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CHASEIRO is certainly not a new name in Indonesian music scene. Formed in 1978, The vocal group consisted of Candra Darusman (vocal, keyboard), Helmie Indrakesuma (vocal), Aswin Sastrowardoyo (vocal, guitar), Edwin Hudioro (flute), Irwan B. Indrakesuma (vocal), Rizali Indrakesuma (vocal, bass), Omen Norman Sonisontani (vocal) made an important breakthrough after they won a competition held by Radio Amigos on May 6, 1978. Soon after they appeared at the first ever Jazz Goes to Campus, a special appearance in the 70’s popular TV show Nada dan Improvisasi and the rest is history.

Chaisero’s well known for their catchy melodies  and lyrics which often made simple but close to our everyday’s life, in many times inspiring or  even come with social and politic issue. For instance, “Pemuda”, is one of their best songs, memorable, inspirational, even the lyric is still relevant for our young generation now.


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More than 30 years have passed and now Chaseiro still full of spirit and energy to continue their music career. The surprise is here : Recently they released a new album named Retro 2 (buy here:, following the first Retro released a couple of years ago which marked the return of Chaseiro in the recordings. The press conference was held on October 11, 2014 at BlackCat, Plaza Senayan, Jakarta, moderated by Bens Leo. The popular group RAN was there too as the representative of guest stars in the album. The band is 36 years old, yet they are still showing high energy and passion to craft new things in the music industry.

We had chance to know the whole process about it. They shared their stories about recording, solidarity between them after Helmie’s passed away, being in the same square circle with so many young and new musicians and the next big thing they would like to do about Chaisero’s future music. If you have some questions about what’s inside the album or why you should get a copy, this interview will reveal it all too. We met some of them at Vio Hotel Bandung. At first there were only Chandra Darusman and Omen Norman Sonisontani but later Aswin Sastrowardoyo joined the conversation.
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The past three years must be hard for Chaseiro due to the passing of three friends. First Uce Hariono, then Ade Hamzah, and last year we were all shock by the passing of Helmie Indrakesuma.  How’s Chaseiro and how do you deal with it?
Of course it brings a huge impact on us. He’s a big loss for us, because Helmie brings an important role in Chaseiro’s vocal harmonization and music, and to our unity as one big family too. But life has to keep going forward. Now that he’s gone, we’re still keeping our friendship tight to his family.

He has a strong character over his voice that’s easy to distinguish in Chaseiro’s song..
Yes. In terms of vocal, Helmi is irreplaceable. We’re very sad and miss him so much. But Chaseiro is commited to keep moving forward, keep on crafting in Indonesian music industry.

It must be hard for you to realize that Helmi’s not there anymore every time you stand on stage, especially since he was already there with you from the beginning?
Yes, it’s sad to realize that he’s not there anymore. Well, why we can not sing “Shy” until now, because he sang it a lot (he actually wrote this song too in 1983-ed). But there’s no burdened feeling between the member of Chaseiro. We know we just have to keep going.



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Having existed for 36 years and obviously still driven by passion. With that kind of passion, surely you have some plans in mind. What’s next?
We still want to make new songs, where there’s a lot of changes over the years. We’ve been together since we were young and single, until now that we have family and kids. As we get older, we have a lot of responsibility. Musically speaking, our mission is not only about ourselves anymore, but also about the young generation.

You’ve been doing it for more than three decades. You know, the inspiring, positive message through the lyrics..
Well, those themes are still the same.. you know, about solidarity, honesty, friendship…  but we also realize that we need to keep on evolving.

One of the most important example is “Pemuda”. After all this year, the message carried by the song is still relevant. I think it can be mentioned as the most memorable one. A lot of people still enjoy listening to that song, it even appeared in the commercial nowadays.
We still don’t get it ourselves. (Chandra Darusman laughed). Maybe there’s still so many people need and looking for something so that it still feelsrelevant to a lot of people.




Now let’s talk about the most recent album of Chaseiro called Retro 2. First of all, I’m interested with the word “Retro”. Nowadays we tend to go retro almost in everyting. In the movie, photo, fashion, music and so on. Recycling something from the past to be a today’s trend… so the fact that Chaseiro uses Retro, twice in the comeback is really interesting.
Exactly. We actually mention it in the press release. We brought some of our old hits but made a fresh rearrangement. But there are new songs too. So it’s like the compilation of those hits with a new breath.

Again, this time you collaborate with a lot of guest stars, including the top ones in today’s music scene.
Yes, we work with a lot of young musicians to make Chaseiro’s music become fresher than before. This time we feature RAN, Marcell, Tompi and some other artists that have started before them like Riza Arshad, Tohpati and Uci Nurul.

So, modern element is important in Retro 2, just like the first Retro?
Yes. We’re trying to accentuate the modern elements so our content can be delivered to the youngsters.


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Such as?
Well, you will hear new arrangement over the songs that you’ve probably know. Speaking of modern, there will be rap, reggae and the new composition in a group like the way RAN has been doing.

Do you guys keep your eyes on the Indonesian music references today, especially on the young and new musicians?
Of course. We listen to RAN, Tulus, Raisa, Barry Likumahuwa, also the genius one, Joey Alexander. We think he’s way better than Indra Lesmana in his age. He’s gonna be the next big thing.

Knowing that the members are scattered in different sides of the sphere, you (Chandra Darusman) in Singapore, Rizali in India and the rest in Jakarta, is it hard to keep running especially in the recording process of Retro 2?
We have to admit that it was hard. In Retro 2, all the recording process held when we were in different places. Thanks to the technology, we could take vocals, send the data, and all the recording stepped without boundaries. There are lot of tech features that can be used such as emails, dropbox feature, etc. Those facilitated us during the recording process. Since Tohpati and Tompi were busy, we actually did it too with them. We were collaborating with Tohpati and Tompi indirectly using the internet to send their vocal and guitar tracks. We even sent the payment to them by using e-banking. (laughs).


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What is Chaseiro’s plan for the near future? Will there be a breakthrough or you will still go retro and serve those beauties in new style?
For the next plan, we do wish to make an album of all new songs. Chaseiro doesn’t have a plan to continue to Retro 3 after Retro 1 and Retro 2. In Retro 2 you can already listen to three of our new songs such as “Tell Me” (written by the late Helmie Indrakesuma), “Siapa Bilang” and “Pagi Hari”. Actually, we also have an interest on releasing song one by one with video clip, we compile it one by one and when it’s enough for an album, we make one.

So make one song after another, release it as a video clip? That’s interesting. But why exactly you want to make it that way?
It’s because making one full album is a lot of work and doesn’t always sell well, right? That’s why we have to think about new strategy, and that one seems good.

The messages contained in Chaseiro’s songs have a wide and universal meaning. And as far as the music goes, it seems that Chaseiro never stuck on one genre. Instead you go with whatever style, from jazz, Latin, pop to even country, often you also combine those elements. If one ask you about the genre of your music, what would you tell them?
Actually if we have to mention Chaseiro’s music in one genre, I think it’s going to be pop latin. That’s the closest element of Chaseiro. But, we also have a little jazz here and there, although it’s only mild or light. We also love to add some samba elements and other varieties of music.

Aside of Chaseiro, what do you think of Indonesian music nowadays?
We see that the Indonesian music industry has been growing much better. We see Indonesian music is always irreplaceable in its home. Although there’s certain trend such as K-Pop or Western music domination, but somehow, the Indonesian music can still keep its path towards a better direction. Our music is actually doing better  compared to the nearest neighboring countries.


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Last question, but probably the most important thing regarding to the new Retro 2 album. What’s interesting in this album so the music fans have to own it?
First, we renew the old concept so it’s very refreshing.
Second, there are seven guest stars, many of them are from the young generation to reach wider, younger segment.
Third, you can still listen to the works of our late friends (Helmie Indrakesuma, Uce Hariono and Ade Hamzah). Before they passed away, we still got the chance to record some materials with them. So now you can listen as if they were still alive and played with us.

and then, Chaseiro also cooperate with Indonesian Cancer Foundation (Yki-Yayasan Kanker Indonesia) with our song titled “Dara”. As a part of our CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), our consistency in humanity and future generation, we decided to donate all the royalties of “Dara” to the research and treatment of the ladies who suffer cervical cancer. Why we chose to donate it to the cervical cancer patient? There are some reasons. One, because I don’t know why, but we found out that Chaseiro’s listeners are mostly women. And cervical cancer is one of the most medical problems that women had to deal with. So we want to help them by contributing with our music.

(Aswin who also work as an Obstetrics and gynaecology (OB/GYN) doctor explained to us that in Indonesia this type of cancer is still the biggest threat to female. It actually can be cured if detected earlier, but many people don’t realize the importance just yet).

Lastly, the unique thing about this album is ‘the behind the scene’ part itself. As we said earlier, the album process was assisted by the internet techonology, such as vocal takes in separate places, send the data and stuffs. We know that we need to keep being updated with the technology development. that can always help us to evolve better from time to time.

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Interviewed by: Riandy Kurniawan and Maudy Puteri Agusdina
Photos during the interview were taken by: Armano Putranto and Mia Damayanti
Photos from the Press Conference belong to Dudut Suhendra Putra, provided by Niny Sunny




Nobody loves problems, but whose life has none of it? We don’t like to have it, but it’s all actually about  how you look at problems and face them, because any problem, even the biggest one can be a blessing in disguise.

This edition of Kampoeng Jazz should have the real experience of it. They just suffered big loss because the event had to be posponed due to the parliament election. It was hard for them surely, but they didnt surrender. They understood the situation and did everything to keep up. They took another date, dealt with the artists, the sponsors and of course, people who already bought the tickets. Instead of giving up, they brought in more talents and extended the duration, stretching it to start earlier than planned. As a result, they scored big time. They might achieve the same success had they ran earlier, but the stars they added in the lineup were just unbelievable. It can be a good moral lesson for us. After passing the stormy weather, they bounced back, being stronger than ever and made a spectacular blast. That’s qute a story to tell, that’s the story of The 6th International Kampoeng Jazz in 2014.

Following the fruitful years of the previous festivals, this year they did it with more enthusiasm, more crowd, more artists, wider kind of jazz, and more stages too. The people were seen happy with smile on their faces, some actually brought back some music instruments they bought at the venue, little kids asking their parents about jazz and music and wanted to study them, couples getting even more intimate, bunch of musicians reunited and seemed like having a good time, and that is how you know if a jazz festival is succesful.



This year Kampoeng Jazz presented two stages which played simultaneously, as if to let the crowd to choose which jazz suit them better, in accordance with this year’s theme “FIND THE JAZZ IN YOU”. While the main stage as usual became the reliable playground of who’s who in the industry, this time another stage was set and managed by the Bandung’s jazz community, Klab Jazz. Klab Jazz brought in some of the best bands under its flag to show that they are just as good as those who have made it. We think it’s a good sign. Finally there’s a jazz festival in Bandung that gives plenty of room to these potential local bands to be in action. What’s also great is that these community bands shared this second stage with some popular ones too. So, the second stage is clearly not for second class acts, but it simply gives the audience more choice to see. Speaking of the lineup, it was obviously seen that this festival is going uphill every year, and just by its sixth year, Kampoeng Jazz managed to bring high-caliber artists such as Renee Olstead and Tortured Soul, continuing the big catch last year with Sondre Lerche and Tetsuo Sakurai. And names from our own soil was just mouth-watering. Therefore, Kampoeng Jazz has established themselves to compete with other jazz festivals. Legends, supergroup, big names, potential new comers wthose who soon will be big, ere found crafting their pieces for 12 hours straight! 12 hours of jazz bash, we repeat, 12 hours of delicious jazz bash was just beyond believe. And mind you that it comes from university students, The Executive Student Board (BEM) of The Law Faculty of Padjadjaran University to be exact. Well done, team!



A press conference was held at an unusual hour, 7:30 pm in at Sheraton Hotel, Bandung. In this press conference we met some of the artists including Renee Olstad, French Kiwi Juice,   and… Krakatau! Krakatau? Yes, Krakatau. We have heard rumors about it, but the committee seems wish to keep it until the D-day. We will tell you more about Krakatau’s ‘come home’ gig, but let’s begin the coverage first.

Three winners from the auditions ignited the event. The first two sessions were filled by NYP and All Voices. All Voices has Boy Hylmy ad Simplicity (vocals), Dori and Trisna (guitars), Ciput (bass), Elko (keyboard), Puji (drums) and Rizfan (percussions) are all still students majoring other than music, yet they do have skill and passion into it. Good show in the early hours.  NYP also stands as a students’ band that’s  able to play catchy jazz tunes. Size-wise speaking, the band is also quite large: Nathania (vocal),Bagja (acoustic guitar), Rizaldi (electric guitar), Fabian (bass), Bobby (drums), Bhisma (keys), Widi (sax) and Virdania and Rena as the backing vocals. With groovy saxophone also stood in front other than the vocalist, the N.Y.P proofed that they do earn the shot to participate at the main event of this campus jazz festival.




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.





Greetings to all Jazzy people around the world! We would like to welcome all of you who wants to know the full report of Indonesia Jass Festival 2013. Indonesia Jass Festival, one of biggest events that overwhelmed you guys the Jazz lovers with loads of nothing but talented, skillful and creative Indonesian Jazz musician. Presented by ALBA Productions, Indonesia Jass Festival was held at Istora Senayan, Jakarta on August, 30-31, 2013. More than a hundred musician gathered at this place to fulfill the two days of fest with joy and happiness through every tones.

Some of us might be still curious why it became Jass not Jazz, aren’t we?
At the first era of Jazz, actually it was well-known as “Jass” not Jazz. Music which originally came from New Orleans contains the mixture of a fine mixture of ragtime, driving brass bands/marching bands, gospel and of course the growl of the blues. It was The Original Dixieland Jass Band (ODJB) born in 1916 as  the evidence of the “Jass” term. Bringing back the good old times is just the nicest way to get some info and also beautiful music of Jazz. In short, the committee of IJF 2013 wants to present an unpublished part of Jazz itself.

Indonesia Jass Festival also trying to bring back the spirit of old times of Indonesia since we just celebrating our independence day on August, 17th. This event happened as a gift from all musician for Indonesia. Undoubtedly, music especially Jazz take a part in introducing Indonesia to the world wide. Many musicians from our country successfully build their carrier in international music industry, so here comes our turn to welcome the talented musicians of our own. For you guys who unfortunately could not come to Istora Senayan, we supplied you the full report, here they are!


30th of August when the sun just came back after the rain, Indonesia Jass Festival was opened by the performance of Kirana Big Band. It’s around 2pm when all of a sudden the ‘crazy gang’ HajarBleh Big Band rushed in, creating a flash mob scene, just like the way they did it on International Jazz Day last April. Two big bands joined hands, that was already spectacular, but wait, the Muslim intellectual figure Emha Ainun Nadjib (Cak Nun) gave an oration and read a poem, while the vocalist of HajarBleh BigBand sang the National Song “Tanah Airku.” Cak Nun would play again later on with his gamelan ensemble KiaiKanjeng by collaborating with Inna Kamarie. Such an incridible way to open a fest.

After that early heavy act on stage, Aboda took over the same stage. Aboda is a sibling band of four brothers: Timotius (keys), Fanuel (drums), Filemon (guitar) and Clement (bass). From the church, they went to the secular world, sending the positive message in a way to bless people. They like to tell a lot of stories, not by talking but through songs, both covers and original ones. Basically they delivered the messages in smooth jazz fashion but we captured other musical patterns too here and there enriching their concept. The word Aboda is taken from Hebrew word means ‘working, serving and praising’, or in Indonesia means ‘ibadah’. One thing to learn from Aboda, if you wish to bless people, it doesn’t always have to be done only in places of worship, but it can also be taken outside the walls. Music can always be a good media to use, and since Aboda chose jazz as its main course, we can get the evidence that jazz can bless people too, especially when it comes with positive messages such as friendship, peace and love. Their first song was “Backyard” which tells us about being honest in life just like when we are in the backyard. Next was a song about beautiful life, titled “Today in Paradise”; and the last was folk songs from Papua and Maluku where they did in medley with jazz, also “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” that uniquely came in 6/8. Meanwhile RGP, stands for Revival Generation Project did their best on Essence Stage, FOD at Welcome Stage and High & Low took the Samali Stage.

Three Songs, a group with five siblings on it was very unique. There are 11 years old drummer named Josafat Song, 15 years old bassist named Samuel, two guitarists named Abed and Abe, and 14 years old singer named Caeli. The drummer and bassist showed amazing skill and speed, simply incredible. Altogether they played their own two songs and another two covered songs (Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Overjoyed). Previously they played on Java Jazz and JakJazz, next event they are invited as the delegation from Indonesia on Youth World Jazz at Bogor. One of their songs titled “Hippo Track” simply because they like watching National Geography and they also like hippo.


While High & Low served some swings, Kandank Jurank Doank sent out a message that we should preserve the nature. Kandank Jurank Doank was established by famous artist Dik Doank in 1993, made as a school for poor children which is placed right in the natural environment. In there he’s been giving the children school education plus an awareness that the beautiful nature is a gift from God that needs to be conserved. They brought up some traditional instrument from natural materials. Dik Doang stated that Next, step our feet to check out the left corner where Zarro & De Vega played. Many people still remember him as one of the Jakarta-based band Clorophyl, but actually he has moved on to a new course where he utilized his mother language, Kaili (lingua franca of where he came from, Palu, Central Celebes/Sulawesi). We have seen him with his Kaili-Bossanova Project, now he chose to bring his other well established project, Zarro & De Vega. With this project he presented Latin/Brazilian Jazz with the combination of Kaili and Portuguese language. It was a very interesting and unique show.


The legend Ireng Maulana brought a memorable, spontaneous and humble show as always. Swing was on in a very beautiful way by him. He just let his fingers flew all over the guitar fret in producing harmonious jazz sound that came from his deepest soul. Looked so happy when he played on the stage with Yuyun George on saxophone, Happy Pretty on trumpet, As Mates on bass, Rudy on drum, Sam Panuwun on keyboard for 15 minutes, they played “One Note Samba” and “Route 66″ happily. We’re all also happy to see him glowing in his age. May God bless him with great health so we can enjoy his pure, natural swingin’ jazz touch for many, many more years to come. Came from Surabaya, senior keyboardist Yohanes Gondo with his trio colored up the Essence Stage with well known jazz standards. Meanwhile female singer Rahel Pradika and her Quintet gave a pretty bossa and light jazz with deep smokey voice in good control.At 6 pm the stages got busier than before. Manna which has fusion as their indirect power in music got their turn. With senior bassist A.S. mates, his son Jessi Mates and ellegant guitarist Achmad Ananda and rapper/vocalist Fajri Rusani, this cross-generation band becomes more solid as a team. The pleasuring jazz joy was served through combination of acoustic and groove sound with electronic. Speaking of genre, they creatively fused jazz, blues, rock, funk and other patterns. They played simple but really charming.


Moving on to the next stage on the right corner of the venue, we spotted Monita Tahalea & The Nightingales. Led by the beautiful singer with lushy vocal Monita Tahalea, her most recent group which filled by Chaka Priambudi (bass), Yoseph Sitompul (piano), Ricard Hutapea (flute/sax), Gerald Hiras Situmorang (guitar) and Jessi Mates (drums). After finishing a Christmas album produced by Indra and Hanny Lesmana, her busy schedule with the group finally landed at this Indonesian Jass Festival. As information, Nightingale is a singing bird with peaceful and calm sound, it’s a perfect choice for Monita to choose this name since she also breathes the same soul. It was a fast swing played when “Sebatas Mimpi” closed the session, unpredictably Monita sang it in ballad. Beyond unique!




The beautiful island of Bali has been listed as one of the world’s most famous tourist haven for many decades. The tropical weather, ancient temples, sandy beaches, rainforests, paddy fields, paintings, sculptures, colorful religious ceremonies, friendly people, all the way to the typical traditional music that you can easily differ from other sounds. What’s not to love about this island? If you’re a jazz fan, now you can add another reason to visit Bali, especially Tanah Lot and the 5 star Nirwana Bali Resort. Why? Because jazz lives happily in that very spot, and just a couple of days from now, a big jazz fest with important social cause is going to paint the whole area with “bluenote” colors. Prepare to meet the Nirwana Bali Jazz Series 2!

It was last September 2012 when we informed you about the premiere of this event (  Held for two days at Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort at Tanah Lot by involving combination of artists from Jakarta and Bali, this event gained great response from the jazz lovers, especially those who live in this Island of Gods. Looking at the result, the Hotels & Resorts unit of PT Bakrieland Development, Tbk (Bakrieland) in cooperation with Prime Time Jazz is ready to host the Nirwana Bali Jazz Series 2 (NBJS #2). This event which will once again feature Indonesian top jazz stars shows the continuous support from Bakrieland Hotels and Resort Unit (BHR) towards the Indonesia’s jazz development.

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“As a music form, jazz is fully filled with the spirit of improvisation and creativity to build beautiful harmony. That perfectly fits the Nirwana Bali Resort’s character that always loves to collaborate with local people to push the tourism forward.” said Nugroho Santosa of BHR, the chairman of Nirwana Bali Jazz Series #2. Furthermore, he explained that the event was made as an effort to provide creative space as well as appreciation to our nations’ and local jazz artists. “They can uprise the progress of jazz in Indonesia,” he added. About the number of attendance, Nugroho is optimist that the event will gain more audience comparing to last year. “We are targeting around 2000 jazz-goers this year.” he said. That’s about 3 times more than the first edition last year. Paul Counihan, the Managing Partner, Prime Time Jazz also expressed his full support to NBJS #2.

For this second edition, the lineup looks fantastic with more artists comparing to last year. NBJS #2 features top stars such as Syaharani, Idang Rasjidi, Tompi, Asty Asha, Amelia Ong, Yance Manusama, Cendi Luntungan, Barry Likumahuwa, Taufan Goenarso, Achmad Ananda, Doni Joesran, Koko Harsoe & Friends, Ito Kurdhi Quartet and more artist. Not only the lineup is shining, you can also expect a lot of surprises from highly interesting collaborations between them (See the complete list below). If last year the Nirwana Bali Jazz Series was served for 2 days, this year the event will be held for 3 days, from March 29 to 31 (Friday to Sunday) 2013. So, 3 days of jazz pleasure, that’s what you’re going to get from this jazz fest.

While the first day is set to be the “VIP Jazz”, the next two days will be served with something unique. At the second day (March 30), NBJS #2 is combined with Golf Fun Game in cooperation with Kadin Golf Club and Industri Kecil Menengah (IKM) Merchandise Gallery. Thus, this second day show is labeled “Golf & Jazz Concert.” How does jazz get along together with golf, or, can you play golf with well-known musicians? That’s something for you to find out. Last but not least, on the third and final day (March 31), by using the theme of “Jazz Clinic & Jazz Concert”, the musicians are looking orward to share their skills and knowledges to the society and children around Beraban Village. The jazz clinic will be open to let anyone interested to learn jazz from the experts. As it contains social activity, BHR will donate significant amount of funds to Yayasan Pendidikan Desa Beraban Bali (The Educational Foundation of Beraban Village, Bali) to support the uneducated children living in Beraban Village, Tabanan, Tanah Lot, Bali.




It was the 23rd of March  when Bandung welcoming the biggest jazz festival of the city in 2013.  After several months of preparation, the committee and Executive Student Board of Faculty of Law, Universitas Padjadjaran Bandung finally presented the 5th International Kampoeng Jazz to the town. Wasn’t it a very pleasant event to start our 2013 with? Three month before, they already made pre-event by involving David Manuhutu featuring Sandy Winarta and Halfwhole Project as guest star in their stage at Paris van Java, Bandung. The event itself has the aim of developing Jazz to Indonesia young generation. While at the time people getting excited with this vibe originally came from New Orleans, students of Faculty of Law Universitas Padjadjaran have been making a continual movement by managing this event since 2008.

For this year the committee decided to go by using the theme of “Jazztorical” with “jazzing you back to history” as the tagline. The appearance of Fariz RM, Indra Lesmana, Chaseiro and Tetsuo Sakurai could create that scene. But more than these legendary names, we got a big surprise too by the participation of Sondre Lerche who’s popular especially among the youngsters. The young jazz diva Andien was here too, and it felt special since she just released her new album.

With more and more crowds came throughout the runtime, this year’s Kampoeng Jazz reached another height in coloring Bandung sky with jazz.  If you didn’t have the time to catch it, you should wonder how did it go. Then, here it is the details of enormous momentum in Kampus Iwa Koesoema Soemantri Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung.


At 10 a.m Sondre Lerche, Omen Sonisontani of Chaseiro, represntative of Fariz  RM and Anthology, and Tetsuo Sakurai gathered in Bale Rumawat for a press conference. Lerche started his speech with “Nama saya (My Name Is) Sondre Lerche” and everyone gave a warm greetings to him. Lerche said that he’s very happy to visit bandung, since this is his first time here. When we asked his opinion about the development of jazz in Indonesia which recently held by college student, he answered with an excitement. “Of course, I’m glad to be invited on this event. I know most of you are still young but this event is great. young generation is the future. It’s an honor to play in this festival,” said Lerche pleasently. Chaseiro also stated that this event gathered them after several time they’re separated by the distance. While Tetsuo Sakurai answered every questions from the reporter friendly. “Selamat pagi. Nama saya Tetsuo Sakurai,” then he told us his experiences in Indonesia. “I’ve been visiting Jakarta for twenty times. I’ve been to Solo, Jogjakarta, and Surabaya. But this is my first time in Bandung. I will give my best performance tonight,”  The press conference closed with photo session.




Attention, jazzy people, listen to this. Not long after the blazing Java Jazz Festival 2013,  another international Jazz festival will land in Bandung,involving several legends of Jazz in Indonesia, the famous international performers and skillful young bands. Exactly, it is The 5th International Kampoeng Jazz presented by the Executive Student Board of Faculty of Law, Universitas Padjadjaran Bandung. Established in 2008, Kampoeng Jazz gained a good responds from the audience and Bandung citizen and have been growing bigger and better. Moreover, this annual event is held as a support of the youth for the development of Jazz itself. While last year we didn’t see this event being made, they actually already buzzed about the coming of this event since many months ago. On December 12th, 2012 the committee had held “Kampoeng Jazz untuk Bandungku (Kampoeng Jazz for My Bandung)” as the pre-event. Ten days later, there was music stage at Paris Van Java presenting Halfwhole Project and David Manuhutu Project feat Sandy Winarta as warming-up session before the main event of Kampoeng Jazz.

We can be proud that Indonesia is one of the rare countries in the world where the jazz breath can be felt really strong inside campuses. Jakarta already has its own annual international jazz festival which has reached the 35th edition, so now it’s time for us to witness the movement in Bandung. It’s good to see how the university students can still manage their valuable times to make up a big sized festival to reach the international scale in between their studying hours. It’s not easy, yet it’s a big surprise to see this upcoming 5th edition of Kampoeng Jazz which is filled with mouth-watering lineup of artists.

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For seeing legends concert directly is one of many ways to appreciate their works, therefore Kampoeng Jazz bringing the fantastic collaboration between Indra Lesmana and Fariz RM to this event. These two Indonesia’s Jazz legends will give an unforgettable experience Jazzy moment for us. Furthermore, Norwegian’s talented musician, Sondre Lerche with a pleasure would like to entertain the audience. There are so many fans of Lerche in Indonesia, especially among the students. His music style which never stays at one particular genre backed by lively stage act will definitely serve a party for us to enjoy. If those names are not enough, get yourself ready to singing along with pretty petite singer, Andien, the famous Trio Lestari consists of three iconic male singer Tompi, Sandhy Sondoro and Glenn Fredly.

Seems Indonesia has become one of the most interesting spot for Japanese musicians/bands to visit. We got many of bands from this Land of the Rising Sun performing in Indonesia lately such as the supergroup Casiopea, Orange Pekoe, Depapepe, Fried Pride, Kaori Kobayashi and last but not least, ex bassist of Casiopea who’s still being the inspiration of many bassists in Indonesia, Tetsuo Sakurai. He’s performed several months at the previous JakJazz 2012 and probably delighted by the response, so now he’s back again to bring his groovy, fired-up bass touch at this event. The legendary vocal harmony group Chaseiro is also in the lineup. This group actually started their journey in 1978 at the first Jazz Goes to Campus while they are still studying in Universitas Indonesia. Just last month Chaseiro just lost one of its key member by the passing of Helmi Indrakesuma. They should still be grieving after the loss, but Chaseiro has to carry on. It’s going to be sad to see the group without Helmi’s presence, yet we’re sure the spirit will always live among the rest of Chaseiro members.

Other than these big lineups, Kampoeng Jazz 2013 will also feature talented Bandung young bands. Blues will be brought in style by Mojo Jojo Experiment, the 3 Minarets, a band which actually come from the faculty of law will spread its light funky jazz. Last but not least, Last Minute Action is ready to lay their musical concept.

“Jazzing You Back to History” or they called it as JAZZTORICAL is the theme of fifth Kampoeng Jazz. In a brief, this event is also dedicated for the movements of our music until today. On Saturday 23th of March, Kampoeng Jazz provides a special package of Jazz atmosphere at Iwa Koesoemasoemantri Building at Padjadjaran University (Unpad). Check their official website for further information and online ticket store, or simply follow them on twitter @KampoengJazz. Go grab the ticket and let your soul affectionate with millions of pleasant tones!

The 5th International Kampoeng Jazz Festival 2013

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Location: Universitas Padjadjaran, Jl. Dipatiukur no 35, Bandung

Ticketing: go to and follow @kampoengJazz

Written by: Shely Napitupulu




Let’s carry on with the report to see the rest of Saturday’s great bash. The tremendous Miles Smiles project which consists of famous jazz cats such as Larry Coryell, Joey DeFrancesco, Omar Hakim, Daryll Jones, Rick Margitza and Wallace Roney re-appeared again after yesterday’s session.


Now think of this: ever heard of how the magic sprinkles of the music that we hear are able to touch our psychological condition, even able to heal? Truly, this one’s not to be missed! It’s out of the mainstream – Maya Hasan Classic Goes Jazz’s remarkable skills are gonna get through you by having the mighty harp accompany her performances. Since she’s digging deeply into the healing therapy by using harp ; something which gave her a conclusion that harp can heal sickness because harp produces perfect notes[ we do hope that the audience who got some problems with their health be healed. Unique, interesting, different.

Supratman street Bandung must be the place with many souls that fulfilled by desire in creating art works, especially since the late artiste Harry Roesli lived there. Luckily, the ninth Java Jazz is carrying half of those soul to the stage by putting 57kustik into their Indonesian Artist’ line up. Moreover, 57kustik had already performed on Java Jazz on the Move (JJOTM) as Java Jazz Festival 2013 pre-event in Bandung (16/2). This becomes their second year as a participant in Java Jazz Festival. In 2012, those street musicians got a very rare chance; they did an impressive collaboration with famous saxophone artist, Dave Koz. Consist of Ipan (violin), Negro (cajon), Yadi (guitar), Firman Ari (bass) and Andry Septa (vocal) now utilized their gifts to deliver a positive message, “For Better Life Movement.”

As Yannick Bovy repeated his session with Ron King Quintet, another tribute happened at the Djarum Lounge. “All My Love”, “Under My Skin”, “She’s Even More Beautiful”, and “I Wanna Be Around”. Indonesian music strongly has something to do with a big name, Elfa Secioria. This senior had influenced so many local musician; he also teached many young artists which later became superstar.


Tonight, this Tribute to Elfa Secioria was a piece of respect and appreciation for each and every form of knowledge he had shared. Netta, Monita, Jemima, and Yassovi Amalia were four young female singers who sang on Djarum Lounge as their admiration to this remembrance. In harmony they brought songs and beautifully presented some works of Elfa. It is one of ways to give honour for Elfa Secioria, because of his big contribution and positive influence for our music. As for Aimee Saras, some might recognize her from “After Hours” program in Metro TV. But today she wasn’t hosting, yet swinging away because Aimee Saras goes swing captivated the stage tonight! What a pleasant surprise.


For some of us D’Masiv might not be a band listed in the jazz list of performers. But hang on, they turned things around with a whole new concept, D’Masiv Jazz Project. The usual melancholic pop from this band were switched into a one-of-a kind performance proving that jazz is all about improvising and the intention of gathering all sorts of sources of music into one and making it worthwhile – “Diam Tanpa Kata”, “Apa Salahku”, “Rindu Setengah Mati”, and “Merindukanmu” were several of the masterpieces that they brought into the open. The help of other jazz musicians helped them to go out of the box, performing in a way they never done before, such as when they sang “Natural” with Benny Likumahuwa and “Pergilah Kasih” with Mus Mujiono. They also had Ali Akbar with them at the stage as well as percussionist Rejoz from “The Groove”.We have seen Slank, GIGI and KLa Project did this before, now D’Masiv is added into the list. At the end of their show tonight, they amazed all of us with something that none had expected before. Along the last song, illustrations of a disabled society was on screen, accompanied by a tragic-themed melody which took away the hearts of the audience and got tears falling down from their eyes. The atmosphere that they carried out was none other than extraordinary. Out of Ordinary took Citra Intirama Stage, Balance and The Travelling Sounds also spiced up Saturday night.


The combination of R&B, jazz, and funk once again delivered from this man best known as a very important inspiration of many musicians especially bassists, Marcus Miller. Not many people know this man, son of William Miller, is multi-instrumentalist, as well as composer and producer. Here, in this 2013 edition we finally heard this two time Grammy winner’s energetic walking bass which always has excitement within. Ask any bassist, who wouldn’t want to be able to play like him? Big name, playing big music. Yes right off the reel, his musical experiments with legendary musician such as Luther Vandross, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Dave Koz, George Benson, and a lot more surely shaping his musicality. What a lucky chance to have this man who has become the inspiration of so many bassists in the world in this edition. Joining him is Adam Agati, an amazing guitarist graduated from Berklee who also works as the guitarist of Ludacris.


A single fighter lady singer and also doing the same beatboxing with who incorporate her musical background of piano, guitar and bass into her compositions and performances, named Butterscotch. She became popular on her perform as a finalist on NBC’s “American Got Talents”, then Ellen DeGeneres was so impressed with her skills that  she invited  Butterscotch to perform on her show. Though the music is a mixture of hip hop and RnB, but she was accepted the music program on classical piano major, and heavily influenced by jazz. Some of the songs she performed tonight were “My Favourite Love Song”, “Silver Lining” and “Sweet Harmony” and there was also “Hyptonized” which was performed featuring Magnus Lindgren. All in all, the highlight to her performance was the supercool beatbox, how on Earth can a girl sing, beatbox, and mimic musical instruments at the same time.  Eye catchy, ear catchy, all in an extraordinarily beautiful way, was the feeling we got from Butterscotch show.

Every year Java Jazz always provides an opportunity for newcomers to perform on stage. This year, Amanda and Friends got that ‘gold’. They knew how to use the ‘gold’ properly by delivering their very best performance to the audience. Somehow, this event could be a stairway to reach their higher floor in Indonesian music scene.


What’s the first thing you’ll think about after hearing the name Monday Michiru? Well the uniqueness of this Tokyo born woman stores many talents in herself, which was unleashed tonight on stage. She is a brand ambassador of PAC Martha Tilaar, a prominent Indonesian cosmetic brand. She has her own stream of talents sent down from both her parents who are a jazz pianist and jazz saxophonist. The Japanese-American Monday Michiru completes the tree with her genuine voice, style and music. She is best known as one of the pioneers of the acid jazz movement in Japan in the early 90s. Japan’s underground club scene is also a pace where Monday has uniquely created her music together with the glimpse of club music including various influences such as jazz, soul, latin, R&B and other elements. One of her songs “Sands of Time” can actually brighten up your days, the way it brightened up our Saturday. May this first appearance at the Java Jazz Festival mark her regular participation in the future editions.


Here it is for the very first time in Java Jazz, Chucho Valdes, from Kuba. He is the winner of the Grammy Awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards and a son of the great Bebo Valdes. His first experiment with music happened when he was three; he played piano autodidact and was influenced by musical enviroment in his house since kid. In this hall we can see how his age did not decrease the young people to come inside and stood still watching him playing until the end of the show. Age really doesn’t matter when it comes to music. Valdes magically attracted the audience with his great performance. Hope we can see you again next time!


This is not the first time for Nengah Krisnarini a.k.a Sister Duke to perform in this prestigious event. She had performed with delighted acoustic concept in 2011 and back again with different stage-act concept in 2012. After she wrote a single, ‘MYOB’, last two year, she is back with a progression of her second album. She was supported by Donny Joesran, keyboardist of Barry Likumahua Project. Lovely to see Sister Duke on this event with her one of a kind stage-act and how she sang jazz with groovy broadway style. Hoping the best for her second album, can’t wait to grab it!

Then we moved to the session of fabulous jazz singer, Phil Perry, This smiley man started his career at the age of 15. After signed several contracts with several groups, he finally found his own track, right through his five strong solo albums that have highlighted both his ability in interpret classic soul songs as fine as his songwriting skills. His bright multi-octave voice brings the fantastical sense of soulful smooth jazz formats which made him one of the artist that demands a true solid compilation. Perry is not a stranger to Indonesian jazz scene, since he was involved in Karimata’s album in 1991, singing the evergreen “Rainy Days and You” and has been visiting this country quite often. This act featured the ‘in-house residence’, multi-talented keyboardist, composer, and producer Brian Simpson. He received the Java Jazz Festival Hall of Fame in 2011 and appeared in many stages in each edition of this gigantic jazz fest. In this period they played several times, giving more chance to jazz-goers to watch their show.


The English rose Lisa Stansfield has finally arrived at the Java Jazz Festival! We might not hear her news for quite some times, but actually she still has a lot of fans here in Indonesia. One of the undeniable proof is the big hype created after the announcement of Stansfield’s participation for this year. She rose to fame in the 80’s mostly with her soulful disco tunes such as “All Around the World”, “All Woman”, “Change”. Other than these mentioned hits, she also made success with his ballad from the movie Indecent Proposal entitled “In All the Right Places”. Her fine blend of soul, RnB and disco quickly gained popularity and established herself as a top star, but let’s not forget that she has shown her jazzy soul too occasionally, for example in her songs “Down in Depths” and “I’ve Got the World on a String” as one of the tracks of Mona Lisa Smile OST. Performing as a special show, Lisa Stansfield brought our memories back to the time when she was all over the scene with her hits. Numbers such as “Mighty Love”, “Stupid Hearts”, “Time to Move On” completed the list followed by “Make Love to Ya”, and “Change”. She’s still beautiful and sings as lovely as before. A medley of “People Hold On” and “What I did to You” mesmerized the audience, followed by “Someday”, “Conversation”. Lisa closed the performance with a double encore of “Down in the Depths” and stating how she likes Nasi Goreng and Bakmi Goreng and closing the statement with the finale, “Around the World”. Not only we tasted her songs in live act, she also showed her shining jazzy soul to her Indonesian fans. What a moment to remember. Lisa Stansfield, do come again, we love you!


One of the most rarely discussed when we talk about jazz was the different side of Latina music, especially in Indonesia. Well, this year we can enjoy this exotic fling from Flamenco Jazz which is initiated by Yeppy Romero. Speaking about the joyous sound of Flamenco, Yeppy Romero is one of the very few guitarist who can do it. However, even if it’s true that his major is Latin/Flamenco, as a son of Batak, he can never forget his root at all. It is proved through his project named Batakustik where he brings popular Batak songs in instrumental guitar. This time he brought the concept of jazz flamenco in shining light. Joining him in this session is his long time friend, pianist Nita Aartsen. Nita Aartsen is a kind of woman that anytime we would love to hear a classical, jazz, delightful, bossa and any other of Latin touch, she will give it to us.This act brought another flavor in Saturday’s schedule.

While Soul Rebels performed with trumpeter Maurice Brown as a special guest, Java Jazz Festival 2013 involves a Doctor in its main event. They even covered Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”. It was crowded with people dancing off their feet and became more hype when they threw out free bling-bling gifts to the crowd. Yup! It is Teuku Adifitrian a.k.a Tompi. His productivity in Indonesia music industry can be seen by more than five albums since 2004. In the middle of his business as a doctor, solo singer, and member of Trio Lestari. The group Three Song was on the other spot at the same time.


So how about we move across the map and say hello to a vocal group from America? Yeah, New York Voices it is! One favorable special thing about them is that aside performing, they also give jazz clinics to school and universities. The New York Voices here amazed us with their collaborating performance with Ron King Big Band. It was absolutely fun to have this outstanding vocal harmony group again gracing this festival.


As one of the finalist of Indonesian Idol 2005, NINO (Wisnu Idol) established himself as a solo performer. But this year he will collaborate with the winner of Asian Beat 2010 in Thailand, Water of Life which consists of Arold (Vocal), Stefabus (Guitar), Nathanael (Bass), Kevin Dwi (Drum), Rhesa (saxo), and Alvin (keys). If we usually used to see him on the Indonesian Idol Stage, well he won our votes at the Kementrian Perdagangan Stage for tonight. At the D1 Telkomsel Simpati Hall, Fourplay splashed fresh smooth jazz/light fusion in front of their fans.

Many people gathered around Djarum lounge only to see Ipang, an energetic yet wild rocker with wide vocal range. Although it’s been said many times, but yes, Irfan Fahri Lazuardy is famous as the vocalist of BIP. Many pop-up questions emerged about how a rock star will perform in jazz event. Surprisingly, his rebellious style along with his superb voice locked all the spectators to only focus on his stage act. We cannot say Ipang ain’t cool, his appeareance always makes a good difference and point out the other side of him while singing in international jazz event. Next, Aiko. A vocal group of Athina Nelwan, Bianca Nelwan and Shinta Rosari known for their singles “I Love You” and “Bagaimana”. Their sweet yet energetic vocals plus their pretty performance captured a special moment in many of the audiences hearts.


If yesterday we got Roy Hargove Quintet picturing the bebop/straightahead scene with splashes of funk, on Saturday he blasted the hall with his RH Factor. With this group he blends hardbop and neo soul with infectious 70’s ‘blaxploitation’ funk and urban groove, erasing the lines between mainstream and underground, jazz and hiphop. Just like yesterday, no room for dullness in his show. Clearly this man loves his role, not only as a very talented musician but also as someone who never stops exploring the possibilities in music. Having this kind of stimulating and infectious sound, Hargrove has all the chance to show that jazz should never be stopped in just a small circle, but it can be used to bring wider music streams, which often created new hybrids. The fun factor once again rose above the roof!


Time to check a crooner. While some people like to compare him to Jammie Cullum due to his appeareance, quirky style, and crooning voice, he absolutely gets his own style. Eventhough he is counted as a young musician, but he actually had passed through many phases in his life as musician that produce lots of inspiration for him. Hamel had many process of separation with his close friends recently and faced many new beginning in his life. This phase became an inspiration for his latest album, Lohengrin. He said in his website that honesty and writing directly about what he was going through are the key of many songs he writes. From three albums he has, we can see the progress of his capability and he is more dare in doing his music. Wouter Hamel with his lovely appeareance got a terrific applause and shout from his crowd, mostly girls. Epically he slammed the stage with jazzy swing. Having no formal training as a producer, didn’t make his performance lack of technique. Freedom, unique, and gratified show sure we got. Songs such as “Useless Fraud”, “Demise” and “As Long As We’re in Love” captured the moment for this sweet Saturday night.


Ginda and the White Flowers which consist of Ginda Bestari as Vocalist and Guitarist, Gega Gageh as Bassist and Riyandi Andaputra as Drummer colored up the 3-day jazz fest with intense road blues. This newly elected semi-finalist at the Venetian in Macau went away captivating the stage with a mesmerizing performance.

The Jongens Quartet were from Jakarta. The band comprises of young talented musicians such as Elfa Zulham (drums), Dhani Syah (piano), Johanes Radianto (guitar), and Doni Sundjoyo (contrabass). The word Jongens comes from Dutch word that have a means as “Boys”. Formed on January 2011, Elfa, Johanes, and Dhani were in the same music of Conservatorium of Groningen, Netherlands. As they are ready to launch their album, now they hit the stage, providing cool straightahead with European jazz touch that easily landed in our hearts. A pure jazz band like this is needed in keeping the traditional jazz alive in this nation.


Here it is, one of the greatest guitarists in Indonesia, Dewa Budjana. He’s best known as personnel of GIGI band that accentuate the pop-rock style. We can find him playing from stage to stage carrying many genres, including jazz. He learned the principles and basic of jazz from Jack Lesmana. DewaBudjana has recorded some solo albums during his musical career. After releasing his fifth album, “Dawai in Paradise” in 2011 and recently released internationally by MoonJune Records. The latest one will be released soon in 2013. Supported by superb musicians and recorded in LA’s Firehouse Recording Studio, this album is probably going to be an incredible one. There’s one thing that we need to concern about, wherever we listen to his music, we would get colorful and artistic ambience.

First step in a new place is always exciting. Probably that was the feeling of Sweet Mouztache when they entered the First Media stage. This duo had already released their first video clip from first hits called “People Come and Go”. Now they want to expand their wings in new area. Yup, an international jazz event is absolutely the best place to see how people reacts to your music. Voila, they nailed it! R.G.P ended this helluva second day after midnight.

Still one day left, we are tired but still excited. What about you? Let’s push ourselves to the edge and release all the energy we have left for another day of jazz, brought by the amazing Java Jazz Festival.

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Reporter: Riandy Kurniawan, Daniel Irawan, Khairiyah Sartika Syofian, Mellysa Anastasya, Ata Michaella, Sharon Patricia Kandou, Bintang Steffy Tania, Kenny Laia, Ghea Sagita
Photographer: I Putu Surya KB, Praditya Nova, Anggha Nugraha, Qaedi Fuadillah, Omar Arif Maulana, Alfi Widoretno
Team: Vierna Mariska Kurniawan, Muhammad Fadhly

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They’ve done it again! The annual 35th Jazz Goes To Campus has been made a splendid, splendid success by the Student Executive Board of Faculty of Economics of Universitas Indonesia. From the very start of the festival, maximum effort has been poured in and finally, on Sunday, November 25th 2012, the main event came into the open – the 35th Jazz Goes To Campus 2012! Depok is sure overjoyed to have the oldest running annual jazz event in Indonesia, and the second oldest in the world after North Sea Jazz Festival, held in it.

This year, “Freedom of Jazzpression” is the title that lights up the red carpet. Various sub-genres were expressed to show us what magnificent diversity there is in jazz. With that as the theme, Jazz Goes To Campus 2012 was hoped to be able to illustrate the freedom of expression that flows through the world of jazz and bring a bright scene to Indonesia’s music society.

Let’s get on with how the flow of the festive day went, shall we? One important thing to know is that the staging concept of the festival is also different this year – there were three outdoor show areas plus a lounge with different show times, letting the crowd choose which performances they would like to enjoy. The three outdoor stages are namely the Vitacimin Stage, Mandiri Stage and Jazzpression Stage, while the indoor one is called the Propaganda Stage.


The gates open at eleven o’clock in the morning, with the first performers including some who won the competition taking their places at each stage – Joint Company, Sekawan and Friends, Sunny Side and the pop/folk/alternative band with strong indie smell, Tristan. Although the weather of the day did not allow much sunlight into the location, all four bands had an excellent start to welcome the opening act of the festival and create an exciting atmosphere that will shine throughout the whole day. For Tristan in particular, it was a first for them to perform in JGTC. One of their hits “Jelang Malam” was sung to carry an indie spirit into the lounge, along with the rest of their pop-folk alternative songs. Meanwhile, Joint Company, Sekawan and Friends, and Sunny Slide gave in more up-beat rhythms in the other stages and had the start of the crowds going on. All four sides had their moves brought out to begin the 35th Jazz Goes To Camp 2012. Excitement, here we go!

Next in line, as the show went on, there was a band that was a winner of the JGTC Competition: JazzyOne, a group of youngsters – one each on the saxophone, trumpet, percussion, bass, keyboard and drums, and three on the vocals – that merrily brought a fresh energy into the crowd with their ear-satisfying standard jazz. Some of their hits were “Bad Girl”, “Night in Tunisia”, “Spain” and “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing”, where they also included a solo from each of the instruments. There was also a band from the Faculty of Economics, Universitas Indonesia, itself: the BSO Band, who did no less entertaining. Without doubt, nobody would’ve regretted witnessing this one fine package of skills sprinkled with fun.


Meanwhile, the Acoustic Funk, in a uniformly black outfit, played a Spanish fusion in the Mandiri Stage.  “Let’s party ‘till drop!” called the bassist Franky Sadikin to the audience. In another side, Ginda and the White Flowers began with a bluesy, chilled-out tempo out of the strums of the guitar by Ginda and bass by Gega Gageh while Riyandi Andaputra sets the beat with his drums. One of their songs was called “Happiness is Priceless”, which, said Ginda, was about a man who had all physical possessions that one would dream of having, but somehow felt that he lacked happiness inside.


Stairway to Zinna came up next on the very same stage with no-less powerful jazz spirit. Then there was Jazz Blues Funk, who said up on stage that they’d be singin’ songs not of their own, but with their own twisty funky kind of arrangements. And yup, they definitely proved this when they jazzed the stage with Stevie Wonder’s “Superstitious” in a rockin’ blues manner. Bubu Giri, with one of their top tracks “Up and Down”, also made a tremendous performance. The band’s name was actually formed from the names of the vocalist, Bubu, and the guitarist, Giri, making up the name Bubu Giri. They are known to have an acoustic, powerhouse soul jazz play. Giri, in his guitar-strumming, has his own spontaneous way of entertaining the audience, while both always include a lovely interactive atmosphere with the crowd in a way that the Bandung society are known to do.


The annual Jazz Goes to Campus, also known as JGTC, is coming on this November to mark its 35th year in service! Since the first establishment in 1978 by Candra Darusman all the way until now, the Student Executive Board of Faculty of Economics at the University of Indonesia always manage to bring plenty of great super jazz stars to Depok, where all of jazz buffs in Jakarta and around can enjoy for a whole day.

We do know that this event is the oldest running annual event in Indonesia, and the second oldest in the world, next to North Sea Jazz Festival. Nevertheless, the committee of Jazz Goes to Campus always strives for excellence by keeping the passion alive and making improvements through all of editions of this event these past years.

In this 35th anniversary, there are three core values that the everyone in the committee want to deliver. First is passion, as a symbol of what the committee feels and the sense of belonging towards this very event. Idealism is the second core value, meaning that they are not placing this event in the form of commercialism. Then the last core value is upgrading the quality. As a regular yearly show which has been running continuously for 35 years, sustainability is very crucial especially when the similiar events are being more competitive.

This year the committee launched “Freedom of Jazzpression” as its theme, illustrating the freedom of expression in jazz. That means they will feature a variety of sub-genres in Jazz to show the beauty of diversity in Jazz. By the same token, “Freedom of Jazzpression” also represents the revolution of Jazz music along with the development period. So while still holding on to the students’ idealism, they wish to create  strong concept of Jazz Goes to Campus with all their heart and mind and hope that will bring a positive contribution to Indonesia’s music scene.

One of the improvements which we mentioned before is the renewal of festival’s concept. There will be 3 show areas and a lounge with different showtimes that allowing crowds to enjoy and feel different ambiences in each stages or areas.

Before we get down to the lineup of the main event, let’s see the long road of JGTC just like how it was in the previous years. There were series of pre-events such as JGTC Gathering & Charity Night, inviting all the alumnis to support the JGTC Scholarship which was held on November 10, 2012. Then the JGTC Children Workshop came on November 6, 2012. This workshop which intended to rise the jazz awareness since the early age was coached by Idang Rasjidi. All of these were parts of JGTC Expression.