“That’s what I love about the big house of jazz: we get together and we make something fresh”
The VAC jazz trio, comprised of Nita, Varela and Italian bassist Daniele Cappucci, showed the finer points of composition and virtuosity behind the genre’s versatile sound at the Italian Cultural Center before hitting the stage at this year’s Java Jazz Festival.
Nita performing on Feb 13 in Singapore in the run-up to SingJazz 2014. She is slated to perform in the main festival as well on Mar 2.
A review of Nita’s recent event at Jazzuality.com:
Image Credit: frigglive/Veronica Ng
Fast rising Indonesian star Nita Aartsen is all about the connection between classical, jazz, a delightful touch of bossa and Latin music. Nita is a gifted pianist who also sings and she stands out as a music composer. Be it pop, rock, blues, classical, or any other genre, she breathes soul into it to make it alive.
On her website, Nita says “Music is like home to me.. It’s like a dining room where I have my harmony food, it’s like a bed to lie down and relax my mind from my restlessness, it’s like a living room where I join my fellow musicians, and even a spiritual room for my peace and inspiration. Music is also like a big garden for joy, fun and excitement.”
It was plain to see that music is everything for Nita, and that was what she gave at the Borneo Jazz Festival. Her show was thoroughly enjoyed by her audience. My favorite had to be “Lullaby of Motherland”, where her forceful Piano playing weaved skillfully through the pounding bass and hypnotic vocals.
A little birdie just told me that Nita has finished working on her new album – Dancing Soul!
If you are in Indonesia, take a look here on info about how to get it. If you are not, stay tuned… 🙂
[UPDATE: ‘Dancing Soul’ is available at Disc Tarra and some other shops in Indonesia now! Go get ’em…]