I remember leaving quite a harsh review on my website the last time I saw Tompi, I was wondering maybe he wasn’t THAT bad?! Oh my God, he is. His popularity and fame are an absolute enigma to me. And he sounds like a chipmunk when he scat sings with his pretend air trumpet. Intensely irritating.
Really enjoyed this festival, and many thanks to the organisers for taking such good care of me and Kate.
Due to lack of funds, several of the bands had to be cancelled (very sad not to see Barry Likamahua!), so the first day consisted of local Pekanbaru bands. Although they weren’t always technically up to the standard of the other bands, I always like the spirit of young Indonesian jazz groups.