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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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Update on Weekly Performances

Now you can catch Nita on Fridays and Saturdays at Shanghai Blue, Jakarta. The details are here.

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Free Concert!


Nita Aartsen Quatro
Latin Jazz concert,

when Classical meets jazz,

featuring Anda & Steve Wilson.

at Bentara Budaya, Jl. Palmerah Selatan 17

(Map)

8 PM on July 30, 2009

Admission is FREE!

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“Jazz Latin untuk Bergoyang”

A review of the album in Bahasa Indonesia.

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The Queen of Blues meets The King of Rock & Roll!

King RnR meets Queen Blues
Be there!

And the rest is history, as they say!

The fateful rendezvous takes place at

Shanghai Blue, The Oriental Lounge, Jl. Kebon Sirih 79 (Map)

on

July 29, 2009 at 8:00 PM

featuring

Eduard Alexander & Sue Bonnington.

Accompanying musicians:

Nita Aartsen (music director & pianist),

Agam Hamzah (guitar),

Krisna (harmonica),

Andreas (bass),

Bowo Aditya (drums).

Tickets will set you back by

IDR 120,000 (and will include a drink, I think!).

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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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Nita Aartsen Project at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta

Concert Poster
Concert Poster

Nita got together a bunch of great musicians on April 22 at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta and took the audience on a trip round the world!

This article at Jazzuality.com says it all. Sinar Harapan covered it too.

(Photo courtesy Jazzuality.com)
(Photo courtesy Jazzuality.com)
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Java Jazz Festival 2009

Nita at Java Jazz 09
Nita at Java Jazz 09

(Thanks to Alfonso T for the photo. He has a brilliant photo stream on Java Jazz 09 on Flickr)

A review of the performance at wartajazz.com.

A review of another earlier performance can be found here.

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Nita at the Java Jazz Festival 2009

Its official folks!

Nita Aartsen Quatro featuring Michael Paulo is performing at The Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2009.

Sunday, March 8, 19:15 – Assembly 2

Information about the venue and how to get there(including a link to Google Maps) can be found here. Information on how to get tickets are at the festival website.