Music is the
universal language that always colors all we do. Many kinds of music
have developed creating their own markets and giving rise to the false
belief that some music can only be enjoyed by some people.
Classical music came across as elitist music only to be performed in big
cities and this assumption had become a stumbling block for the
universal acceptance of classical music. In effect this assumption has
been generally accepted as a reality with little or no effort to
recognize the music.
This gave birth to
an idea of Mikhail David to perform classical music in a different way
by combining it with happening arts resulting in a tour entitled Asah
2006-2007, concerts in 20 cities around Indonesia. The music was
performed by Ary Sutedja, pianist and Asep Hidayat, cellist. As a visual
artist Mikhail David documented the atmosphere of the concerts from
behind the canvas. This collaboration drawing critical reaction and
dialogue from the audience had an overall positive response.
This year JakArt will present Asah Indonesian tour II, 2008, visiting 25
cities around the Indonesian archipelago. In a spirit of collaboration
Asah will involve guest artists such as Rene van Helsdingen (Jazz
pianist); P. Insia M. Effendi (Classical Pianist); Trisutji Kamal
(composers); Gotot Prakosa (movie director); Sari Madjid (Theater); and
open the possibility for the participation of other artists.
The performances will be spiced with a variety of combinations and
inter-actions between the different arts disciplines including classical
- and jazz music, poetry reading, monologue, theatre, film, dance along
with discussions and workshops. These creative events have an
educational purpose. The tour as such is designed to develope a network
aimed at setting up a new art school program.
This tour will promote a vision, encouraging society to participate
fully by expressing themselves and engaging in the creative process. We
hope that this effort will initiate a change whereby the public will
have a greater understanding and appreciation of the diversity within