Senyawa – Lurking Beyond the Shadows, Beneath the Depths, and into other Dimensions

Senyawa – Lurking Beyond the Shadows, Beneath the Depths, and into other Dimensions

Senyawa are not a household name by any means, although over the past decade, they have been making a significant impact both in their native Indonesia, and also across the world amongst ...
In the Search for Renaissance Men

In the Search for Renaissance Men

Renaissance, derived from the French word that means ‘rebirth’, was an age of ideas and culture taking place in Europe between the 14th and 17th century. According to Renaissance and Reformation (2007), ...
Frank Bowling at the Tate Britain

Frank Bowling at the Tate Britain

When I decided to write about the Frank Bowling exhibition at the Tate Britain in London, my assumption was that it was going to be a relatively short article, where I would ...
Analogue Alchemy

Analogue Alchemy

The music of Shiva Feshareki addresses some of the most pressing questions concerning music and culture in our time. She is a highly versatile and diverse composer whose musical output encompasses a ...
Serrano G. Sianturi, The Heart and Soul of Sacred Bridge

Serrano G. Sianturi, The Heart and Soul of Sacred Bridge

[Jakarta, LTTW] Serrano Gara Sianturi, founder and chairman of Sacred Bridge, passed away on January 26, 2019 at the age of 58. He is survived by his wife and two sons. He ...
Obituary, Chris Squire

Obituary, Chris Squire

Chris Squire (bassist of Yes), 4 March 1948 – 27 June 2015 [Jakarta, LttW] Chris Squire—co-founder, leader, and bassist for progressive-rock band Yes—has died at the age of 67. He was suffering from ...
David Bowie

David Bowie, a Pop Icon, Died of Cancer

[Jakarta, LTTW] Pop icon David Bowie has died on Sunday, at the age of 69 after battling cancer in secret for 18 months. His death was confirmed on his official Facebook page: ...
isao tomita

Isao Tomita, a Japanese Pioneer of Electronic Music, Died at 84

[Jakarta, LttW] Japanese pioneer of electronic music Isao Tomita has died of heart failure last Thursday (May 5th) at Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo Hospital, at the age of 84. A private funeral on ...
Jean Jacques Perrey

Obituary: Jean Jacques Perrey

Jean Jacques Perrey died in Lausanne because of Lung Cancer. (USA, The AV Club, The Guardian) Jean Jacques Perrey famously known by his invention on electronic music. His instruments are mainly a ...
Larry Coryell

Farewell to A Dear Friend… Larry Coryell

[Jakarta, LTTW] One of the pioneers of Jazz Fusion, Larry Coryell, died on Sunday, Feb 19th, 2017 in New York from heart failure. He was 73 years old. Coryell had been in ...
Zap Mama

Zap Mama, Movement by a Woman (and an Unreleased Single!)

Music act of artist Marie Daulne "People recognize a soul, not a genre, and there is a longer life for that type of composition." ...
Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval, Life of Jazz

[Jakarta, LTTW] “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”, is an Albert Einstein quote that, to us, describes Arturo Sandoval. We were fortunate enough to see his shows ...
Dr. Lonnie Smith

Dr. Lonnie Smith keeps playing live

Up to this day, the technology just keeps advancing and giving us further convenience including musical “experience”. The establishment of Youtube channel, Spotify, iTunes and so on, enables us to enjoy abundant ...
Gauri Lankesh

Obituary – Gauri Lankesh

[Jakarta, LTTW] Recently, on September 6, 2017, we read an obituary of Gauri Lankesh (55 year old), a female Indian journalist senior, writer and activist (secularist-nationalist). Lankesh was assassinated inside her residence ...
Sidney Keys III: Cool Bros Read

Sidney Keys III: Cool Bros Read

[Jakarta, LTTW] The youngest generation of today, famously dubbed Generation Z (also known as iGeneration) was born in the middle of new and ever-changing technological advancement. It’s just normal if massive numbers ...
Women Against the Odds

Women Against the Odds

[Jakarta, LTTW] First thing first, although a little late, Happy International Women’s Day! It is very important for us to mull over and appreciate the role of women in establishing and nurturing ...
The Enigma of Burning Yourself Alive

The Enigma of Burning Yourself Alive

In Ben Arous, Tunisia, Tarek-el Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi stood in front of the local governor’s office after a policewoman confiscated his fruit cart and also gave him a beating. What came next ...
Lucian Freud

Obituary, Lucian Freud

RIP Lucian Freud [Jakarta, LTTW] On July 20th, a great artist named Lucian Freud has passed away. He was 88. And yes, for those of you who are probing about his last ...
Marvin Hamlisch

Marvin Hamlisch, the Award-winning composer for Broadway and the screen, dies aged 68

[Jakarta, LTTW] Marvin Hamlisch was an American composer, and one of only eleven people to have been awarded the Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, Golden Globes, and a Tony Award. Hamlisch was the composer ...
I Nyoman Astita

I Nyoman Astita, Progressing Bali

Scholar/forerunner in Balinese contemporary performing arts “Now, be it new music, or it may be called urban music as well, it is no longer relevant to me, as long as they are ...
Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi presents moral vision in age of crisis

Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi presents moral vision in age of crisis

At inaugural event in the T.T. and W.F. Chao Distinguished Buddhist Lecture Series, Bhikku Bodhi applies Buddhist ethics to today's social problems. The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi called for solidarity, love, compassion, and ...
Slamet Abdul Sjukur

Obituary, Slamet Abdul Sjukur

RIP Slamet Abdul Sjukur, Indonesian music composer [Jakarta, LTTW] Indonesian Composer Slamet Abdul Sjukur passed away on March 24th, 2015. He died in Dr Soetomo General Hospital, in Surabaya, East Java, at ...
Agung Waskito

Obituary, Agung Waskito

[Jakarta, LTTW] An Ethnomusicologist and our Program Supervisor Agung Waskito died at 55 last night, December 20th 2012, after three months of battle against his intestinal cancer in Universitas Kristen Indonesia Hospital ...
Antigoni Goni

Antigoni Goni, The Volterra Guitar Project, and Beyond

Classical Guitarist/Teacher “Being an artist is not a “titleship” you acquire and is not something that anyone can take away from you.” ...
Kongar ol Ondar

Obituary, Kongar-ol Ondar

(KYZYL, THE NEW YORK TIMES) Kongar-ol Ondar, an internationally renowned master of Tuvan throat singing, the Central Asian vocal art died on July 25 in Kyzyl, Tuva’s capital due to complications after ...
Lou Reed

Obituary, Lou Reed

(NEW YORK, CNN, BLUEFAT, LTTW) Lou Reed, who brought rock and roll into theretofore unexplored experiential realms with a literary and unabashedly adult voice as the vocalist and guitarist for the Velvet ...
Nelson Mandela

Obituary, Nelson Mandela

[CNN, PBS, RHYTHM, LTTW] The whole world is grieving. Nelson Mandela, a figure who was and is often associated with human’s deepest desire toward peace, has left us all. South Africa's current ...
Paco de Lucia

Obituary, Paco de Lucia

[CNN, BBC, LTTW, FLAMENCO WORLD] One of the guitar giants, Paco de Lucia, who is considered the world over as the Maestro of Flamenco Guitar, has died. He was 66. He is ...
Arie Syachri

Obituary, Arie Syachri

(JAKARTA, SBF, LTTW) A pioneer in Indonesia’s live performance management and recipient of LTTW’s 2013 Endurance Award, Arie Syachri has passed away of heart failure on Thursday morning at the age of ...
bb king

Obituary, BB King

Obituary, BB King September 16, 1925 - May 14, 2015 [Jakarta, LttW] BB King, renowned & respected senior Blues Guitarist, has passed away this May the 14th, aged 89. He had been actively ...
changing the world

Majority Hardly Changing the World

by Serrano Sianturi Things change as we live our days; many (or perhaps most) even believe that change is the only constant in our lives. Change itself is actually a scary thing ...
who changed the world

100 Minorities Who Changed The World in the 20th Century

1. Ali, Muhammad A former American boxer and three-time World Heavyweight Champion, who is widely considered one of the greatest heavyweight championship boxers. In 1967, Ali refused to be conscripted into the ...
Kodo

Kodo: What A Way of Living, Learning, and Creating in Modern Times

[Jakarta, LttW] Music in the urban areas today, (read: the so called "modern times") are being tossed around in the midst of technological advancement, democratization, commercialization, “artists” population growth, and future challenges ...
Syekh Lah Geunta

Obituary, Syekh Lah Geunta

Syekh Lah Geunta, August 10, 1946 — June 20, 2015 [LttW, Jakarta] Indonesia, and the people of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam province, commonly called Aceh, has mourned since the recent death of Syekh ...
Daniel Barenboim, Turns 70

Daniel Barenboim, Turns 70

[Jakarta, LttW] The Middle East conflict that flared up and caused civilian casualties on both sides in just recent days has ended with ceasefire. According to Al-jazeera, Israel and Hamas agree to ...
George Dennehy

There Is George Dennehy The Armless Musician, and I’m Whining for A Perfect Studio

by Aryo Adhianto [VIRGINIA, DOGO, LTTW] I’m annoyed with myself. As a musician, I feel the need to have everything in advance—a fine instrument, first-rate sound system, and comfortable studio—to be able ...
Farafina

Farafina, Echoing an Everyday Living

Burkina Faso's best known musical group “Music has no border, and it is universal… but the roots will always be our base.” ...
Stephen Hawking: Returning to the Universe he called Home

Stephen Hawking: Returning to the Universe he called Home

Recently the world lost one of the most beloved men of science who constantly questions the universe. Stephen William Hawking passed away at the age of 76 in Cambridge, United Kingdom. The cosmologist was known for his ...
Akar

Reintroducing cultural heritage to Indonesian diaspora in New York City

An interview with AKAR Foundation, with psychological insight on cultural roots and identity by Denny Putra.Raising children in this era is no easy task no matter where we live; external influences already ...
To Artist Andrea Buttner, Poverty Is “Good”; To Me, I Don’t Really Care Much About It

To Artist Andrea Buttner, Poverty Is “Good”; To Me, I Don’t Really Care Much About It

by Bhima Aryateja [THE IRISH TIMES, LTTW, DUBLIN] Poverty is often related to all things negative. To some extent, poverty can even lead to crimes, violence, drug abuse, etc.; although in reality, ...
El Sistema

El Sistema: Construction Dreams Through Music

by Aryo Adhianto [Jakarta, LTTW] As we often ask and talk about, what does music means to us now? Where will it go, or how far it will succeed in materializing a ...
Saudi Arabia

Women at the Top: Cultural Change in Saudi Arabia and UAE

[Jakarta, LttW] Conservative Saudi Arabia, with its brand of what's controversially known as Wahhabism, isn't seldom referenced by Sunni Muslim leaders in policy making. Among the ongoing debates is the leadership of women in ...
Semsar Siahaan

The Shade of Northern Lights: A Current Reflection

How many people do you know would collect orange seeds, put them in a pocket, and throw them on land where they can fruitfully grow? We know one, Semsar Siahaan (1952-2005) [Ed.]** ...
The Dreamer, Jane Goodall

The Dreamer, Jane Goodall

[Jakarta, LTTW] The presence of animals and plants is unquestionably essential for the continuation of life as we know it. Imagine if lions were wiped out from African savannah; it would adversely ...
Lee Kuan Yew

Obituary : Lee Kuan Yew

[Jakarta, LTTW] Lee Kuan Yew's funeral is held today, on March 30, 2015. As people around the World send their condolences to Singapore on the passing of the city-state's founding father, differing ...
Margaret Thatcher

Obituary, Margaret Thatcher

(LTTW, LONDON) Margaret Thatcher, a British Conservative Party politician who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990, ...
John Wunsch

John Wunsch, A Humble Man of Music

Eminent Classical Guitarist/Teacher “The greatest value of music lies in how it can connect one soul to another.” ...
Yazeed Djamin

Remembering Yazeed Djamin

Composer/Indonesian renowned musical figure “To learn classical music, you have to study in school, no way around it…” ...
Timothy Walker

Timothy Walker, Strings of Life

Classical Guitarist/Former RAM Master-class Teacher “…a kid could come along and be pretty talented, but for one thing they could be put off doing it at all if they have a lousy ...
Maire ni Chathasaigh

Máire Ni Chathasaigh, The Harp’s Desire

One of Ireland’s most influential harpers “Even though “Celtic” is not a good or accurate label artistically or historically, as a commercial construct it has been inspired!” ...
Glen Velez

Glen Velez, Bang the Frame Drum

Frame Drum Maestro/Educator “I incorporate teaching into my creative process. Only when I feel that I am learning does my teaching feel successful.” ...
Amy Knoles

Amy Knoles, Voices and Machine

One of the Gurus of Electronic Music/Percussionist “Electronics was the beginning for me of a journey that is still taking me in fascinating directions and to fascinating lands…” ...
chuck berry

Chuck Berry announces new album at his 90th birthday

Rock n Roll Legend Chuck Berry announces new album at his 90th birthday [Jakarta, LttW] Chuck Berry celebrated his 90th birthday on Tuesday, October 18th (born 1926) with announcement that he will ...
Muhal Richard Abrams, "The Renaissance Man" of 20th Century Music

Muhal Richard Abrams, “The Renaissance Man” of 20th Century Music

Jazz lovers all over the world mourned the loss of a music legend, Muhal Richard Abrams. The New York Times reported that Abrams, 87, was found lifeless on his Manhattan house, October ...
Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth and the artist’s fragile reputation

[Jakarta, LTTW] Andrew Wyeth [1917-2009] is considered as a 20th century American Realist painter. He is well known among art critics and is popular through his painting entitled “Christina’s World” which became ...
Rock Music

The 10 Most Influential Rock Group/Musicians in the 60’s

[Jakarta, LttW] Rock music is known to the world as music that graced the history of pop music over the span of the second half of the 20th century. Over the span ...
Bambu Wukir

Bambu Wukir

Lessons in Music and Courage from the Streets by Aryo Adhianto & Agung Waskito Some time ago, on a noon quite brightly lit by Jakarta’s sun, we had a chance to chat ...