It’s always wonderful to see the harmonious collaboration between two jazz communities from different cities. It might be new for some, but for Bandung’s Klab Jazz and Depok’s Margo Friday Jazz, this is just another cooperative work. The joint between these two well established jazz communities has began since 2009. This is their 7th cooperation. Other than Klab Jazz goes to Margo Friday Jazz, Margo came to Bandung too in 2010. So yes, they have been walking hand in hand despite of living separately in different city.
“There are basic similiarities between Margo Friday Jazz and Klab Jazz. Both of us regularly provide playground for bands that have the interest in jazz.” said Dwi Cahya Yuniman, the founder of Klab Jazz. Collectively, Margo Friday Jazz and Klab Jazz present several groups in each edition, from ‘just’ 3 groups to 6, even ocassionally exceed that number.
Since the beginning, Margo Friday Jazz has gotten its own spot located at the right wing of Margo City Mall. They have been running the program for several years, consistantly doing it every week on Friday. While Klab Jazz, which doesn’t have its own venue, chose to cooperate with several cafes around Bandung. All these similiarities enable them to establish close connection towards each other.
Just like before, Klab Jazz brought 5 Bandung bands to invade Margo Friday Jazz. The first band to perform was Bandung String Trio, this time consisted of Syarif Maulana (guitar), Afifa Ayu (violin/vocals) and Arnie Christanti (bass). Unique and diffefent, Syarif led the team to bring their concept in real Sundanese social vibes. They played Sonny Rollins’ “St Thomas”, the evergreen “One Note Samba”, Didier Lockwood’s “Barbiezorm Blues” and Ismail Marzuki’s “Panon Hideung”.
Syarif as usual did a good job with both his colorful guitar playing and funny speech. As for Afifa, well, this young girl is multi-talented. From our point of view, she is a great jazz violin player and also has the voice and vibe that suit perfectly to sing Bossa. The groove madame Arnie was as sharp as always. It’s not everyday we see the band format like this, but these team proofs that there’s nothing impossible in jazz. One thing we also have to tell you is that this group can perform without bass if neccessary. They have shown it at our own Terraz Jazz last February 2014 by the combination of Syarif and Estu (read the report here: http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/terraz-jazz-premiere-edition-the-report/). With more variations like this, we can hope to see a good jazz future in Indonesia. And yes, we have enough human resources here. Kudos to the trio, keep flowering Bandung with your unique concept.
Next was another trio in normal formation, the group named E.I.P. The name is the initial of the personnels: Evan Natael, Muhammad Ilham (bass) and Ipung Permadi (guitar). The band was established in the early 2013 and based their core in edgy jazz rock. Look at how the start, pinning “Got a Match” , “Lucky Seven”, a song from Larry Carlton and their original which hasn’t been named yet. E.I.P gave a powerful punch tonight as well as showing that there’s more varieties can be found inside jazz and rock connection than just the style we call fusion.
The third band was the unofficial movement for jazz enthusiast in Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) Isola Jazz, consists of 5 personnels: Ilham Pamuji on alto saxophone, Galih Cahya on drums, Ilham Septia Inda Nugraha on bass, Gilang Pratama on piano and Erwin Apriliadi (guitar). They brought fusion/smooth adult contemporary mood with splashes of funk into this edition of Margo Friday Jazz. Playing set of songs such as Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean A Thing if It Ain’t Got a Swing” Herbie Hancock’s “Butterfly”, a song from Japanese fusion band T Square titled “Explorer” and Chick Corea’s “Nite Sprite”, the band did a good job in making the quite hot night got breezy and relaxing, at other time it was totally re-energized. Solid playing made them bagged a lot of applause and cheers from the crowds. Good job, boys! Keep it up.