Three days should be too short for jazz aficionados who have been waiting for Locafore 2012 ever since the last year’s edition. However, the agenda, which has been always held a month after Islamic holy day of Idul Fitri, possibly will be held earlier in the next year of 2013.
Sunday (23/9/12) was the last day of Locafore 2012 and becomes a cure for thirsty jazz enthusiasts. The opening act of the third day of Locafore 2012 was the acid jazz group which is still youngsters’ idol, Maliq & D’Essentials. Therefore, yesterday’s hot weather in the midday was a bit forgotten by the band’s appearance. Hundreds of youngsters welcomed in festivity the energetic performance of the Jakarta-based band. Afterwards, the acoustic trio female instrumentalists; Starlite (Jeane Phialsa/ drums, Rieke Astari/ piano and Sheila Permatasaka/ bass) presented their experienced skill in classic jazz zone (swing). This classic jazz session was continued by Sandy Winarta Quartet on 14.30 WIB. Influenced by his on-going recent experience with LLW, Sandy gives hard-bop touch in his music. Supported by talented-blind pianist, Ade Irawan, Johannes (guitar) and Jaka Priambudi (double bass), Sandy re-arranged Rhythmning (Thelonius Monk) and Caravan (Duke Ellington) by attractive syncope surprises.
Guitarist Jubing Kristianto then carried on the agenda at the Green Stage by presenting former TV-star who took role of Sarah in TV series Si Doel Anak Sekolahan, Cornelia Agatha, who read poem and the senior ballet dancer, Vicky Burki. The two figures were performed in one song, prior to the last song of Jubing, Becak Fantasy, which was inserted by intro of children song Naik Becak (Ibu Soed), was performed in acoustical quartet format.
The first ‘explosion’ of the last day of Locafore 2012 was the first performance (in Locafore) of the acid jazz group from the host city Bandung, which was popular at the end of 90’s, The Groove. More than a thousand of the band’s fans infested the valley at Amphitheatre Stage. They kept on sang in choir on the chorus parts of Katakan Dengan Cinta, complied with Rieka Roslan and Reza, who sang on stage. Also, they waved their hands in the fast tempo songs, Dahulu and Khayalan, which ended the captivated performance of the group, which reunited after having been sleepy for almost five years.
After afternoon break, on 19.30 P.M., principal of Institut Musik Daya Indonesia, Jakarta, Tjut Nyak Deviana Daudsjah invited three young musicians; Bayu (double bass), Nicolaus (drums) and Astya (guitar) in another acoustic session. Tjut Deviana also invited R&B vocalist Tompi to sing her own composition, Sweet Surrender, an attractive light jazz composition she wrote in Switzerland in 1995, and then presented an instrumental piece that was fulfilled by frisky and flighty notes, which also of her property, Sambalado, as the gig’s end.
On 20.30 P.M., tha nation’s jazz legend, Margie Segers stepped up the Amphitheatre Stage with her band, Motown (Nanda/ guitar, Tommy/ drums, Dolf/ bass & vocal and Mike/ guitar). The rhythm of jazz blues which the gospel nuance was heard clearly through the contorted voice of Margie’s vocal, was identified clearly in song People Get Ready (Curtis Mayfield) and Stand by Me (popularized by Ben E. King, 1961) which took almost ten minutes. Give Me One Reason (popularized by Tracy Chapman), which was presented at the end of her gig, was even performed in almost fifteen minutes! Tjut Nyak Deviana returned to the Green Stage after the gig of Margie Segers at Amphitheatre Stage. This time, she led a party of three vocal groups, Dip’ah (a slang of diva). Consisted of nine personnel; three tenor, three alto and three sopranos, Dip’ah also sang a few of Tjut Deviana’s works, such as Can’t Believe I’m Missing You (1983) and Green Dolphin Street (1986). The song You Make Me See the Light finalized Dip’ah performance, which was witnessed by dozens of jazz enthusiasts, since another hundreds impetuously chased seats in front of Amphitheatre, where Tompi was about to perform.
Finally, the ‘last explosion’ of Locafore 2012 was happened on 22.30 P.M., as the R&B vocalist, who was looked a bit exhausted but still passionate, Tompi, sang whilst made jokes for and laugh a thousand or more of his fans. A humor on his egotism, as he assumed his songs are better or more popular that his compatriot in Trio Lestari, Glenn Fredly, for instance, made the crowd laughed out loud. Or his criticism satirical statements to those who purchased pirated CDs or downloaded his songs through the net. By his popularity and long experience to the date, Tompi enters a new phase of his life; being an experienced entertainer. Sedari Dulu, which commenced the gig of Tompi, was accompanied by choir of his crowd. After the reggae-nuanced Aku Jatuh Cinta, then Tak Pernah Setengah Hati and L.O.V.E presented fascinated scat singing skill of Tompi through two microphones; one for his high-pitch vocal, and the other for his low-timbre vocal. The hilarity and straight faces of visitors and fans of jazz at Locafore 2012 were ended moments before midnight. Adieu, Locafore in 2013!