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2015 must be a blessing for The Executive Student Board (BEM) of the Law Faculty of Padjadjaran University because this year fortunately they could held their annual jazz event, the biggest in Bandung, The 7th International Kampoeng Jazz, without any postponed agenda like previous year. Located at their own campus, Universitas Padjadjaran Dipati Ukur, for about twelve hours in last Saturday, the visitors were spoiled by various artists, lots of food booth, and bazaar. Couple of hours before the show the committee held Press Conference for all media partners at Sheraton Bandung Hotel & Towers. Jizue, Syaharani, G-Pluck Beatles, and Beben Jazz were some musicians who met us there. Back to the main event, at the punctual time as scheduled, Kampoeng Jazz Project Officer, Frero, gave his speech as the event was officially begun. After that, Kama Soekarno, Chief of BEM Fakultas Hukum UNPAD, and the Chief of P2K2M also welcomed the visitors and finally the fun had begun.


With a lot of musicians to perform, Kampoeng Jazz got two stages for them to explore, Main Stage and Lounge Stage which was sponsored by Nescafe Coffee. Just like before, Kampoeng Jazz always gives the chance for amateur/newborn bands to participate via auditions. For this year, three bands were selected by the judge. One, Chakraborty delivered a tight package in the name of jazz. The band was established a little bit more than a year ago but they have played hundreds of times in front of public. They have played in prestigious festivals like JakJazz, they have bagged quite many achievements too. “Kepahitan Termanis”, “Soul Shadows”, and “Sabda Alam” were their creation specially delivered to us. Then, a trio from Jakarta named MEP Trio was really solid in exploring the funky jazz terrain. These guys played like a pro, sharp but smooth. MEP stands for Madra, Eky, and Pandu. For this event the drum position was given to Afi because Pandu couldn’t make it. That was from Lounge Stage, while for Main Stage, Salty Sugar was the first who tasted it. This band is a large ensemble consists of young guns who have been friends since junior high school. They served funky party that would fit everyone. Knowing how today hits could easily attract the crowd, the band closed their performance with upbeat “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams and Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars”. So there, three audition winners did very well in setting up the fire early.

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Bell Bottom Blues Trio consists of Ruzan as singer and guitar player, Fahmi as bass player, Dhana as drum n percussion player. Starting the journey worked on Jimi Hendrix’s songs three fellows from different genres fuse under blues and epically entertained us with their skills and shared their souls. Hope their motto, “kami akan bermain di mana saja dan kapan saja dengan 200% effort dan soul” goes well with their musical journey. Continued with Dadung and Friends played today’s hits “Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake. Then, Russel and Electric Band (REB) came up and hit the stage with “Leaving on the Jet Plane”.

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Beben Jazz and Friends made a visit to this fest. As you probably know, Beben Supendi Mulyana – better known as Beben Jazz- is an important figure in Indonesian jazz. His community, Komunitas Jazz Kemayoran has performed hundreds of regular gigs and still running well until now. It’s always interesting to see how he introduces jazz to the society. He knows how to make it acceptable to all segments in the society without having to lose the jazz traditions. Jamming mode, improvisations, call and response, all that jazz, plus communicative as Beben likes to share knowledge during his show. A joyful treat full of lessons, that’s what it was. Not only beautifully entertained us with Ella Fitzgerald’s “Summertime”, Duke Ellington’s “Take the A Train”, “Just the Two of Us”, Beben also got a Hall of Fame achievement by Kampoeng Jazz Project Officer.

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One of many things we like about Mocca and Friends is how their melodious tunes never get us bored, both live and recorded. Charmed and swept everyone with Arina’s soft voice and the beat from all band players really couldn’t stop us from singing along with them. Greeted their listeners with “Secret Admirer”, continued with Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”, “Bandung”, and then Yura joined the gig in “Balada Sirkus” and “Butterfly in My Tummy”.

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Dried Cassava started their musical journey since high school at South Jakarta. Baskoro Adhi Juwono as vocalist and one of the guitarists, Nandie Daniel Febryan as lead guitarist, Bana Drestanta as bassist and Kago Mahardono as drummer, these talented fellow gave us another experience in jazz event with their alternative funk rock and blues. “Paradox” was one of many songs they brought up on stage and you can get this song from their debut album ‘Mind Thieves’.

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As rain was pouring, Adhitia Sofyan just came on very proper time, marking his second participation in this event after last year. His voice blended with his guitar produced perfect ambience. “Adelaide Sky”, “The Stalker”, “Tik Tik Tik Bunyi Hujan”, “Blue Sky Collapse”, “After the Rain”, and “Tokyo Lights Fade Away”, a song from ‘How to Stop Time’ album were the list at that noon.



Established in 2008, The Executive Student Board (BEM) of the Law Faculty of Padjadjaran University has made several international musicians came to Indonesia and blended with various Indonesian musicians. As we know for this year they already completed the line up, so prepare yourself for The 7th International Kampoeng Jazz year 2015, people! Years go by and committee still keeps the tradition alive. So as usual this event will be held at kampus Universitas Padjadjaran Dipati Ukur on May 2nd, 2015. Perhaps it is safe to say while Jakarta has its own agenda every year for jazz gig in campus, Bandung also has Kampoeng jazz as annual event we all wait for. Theme keeps it all together, and for this year, they go twisting Michael Jackson’s song title, “Don’t Stop Till You Jazz enough”. Yes, feels familiar right? Kampoeng jazz has its own teaser you can check in YouTube and they use one of Michael Jackson’s upbeat hits “Don’t Stop till You Get Enough” as soundtrack. Feel the vibes and the spirit through that video and this is more about Kampoeng Jazz 2015.

The committee surely gives their best into this event and as we can see through many social media, they already started to spread the news about Kampoeng Jazz many months ago. Many promos, many ticket boxes, and many quizes are the ways to remind people that next month are the time for this big event of jazz. Aside band audition, call for tenants and bazaar, Kampoeng Jazz also create a challenge in their instagram. Four winners from this challenge will get the opportunity to have tickets, meet greet free pass, and t-shirts for free. Maybe you fellas want to check out their instagram, challenge your sense of arts, and meet us at the gig.

After Renee Olstead, Tahiti 80, Sondre Lerche, and several other international musicians performed last years, Kampoeng Jazz will give us the chance to see Bondax and Jizue live real soon. Bondax is an electronic music duo from United Kingdom consists of Adam Kaye and George Townsend. 2012 was a momentum where they built their own record label and in 2013 they had started the music journey across Europe. Not to mention, they both still young and ready to conquer the world with their genre transcending.

Jump back to Asia, we get Jizue, a Japanese band of post-rock and jazz influenced genre. Actually the name of this band can be considered unique because it is a derivation of French soccer legend nickname, Zinedine Zidane (Zizou). Yup, not only they love jazz, they also put their heart in soccer. Many albums has created from these talented musicians and smooth jazz, electronic guitar, piano, salsa add many color to their play.

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Bandung is a place full of creative people and the atmosphere of this city is full of arts. No wonder it has formed many big names in Indonesian music. Gigi, Mocca, Kahitna are some of them. The idea of GIGI in jazz gig maybe leaves you a question. While we have seen the jazzy side of GIGI at the Java Jazz Festival several years ago, it will still be surprising to see this famous rockin’ pop group plunge themselves into jazz and established the GIGI Jazz Project.

Nearly 30 years Kahitna do their music and it all started in Bandung. Here they are back again to see their loyal fans in Kampoeng Jazz and we will be reminded to the first’s year of their music career where jazz clearly influence their tunes. Mocca once again go back home and will meet us also in this gig. Like they already said in twitter, they are preparing something special for Kampoeng Jazz, an unusual formation, and it is called Mocca and Friends. Have you listen to their newest album? Get yourself ready to sing along with them.

The husky voice from Syaharani along with Queenfireworks-ESQI:EF aren’t new in jazz are. We already met them in many events before and yet we always want more, especially from their newest album, ‘Selalu Ada Cinta’. Beben jazz, one of the founders of Komunitas Jazz Kemayoran, also will be on stage along with the Friends and fresh concept to entertain Bandung. Won’t your jaw drop to see G-Pluck Beatles, Endah n Rhesa, and Adhitia Sofyan are on the list? If those aren’t enough, Kampoeng Jazz still has Blotymama, Yura, Dried Cassava and Babendjo Sung Angklung Udjo to lay their tunes later. Not to mention three tops of previous band audition, let us welcome talented youngsters: MEP Trio, Salty Sugar, and Chakraborty who also will join the big stage.

Have you save the tickets in your hands? Now here’s the info about the ticketing. After the 1st and 2nd Pre-sale tickets got sold out, now they are in the 3rd pre-sale with the price of IDR 160.000. Yes, that worth all the fun you’ll get at Kampoeng Jazz. So do not hesitate to grab the tickets now in ticket boxes and other ways the committee prepared so you can easily purchase it. For you guys who already have it, see ya and let your soul affectionate with millions of pleasant tones!

Ticket Price: IDR 160.000 (presale III)

Date: Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Location: Campus Ground Universitas Padjadjaran, Jl. Dipatiukur no 35, Bandung

For more info:

Twitter/Instagram/ @KAMPOENGJAZZ/ @kampoeng_jazz /@kampoengjazz
CP: 081250805503




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





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.


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.


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).



Where were we all in 1988? A question that everyone has a different answer to. Well, as for Jakarta International Jazz Festival, there was one. It was the birth of a music event that has resounded through time and emerged clearly in Indonesia’s music development. And until now, Indonesia’s participation in the globalisation era of music has reached to another step and keeps getting better. After it’s warm and delightful welcome since years ago, The Djarum Super Mild Jakarta International Jazz Festival 2012 is back and is ready to fulfill your jazzilicious cravings. For the thirteenth time, this three-day event (19,20,21 October 2012) held at Istora Senayan Jakarta holds the theme of “Jazz The Way You Are” and marks another history in the national and also international scope. This event prepares the finest artists and performers from a variety of backgrounds uniting with one vision to deliver a great passion towards music highlighting jazz as it’s main course. With eight stages of amazing showcases, this event will surely get you up and going in enthusiasm to satisfy your wants and needs for jazz.

Jazzing up this fine friday evening, opening performances started off on separate stages with The Doctors, Time Warp, and Karim Suweileh & Friends. What words come instantly in your mind when you hear the word “The Doctors”? If you ponder about a bunch of medical professionals, you got it exactly right. Instead of only discussing a range of various health-related topics, they also teamed up to share their passion in music. Yes, this is a music community whose members are genius, talented doctors. A group that has “Music is the Medicine” tagline consists of dr. Noel (vocal), dr. Bram (piano), dr. Yassin (keyboard), dr. Fariz (gutiar), dr. Rizky (bass), dr. Hery (guitar) and dr. Bima (drums). It’s their fourth time performance at JakJazz and they brought an instrumental of “Perjalanan Panjang“, “Lupakan Diriku” by Noel feat Nina and continued with G Voice’s “Capacity of Love” and “Masihkah“. Then there was “Hanya Bayangan“, “Is It You“, and “You Make Me Feel Brand New“. Their last numbers ended with “September” and the maestro Gesang’s “Bengawan Solo“.

Using Time Warp as a band name? Why not. This band of expatriates from USA, Australia and UK together with some Indonesian suit the word if we take a look at the concept. They play infectious road blues really well, but they move on by opening various dimension through time and space by infusing jazz, funk, classic R&B and soul (sound of Motown) all the way to rock and roll and stuff. In the end, it’s like having a wonderous party over some eras, just like riding into a time warp. They delivered a few songs such as “Peter Gunn“, “Cant Turn“, “Everybody Needs Somebody” and “Sweet Soul Music“.If they claimed to be the South East Asia’s premier Blues Brothers revival band, they really do, because their act and song choices always remind us of the legendary Blues Brothers. They also jazzed away with “Respect“, “Hold On I’m Coming“, “Funky Nassau” and “New Orleans” A whole lotta fun indeed we got from their stage.

We saw Devian at JakJazz 2008 (that time featuring Dina Mariana) when it was served big. Now we watched him again at this edition. Yes, we finally got the chance to see the great saxophonist Devian coloring the jazz sky above Istora Senayan. Playing at Anggrek room at night, Devian once again saw that he can play more than just pop and smooth jazz. He explored jazz in wide perspective view, making the audience drown in extacy. Joining him on stage were Triono on piano/synth, Faisal (guitar), Fajar Adi Nugroho (bass) and Dezca Anugrah Samudra (drums). We digged his show as much as we loved his action 3 years ago at the same event.

This event also includes mini-workshops, performances and Coaching Clinics by IMI (Institut Musik Indonesia) on all three days of this event. And on the first day there was a vocal session by Indra Aziz who is a well known vocal coach for most of us. He is also known for his skill and ability to compose songs, and play the saxophone. This clinic featured Anjuan Julio for the guitars.


Syaharani and the QueenFireworks or mostly known as ESQI:EF is a group who certainly knows how to entertain the crowd. It is because that they are not only presenting ear catchy songs but also by involving their fans into their performance. Syaharani, the queen herself positively enjoys about how she communicates to audiences, both on and off stage. A very delightful group to watch and listen. ESQI:EF appeared right here at JakJazz along with Donny Suhendra (guitar), Kristian Dharma (bass), Sirhan Bahasuan (drums) and the backing vocals. As how we predicted, they gave a highly entertaining performance which a real satisfaction for the crowd. There’s nothing better than serving a party with songs like “Say A Little Prayer” and an acoustic version of “Anytime” and “Kiranya” with a beautiful French nuance. There was also a special touch of accordions by Andy Gomez. It was truly an act the way we expected from ESQI:EF. Way to go!

There was also DAC, Emerald Bex and another Clinic by IMI from a guitar session with Andre Dinuth. DAC or short for Dynamis Action of Chord which describes their music concept of jazz fusion/pop group from Semarang with Momo (Guitar), Dudut (Bass), Aditya (Drums), Iga and Atok (Keyboards) and Shanty (Additional Vocalist). They have been around since 1987. If you’re an adult jazz fans who had listened to jazz albums in the 80’s, you might remember them. They’ve also released an album in 1989 then stepping into hiatus for quite a long term. They came back in 2010 on Fusion Nite 80’s at Jajan Jazz Teras Kota BSD City. Fusion flowed thorugh our ears as they let their fresh modern touches tingle too. The 80’s fusion hype with some fresh and modern treatment was the menu that enjoyed by many of their fans and the passers-by.

Also from the same era and fusion jazz is Emerald Bex, which was formed on the 11th of July 1986. They are Iwang Noorsaid(Keyboards), Roedyanto(Bass), Morgan Sigarlaki(Guitar) dan Inang Noorsaid(Drums). Both these groups, entered the Band Explosion (BEX), a music competition held by Yamaha. Andre Dinuth, yes a guitarist you might remember from several groups such as Tohpati Band, Magenta Orchestra, Erwin Gutawa Orchestra, Indro Hardjodikoro Band, Glenn Fredly Banda and Rio Febrian Band. With his guitar he’s travelled from one stage to another and this time he gives out more than just the music. With his experiences also as session palyer for various artist and recording guitarists, who doesn’t love a plus on the guitar and the jazzy side of it. The Emerald-BEX is the embryo or the earliest formation of the band. We didn’t hear the band at all since that hey-day, but then they decided to come back since last year for good. If you love them back then, you’re going to love them even more today. Why not? Wild exploration of jazz-rock, fired-up stage action, all wrapped with the experience, passion and love make this band stands in the different fusionesque corner. The setilst such as 11 July, Altimeter and Night Walk became the benchmark of people’s expectation watching this group. In the end you’ll find out that you’re not watching a group of musician playing their instruments anymore, it’s become a show where the jazz-rock comes alive. Oh yeah, before we forget, the young man named Muhammad Iqbal did very well too in providing the raunchy beat over the drums.


The Quatro consists of musicians who have appeared often in jazz festivals in Indonesia. They are Eka Dewanto (bass), Hosdiman (saxophone), Donny Prasetyo (keyboards) and Hanli Saputra (drums). This circle of friends decided to form the band to fulfill their passion and simply chose the name based on the number. In this gig The Quatro got empowered by two vocalists, Sherly’O and Hans Bartelz. Resides in Bali, Sherly’O made her solo album entitled Pop Jazzy in 2007 which got good response from the market. She also participated in Akordeon and Totong Wicaksono’s albums. About Hans Bartelz, this guy has the kind of soulful voice like black singer and labeled as Phil Perry from Rote/NTT. Showing an appreciation for this fest, they made a special instrumental song named “Song For JakJazz“, written by Donny Prasetyo. “A Night in Tunisia” and “Sexy Back” was sung by Sherly’O before Hans joined her for a duet on the evergreen “Moody’s Mood For Love“. Hans carried on right after by groovin’ the audience with Al Jarreau’s “Boogie Down“. To close this session grand, Sherly’O came back to do another beautiful vocals on “Every Breath You Take“. Carrying well known song in pop jazz tunes like this including “Don’t Ever Wonder” delivered by Hans, made the audience could sing a long merrily, it was nicely done and entertaining.

There was also Higher D and another Clinic by IMI from Willy Haryadi with the keyboards who majored in Film Scoring with emphasize in computer music techonolgy. Fascinated right? Well he let out his knowledge of tips and tricks with his incredible fingers tapping the notes. His proffesional experiences are worth double thumbs up being a composer and music programmer for tv shows and movies including international movie “The 1985″. A glimpse of where passion can take you. Higher D went on stage with their colorful costume. They presented their “Album Maluku” by recycling “Ayo Mama” and “Tanase“. There was also an appearance from Danila which also completed a unique performance. Their energetic aura and colorful costumes lit up the atmosphere. With different voice ranges, they created a beautiful harmony in delivering their sweet Ambon songs.

Talk about a lady who’s done a tremendous job in many fields, the name Yuyun George should always be the perfect role model. She’s highly experienced in the music scene since she plays saxophone and sings really well, she’s great in composing/arranging, a standout band leader and also teach. Off the stage, she’s a full loving and caring wife and mother, not to mention that she’s warm hearted and very friendly as well. Her family supports her fully, that should be one of the factors that enable her to give her best in multi-roles. Yuyun George & The Jazmint Band is her brainchild that was formed in 2000. Starting only with 6 musicians and pop singers, it kept growing both in experience and creativity. Swingin’ jazz appears grand from this band and seemed set to give a joyful entertainment to the audience. No matter how often we cover her gig, she never fails to surprise us. Some classics from the American and Indonesian Songbook appeared beautifully from Yuyun and the band. To complete the vocal position, there was Grace Simon with her first song Ismail Marzuki’s “Kopral Jono” and Titiek Puspa’s “Kupu-Kupu Malam“. She also let the crowd sing along with her making it an interactive performance while Yuyun blew away the saxophone elegantly. Nunus Utomo with his musky rocking voice singing songs taken from the Rod Stewart versions with “What A Wonderful World” and ” I Love You for Sentimental Reasons“. Yuyun Jazzmint also made a different arrangement with George Irfan singing “Bujang Dara” a number from his album The Indonesian Songbook. Really nice!


Some people would refer Jeff Lorber as a fusion jazz respected artist and one of the smooth jazz pioneer. For us, Jeff Lorber is someone who has contributed many things for passion and his eternal love of music. He has become a prominent figure in the movement of jazz fusion. Jeff himself performs regularly at the  Java Jazz Festival, or what we usually call it better as “In-House Residence”.  Tonight at JakJazz, Jeff Together with (his band or some other artists) they treated our thirst for jazz. This is his project which first honed their craft in the Portland, Oregon Club scene and rapidly expanded their aim for national and international audience. Their formation of Jimmy Haslip (bass), Eric Marienthal (saxophone), Vinnie Colaluta. They have just came back from Manila, Phillipines. While the strong fusion smell attracted the fans like having the best coffee beans to sip joyfully, the all-star casts in this session really brought something great yet natural. What a challenging stage we got, we are happy to have Jeff Lorber Fusion at this JakJazz 2012.

A senior fusion guitarist formerly known as the member of Cannizaro and Canzo, Totong Wicaksono continued his participation after the Road to JakJazz 2012 held several months ago. Just like at that time, he delivered the kind of classy 80’s jazz fusion with some Latins and jazzy pop. His Hollow body guitar and the classical acoustic nylon guitar are his favorite weapons that he believes can represent his musicality at best. Some songs from his solo project album were played nicely too at this festival.

Well they say, two is better than one. But three makes the musketeers. Dewa Budjana, Balawan, and Tohpati are known as guitar virtuosos in Indonesia. Normally guitarist at this level would prefer to play alone, but that’s not the case of these masters. They surprised us some years ago by joining forces and called themselves as Trisum. What’s even more surprising is they can actually blend harmoniously with high tolerance guide to one another. The first album received huge success, the second one received the same acceptance from the market. They synchronize each other to create a whole new world of music, they rock the jazz like no one have done before. Three wizards showed us how far guitars come in handy entertaining us, courtesy of these masters. Unpredictable twists, heart-pounding manouvers, acrobatic improvisations were all over their stage, all thanks to the harmonious connection between them. Eventough they busy with their own agendas, we hope it won’t obstruct them to make another album after “Five in One” and participate in more events in the near future. Kudos to Trisum for making such an unbelievable show. Tonight, accompanied with Muhammad Iqbal (drummer), they played “5 in1″, “Bubi“, “Keroncong Kemayoran“, “All You Can Eat“, “Guitar in the Midnight“, “Saka/Lukisan Pagi“, “Pulang“, and “Rahwana” to entertain us.


One Man Acapella Boris Savoldelli, vocal performer from Italy just has no limits in learning. He’s been singing through classic, rock-funk, avant-garde and yes, jazz. A list of albums such as “Biocosmopolitan”, “The Miss Kiss”, “Protoplasmic”, “Insanology” and a vocal solo arrangement of The Beatles’ classics “Get Back Evolution”. Many fans who hadn’t known him before were pleasantly surprise with the treat. The concept had A Capella in it, but still it wasn’t like the way a capella we used to hear. Imagine a singer who does more than just singing, instead he used his voice as the whole ensemble roled as one. He placed the base, the rhythm, the backing vocals and then he put his singing on top of them. What a miraculous work, something that might seem impossible came true through his voice. As the title of these followong songs appeared, the Mexican-feel “Mindjoke“, then “Blue Child” that he played in the name of remembering his grandmother not in sad but sensitive way, Monk’s “I Mean You“, Miles Davis’ “All Blues” and no forget to mention about cover of one Beatles’ song “Tomorrow Never Knows“, all in a way no one ever did before. Talk about unique, you gotta see this man. He’s like having the whole instruments in his throat while he also used his whole body as a part of the ensemble. On top of everything, this is the man that strecth out the concept of ‘having-fun’ on stage to the max. Man, you gotta see to believe.


Like a mix of everything with toppings of each? Jazz funk, soul jazz, nu jazz and acid jazz, you have it. It’s all there in Incognito! You know the names, yeah, Jean-Paul Maunik, a.k.a Bluey (Guitar & Vocals), Matt Cooper (Keyboard), Pete Biggin (Drums), Julian Crampton (Bass), Jamie Anderson (Saxophone), Sid Gauld (Trumpet) and Alistar White (Trombone). Arriving from the United Kingdom, they have flew in to Jakarta to greet the crowd. This legendary band never fails to create a communicative interaction with the crowd making it such a welcoming atmosphere. Their positive vibes in songs such as “N.O.T“, “Still a Friend of Mine“, “I’ll be Loving You Always“, “Always There“, “Colibry” were delivered on stage. Bluey’s introduction to the next song started off with “Larc en Ciel”. Bluey called his bestfriend, our lovely Indonesian diva: Dira Sugandi and rock the stage with “Talkin’ Loud” surely with the high tone of her voice, flawlessly powerful. No need to wait longer, another surprise came up suddenly, each of the personnel switch their role in playing musical instrument and had Bluey as the main vocalist within the song.There were many great moments such as when there was a saxophone moment which amazed the crowd. There was also a duo double session by the percussions and drums. With eyes closed they just flowed with the rhtyhm and the beat. At the end of their performance,


It’s a pleasure too watch Dixieland Crackerjacks, why? Because we can ride the time tunnel to visit the early jazz scene around the early 20’s and enhance our lore about the jazz history. From its name we know that this group played dixieland music, an embryo for jazz musical. This genre really close with swing, one of the earliest styles of jazz that is still known by the jazz fans. For you who are still unfamiliar with the name/style Dixie, this genre born from combining the early blues and ragtime which is believed as the root of the modern jazz. This Netherlands based band formed in 1994 and still goes on strong up to this day. What’s unique about Dixieland Crackerjacks is that the band  can change the formation/member, from small combo to supersize orchestra, depend on the event they participate.Lodewijk Johannes Bink, Michael Bruno Wijnand Muller, Arend Gerard Huisman, Anne Van Der Wal, Lielian Tryfena Tan were the ones behind this amazing band. This unique formation also affect they musicality, therefore they can play a lot of jazz genres no matter the classics or the modern ones.


Appeared in unique vintage Happy-Dixie outfit they added up the color to this JakJazz Festival 2012. With loads for song list from the past including “Maskrut Rumble“, “Bourbon Street Parade” and plenty of other classic songs like “Basin Street Blues” and so on. We have been waiting long enough to have a Dixie style in jazz festival in Indonesia. Finally we got one, and that’s from one of the best in today’s jazz scene, thanks to JakJazz. We hope their appearance can stimulate the Indonesian bands to form a dixie groups, because, no matter what, Dixie is one of the most important legacy we have to preserve. Dank u wel Crackerjacks Dixieland, it was like riding a time tunnel to see where jazz started came from.

About a month ago, Rio Moreno, a keyboardist we first knew as the Cherokee member released an album entitled “El Montuno”. Here in this album he poured his passion which seems to be rooted in jazz and Latins, like samba and salsa, something that we can always clearly discover from him. At this year’s JakJazz he appeared with that concept, playing the songs from the album and also the popular ones such as “Moliendo Cafe” and The Beatles’ “Come Together“. Something that no many knows, he also did a good dance. As the album is still new, it’s good to see him introducing the music of the album by playing live in front of the audience. Rio Moreno is a great keyboardist that can play as good as his idol, Arturo Sandoval and Michel Camilo. We hope the best for you guys and the newly released album. Long live Rio Moreno and the El Montuno!

And then there was Manna which name comes from the combination of the two personnels who established the group, the legendary bassist A.S Mates and superb guitarist Achmad Ananda plus the power rockin drum beats of Jessi Mates and vocalist/rapper Fajri Rusani. They deliver their music through the eye of progressive rock jazz yet also having a touch of blues and funk.

So from the era of flashbacks to the present, from fusion to blues, from instruments to education, Djarum Mild Jakarta International Jazz Festival 2012 Day one gave it all to you, but there’s still heaps more names and performances you just don’t want to miss. National, international, you name it! See you on day two jazz lovers!

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We are excited to tell you that the pioneer of international-scaled jazz event in Indonesia, the Jakarta International Jazz Festival, better known as JAKJAZZ  IS BACK! Some of you might have heard it since April 2012 when the pre-event called Road to JakJazz Festival was launched for 2 days straight at Gandaria city, Jakarta. At that time the pre-event was made so big, featuring who’s who in the Indonesian jazz squared-circle including some past superstars/legends who made their return on jazz stage. You can read our report from that event here: Day 1 Part 1 :, Day 1 Part 2: , Day 2 Part 1: and Day 2 Part 2: Looking back at the Road to JakJazz Festival and the previous editions, it’s not exaggerating for us to say that JakJazz is one of the biggest malls of jazz in Indonesia. We can find the best ones performing here on several stages, from today’s popular stars, the legends, to some of the names who we haven’t heard anymore for such a long time. This year Sharkindo Komunika has announced that The Djarum Super Mild Jakarta International Jazz Festival (JakJazz) 2012 will be held next month on Friday-Sunday, 19-21 October 2012 again at Istora Senayan Jakarta.

From the official website we got an official statement due to the return of JakJazz.
“JakJazz is back!
Now JAKJAZZ is stepping up a gear to be re-launch and expand its high calibre image, and therefore extending the festival’s position as a one-of-a-kind jazz festival.

In its upcoming 13th production, JAKJAZZ remains one of the most respected jazz festivals, critically focused on jazz as an art form, by showcasing the most innovative accomplishments in Indonesia and around the globe’s jazz and creative improvised music.”


ireng maulana, jakjazz 2012, jazzualityThe idea of JakJazz firstly came from the legendary guitarist Ireng Maulana. Ever since its first launching back in 1988, JakJazz has featured thousands of stars both international and local and held 12 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 and then in 2010 appeared as a charity show called JakJazz Cares at Gandaria City. All the way, JakJazz has successcully gained millions of hundreds of thousands or might be millions of jazz aficionados either from the Jakarta residents, other cities or even from other parts of the globe. Just like life, this legendary festival also has its ups and downs. But the efforts to keep it alive is always intense. This year JakJazz 2012 returns big time by holding the theme of “Jazz the Way You Are”.  We hope this one will become the new dawn of even bigger future.


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Not just making its return, JakJazz is ready to make it a huge one. Look at the mouth-watering participants. The leading group of acid jazz who has million of fans in Indonesia, the one and only Incognito is one of them. Last year Incognito held its solo concert in Indonesia where they successfully dropped the funk bomb with serious groove radiation to us. So now Bluey is set to bring it back. If you’re a fan, make sure not to miss it. The famous jazz-funk/fusion band from Iceland, Mezzoforte is also ready to revisit JakJazz since their participation in the 90’s. Their hit “Garden Party” was highly popular back then and still played in some radio stations from time to time, so let’s wait and see if we could hear it again while watching them live in the festival. Full package Grammy Award-nominated keyboardist/producer/composer Jeff Lorber has confirmed too. This time he will bring his group Jeff Lorber Fusion featuring great saxophonist Eric Marienthal, Sonny Emory and Nate Phillips. For jazz-fusion lovers, it’s a sin to miss it. Attenzione, the great singer who always loves to challenge his own vocal to work like a lethal instrument passing the territory of funk, avant-garde to experimental from Italy named Boris Savoldelli is joining the lineup as well. He has done a lot of projects like Società Anonima Decostruzionismi Organici (S.A.D.O), Insanology (using a looper machine without any instrument) and a duo project with Elliott Sharp, this time he will give something new called “One-Man Acapella”.  Don’t miss the special performance of Tetsuo Sakurai too. Just three weeks ago Casiopea came and greeted their fans with the most current formation called Casiopea 3rd (read the report here: Though Yoshihiro Naruse does a great role as the bassist, many fans missed Tetsuo Sakurai’s existance in this legendary band.  So now you got the chance to see the one and only Tetsuo Sakurai at this event. Get ready to have a tasty bassline from him!


Have you ever tasted the sweet paradise of one of Nusantara’s known tourism stars? Specifically, that one piece of Earth where the richness of biodiversity is revealed – that one place called Bunaken. So, what’s jazz got to do with seawater this October? Here’s something you’d be dead ecstatic to hear: the Lion Air Bunaken Jazz Festival is awake to groove n’ shake the land of Minahasa! For the very first time, a national jazz-themed music festival is going to be held in the heart of North Sulawesi, the capital, Manado. What fabulous joy are we waiting to see?

The Lion Air Bunaken Jazz Festival is fully supported by the Lion Air Group. Managing Director Bunaken Jazz Festival, Tommy Bernadus pointed out that the purpose of creating the event is to please the people of North Sulawesi with exciting entertainment as well as to promote North Sulawesi itself, Manado, and especially Bunaken to the universe. What can be better than this? “Although only national and local musicians will be the ones to perform, the event will be known worldwide because of the support of Social Media. We would like North Sulawesi to be a destination and tourism desire to witness music events,” added Tommy. Now this is finally the kind of creation that Minahasa is bound to experience like never before!

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You might have recognized that the name “Bunaken” is on the title of the bash. This, explained Tommy once again, is done with no doubt because the tourism site of Bunaken has always been known as the very icon of North Sulawesi. And here we are, music fellows, about to witness a spectacular event that has the two exuberant words “Bunaken” and “jazz” combined together in it.


The May edition of Red White Lounge was full of thrills for so many surprising shows existed here and there. The special collaboration performance between Everette Harp and Indra Lesmana Quartet as a part of their Asian tour (before they landed on Blue Note Tokyo), the ‘reunion’ between Titi DJ and Indra Lesmana, Krishna Balagita’s new project: “Light of 7 Dreams” and the return of Emerald are some of the special treats that could only happen in this particular site. As now we’ve entered June, with a little delay due to the full schedule of Indra and Honhon Lesmana at the end of May, finally we received the complete schedule for the whole month, and we’re ready to share it to you!  You can pick the show(s) you like and mark your calendar from now on, or you can always check who’s on anytime you need some jazz treatments during the service day, from Wednesday to Sunday. Here we give you short descriptions on each performers, but still it’s the best for you to check them out yourself, because there may be lots of surprises in each show.

The Extra Large

Davina and the rest of the band members (Pandji Akbari, Pandu Attahiyyat, Dionaldi Iqbal and Agape) are more than ready to entertain you again this month at the Red White Lounge. Resting their music concept in between jazz and soulful vibes, this band can be surprising when they go outside the broder and bring something unexpected, like pinning popular melayu pop or even dangdut into their style. Will they bring those songs this time? We don’t know. But what we know is, they always serve one extra large party anywhere they go. Either you’re their fan or you’re into the soulful jazz with some twists, you got to check this one out.
The Extra Large will perform on June 1, 2012
First Drink Charge: IDR 60.000

Dennis Junio and Rafi and the Beat ft Matthew Sayersz

Imagine this. A 10 year-old boy played drums like a pro, released an album, playing with no less than 18 international jazz stars and had Harvey Mason as the producer. That might sound hard to believe, but it already happened in 2007 courtesy of Muhammad Rafi. Later he established his own band Rafi and the Beat where he unleashed his skill by pouring the beat over variety of style, from pop, soul, funk, RnB and jazz. On stage he always love to bring the experienced players and many guest stars.  At the Red White Jazz Lounge, Rafi will bring some of his friends who have been playing with him for some years such as Ronald Steven (bass), Johanes Radianto (guitar), Fanny Kuncoro (keyboards) plus Radhini on vocal. If that already look cool enough, he’s rising up the game by collaborating with two more popular young guns, saxophonist Dennis Junio and singer Matthew Sayersz. How would young ensemble like this be? That’s for you to see.
Dennis Junio and Rafi Project will perform on June 2, 2012
First Drink Charge: IDR 60.000

Sudden Jazz Fanny & Friends

Again, Red White Jazz Lounge opens up the collaboration with one of the jazz communities in Jakarta, the Sudden Jazz. Representing Sudden Jazz, Fanny Kuncoro and Friends is the group to anchor the open jam session on Sundays. Fanny Kuncoro came from Yogyakarta and once also worked as a DJ. He’s been showing his passion join the jam sessions wherever he stays, something that he continues to do in his current city, Jakarta. Lately he’s been digging the Hammond organ more as a way to show his big interest in Joey deFrancesco’s music style. This is for you if you’re into the spontaneous jam sessions.
Sudden Jazz Fanny & Friends will perform on June 3, 2012
First Drink Charge: IDR 60.000

Bubu Giri

Setia Giri and Bubu seems to be the regular performer at the Red White Jazz Lounge. They have been getting a spot or two for several months now, most likely for how good this dynamic duo deliver their music in every session. “You only need a minute to see their talent..that’s how good they are..really.” said one of our readers to us a while ago after watching their performance. The strong, thick bluesy, soulful and jazzy vocal of Bubu plus the lovely, breezy guitar sound of Giri equals a melodious acoustic touch that will delight whoever cross path with them. You missed their sessions before? Here you can have the chance. As for you who want to see them again, they are back, only for one session this month.
Bubu Giri will perform on Wednesday, June 6, 2012
First Drink Charge: IDR 50.000

Komunitas Jazz Kemayoran : Red White Experience

After the participation of Margo Jazz Community and Sudden Jazz, here comes another solid jazz community Komunitas Jazz Kemayoran also known as KJK. This community was established in April 2004 at Kampung Irian, Kemayoran. Having Beben Jazz as the brain, this community has been growing bigger and stronger not only with good skills and enough experiences through KJK’s regular events and in other occasions, but as Beben loves to educate people about the history of jazz and beyond, they have been educated about this too. Now KJK is going to have its first Red White Experience, presenting two groups “Live at Wonderland” and “Revival Generation Project”. From what we have seen before, Live at Wonderland brought ear-catchy acoustic style which also involve a cajon and saxophone, while Revival Generation Project often brings some ethnic into their jazz sound. Be there and taste the KJK’s pleasuring jazz.