Jazz festival in a small village, attracting thousands

Jazz festival in a small village, attracting thousands

Jazz festival in a small village, attracting thousands


Benny Likumahuwa

By REUTERS YOGYAKARTA PROVINCE

Jazz music festivals may be common in many parts of the world, but definitely not in this small village in Indonesia’s Yogyakarta. Thirty groups of jazz musicians gathered to perform during the 5th Ngayogjazz in Brayut village. The organizers set up six stages, including one near the market, one near a banana garden and another in a house. Event director, Djaduk Ferianto said the festival is to promote jazz music in rural areas and make it more accessible. “People would associate the word “jazz” with being high-class. Especially in Indonesia. Although actually jazz is originally a folk art, it struggled to survive, oppressed and rise. Full of struggle that was once depressed and finally appears, just like people in Indonesia, being oppressed (by Suharto) and bounced back. So, yes, Jazz is a folk art,” he said. Organizers said more than 10,000 people turned up for the festival, which is a huge increase from the first festival which only had 1,000 attendees. Unlike other jazz festivals in the country, the one-day event did not feature international musicians. Many of the local bands merged traditional Indonesian tunes to the music to give it a different flavor. “Many people think that jazz is a high-class music but I like it. I think this is a good way to promote jazz,” said Ulul Khasanah, a jazz music fan. Rain started pouring in the evening, but the fans were undeterred, standing in the rain with umbrellas, ponchos, and even banana leaves to watch their favorite band play. Even though the location to perform is very different, the musicians find certain challenges. “We had to do some improvisations here and there. We had to adjust with the venue, the atmosphere sound. And the result was different from what we expected, but it is fun,” said Robert Muliahardja, a jazz musician. Ngayogjazz has been held in different villages in Yogyakarta province for the last five times. It is some 440 km (273 miles) east of capital Jakarta. To promote more awareness, the festival has been free-of-charge for all who are interested to attend

(Al-Arabiya News)

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I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy

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