Jazz Gunung 2013: Hear The Mountain Singing
The Java Banana Bromo open stage in Sukapura, Probolinggo is surely the perfect place for the international jazz event, Jazz Gunung 2013 that was held from the 21st until the 22nd of June to take place. To savor the music in an area 2000 m above the sea level with Bromo’s breathtaking scenery in the background is the all-in-one package offered by Jazz Gunung 2013. The stage, which took place in the midst of hills, was magnified with the Tengger mountain range that appears as if it serves as the stage’s backdrop.
The event did not offer a spectacular venue alone, many renowned jazz musicians also appeared in the lineup to enliven the event. Balawan & Batuan Ethnic Fusion, Barry Likumahuwa Project, Sierra Soetedjo, Yovie Widianto, Ring of Fire, and Rieka Roeslan were some of the well-known musicians as well as a few of the performers included in the lineup.
On the first day, the event was held back for a bit due to the bad weather. The thick fog and heavy rain even halted Sierra Soetedjo’s performance for a while.
Once the rain stops, Sierra resumed followed by Balawan & Batuan Ethnic Fusion and Bandanaira duo which is made up of Lea Simanjuntak and Irsa Destiwi. The day came to a close with a performance by Yovie Widianto that brought warmth to Bromo with his neat jazz fusion.
Jazz Gunung 2013 continued with the second day that appeared to be even more crowded than the previous day. A performance by Kulkul Band who carries fusion jazz and Balinese ethnic music completely enthused the audience.
The event resumed with a performance from Ring of Fire, a music group motored by Djaduk Ferianto which brought a unique auditory spectacle composed of both ethnical and modern instruments. A collaboration between Idang Rasjidi and Jen Shyu, a jazz musician of Taiwanese and East Timor descent, added a tinge of uniqueness in their performance. One of the most notable moments was when they covered Cublak-Cublak Suweng. Gita Wirjawan, the Minister of Trade who was present at the time, was called forward to perform a keyboard showdown against Idang Rasjidi. A beautiful collaboration followed as the two of them serve the audience with a complicated and fast-paced execution.
Jazz Gunung’s rouse doesn’t stop there. Rieka Roeslan stole the attention with her attempts to enlighten the crowd. Rieka invited the crowd to chant along, and even dance along. The chilling air abruptly warmed up as her performance goes.
The last day of Jazz Gunung 2013 ended with Barry Likumahuwa Project, a group of young musicians who delivered some intricate yet attractive compositions. As a matter of fact, during of their compositions, the group invited along Benny Likumahuwa, a jazz maestro, to a jamming session. The composition “Like Father Like Son” was performed with such thrill.
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