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The Color of Indonesian World Music
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
music showcases & interactive talk show
From October 11 to 18 at 8pm – 10pm Bali Time, for 8 days non-stop Indonesian Music Expo or IMEX intend to present the live streaming of 15 best Indonesian world music groups selected from across the archipelago to the international music scene through the following social media platforms
The groups selected for Road to IMEX Live Streaming are coming from across the country. These are groups that have performed in many prestigious international world music festivals across the globe. Each of the group has been chosen based on their musical quality as well as highly specific style.
All together these chosen groups form a fast amount of musical diversity that reflects the richness of Indonesian world music cultures. In addition to that, each group is also capable to present music that appeals to the international audience.
Over the past five thousand years since the born of gamelan up to the coming of European people in the 16 th century, Indonesia has become the crossroad of musical cultures coming from both Eastern and Western hemisphere.
Consisting of over 500 ethnic groups with their own languages, cultures and indigenous beliefs, musical diversity in this world largest archipelago is immensely rich. Yet the encounter of these music cultures between one and another in the urban setting of contemporary era has generated even more interesting hybrid musical genres in every corner of Indonesia. As a result, there emerged many progressive world music groups today that have brilliantly mixed different musical resources from different parts of the country, and beyond.
From October 11 to 18 at 8pm – 10pm Bali Time, for 8 days non-stop Indonesian Music Expo or IMEX intend to present the live streaming of 15 best Indonesian world music groups selected from across the archipelago to the international music scene through the above social media platforms.
The live event of Indonesian Music Expo itself is planned to be held on July 1-4, 2021 in Ubud, Bali. Today, Ubud has become the meeting ground for many international practitioners of world music from across the globe: Asia, Australia, Africa, America and Europe. In addition to that, Bali is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world.
So, we also hope to see you all next year in Ubud.
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Iwan Fals & INO Ensemble
INO Ensemble is the smaller version of the Indonesian National Orchestra (INO). INO was founded in 2010 to provide a platform for international music exchange based on highly diverse indigenous instruments of Indonesia.
The musical foundation of the INO Ensemble is various forms of rebana (frame drum) music of Betawi cultures such as Rebana Biang, Hadroh, Kecimpring, and Marawis. However, the various instruments used in INO Ensemble come from different regions of Indonesia such as North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Bali, West Java, and Jakarta.
Each of the musicians in INO Ensemble players is masters of many instruments. Thus, their music is complex and a unique reflection of the diversity of Indonesian cultures. The combination of traditional and modern music performed by INO Ensemble creates beautiful and magnificent new music colors. INO Ensemble has won various prestigious competitions in the world such as Sharq Taronalari in Samarkand organized by UNESCO & Uzbekistan.
At IMEX, INO Ensemble will collaborate with well-known musicians, Iwan Fals. This legendary Indonesian musician who is famous for successfully voicing the conscience of the people.
Nita Aartsen & String of The World
Nita Aartsen is an internationally-known Indonesian virtuoso pianist & singer. Her music is a blending of Latin jazz with thick ethno influence. Aartsen has performed across the globe representing Indonesia.
On this occasion, Nita Aartsen will collaborate with Strings of The World, an international group & festival that performs every year since 2012 in New Delhi & Mumbai, gathering mainly string instruments such as violin, guitar, piano, ukulele, qamancha, rebab, etc, organized by Indian violinist, Sharat Srivastava.
This is not a ‘fusion’ concert of the usual kind to which we have become accustomed — where percussion instruments hold the session together. This collaboration combines instrument melodies from various parts of the world that formed the crux of the musical blends. It's very exciting for the musicians to collaborate these melodic convergences with different cultural influences at work. The array of instruments ranged from violin, qamancha (from Armenia), ukelele, tabla, drums, guitar, bass, piano, and the use of voice in various ways, including ‘voice percussion’, plus the Rajasthani string and percussion instruments.
It's a great collaboration & experience to melt East & West music and to celebrate friendship among nations in the world.
KanDe Group under the leadership of Rafli, combines traditional (ethnic) and modern (contemporary) music. The lyrics highlighted in the songs are religious and social messages.
Rafly was awarded as an ambassador for peace by world bodies such as IOM (International Organization for Migration), Japan Foundation, USAID, and the European Union. His vocal character is very unique. He has captivated thousands in his audience in many festivals.
Rafli's musical works have been worldwide and are recognized internationally
Suarasama is a world music group from Medan, North Sumatra that was formed by Irwansyah Harahap and Rithaony Hutajulu in 1995, who both completed their graduate study on Ethnomusicology at the Univ of Washington, USA. As the main composer, Irwansyah Harahap combines the world’s music concepts, among them are the Pakistan/Indian Sufi, Middle Eastern, Africa, Eastern Europe as well as Malay and Batak music from Indonesia. Their music has been published by the RFI, France (1998), Smithsonian, USA (1999) and Drag City, Chicago (2008) and has been reviewed by many music critics in webzines due to Suarasama’s World Music approach that was considered “new” and “original” by several of the world’s music critics.
Suarasama is the only world music group in the country that based their music in the tradition of Pakistani/Indian Sufi music. Most of the lyrics the relationship between humans, nature, and God. Supported by the excellent female vocalist, Rithaony Hutajulu Suarasama manages to offer an enticing modern Indonesian vocal Sufi music. This group has been performed in many international world music festivals such as Pakistan, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, Germany, and Philippines.
Riau Rhythm is a music chamber from Riau province of Indonesia. The name is a literal interpretation of their music: the rhythms and the melodies coming from Riau. This group explores Pan Malay traditional music with a blend of western instruments. Calempong (Gamelan Sumatra), Gambus, chanting of Malay oral traditions, and percussion.
The group consists of seven members. Riau Rhythm was formed in 2001). They have produced five albums and recently prepared for their sixth. Riau Rhythm has performed in Singapore in 2014, OZ - Asia Festival in Adelaide, Australia in 2016. In Singapore, the chamber played its famous pieces in 2013. From 2013 to present, they have performed in nation-wide festivals from Padang to Jayapura, from Makassar to Surabaya.
At the beginning of 2018, Riau Rhythm collaborated with Orqueste de Camarra de Sierro (OCAS) from Asturias - Spain in Pekanbaru and Jakarta. The collaboration continues in 2019 with the title “Riau Rhythm on Mission”, a tour in the cities of Spain and Portugal. This collaboration is a new point for Riau Rhythm to globally explore and to establish aesthetic and cultural relations.
Formed in 1988, Sambasunda is a world music group from Bandung. The music adopts a lot of Jaipongan dance music. Led by composer and multi-instrumentalist Ismet Ruchimat, SambaSunda has more than seven local releases to their credit.
This group combines the sounds of Sundanese gamelan degung and the angklung bamboo instruments by adding elements of Jakarta's keroncong, Sunda's jaipong, Balinese kebyar, and the Brazilian rhythm of samba. The classic sounds of the traditional instruments evoke not only past splendor but also the bustling, urban energy of Bandung today.
Sambasunda has appeared several times in various events at home and abroad, being recorded as Best Performance at the Multi-Cultural Of Asian Music Festival in Colombo Sri Lanka in 1999.
Kua Etnika is a leading Indonesian world music group based in Yogyakarta led by the late Djaduk Ferianto. The group has also performed in many European prestigious international music festivals.
This group makes a lot of exploration with jazz music and combines their ethnic music elements with electric instruments, drums, and synthesizers. This is their effort to reinterpret traditional music in the spirit of innovation so that it can be enjoyed by younger audiences.
Kua Etnika has released 9 albums in more than 20 years. Kua Etnika consistently produced new works, held concerts, and participated in various international festivals still today.
Ayu Laksmi & Svara Semesta
Ayu Laksmi is an Indonesian prominent singer of world music. She is a singer as well as a songwriter, dancer, and actress.
Svara Semesta is a world music group founded and led by Ayu Laksmi. Their music is well-blended of Balinese traditional and Western music. By far their album “Svara Semesta” is the best world music album in Indonesia. Ayu’s live performance with Svara Semesta always has strong theatrical elements as she is currently also known as an actor in many Indonesian movies.
Svara Semesta is committed to express love to everyone. Their songs were written in various Indonesian dialects.
Bona Alit is an internationally known Balinese world music group led by highly talented musician-instrument makers under the same name, Bona Alit.
Their music is heavily based on the dynamic Balinese traditional music. Yet Bona Alit also incorporates many musical ideas from Western music. Many of their albums such as “Kisi-Kisi” have been well received in Bali and beyond. Bona Alit has also performed extensively abroad
Jegog Suar Agung
Jegog Suar Agung is a Bamboo Ensemble from North West Bali. Created around the turn of the century, Jegog used to accompany buffalo races, remind villagers of community work, and entertain audiences on special events. The Jegog ensemble is unique in Jembrana, a rural district in northwest Bali.
Jegog Suar Agung is one of the most popular Balinese traditional groups in the world. Jegog's musical character is very fast, loud, rhythmic, and precise.
KunoKini is a highly progressive world music group led by a young talented singer-arranger, Bhismo “NoizeKilla” KunoKini and Astari “Bebi KunoKini” Achiel that blends nicely various indigenous songs and reggae. This group combines Indonesia and traditional musical instruments from other countries which are then mixed with contemporary music. They explore the sounds of traditional Indonesian wind and percussion instruments such as the Sundanese Flute, Irian Shells, Serunai, Sampeong & Saluang from Padang, Tagan.
In literal, “Kuno” means old fashioned and antique, whilst “Kini” means today, nowadays. Using percussion as their main instrument is uniquely fresh and uniquely accepted by music lovers, especially to a younger generation because the lyrics of their songs address social issues in critical ways as well as those who like dance music. Kunokini has also performed extensively abroad.
Marinuz Kevin x VJ Beats
East Nusa Tenggara
Marinuz Kevin is a Hip Hop Artist soloist from Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), who is also part of a Hip Hop group called S.O.P.I (Sound Of Partner's Ideology). Whereas, VJ BEATS is a music producer who likes to explore the progressive house genre.
This millennial duo from NTT have produced an album which combines their regional songs with musical arrangements with the EDM (Electronic Dance Music).
Marinuz Kevin x VJ Beats collaboration started from their restlessness on the issue of the lack of literacy of NTT folk songs. From there they began to digitally archive NTT's folk songs by commodifying pop culture. Apart from exploring regional songs, the duo have also composed several songs of their own and have frequently performed in international events.
Tingkilan Kota Raja
Tingkilan is an indigenous musical genre similar to keroncong that has evolved from Portuguese fado brought to Indonesia in the 16th century. The most interesting thing about keroncong is that it has been spread out across the country. Each regional keroncong has incorporated their local musical ingredients into it. Tingkilan is a keroncong genre from East Kalimantan (Borneo).
In this region, the specific instruments of keroncong such as Violin, Ukelele, and Guitar have been combined with traditional instruments such as gambus (lute) and bamboo flute. Tingkilan Kota Raja is based in Tenggarong, Kutai Regency, and led by Bayu Anugraha, the cello player.
Tingkilan's music has begun to erode by the times and begins to lose its identity so that the main goal of this group is to maintain and preserve the Tingkilan Music Culture and to introduce this music to international communities.
Dadendate is a long tradition of storytelling through music from the old mystical kingdom of Sindue located today in Donggala, Central Sulawesi. This art form was developed centuries ago by Rambu Bali, the master of Dadendate who was a member of the noble family of the Kingdom.
Today Dadendate is associated only with Logompuyu (90 years old master) and his younger brother Lafante (69 years old). Both are descendants of Rambu Bali who practically the only family can perform this beautiful storytelling art form in the entire region of Central Sulawesi. This is the first Dadendate exposure in the international musical arena. This group wants to preserve the endangered Kaili oral literature.
Hawaiian Teluk Ambon
Hawaiian music has become a long musical tradition of the Ambonese people. Although the genre came from outside Ambon, the content of the songs represents the unique social life of Ambonese coastal people. Hawaiian Teluk Ambon is one of the most popular Hawaiian groups in Ambon led by Sammy.
Ambon has been officially recognized as the city of music by UNESCO. Therefore, there are many music programs on the agenda. One of them is to develop the ukulele instrument as a characteristic of indigenous pacific sound and Teluk Ambon Hawaiian Band (group) is an ambassador for that
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