Sunday, December 22, 2013

Ngayogjazz: Brayut

This series of photos are taken during Ngayogjazz 2012, the day before, opening ceremony, and up to the end of the festival. Ngayogjazz is an annual event and this year it was held at Brayut Village on the outskirts of Yogyakarta on central part of Java Island, Indonesia. The concept of the festival was to bring "Jazz" music to the people, thus was held in a village, the purpose is to break the exclusivity that many people are stereotyping Jazz is a music for the upper class.

Brayut is a village in Sleman, a city just north of Yogyakarta. This village is one of the many tourist villages around Sleman, and the village is managed by a committee to cater for foreign and domestic tourists looking for a taste of Indonesian village life. Tourists can learn to dance, play karawitan (gamelan), learn to make batik clothes, and tourists could also learn how to farm the traditional way. It provides an alternative to the ever popular destinations such as Borobudur and Prambanan Temple, although this kind of tourism hasn't got plenty attention when compared to those two. 

My stay at Brayut lasted for two days, the first day was spent looking for a place to stay and do some random strolling around the village, I was there to cover an event after all so I need to get the hang of the place. I stayed at one of the locals house and the rate was very traveler friendly, it cost me roughly 4 USD for the night. The second day was the main event, the opening ceremonies was quite interesting, the festival committee presented us with a traditional 'dance': Jathilan. The dancers rode a bamboo horse in a trance state accompanied with gamelan music and traditional Javanese singing, they fight each other and eventually all of them passed out. The festival committee also presented us with a parade of traditional Javanese infantry. 

Here are the photos from those two days.

Day One


Monday, September 16, 2013

John Legend

John Legend

John Legend Live at Potatohead Bali

John Legend

Nine-time Grammy Award winning John Legend, captivates his audiences in Bali. This time he performed solo as opposed to his full band back in 2010's Java Jazz Festival. Armed with a grand piano, John gracefully entertained his fans in a soulful voice. During this occasion, he sang some of his popular songs : "Green Light", "Someday", "Save Room", "Good Morning", "Where Did My Baby Go", and "Ordinary People.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tesla Manaf feat Mahagotra Ganesha at Indojassfest

Born in 1987, Tesla is one talented musician from Bandung, Indonesia. His life is music, learned to play guitar since he was nine years old, then moved to classical piano and guitar and studied classical music for more than a decade. Then finally at the age of 20 he decided to concentrate in jazz that gave him more freedom in his work. In his latest album "It's All Yours", Tesla collaborated with Mahagotra Ganesha, an ethnic student group from ITB. Blending western with traditional made his music have an unique sound and feel to it, bridging the connection between man, God, and nature. During his performance at Indojassfest, Tesla brought with him Mahagotra Ganesha and adding to the traditional instruments the group also brought a Balinese Topeng Dance which made their performance, one of a kind.

Tesla Manaf ft. Maha Gotra Ganesha ITB

Monday, July 1, 2013


Jakarnaval was held to celebrate the capital, Jakarta's 486th birthday. Held by the provincial government of Jakarta, this year's Jakarnaval took place in Thamrin area in the central part of Jakarta. The government closed down an entire street to accommodate the festival. Thousands of Jakartans poured into the street to watch this spectacle, as the people of Jakarta rarely see this kind of festival. Hundreds of artists from all over Jakarta took part, performing dances and music unique to Jakarta. What's really interesting in this carnival is our governor Mr. Jokowi also took part as a participant, wearing some kind of "eco" costume. Honestly it was quite funny seeing him in that outfit, this was proved by the crowd as they are laughing happily as he pass by riding his horse. But it was a joyful laugh, perhaps the people are happy they have such a humble leader who's close to his people. Here are some of the photos I took during the festival 


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Vierra at Jogja Expo Center

I was in Jogja last year to cover Ngayogjazz, then I went on a solo backpacking trip around Jogjakarta after my assignment. During my pondering there, I saw Widy's tweet saying that Vierratale (formerly known as Vierra) will perform at Jogjakarta. I contacted her and told her I want to shoot the band and then she said yes. Vierra is an Indonesian pop band consisted of four personnel -- Kevin (Piano/Keys), Widy (Singer), Raka (Guitar), and Tryan (Drums); during their performance in Jogja there is one additional player, Nico (Bass). Vierratale's career started when Kevin formed the band in 2008 with the current members, and has released two studio albums. The band is quite popular among Indonesian teenagers and appeared in several TV and radio commercials. These are the photos I took on that day.

Vierra at JEC
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