Thursday, April 06, 2017

Idang Rasjidi to perform at Borneo Jazz Festival


KUCHING: Indonesian jazz icon Idang Rasjidi and the Idang Rasjidi Syndicate will perform at the Borneo Jazz Festival on May 12-13 at ParkCity Everly, Miri.

A press release yesterday said Idang’s music promotes a message of unity in diversity, where the different types of seemingly polarised rhythms, melodies and instruments blend together to create harmony from what should have been chaos.

“Jazz is a barometer of freedom. For me, liberty is in jazz music,” Idang said at the Prambanan Heritage Jazz Festival in October.

Beginning as a bassist, he later taught himself to play the piano and became one of the most well-known jazz pianists in Indonesia.

He’s also known for his realistic vocalisations imitating trumpets, trombones and percussions.

Idang has released five studio albums, with his first in 1996 called ‘Heaven and Earth’.

In 2008, he released ‘Sound of Hope’ (2008) and the following year ‘Sound of Truth’, both of which promote his message of positivity and peace.

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