This band is amazing - the loss of Riza Arshad is profound and irreplaceable. Check all the albums of simakDalog as they are all of profound interest : we will not see the likes of this group again . Favorite track: Salilana Kedua.
Demi Masa is the fifth installment from the highly-regarded Indonesian progressive jazz ensemble, simakDialog, and the follow-up to their initial MoonJune Records' release, 2007's "Patahan" (MJR015). Led, as always, by keyboardist and composer Riza Arshad, this CD features brilliant contributions from guitarist Tohpati and bassist Adhitya Pratama, driven by the spirited percussive thrust of Endang Ramdan and Erlan Suwardana. A palette of diverse influences extend proceedings well beyond the bounds of any genre stereotypes, as the band continues to forge fresh new paths through unchartered territories.Demi Masa offers up a unique cross-cultural brand of progressive music, merging the best of the unique Indonesian jazz tradition with influences ranging from early Return To Forever, to Pat Metheny Group, to Brian Auger and much more. Packed with beautiful moments and some stunning interplay, this strong follow-up release for MoonJune Records furthers solidifies Simak Dialog's place among the world's elite progressive jazz-fusion bands. After being together for over fifteen years, this group shows no signs of slowing down.A fabulous effort from a sensitive, highly-skilled group of musicians whose talents and imaginations know no bounds.
released June 21, 2009
RIZA ARSHAD: Fender Rhodes electric piano, Yamaha acoustic grand piano, Oberheim OBX analog synth
TOHPATI: electric & acoustic guitar
ADHITHYA PRATAMA: bass guitar
ENDANG RAMDAN: lead Sundanese kendang percussion, tambourine, claps, toys, vocals
ERLAN SUWARDANA: undanese kendang percussion, claps, toys, vocals
EMY TATA: Sundanese kendang percussion, claps, toys, vocals (Track 2)
MIAN TIARA: vocals (Track 7)
DAVE LUMENTA: soundscapes (on Track 8)
All compositions and arrangements by Riza Arshad, except; Track 2 (Arshad/Ramdan/Suwardana/Tata/Tohpati), and Track 6 (Arshad/Ramdan/Suwardana).
Recorded by Riza Arshad, at Ponpin Studio, Inline Audioworks Studio and LikeEarth Recordings Studio, Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2008.
Mixed & Mastered by Riza Arshad, at LikeEarth Recordings Studio, in Jakarta, Indonesia, in January 2009.
Produced by Riza Arshad. Executive Producer: Leonardo Pavkovic
If you're familiar with Asaf Sirkis, I don't need to say anything about the talent being show-cased on this record. You get three hours of incredible music to listen to, every minute an exciting experience. Excellent musicianship throughout, along with superb production. Peter Jones