years ago.
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Reporter: Riandy Kurniawan, Ata Michaella, Ardhi Saputro, Febrian Dirga, Daniel Kurniawan, Edria Kosasih
Photographer: Omar Arif Maulana, Febrian Dirga, Marnala Eross Simanjuntak, Dwi Ratri Utomo