Sarinah International Jazz Day features Ismail Marzuki’s work


A show called Allure of the Archipelago or Rayuan Pulau Kelapa was organized on the ground floor of the Sarinah building, Jakarta, on Saturday as part of Sarinah International Jazz Day.

The Allure of the Archipelago was inspired by the song Rayuan Pulau Kelapa, which is among Indonesian composer and songwriter Ismail Marzuki’s creations.

The show focused on songs by Marzuki, which were performed by Nial Djuliarso, a jazz pianist, and supported by The East Side Jazz Initiative. It also featured Alonzo Brata, an 18-year-old jazz singer.

Sarinah International Jazz Day opened with one of the national anthems Indonesia Pusaka.

This was followed by president director of state department store firm PT Sarinah, Fetty Kwartati, delivering the opening remarks. She said that Sarinah is a place to connect generations and music.

Jazz music itself is considered a symbol of the creation and diversity of art, where it can be in a social, cultural, and lifestyle space, she added.

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“Therefore, we are very grateful that Sarinah has an international event that can hopefully be continued every year and become the forerunner of local-style international events,” Kwartati said.

The show continued with Brata singing Juwita Malam, his heavy and deep voice hypnotizing the audience.

After the Marzuki session ended, Nial Djuliarso, the East Side Jazz Initiative, and Alonzo Brata performed several foreign jazz songs such as Ain’t That A Kick In The Head by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, All That Jazz by John Kander and Fred Ebb, In The Street Where You Live by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lemer, Orange Colored Sky by Milton Delugg and Willie Stein, and Birth Of The Blues by Ray Henderson.

At the end of the show, Brata also performed Djuliarso and Mari Kartika’s Strolling Down The Avenue.

He then left the stage, and Nial and The East Side Jazz closed the show with an instrumental musical performance, Fungi Mama.

Source: Antara News