Speaking of the combination of how well jazz can go side by side with the electro-brokenbeat scene, Bulgarian born Martin Denev should definitely be mentioned. This man is highly capable to inject serious dose of bebop venoms into the lungs of club dance scene, creating a whole different atmosphere through his music. He can have boppin’ manouvers freely while maintaining the techno music at the same time, just like how he did in his album “Stolen Blessings”.
You’d be surprise to know that he actually came from classical background by learning piano. He also had fulfilled his obligatory military service in the army. Being active around the world from Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands all the way to Aruba, Curacao, St Martin and Puerto Rico has shaped him as a world class player. Indonesia is not a new place to him as he’s been here for several times. Now his album is released in Indonesia under Demajors and it’s available at our store: http://store.jazzuality.com/products/martin-denev-stolen-blessings/.
For the Java Soulnation Festival 2011 he made a surprising collaboration with the young man with cool soulful tone Matthew Sayersz, the young drum wiz Demas Narawangsa and also Audrey Papilaja. Calling the gig as MARTIN DENEV JAZZAWACKA feat. MATTHEW SAYERSZ – AUDREY PAPILAJA – DEMAS NARAWANGSA, they went all the way twisting the music to bring the maximum entertainment.
We usually found Matthew inside Barry Likumahuwa Project (BLP), but lately he’s been also active in pursuing his solo career, with an album coming up real soon. While we’re still enjoying his part in BLP, it’s also nice to see him building his own career. It was a very interesting session where jazz sounded loud enough inside the soulful dance beat.
Martin Denev brought a set list with highly infectious songs in brokenbeat delight with streaming jazz melodies such as “Love is hiding In The Changes”, “Quiet Is The New Loud”, songs from his Stolen Blessings album “Somethin’ Real”, “When You Look”, “Old Man Song” then “All Of Us”, “Nothing But Dreams” and “Strong Finally”. Not too many crowds anymore as it was one of the last show, but nonetheless the staying crowds enjoyed the show to the max, releasing all the energy they left inside by dancing.
Yeppy Romero and Max Don, 2 musician from different music worlds became together once again following their first attempt last year at Java Soulnation Festival 2010. This is a unique collaboration because it seems they create a new world of music, Electro Funk Latin. Yeppy Romero who was bron with a gift in his finger with the latin vibes playing the guitar, while Max Don who has won, has taken part in many DJ competitions and has became the opening acts 4 major international artist and international DJs repeated his magic touch over the turntable boards just like he did last year. But there was a big surprise this year, Imaniar joined them on stage! Imaniar once married to Max Don but they divorced in 2005. It was really nice to see them reunited back again supporting each other on stage. Again like in Martin Denev’s show, the staying audience didn’t want to lose their last moment to groove along with this unique DJ-flamenco guitar collaboration.
3 days Urban Party, 53 Indonesian bands/artists, 2 Special Projects/Tributes and lots of collaborations have been served successfully by Java Festival Production (JFP) under the flag of Java Soulnation Festival. In this fourth installment the concept has been made exactly like the basic idea of creating this festival, to create such a place where everybody can have a party for several days, nothing but fun, in the name of soul, in urban style. “We want everyone to have a party. They can jive, they can just release their energy and spirit freely onto the air.” said EQ Puradiredja. “Also, I want to keep it this way. When a band performs in Soulnation, they should come with different concept, creating something new and making some collaborations.” he added. By having that, Soulnation will become a place where people see new things in a soulful lifestyle, where everyone can just forget about everything else and have a blasting party. This fourth edition marked a brand new day of Java Soulnation Festival, conceptually speaking. Just like EQ said before it started, it was meant to be more edgy, more daring and more fun, and yes we digged it.