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Nita’s Interview with Metro TV

Nita was interviewed by Dalton Tanonaka for the weekly English-language news program on Metro TV, ‘Indonesia Now’. The video is here.

Nita Metro Interview

[UPDATE: The Transcript

Indonesia’s affection for jazz has resulted in several major international events every year, and several jazz clubs in the capital.

Nita Aartsen is a rising star indonesian artist who uses her classical training to create world-class music.

NA: Classical is my first love, it’s my first touch, basically and for my personal opinion, it has the most beautiful melodies. Classical, like Fur Elise, Turkish Mars, Bach Serenade. And then for me personally, jazz has the most thick harmony, in the world, of all kinds of music. And I take Latin because it’s my passion, Latin. And I like to cook everything which is my ingredient.

IN: But did the classical set up what you do? If you didn’t have the classical training, you wouldn’t be doing what you’re doing?

NA: Yes, of course, because for somebody that studied classical and for somebody that didn’t study classical, it just becomes a melody, one of the pop melodies, I guess. But of course, classical also has a huge history, right? So to cook it is not just to put all the artificial of each one, but I really sit and think like “Moonlight Sonata” and again it also has a message in them, the ambiance of classic is also thick in me, basically.

IN: When you perform, you perform passionately, it’s like you’re in a trance. Where do you get that?

NA: I think music gives us, or art gives us to express ourselves and to be ourselves. I think the passion is just me. At some parts in some songs I can really express myself, but maybe for other people it’s more interesting to see when I’m so much in my passion(ate) things But basically I do all sides, basically. Some are really (a) quiet piece, some are just joy(ful) and cool and some are just…how do you say it…chill…chilly…something like that.

IN: Where do you want to go as an artist? Do you want to be a star, an international star? Where do you hope to end up?

NA: Of course it will be great if I can be the messenger for the whole world. Especially if I can stand up as an Indonesian female artist. And again, I feel blessed with all the opportunities. I already got some invitations from Europe and the States to perform. And I also try to cook more Indonesian music into it. Because then again this music could belong to everyone, basically, that’s how I see it. If I could be the world’s messenger, that would be my dreams, yah?

Aartsen will perform music from a new album at a concert December 17 at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta.

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“Jazz Latin untuk Bergoyang”

A review of the album in Bahasa Indonesia.

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We don’t understand either!

Dalton Tanonaka
Dalton Tanonaka

Dalton Tanonaka, the co-anchor of Metro TV’s weekly English-language news program ‘Indonesia Now’, also writes for The Jakarta Post sometimes. He wrote this column titled ‘35 more things I just don’t understand‘ after completing his third year in Indonesia.

Look at no. 31!

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‘all nite out’ is out!

Ladies & Gentlemen,

[Drum Roll]

Nita Aartsen Quatro’s debut CD of ‘Latin-Jazz-ised’ Western Classical tunes based songs, all nite out has been released and is available at all Disc Tarra stores. Go get it! And don’t buy bajakan ya!! 🙂

A first review as seen on the net is here.

Nita Aartsen Quatro's All Nite Out
Nita Aartsen Quatro's All Nite Out
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New Year, New Album

Wishing all of you a very happy and prosperous new year!

Nita Aartsen Quatro’s debut album, “All Nite Out” will be released soon on Platinum. Watch this space for updates!

Nita Aartsen Quatro's All Nite Out
Nita Aartsen Quatro's All Nite Out
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MySpace & iLike profiles

Get to listen to some of her latest music.
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Weekly performances

Nita’s weekly schedule of performances in Jakarta. Here…

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Concert Videos

Two concert videos are up on YouTube. Both features Nita Aartsen Quatro live at the Jakarta Jazz Festival 2008. Check the Concert Videos page.

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Hello world!

One of the most gifted pianists of Indonesia has a new home on the Net. Welcome to NitaAartsen.com.