Jazz Buzz last day: Trodon

The last performance in Jazz Buzz Salihara 2018 by progressive rock band Trodon brought unrelenting hard beat and the harshest sound you could expect in the genre, but in a melodic arrangements. They incorporate ear-piercing hard rock with the harmonic tones of classic and modern composition notable in video games.

It bodes well with the theme Myth and Draconis they presented, where each song sequence was accompanied by displayed graphics on the backdrop about the legend of the dragon.

Trodon interpreted the many characters in the legend with a variety of style. There were middle-east music theme, fantasy melody, and the rhythm chosen to build the atmosphere that support the story of each repertoires.

Most of the songs were composed by the lead electric guitarist Biondi Noya, who is accompanied by the rest of the band consisting of keyboardist Irene Pattinaya, drummer Peter Lumingkewas, bassist Aprila Sitompul, synthesizer by Alexander Jason, saxophonist Nadya Romanenta, and cellist Adela Batfutu.

The saxophone and cello in their formation partly explains Trodon’s uniqueness, of which they produce progressive rock jazz pieces by taking the inspiration from, as contrast as it sounds, video game sound elements and European classics such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Gustav Holst, Igor Stravinsky and Claude Debussy.

Their performance since 2013 display all the complexities of the unique combination.

Trodon has graced numerous stages from Piston Brake Cafe, Rolling Stone Cafe, Leitstar HQ, to festivals such as Solo International Performing Arts in 2016, and Jazz Sans Frontieres of Komunitas Salihara, 2016.

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Trodon at Jazz Buzz Salihara 2018. Photograph by Witjak Widhi, courtesy of Komunitas Salihara.

 

Pianist and drummer experimental collaboration in Jazz Buzz 2018

It took a year for Adra Karim and John Navid to prepare a collaborative work in a duo called Mirak Div. They recalled Tony Prabowo, a music composer with contemporary taste, whose initiative led to the group formation, and later they accepted the invitation to play in his annual event, and eventually staged their maiden performance in Jazz Buzz Salihara 2018.

It was meant to be a recording project, as John described it. But when the plan slacked off, the duo realized they had to take whatever the chance coming at them.

Having trained for the past three months, they did not rely that much on anyone else to do the preparation. John’s sound experiment, for instance, was developed through self-observation of his surrounding, while Karim said that, unlike other mainstream jazz events, here they were more involved in setting the stage and doing the sound check.

The performers are more concentrated to their respective works performed in the much segmented event such as Jazz Buzz Salihara.

John, an IKJ graduate in percussion, and the drummer of the pop-retro band the White Shoes and the Couple’s Company, said the most interesting part of playing in this event was the hunt for items to be made rhythm instruments and to be used to exploring new dimension.

Karim, on the other hand, told that collaboration led to unexpected findings such as in Mirak Div. Having applauded John as a knowledgeable musician with his background and experience, Karim is definitely not new in the world of experimentation. He is a member of contemporary jazz band Tomorrow Ensemble People.

After all. their aim is only to prove that they could compose an alternative music experience to audience of Jazz Buzz Salihara 2018.

Although John admitted that there are less listeners in the country for this kind of experimental music compared to pop or electronic, but it is in the lesser number where he sees the opportunity.

When asked about the challenge and opportunity, Karim, who obtained master’s degree in Prince Claus Conservatorium, Netherlands, has less worry about the level of reception among the Indonesian audience, as he is convinced there are a lot more who can appreciate the different style in music.

But he attributed the challenge to the key players of the local music industry whom he perceive as a little too hostile to experimental music like what they have worked on.

“I am more concerned with those people up there who keep on making notion that the listeners are not ready for this kind of music, or that a certain style fits only to a certain audience, and so on,” he added.

On stage, Karim and John seemed to have played for their own, whereas actually they both play a collaborative, complex composition. Karim’s synthesizer created the deep ambience, amplified with the dim stage, a proof of a good lighting work. As he improvised and switched between his keyboard, organ, and grand piano, John scratched his drum, and later on created a diminishing effect of echo by using his drum stick.

Their composition create a sense of solitude, but also raucous with the use of unlikely sound inducing items, such as duct tape, kerecekan tukang patri (street smith worker’s tool), toys, ping-pong balls. Even he was seen pedaling bicycle to bring out the sound of chain gear.

Just when they showed a piano drum interaction in a more rhythmic sense, suddenly they continued with another eerily sound experiment, and progressed to traditional Indian arrangements and rhythm, perhaps influenced by John’s long period of practicing tabla in Indian Cultural Center. It is all a well-planned experimental performance.

 

The upcoming 2018 Jazz Buzz Salihara

Jazz Buzz Salihara 2018 posterJazz Buzz is an annual music program by Komunitas Salihara since 2012 that highlights the contemporary compositions seldom heard in any regular concerts. think archipelago is a proud media partner of the music festival which runs from 17 February until 25 February 2018. To see more of their schedule, please click the Jazz Buzz Salihara 2017 banner found in think archipelago website. 


Whereas Jazz Sans Frontiéres II gave the opportunity for experimental rock jazz by Imanissimo, solo instrumental composition by Arief Winanda with his set of Marimba, and a capella by Cinconotas, the upcoming Jazz Sans Frontiéres III continues to give the opportunity to jazz musicians who dare to surpass the mainstream genre, such as the progressive and contemporary bands Trodon, Trio Ligro, and the collaborative works in Mirak Div duo, and the uncharted experimentation of Dewa Budjana.

Trodon produce progressive rock jazz pieces by taking the inspiration from, as contrast as it sounds, video game sound elements and European classics such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Gustav Holst, Igor Stravinsky and Claude Debussy. Their performance display all the complexities of the unique combination.

The contemporary rock jazz of Trio Ligro is influenced by Mahavishnu Orchestra and the works of composer Olivier Messiaen. The ever wild improvisation reflects their solidity in maintaining the formation since their inception in 2004: Agam Hamzah on guitar, Adi Darmawan on bass, and Gusti Hendi on drum.

Rare collaborative works

This year Jazz Buzz Salihara presents Mirak Div, the result of fruitful collaboration by the retro pop band White Shoes and The Couples Company percussionist John Navid, and fusion jazz group Tomorrow People Ensemble pianist Adra Karim.  Together, they bring a wide spectrum of musical styles in their keyboard and percussion repertoire.

Dewa Budjana is set to perform a completely new arrangements of both his old and new tunes, bringing a string quartet, vibraphone, and electric drum as he seeks out the possibilities he never played before in his fulfilling musical career.

Below are the 2018 Jazz Buzz Salihara lineups and schedule:

  • Trio Ligro, Saturday, 17 February 2018, 8PM
  • Dewa Budjana, Sunday, 18 February 2018, 8PM
  • Mirak Div (Adra Karim and John Navid), Saturday, 24 February 2018, 8PM
  • Trodon, Sunday, 25 February 2018, 8PM

Ticket price for public sees an increase of IDR25,000 compared to last year, but still a great deal for what it has to offer.

  • IDR100,000 (public)
  • IDR50,000 (students)