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Banyak yang beranggapan bahwa musik jazz adalah musiknya kaum elite dan mapan. Namun bila kita menegok ke akar jazz boleh dibilang justru bertolak belakang. Jazz adalah sebuah seni ekspresi dalam bentuk musik. Jazz disebut sebagai musik fundamental dalam hidup manusia dan cara mengevaluasi nilai-nilai tradisionalnya. Tradisi jazz berkembang dari gaya hidup masyarakat kulit hitam di Amerika yang tertindas. Awalnya, pengaruh dari tribal drums dan musik gospel, blues serta field hollers (teriakan peladang). Proses kelahirannya telah memperlihatkan bahwa musik jazz sangat berhubungan dengan pertahanan hidup dan ekspresi kehidupan manusia.

Yang menarik adalah bahwa asal kata “jazz” berasal dari sebuah istilah vulgar yang digunakan untuk aksi seksual. Sebagian irama dalam musik jazz pernah diasosiasikan dengan rumah-rumah bordil dan perempuan-perempuan dengan reputasi yang kurang baik. Dalam perjalanannya kemudian, jazz akhirnya menjadi bentuk seni musik, baik dalam komposisi tertentu maupun improvisasi, yang merefleksikan melodi-melodi secara spontan. Musisi jazz biasanya mengekspresikan perasaannya yang tak mudah…

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Java Jazz 2015 Hadir Dengan Tema “Exploring Indonesia”

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Jakarta, buzang – Tahun ini tepat satu dekade Java Jazz Festival (JJF). Java Festival Production selaku penyelenggara JJF terus berusaha memberikan yang terbaik setiap tahunnya, selalu ada konsep baru yang diusung demi membuat JJF semakin menarik. Seperti yang dilakukan tahun ini, JJF 2015 hadir dengan mengusung tema “Exploring Indonesia”. Tema tersebut diusung karena ingin memperkenalkan Indonesia kepada para penonton Java Jazz Festival yang beragam dan datang dari berbagai daerah di Indonesia juga negara lain.

Dewi Gontha selaku direktur utama Java Festival Production mengatakan, Tahun ini Java Festival Production menargetkan 130 ribu pengunjung selama tiga hari penyelenggaraan dan dia berharap bisa mencapai target itu.

Java Jazz Festival 2015 ini akan diselenggarakan pada tanggal 6-8 Maret 2015 di Ji Expo Kemayoran, Jakarta. Musisi luar negeri yang diperkirakan mengisi acara ini antara lain, Jessi J, Christina Perri, Lisa Ono, Bobby McFerrin dan Snarky Puppy. Sedangkan musisi dalam negeri ada Kahitna, Tulus, Sheila…

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Evolution of the Frankenstrat – Mark II

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After going through the original Frankenstrat and the VH2 “Bumblebee” guitar, Eddie became a little unsatisfied with both original guitars. The original Frankenstrat was continually becoming copied everywhere and Bumblebee sounded unsatisfactory to Eddie’s continual search for the perfect sound and tone for the guitar.

For Eddie Van Halen, good enough is never good enough. He always seeks out the best possible option for his sound.

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He went back to the drawing board inside his mind and instead realised that although the other guitars were brilliant in their own way, he needed a new one that could become potentially better than the others. So he decided to make a simple guitar so interesting that people could not copy it directly like the previous two guitars.

So he retired the VH2 guitar and set out to create a new one. He began with the same guitar the previous…

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Barry Likumahuwa

Barry Likumahuwa

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Barry Likumahuwa
Lahir Elseos Jeberani Emanuel Likumahuwa
14 Juni 1983
Bendera Indonesia JakartaIndonesia
Pekerjaan Pemusik
Orang tua Benny Likumahuwa dan Ria Likumahuwa

Elseos Jeberani Emanuel Likumahuwa(lahir di Jakarta14 Juni 1983; umur 31 tahun) adalah seorang bassist muda berbakat yang dimiliki oleh Indonesia, dengan aliran funk jazz nya.

Tahun 2008 ia merilis album solo pertamanya yaitu Good Spell dan tahun 2011 ia bersama BLP (Barry Likumahuwa Project) merilis album keduanya yaitu Generasi Synergy. Album Generasi Synergy berada pada urutan ke 9 di 20 album terbaik 2011 menurut majalah Rolling Stone Indonesia. Lalu pada februari 2014 BLP merilis album keduanya yang bertajukInnerlight, album ini berkolaborasi dengan deretan penyanyi hebat Indonesia di antaranya Indra Aziz, Soulmate, Bayu Risa, Bubu Giri, Ivan Saba & juga Glenn Fredly. Album Innerlight sendiri sempat menduduki posisi 1 top download iTunes Indonesia di minggu pertama album tersebut dirilis.

Kehidupan awalSunting

Elseos Jeberani Emanuel Likumahuwaatau yang lebih dikenal dengan Barry Likumahuwa lahir di Jakarta, 14 Juni 1983. Barry merupakan putra dari musisi jazz senior yaitu Benny Likumahuwa. Nama Barry sendiri merupakan nama panggilan yang diambil dari kedua orang tuanya yaitu Benny dan Ria. Pada saat memulai karirnya, Barry sempat tidak mau memakai nama Likumahuwa karena takut dibanding-bandingkan dengan ayahnya, lantas ia mulai tampil dengan nama Barry Likoe. Selama satu tahun ia memakai nama Barry Likoe, namun karena peraturan di keluarga AmbonBarry sebagai anak laki harus meneruskan nama keluarga oleh sebab itu akhirnya mau tidak mau ia memakai nama Likumahuwa.

Barry memiliki bakat musik sejak kecil. Pada usia empat tahun,ia mulai memainkan terompet dan beberapa tahun kemudian instrumen bassmenjadi pilihannya sampai sekarang.

Awal KarirSunting

Cikal bakal bermain bass nya dimulai saat ia duduk di bangku sekolah dasar. Ketika itu ia dan teman-teman sebayanya sedang terkena demam hitsCerita Cinta dari Kahitna. Namun disaat teman-temannya sibuk menghafal dan menyanyikan lagu tersebut, ia justru sibuk menghapal bass line-nya. Sesampainya dirumah, ia mencoba mentransformasikan bass line tersebut melalui gitar lalu kemudian pindah ke media bass. Pada masa-masa tersebut ia mempelajari bass secara diam-diam dan melakukan recording sederhana dengan tape recorder.

Permainannya di wilayah funk yang luwes dan apa adanya membuktikan kepada masyarakat bahwa jazz bisa dinikmati secara luwes dan tidak melulu hanya bisa dinikmati oleh orang tua.

Karir dan Kehidupan Selanjutnya

Sepanjang karir bermusiknya ia pernah menjadi pemain bass untuk Glenn FredlyTangga, Andien, Marcell, Agnes Monica, Dewi Sandra dan tentu saja ikut serta dalam album kompilasi Bass Heroes. Barry pada tahun 2006-2008 diendorse oleh Cort dan melakukan serangkaian tur klinik ke beberapa daerah, lalu pada 2008 sampai sekarang Barry diendorse oleh G&L Bass, Gallien Krueger Amps, Digitech Pedals & DR Strings.

Pada bulan November 2006 ia membentuk Barry Likumahuwa Projectyang merupakan idealisme dari Barry Likumahuwa yang menggabungkan musik Jazz FusionFunk/soul rhythm, dengan jazz harmony dan melody, membaurkan dalam dalam suatu bentuk rock and roll. Band ini terdiri dari anak-anak muda berbakat yang siap membawa anda pada suatu jenis musikyang takkan mudah terlupakan.

Barry Likumahuwa Project terdiri dariBarry Likumahuwa (electric bass),Henry Budidharma (electric guitar),Denis Junio (alto saxophone), Donny Joesran (keyboards, piano), Jonas Wang (drum), Matthew Sayersz (vocal). Pada 2012 Matthew tidak lagi bergabung dengan BLP dan memutuskan bersolo karir, hingga saat in BLP memutuskan untuk tidak menggunakan penyanyi tetap.

Mereka pernah beraksi di banyak event,sebut saja: The 8th JakJazz Festival on November 2006 ,The 3rdJava Jazz Festival on march 2007 , Soul For Indonesian Earth on July 2007, Jazz at the Bimasena on August 2007, The 9th JakJazz, 30th Jazz Goes To Campus (held by the Economic Faculty of Universitas Indonesia), The 4th Java Jazz Festival, The 6th Taichung International Jazz Festival in Taichung, Taiwan, The 5th Java Jazz festival , Bangkok Jazz Festival, The 31st Jazz Goes to Campus, The 10th JakJazz,Ambon Jazz Plus Festival.

Di luar BLP Barry sendiri memiliki project lainnya, seperti Barry Likumahuwa Quintet, LLW bersamaIndra Lesmana dan Sandy Winarta, ia juga aktif berkolaborasi dengan musisi – musisi lokal seperti Dewa Budjana, Dwiki Dharmawan dan musisi – musisi internasional seperti Jeremy Tordjman(Perancis), Erik Hargrove (USA), Lewis Pragasam (Malaysia), Jeremy Monteiro (Singapura), Ezra Brown (USA) dan lain lain.

Album Good Spell

Pada bulan Mei 2008, Barry Likumahuwa merilis album solo pertamanya yang diberi judul Good Spell yang digarap secara mandiri, yang terdiri dari 11 track :

  1. Intro – My Prayer
  2. Walkin’ With The Bass (feat Gadis V)
  3. Mati Saja (with The Pentatones &Matthew Sayerz)
  4. Scholastica (feat Benny Likumahuwa)
  5. Saat Kau Milikku
  6. Remembering You
  7. Good Spell
  8. Aku & Hadirmu (feat Soulmate)
  9. The Journalist (feat Nicky Manuputty)
  10. Bananas & Cucumbers (withBazzatlack)
  11. ‘Til The NExt Hello (feat Bass G)

Album Generasi Synergy

Album pertama dari Barry Likumahuwa Project (BLP) ini dirilis pada 4 Maret 2011 dan terdiri dari 11 track :

  1. Introduction
  2. Generasi Synergy
  3. Craze (Yang Terindah)
  4. Twitter Jam
  5. Heart Keeper
  6. Cinta Abadi
  7. Seven 7
  8. Saat Kau Milikku
  9. Kappanya
  10. We Miss You
  11. Jazz In You

PenghargaanSunting

  • 1st winner of Indonesia Music Festival, [[bass] category held by Fender, 2003
  • Best bassist Asian Beat Festival,Jakarta Final, 2003
  • Most Favourite New Comer, Jak Jazz Awards 2008
  • Jazz Rising Star, JGTC Awards 2008
  • “Matt Saja” Best Jazz Song ICEMA (Indonesian Cutting Edge Music Awards) 2010
  • Exclusively an endorse artist for G&L bases & DR strings (2008-2010)

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Uptown Funk Music Video

LONDON (Reuters) – “Uptown Funk” by English DJ and producer Mark Ronson secured a seventh week at the top of the British singles chart on Sunday, the Official Charts Company said.

The single, which features Hawaii-born singer Bruno Mars, outsold Irish artist Hozier’s song about love and religion “Take me to Church”, which came in second place, and “L.A. Love” by Fergie in third.

The top five was completed by “Lips are Movin” by Meghan Trainor in fourth and new entry “Four Five Seconds” by Barbadian star Rihanna, which also features Kanye West and Paul McCartney.

Ronson could not hold on to number one position in the album charts, where Trainor’s new entry “Title” earned her a chart-topping debut studio album. Ed Sheeran’s “X” continued its long spell in the top five, charting in second place ahead of Ronson’s “Uptown Special”.

Source: reuters

Java Jazz Festival 2014

British musician Jamie Cullum performs during the Java Jazz Festival 2014 in Jakarta, on Feb. 28, 2014. (EPA Photo/Mast Irham)

The Java Jazz Festival continues to live up to its reputation as one of the world’s biggest jazz festivals. Thousands of music fans flocked to the Jakarta Fairground in Kemayoran during its 10th edition last weekend to get their fill of music from some of the world’s biggest jazz acts.

Organizer Peter Gontha said the spectacle marked new beginnings, following the passing of legends who had previously performed at the festival, like George Duke and James Brown.

Reuniting with Jakarta

The occasion provided a trip down memory lane for some acts, among them British jazz-pop musician Jamie Cullum.

“A lot has happened since the last time I came to Jakarta. Among them is the weekly jazz show on BBC that I’ve hosted since 2010,” said Cullum, who dazzled fans at his Java Jazz debut in 2007.

“My newest album, “Momentum,” is more personal. It saw me grow as an individual, as having a family made me more mature,” he added in reference to his marriage to British food critic Sophie Dahl in 2010.

While time may have changed the University of Reading alumnus, it definitely didn’t slow him down. Cullum made his comeback at the Java Jazz with characteristic energy and exuberance, both of which are in abundance in his hit “Mind Trick,” which was part of his 2005 album “Catching Tales.” He performed with over-the-top routines like singing on top of his grand piano and getting into a frenzy on the keyboards.

Cullum’s rendition of the song “Everlasting Love” was also one for the ages. The 34-year-old improvised a tribute to Java Jazz ,changing the lyrics “I need a love that will last forever” with “I hope Java Jazz will live forever.”

Cullum sang one of his newer singles, “When I Get Famous.” The theme of a boy unlucky in love is obvious from the emotional, shrill trumpets of its opening bars, as well as the self-deprecating tone of its lyrics. As with his own songs, Cullum showed his versatility with his cover versions of songs from the past and present, like his sassy take on the Jimi Hendrix classic “The Wind Cries Mary.” Performed with wit, his version was less cynical and moody than the original composition. Cullum also infused jazz in a medley of current hits, including Beyonce’s “XO,” which featured improvisation with the wooden rim of his piano and even his hollowed-out cheeks.

His improvisation of Daft Punk’s Grammy award-winning hit “Get Lucky” featured a homage to jazz, by replacing the French duo’s techno sound with some scat work.

Marking milestones

On the other hand, British jazz stalwarts Incognito’s appearance at Java Jazz marked a milestone, as the band shared its 35th anniversary with the audience. Frontman Jean Paul “Bluey” Maunick marked the occasion with “Parisienne Girl,” one of the singles off their debut album “Jazz Funk.” Maunick said the single meant a lot to him, as it symbolized his decision to embark on a music career. The instrumental tune set the tone for Incognito’s sound, featuring a jazz vibe. Its soaring trumpets and pulsating drums match its vision of breaking free and finding new beginnings.

The band showed it still has what it takes to move an audience, starting with the vibrant trumpets of its opening tune “Love Has Come Around.” Incognito also highlighted its eclecticism and versatility, ranging from the funk and big band sound of “Roots,” and the more vocally centered singles “Its Just One of Those Things” and “Above The Night.”

The band showcased its vibrant and lively sounds through the medley “Bluey’s Rap.” It boasts of the distinct sounds of various instruments, including conga drums, bass and a particularly funky guitar solo. Maunick credited the band’s multinational percussion section for energizing and revitalizing their sound.

Incognito paid tribute to their close links with Indonesia by featuring Indonesian jazz singer Dira Sugandi as a guest vocalist on the single “Where Do We Go From Here.” The single fulfilled Dira’s vow to perform with Incognito, when she saw them perform in Bandung in 2000. The band took the audience down memory lane with warm, vibrant hits like their breakthrough single “Always There,” “Still A Friend of Mine,” and “Don’t You Worry About a Thing.”

Homegrown sounds

Indonesian singer Agnes Monica performs during the Java Jazz Festival 2014 in Jakarta, on Feb. 28, 2014. (SP Photo)

The international performers at Java Jazz did draw the crowds, but they didn’t steal the show by any means, as their Indonesian counterparts gave as good as they got. Indonesian jazz crooner Raisa introduced the crowd to a little-known side of her sound. Best known for her hit single “Could It Be,” the singer dazzled her fans with a big band rendition of the song, as well as other singles “Sendiri” (“Alone”) and her debut hit “Serba Salah” (“Can’t Do Right”).

Raisa also introduced her more recent songs like “Bersinar Melangkah” (“Glowing Steps”) and her new single “Teka Teki” (“Riddle”). The band’s soaring trumpets and throbbing percussions provide an alternative to the otherwise pop, yet sentimental treatment of the song’s themes of relationships and breakups. The clarity of the 23-year-old’s vocals also carried the show, which she said would be featured in a DVD.

For their part, Indonesian all-girl band Be3 opted for a retro look and sound. The trio of Widi Mulia, Cynthia Lamusu and Riafinola Ifani started off with their version of “All That Jazz” from the musical “Chicago.” The song matched their tuxedo dresses and complemented the retro feel of the tune. They then went into a medley of songs, including Madonna’s “Material Girl” and the Marilyn Monroe classic “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” as well as Cherry Lynn’s R&B number “Got To Be Real.”

Raisa and Be3, along with their compatriots like Agnes Monica, Vina Panduwinata and guitar masters Dewa Budjana and Tohpati, made up 150 of the 239 performances at the Java Jazz Festival.The event also featured music to delight hard-core jazz fans from the likes of Snarky Puppy, Jazz Funk Soul and many others.

The grand finale

American singer-songwriter India Arie performs during the Java Jazz Festival 2014 in Jakarta, on Feb. 28, 2014. (SP Photo)

The show closed with a bang on Sunday night with performances by Natalie Cole and India Arie.

Cole, daughter of the legendary Nat “King” Cole, followed in her father’s footsteps and rose to success in the 1970s. On Sunday night, she appeared in an elegant black gown and opened her set with the song “Starting Over Again” to an ecstatic crowd.

But she received the most cheers for her “duets” with her late father, whose voice was brought in through a recording — including the hit “Unforgettable.”

“I always remember my father, he truly is unforgettable,” she said.

Another highlight on Sunday was the multitalented Agnes Monica. Despite the critics questioning the pop princess’s lack of jazz pedigree, Agnes proved them wrong by transforming her songs such as “Bukan Milikmu Lagi” (“No Longer Yours”) and “Cemburu” (“Jealous”) into swing jazz tunes.

“I initially doubted Agnes belongs at Java Jazz. Although she didn’t sing many jazz songs at the show, she could actually prove that she fits in here,” said an attendee, Aris Budiman.

Performing at the D2 Clear Hall, the American singer-songwriter India Arie carried on a soulful, yet intimately musical conversation as the closing act for the third act of this year’s Java Jazz Festival. The Grammy award-winning R&B songbird set an interactive ambience by frequently lapsing into “songversations” between herself and the audience.

In between the tunes like, “I Am Not My Hair,” “He Heals Me,” “The Heart of the Matter” and “Complicated Melody,” Arie read out quotes from the likes of Maya Angelo, Stevie Wonder and others, before sharing the meaning of the song to follow.

“I want to spread love, healing, peace and joy through my music. Listen to the show with your heart,” she said.

It was a deserving finale for another grand edition of this beloved festival ­— filled with passion, love, and all that jazz.

Source:JakartaGlobe