Gustu Brahmanta Trio at Malaysia International Performing Arts Village 2014

It is a honor to perform in Malaysia International Performing Arts Village 2014. Malaysia International Performing Arts Village (MiPAV) 2014 is an international event organised by the National Department for Culture and Arts, Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia on 22–26 November 2014 at Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) Kuala Lumpur in conjunction of Visit Malaysia Year 2014. It aims to promote artistic talents, enhance networking and strengthening camaraderie amongst the 11 participating countries – Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka, South Korea, China, Mongolia and Malaysia. MiPAV highlights an exciting lineup of performing arts showcases in dance, music and theatre along with a variety of arts workshops available for everyone.

First of all I would like to thank the founder of Ubud Village Jazz Festival (UVJV) Yuri Mahatma, Anom “Antida” Darsana and the beautiful vice chairman Astrid Sulaiman, who gave us, Gustu Brahmanta Tri0, the opportunity to play and show our special jazz ethic, combining the modern (Western) and Balinese instruments.

Balawan & Batuan Ethnic Fusion and Ayu Laksmi & Svara Semesta, where I was also playing with,  have inspired me with this music genre. However, we do something different, for just playing as a TRIO. Thank you to Ida Bagus Indra Gupta (contrabass) and I Wayan Suastika (first album) and now I Made Subandi (rindik, gamelan, reong), who have contributed with so many ideas for the group hence we could deliver mystical pentatonic pelog scale with jazz as the foundation.

The authenticity of Balinese instruments are sourced from rindik (made of bamboo with 11-13 keyed xylophones tuned to a fairly even tempered scale). I also modify my drum set with kelenang-kelenong, tawa-tawa, kendang and ponggang to add the Balinese feel. Where the original Balinese gamelan can have 20 players, we bring this Balinese jazz fusion ethnic with minimalist formation.

We showcase true Balinese ethnic music fused with modern jazz grooves, with this TRIO formation. Thank you jazzuality.com, for the positive review on your web “The show was simply educational, interactive, entertaining, magical, without having to lose the strong ethnic element”.

And finally, thank you to Agus Setiawan Basuni from Warta Jazz who took us to Malaysia and performed at Malaysia International Performing Arts Festival 2014, http://www.wartajazz.com/news/2014/08/11/menikmati-ubud-village-jazz-festival-2014-bagian-kedua.

We were so proud to play at this festival, meeting many people who appreciated our music. Thank you Dayu Rina Widyasari, our talented vocalist, who perform with us at the festival and my lovely wife, Agung Indira Maheswari, who organized everything and danced in one of our song “Legong Keraton”. Love you so much.

Hopefully, this TRIO will continuously perform at music/art festivals, local and abroad, and receive good feedback from jazz/music community and audiences.