Naratama: Mesmerizing jazz

“Improvisation, that is the soul of jazz that permeates deep in our hearts,” says Naratama, producer/director of Voice of America (VOA), Indonesian Service, Washington DC, the U.S.

It seems that jazz is inseparable from the life of Naratama, formerly a lecturer at the Jakarta Arts Institute’s (IKJ) Film and TV Department. Jazz is part of his daily diet.

He listens to the strains of jazz every chance he gets, either at home or in his car, from his collections of CDs or on a jazz radio station. He likes mainstream jazz as well as jazz fusion, which has a heavier beat. He feels mesmerized by the tinkling sound of the piano played by Ahmad Djamal and the unexpected guitar chords played by Lee Ritenour. This is one of the genres to have developed after the jazz rock era was spearheaded by Yellow Jacket, Level 42 and AL Di Meola.

Naratama is not just a jazz lover as he can also talk eloquently about the genres of jazz and the musicians that play them. It would be more appropriate to call him a jazz fanatic. When the Jakarta Jazz Festival, or JakJazz, was held in 1996, he was very happy to be given the opportunity to be a producer/director for a special JakJazz television production for four stages. “I had to stay awake for three days as I had to stay in our OB van to record the live shows,” he said.

Indeed, during the three days he could enjoy the live shows to his heart’s content. In 1998, braving everything, he made a TV program called Jazzy in SCTV together with Chico Hindarto and Eri Prabowo, two figures who deserve mention for their efforts in trying to popularize jazz in Indonesia.

Unfortunately, this program did not last long as it is difficult to make a TV jazz program that attracts advertisers. A lot of people did seem to be interested in this program, and people still ask Naratama when he will produce a TV jazz program.

Naratama handled various music programs on TV before he went to work for VOA in Washington. Many things make him long for Indonesia, including Java Jazz. “It’s a pity I can’t attend this great event in Jakarta. News about this event has even spread to Washington, DC,” he said. Many Indonesians living in the U.S., particularly jazz lovers, talk about Java Jazz, he said. Some have decided to return to Indonesia just to attend this international event.

However, there is some consolation for Naratama with a Norah Jones & the Handsome Band concert being held on April 23 at the Constitution Hall, Washington. “Hopefully, I can still get tickets,” he said, while also hoping that he can keep abreast of the progress of Java Jazz through Youtube, a video website. (Burhan Abe)

The Jakarta Post, February 26, 2007

Related Stories



The Purist Villas, Ubud: Tempat Peristirahatan Berseni, Penuh Keberagaman...

Bagi para travelers yang menyukai kebudayaan, resor butik ini menawarkan tempat peristirahatan mewah yang...

Longevity Powered by Nature Retreat with Geshe Yong Dong

Set in the stunning natural beauty of the Utah desert, this summer, Amangiri will...


Menikmati Kesempurnaan Kuliner dan Koneksi Sosial di Pulau Bali Selamat datang di Breman85, di mana...

Discovering Indonesian Food with Balenusa and Sarirasa Catering 

With Sarirasa Group, Savor the Variety of Flavors and Traditions  Sarirasa Group reaffirms its dedication...

Cross Paasha Bali Seminyak

A Symphony of Style, Sophistication, and Balinese Charm Bali, Indonesia – In the heart of...

Merayakan Imlek 2024 Lebih Semarak di The Langham Jakarta 

Masuki tahun baik dengan energi positif dan pesta meriah yang lezat di T’ang Court  Perayaan...

Popular Categories