Singer Harvey Malaihollo, holding the microphone, during the Ijen Summer Jazz 2016 press conference. (Photo courtesy of Banyuwangi district government)

Jazz Gunung Returns With Another Open-Stage Concert


OCTOBER 24, 2016

Jakarta. After organizing seven concerts in Bromo and at the Banyuwangi Beach Jazz Festival in 2014, Jazz Gunung Indonesia returned to present another quality concert with its open-stage concept.

The third edition of the Ijen Summer Jazz concert took place at Jiwa Jawa Resort in Banyuwangi, East Java, on Saturday (22/10). The event was also held on July 30 and Sept. 10 this year. Several renowned jazz musicians performed during the open-stage event, presenting a unique combination of melodic jazz tunes and the panoramic view of nature.

Jazz Gunung Indonesia founder Sigit Pramono said Ijen Summer Jazz offers a music festival without barrier between the performers and the audience.

"The intimacy and direct interaction is possible with an audience capacity of 300," he said, as quoted by Detik.

Saturday's concert opened with a performance by the Lalare Orchestra, consisting of young artists from Banyuwangi. The concert continued with talented guitarist Balawan, who showed off his eight-finger playing technique while performing with his music group Balawan & Batuan Ethnic Fusion.

The festival also included a performance by the Shadow Puppets, who took the audience down memory lane with famous tunes from a different era, which they performed in a duet with legendary singer Harvey Malaihollo.

Harvey, who has received several awards for his performances during his long career, shared his pride and enthusiasm when asked to join the performers to entertain jazz enthusiasts along with the Shadow Puppets. They performed several old songs summarized in a collaborative album titled "Indonesia Songbook."

"I've been around, performing in a variety of places, but this festival in Banyuwangi is amazing. The stage, the crowd's response, the vibe, it's all very interesting," Harvey said.

"Indonesia Songbook" features classic songs that were written in the 1950s. The songs are extremely rich in their musical composition.