Completely exhausted by this point, as I’ve been carrying my complete set of camera equipment around the festival for 3 days. Loads more quality music, especially Bazz Attack who consist of about 6 young virtuoso bass players and a drummer. What is amazing about the festival is just how popular virtuoso music is with the Indonesian crowds. I’m particularly surprised by the enormous following of a chap who leads the Balawan trio who plays the most self-indulgent 2 handed-tapping widdly nonsense played though a Roland guitar synth. The main Indonesian band to finish is Tompi & Groovology, who have one of the most annoying frontmen imaginable… but seems to have enormous celebrity status.
Archive for November, 2007
Had a lovely day with my other half enjoying some really amazing music including one of the best guitarists I think I’ve ever heard in my life. Wow. Carlos Rios was also playing, but was really quite dull compared to all the incredible Indonesian talent. There was a lovely point when a generous Hungarian band invited a mother and daughter on to the stage to perform… real festival spirit!
Things are getting going in Jakarta… I’ve just agreed a full-time job which is rather good news involving photography, writing and web development. I also covered my first music festival since I started backpacking… I really missed it! And what a music festival! JakJazz (The 9th International Jakarta Jazz Festival) featured really stunning musical talent from Indonesia which really put the European and American bands to shame. Loads of incredible guitarists, which kept me really happy.