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6th-International-Kampoeng-Jazz-Festival

 

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.

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36th-JGTC-2013

 

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.

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tulus-diorama-concert

 

TULUS. This man went skyrocketing up high in the music industry 2 years ago right after his debut selftitled album was launched 2 years ago in September. All of a sudden he was all over the medias : top radio stations’ hits, tv appearances, newspapers, onlines and so on. His first single “Sewindu” topped the charts in big cities in no time, his album became a hype everywhere. So far he has sold no less than 10.000 copies which established him as one of the Indonesia’s fastest rising stars after the millenium. The catchy melodies ranging from jazz (and jazzy), pop and acoustic, the easy to sing/remember lyrics which tells simple daily-life stories in smart writing and of course his tender crooning voice. He always looks comfortable in any stage; big or small; greeting and entertaining his fans as if he’s welcoming them at home. All these facts become his strength in building his career, which placed him among the top ranked singers of the country.

Some of you might think that he reaches success instantly, but he actually has been working hard to achieve it for several years. We have seen him when he was still singing in a group, also his quite frequent appearances in Bandung jazz community, KlabJazz’s events. We saw how he steadily built it to be who he is today. Looking at his persistency of this talented young man, we’re not surprised at all to see his huge success. He deserves every bit of it.

 

The last time Tulus held his own concert was a year ago in Jakarta (beside his fully crowded performances at Java Soulnation Festival 2011 and Java Jazz Festival 2012). Many of his fans wondered when he would make another one, but last month finally he came out with a show made special in his hometown Bandung. You might have watched his previous shows, but it’s not Tulus if he doesn’t come out with something new. He has had the idea of setting up a show involving high end technology by using video mapping concert for many months. The idea got translated into reality by having Tanti Sofyan, the videographer of Deluxe Symphony. He trusted his music producer Ari ‘Ari Aru’ Renaldi to deal with the arrangement. Calling the concert as Konser Diorama and used Teater Tertutup Dago Tea House Bandung  as the crime scene, Tulus provided a homey, familiar grand concert in a very interesting concept.

 

We could feel the hype from the crowds even before the show began. Once the intro of “Merdu Untukmu” was aired, the hall blasted with lots of scream and cheer. Right after the stage curtain went up, Tulus was spotted on stage and directly hit everyone with his festive song “Teman Pesta.” Tonight he was accompanied by his full team consisted of Yonathan Godjali (piano), Tanto (keys), Anto Arief and Topan Abimanyu (guitars), Rudy Zulkarnaen (contrabass), Sindhu Banyusekti (electric bass), Fuad Rudyan (drums), three backing vocals (Lia Amalia, Yura Yunita and Lukman Hakim). On string section were Acong, Tommy, Kiki and Rangga, then on the brass section were Brury Effendi, Matt Ashworth, Ivan and Azis.

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tulus-diorama

 

The long wait will finally be over soon. If you’re a fan of TULUS and live in Bandung or nearby, you should be excited to hear this news. We have heard about the planning of this event since the end of last year, but then the concert was posponed due to some problems. But now it’s settled, that Tulus will greet his fans in Bandung through a very special ‘hi-tech’ concert simply called: KONSER DIORAMA. This event will be held next month, on May 9, 2013 at Teater Tertutup Dago Tea House, Bandung. Keep reading, we will tell you all about this concert.

It’s true that Tulus has been and driving his journey fast to reach the big festivals such as Java Soulnation Festival 2012 and Java Jazz Festival 2013 , and presenting his grand concerts several times. Speaking of his grand solo concerts, it’s already one and a half year ago when he launched his album at Centre Culturel Français de Bandung (CCF Bandung) titled “TULUS: AN INTRODUCTION”, which followed by almost a year ago in Gedung Kesenian Jakarta with TULUS:BEYOND SINCERE concert. Fans have been asking when he will make another grand solo concert and where; now it’s official that he will drop another bomb in his own hometown, Bandung.

Tulus is a phenom. So far he’s sold no less than 10.000 copies of his debut album and still running. His singles “Sewindu” and “Teman Hidup” has become major hits in many top radio stations, along with other songs in the album which are also loved by many music listeners. He’s been followed by thousands of fans, he gained that number too in his official youtube channel. Other than capturing the hearts of music lovers through his tender crooning vocal character, he’s also capable to write smart but simple lyrics which mostly speak about life and love, things that we all experienced.  He also write song for other fellow artists, including for Andien in her latest album. His combination of pop, acoustic and light jazz proved to be one of the winning formulas that made him gained success in no time. Flawless tone, perfect pitch, charismatic, friendly and down to earth, these should also be listed in gifts that he possesses inside. A year’s passed, “it’s time to make something special again.” he said. It’s not Tulus if he doesn’t make something new, so along with his team, he’s ready to bring something that he’s already planned to make for quite some times.

tulus, jazzuality, konser diorama

 

If you check on the dictionary, Diorama means a three-dimensional miniature or life-size scene in which objects are arranged in such naturalistic setting. He smartly used this image as song in the album, but now it’s going to be translated further to spoil us visually. KONSER DIORAMA is set to be a music concert which combines the harmony of audio-visual experience through Video Mapping Concert. In order to bring something different like this, Tulus invited Tanti Sofyan, the videographer of Deluxe Symphony to translate his concept into something visual. This is a very exciting new technique that can turn just about any surface into a dynamic video system, enabling the projected image to fit perfectly on any shaped screen, even the most irregular ones. Musically speaking, he once again asked Ari ‘Ari Aru’ Renaldi, his music producer to create special arrangement for it. What Tulus will present is the songs from his debut album, his favorites, also some materials which will appear in his upcoming next album. With the capacity of 750 seats, KONSER DIORAMA is prepared to be a high quality concert that none of us would forget.

This event is organized by DIAgency and AZZEO. The ticket is available through many official outlets both land and online (Check the outlet list below).

If you’re looking for another grand concert of Tulus, the long wait will be over in a month from now. Not only you will have him back in interactive session, you will listen to the new arrangement of his tracks, his favorite song choice and a teaser of his upcoming new album. All will be presented not in an ordinary solo concert but in hi-tech concept which will answer your need of having a spectacular event that can also wow your eyes instead of just the ears. As the seats are limited, hurry secure your spot and make sure you won’t miss this one. Get ready to sing along and have the best eye-treatment in a concert like none other.

TULUS: KONSER DIORAMA

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Time: 8:00 pm – onward (Open Gate: 7:00pm)
Location: Teater Tertutup Dago Tea house, Jl. Bukit Dago Utara no 53, Bandung

Ticket price: IDR 75.000

Click here to buy the ticket from us: http://store.jazzuality.com/products/ticket/tiket-tulus-konser-diorama/

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Landstores:
Omuniuum (Jl. Ciumbuleuit 151B Lt 2 Bandung)
Loubelle Shop (Jl. Setiabudi no 56 Bandung)
Bumi Maicih (Jl. Prima Raga no 6, Cingesed Bandung)

Online ticketings:
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Yonathan Godjali-My Favorites

 

Think of this: how lucky Indonesia is, ‘jazzly’ speaking. Eventhough jazz wasn’t originated from this part of South East Asia, from time to time we do have amazing talents who already shone since the early years of their life, almost in every position in a band. Subjecting the piano, there have been many great pianists who actually sparked some magic even before they became teens. Indra Lesmana surprised everyone when he performed with his father Jack Lesmana in Bandung exactly 37 years ago at the age of 10, we got David Manuhutu, currently studying at Berklee College in Boston USA, these are just two of the examples of ‘wonderkids’ who started early and now achieve success. Like David Manuhutu, there’s a very young pianist from Bandung who we have been keeping our eyes on since at least 3 years ago, his name is Yonathan Godjali.

We met him first of all when he was a member of Fifteen Plus, a group consists of mostly teenagers, later he stepped higher by becoming the keyboardist of Tulus‘ band. With both of these bands he already tasted the glory by performing in the Java Jazz Festival three times, in 2010 edition (with Fifteen Plus) and in 2011-2012 (with Tulus). Other than this, he won the Jazz Goes to Campus 2010 Competition, both with the band and as the Best Keyboardist. For someone so young with these kinds of achievements, normally one could think that he doesn’t need anything to show anymore. But Yonathan thinks differently. Listen to this: he’s going to have his own piano recital for the very first time as a part of the regular two monthly event of Institut Français d’Indonésie (IFI) Bandung, Saung Jazz. The concert of Yonathan Godjali comes with the title of “My Favorites.”

yonathan godjali, jazzuality

 

Just like some of you might ask, we also wonder how he came up with the idea. Yonathan answered that question by explaining that he first thought of it at the end of 2012. “All of a sudden I wanted to make a solo concert, which later turned into a resolution” said Yonathan. What’s it for? According to him, he needs some space where he can bring out his own soul and style, what kind of jazz he’s really into or songs he takes as something personal. “Usually I played alongside my bands or supporting others, by performing in a band I can’t bring out my innerself too much.” he said. Lucky for him, Saung Jazz responded his wish and placeyonathan godjali, jazzualityd him in schedule for the April’s edition. What does he feel? “I’m kind of nervous since this is going to be my first time, but I’m really, really excited!”

Before we carry on, let’s see a brief biography of him. Yonathan started playing piano since 4 years old in Kelas Musik Anak (Children Music Class) then took two private classes, classical with Liestyani and pop with Bambang Purwono (the keyboardist of Kahitna). At the age of 9 he learned jazz from Yahya while carrying the classical lesson with Indrawati. He took a big leap after that by learning from the maestro Bubi Chen for 3.5 years where he finally built to find his own playing style. He carried on learning both jazz and classical from senior teachers such as Stephen Michael Sulungan and Bambang Nugroho. Having learned by a lot of maestros in both jazz and classical fields has made this boy full with skill. Add it with natural talent and gift from above, he emerged so early as a young pianist who could play serious jazz with fine improvisation while on the other hand strengthened by a very solid basic received from his classical lessons. Currently he’s out of the lessons and  focuses on developing his playing style. He can play very serious like a scientist doing research, but he can also be playful, the way you see his act in the e-flyer above.

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jjf2013-day2-part2

 

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
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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.

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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.

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If you ran out of fingers to count the list of performances on day one, well you’ll probably need heaps more to be able to add it up with day two and three because the following days of LA Lights Java Soulnation Festival 2012 were lined up with many more names from the music industry. If nursery rhymes even taught you how to sing and rap “One two buckle your shoe, three four knock on the door” well, we’d say “One two buckle your shoe because we are back with reports from Day Two with a whole lot more!”

 

On this sunny evening, we had Aldisyah Marandry Latuihamallo, also known as Aldisyah who had recently released his first solo album “Kacamata“. Previously he had also participated in Jazz Goes to Campus’ 2007 album compilation and now he’s drifting into a larger world having inspiration coming from famous names such as Yoppie Latul and even his cousin, Glenn Fredly. What’s unique about his songs are that it is based on pop yet wrapped up with a seasoning of jazz and R&B.

Stereocase, a band from Jakarta bringing up rock and funk with a touch of pop. These four young men, Fadli Rezasyah (Vocals), Rifqi ‘iQif’ Fuad (Drums), Richard V. Emanuel (Guitar), Doni Garna (Bass) have been on many stages including Java Jazz Festival and Java Rockin’Land. They have also achieved Best New Comer for ICEMA (Indonesia Cutting Edge Music Awards) 2010. This year they did a collaboration on Java Soulnation’s stage with Damez Nababan who is known for his sexy saxophone scenes , Sara Salim or also known as Sara Un Soiree (her band) which has her own vibes and vocals and yes, Bayu Risa. Though having his own separate performance later after midnight, he took away both sessions of his collaboration and his afterwards performance highlighting the electro pop in his music. For those who loved Bayu Risa‘s songs, check out his first album “Rise and Start Again” and newest album “Desire“. As he states “There’s a little bit of pop, mowtown, rnb, soul and a touch of rock, but it is presented more in a sense of electro” . And for all that, Java Soulnation is the place where all those differences are able to be sent to the audience where they can enjoy and have a good time. What a delightful surprise to see him in action with set of DJs.

 

At the same time, on separate stages, Dewi Sandra, Ron and Wizzow Batik Tribe had their own screaming and enthusiastic audiences. The multi-talented diva, Dewi Sandra amazed the crowd with her energizing stage act and choreography from songs such as “Wanita”, “Tak Ingin Lagi”, “Kapan Lagi”, “Mati Rasa”, “Buktikan” which she brought along with Mike Mohede and other superstars’ hits like  Janet Jackson’s “Gone Till It’s Gone” and Justin Timberlake’s “Senorita”. She previously performed at the Urban Jazz Crossover in 2010 which was absolutely stunning! And this time, she did it again on the LA Lights Main Stage.

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Thirsty for jazz? Yearning for ear catchy melody come upon piano tunes? Chill fellas, another concert happened in this town. Here, Bandung is served by a young pianist brings great skill even in international scale. On this Wednesday night a talented young pianist, David Manuhutu presented a concert “The New Touch of David Manuhutu” in Bumi Sangkuriang as a special ‘return-home’ present to all jazz lovers in Bandung.

This time, we are allowed to see a stunning stage act in the name of proving and implementing a value of life from David Manuhutu himself. Other than that, of course this became our chance to see how much he’s been improving after digging the knowledge from the school of legends, the Berklee college of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. His essential talent shines brighter as time goes by, started from conducting his experience in piano since he was 5 years old with super support from his parent, Vence Manuhutu, who also known as a senior guitarist and the founder of well-established music school in Bandung, the Venche Music School (VMS). Like father like son, David is shaped to be the next maestro in piano. He was already played in top squared circle since his teenage years- that includes playing with big stars and legends- , then everything became even better for him since he got a golden chance to study at the famous Berklee College of Music under a scholarship.

In Berklee he continued to shine. His talent shone bright as he’s been earning Dean’s list award every semester as a result of his great GPAs which are always above 3.4. In summer 2011 David had his first great musical experience in college by being taught by Joanne Brackeen. In hiatus, he joined a workshop with Danilo Perez who is a contemporary pianists and jazz composers. In fall 2012 David took a workshop with Aaron Goldberg in Berklee and he was being recommended to learn from Goldberg’s instructor, Stephany Tiernan. Still at the same year he got many experiences because of hard work and maximal effort in developing his talent. As in spring, David did not only play in the last session at an obligatory concert but also got a chance to learn from a Jim Hall’s saxophonist named Grek Osby in spring.  Different story he got in summer, David once again blessed by having a private lesson with Shannon Leclaire, the assistant of David Baker, a symphonic jazz composer. In addition, David was (again) being recommended to study with Roy Hargrove’s instructor Hall Crook in the next semester. All these experiences will be highly valuable not only to David himself but also to the Indonesian jazz scene. take part in jazz movement in the world. It is such a rare opportunity and moment that he had to embrace and utilize in developing his skill from time to time, stage by stage.

 

In his free leisure time break from his study activity in Berklee College of Music, David wanted to meet us all, the jazz fans by presenting a warm concert through this event. A moment to share his improving ability, skill and all his knowledge to the audience in a full package performance together with fellow musicians such as the Rising Star prize from Jazz Goes to Campus 2011 award holder Indra Dauna on trumpet, a straight-ahead bassist graduated from Konijnklijk Conservatorium of the Hague Indrawan Tjhin, Elfa Zulham, a Bachelor of Jazz from The Prins Claus Conservatory, Groningen on drum and our lovely raising star with great crooning style, Tulus.

Seeing the names above surely made us put a high expectation about this event. All experts in each instrument in one stage under the line of David Manuhutu himself gave such a blast in their setlist to tell Bandung and the world that Indonesia has its own part in having specialist talented musician in genre. Proud more it will be, remembering David Manuhutu is currently 20 and has been showing his power in music scene.

 

Last Sunday at the Sunday Jazz @ Plate For Me David showed up and gave us a teaser before this very show. Still the humble, polite and shy David that we knew, but when he’s up on stage he became someone new. His proud father watched from the left side and told us that David’s rhythm, selection of streaming notes while improvising and most of all, his emotional control have been improved much. He played joyfully as he kept smiling during the play (Read our report here: http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/sunday-jazz-plate-for-me-xi-eleventh-flavor-the-report/). Still in his 20 year of age, still less than years in Berklee, but the wonderkid has already emerged as an amazing world-class pianist.

Think of how lucky we are in Bandung to have this opportunity. Many jazz lovers seemed to realize that too, as the hall was filled with hundreds of audience even before the show started. A song entitled “Fit and Proper Test” bopped up the hype of the audience ellegantly David introduced the players and stated how happy he was to play this night before they carried on with another  “It Could Happen to You”.  Like the first song, Indra Dauna danced his horn away while the rest of players did great according to their roles. All the jazz manouvers throughout these two songs made them bagged loads of cheerful applause from the audience.

 

In the third song they surprised everyone since they brought Sundanese folksong “Bubuy Bulan” in glittery bebop style where a part of  ‘open dialogues’ between Indrawan Tjhin’s contrabass and David Manuhutu’s piano occured.  They made it so unique as if it was a classy bebop composition dipped in pentatonic scales. Mystical, magical, enchantingly different. What a beauty! Glimpse of  Grand swing served high with Indra Dauna as saxophonist. Composition of straight ahead with addition of little latin surely hypnotize the audience, made us want to tap our feet and nod the head through the “Owe”.

Tulus, our fabulous crooner stood on the stage after silent break wrapped by chitchat. A song entitled “All of Me” then followed by the song after “More Than You Know” really stole crowds’ attention. A package of very melancholic nuance and slow tunes come into the air by only himself and David. His power in croon-singing was obviously conclude the duo. Standing applause echoing all over the venue, all only for the sake of this top-notch duo performance. Bravo! Bluesy gospel with Indra Dauna closing the setlist with the song entitled “Bring It on Home to Me”. Epic closing was presented as David and Indra did some jamming sessions on the stage, in order doing the favor from some audience who were wanting for encore tonight.

 

Eventhough we know that he could already play great, he said that studying in Berklee gives him more knowledge and style-shaping in technique of playing piano. It is cool not to stop learning, even experience and experiment can be in the same row, holding the role as the tutor in the learning path way.

Such a marvelous jazz treatment we must say, the pleasure went far above the roof. The much improved David Manuhutu showed the new him along with the new touch, backed by other great young talents supporting him fully. We used to call him wonderkid before when he was still a teenager. He might not be a kid anymore, but for sure he’s still a wonder. If David can play as good as this right now, we can’t imagine how will he become when he graduates several years later. A pure jazz delight like this always gives a different feeling, it’s difficult to tell you how much we loved it. Since David will be here at least until December, there’s a chance that we might catch more of his gigs. Congratulation David, welcome home and thank you for presenting us this show. Also thanks to Indrawan Tjhin, Indra Dauna, Elfa Zulham and Tulus for unbelievable plays. Some of our readers from Jakarta are asking for this show, so maybe you all should consider launching it there as well. And we recommend it too, because it was that darn good!

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Reporter: Mellysa Anastasya Legi, Ghea Sagita, Riandy Kurniawan, Adott Jumbo
Photographer: Dwi Ratri Utomo