Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Julian Abraham Marantika "The Beginning of an End" (2014)



Julian Abraham Marantika, or Joy started by learning classical piano when he was 14 years old by studied from Getih Indra Sunaryo, but then got his encounter with Jazz when he learned it from Benny Likumahuwa for Music Theory and Saxophone. He then took his number one Jazz Piano lesson from Riza Arshad and Krishna Balagita.

In 2004 he enrolled to the Institut Musik Daya Degree program under Tjut Nyak Deviana Daudsjah, Ivonne Atmojo, Aksan Sjuman, Masako Hamamura, Mark Isaac, and Jelia Megawati Heru. Julian graduated in 2007 holding Bachelor of Music in Performance.

Speaking of the stages he’s conquered, he already tasted many prestigious events such as Java Jazz Festival 2007 and 2008, Pasar Jazz 2006 with New Conservative Trio (his first jazz trio), Serambi Jazz as the pianist of Sarimanouk Quartet in 2009 and Jazz Speak 2012 in Bandung just to mention a few. Some of his shining project are the compilation album “Jazz Masa Kini” by Aksara Records, joining Ricki Lionardi Big Band for a recording session for Ruth Sahanaya Christmas Album 2006, “Dunia Mereka” OST in 2005 and “Sarimanouk Quartet” album alongside Talafaral Ramiandriosa, Sandy Winarta and Doni Sundjoyo.

Another thing that you have to know is that beside performing, he is also an active educator. He’s been the Head of Contemporary Piano Department at Pelita Harapan Music Faculty from 2008. He teaches Jazz Piano, Improvisation Concept, History of Broadway Musical, Jazz Ear Training, Jazz Ensemble Class, also contributes as one of the educators at Ponpin Music where he teaches Jazz Theory, Rhythmic & Ear Training and Major Class. Now Julian has working on his latest trio for recording project.

Julian has two contrast music assets: the structured play style learned when he was into Classical and Jazz with good phrasings, both glued with great improvisations. This is the project that he’s been working on for several years, a project that involves a singer, different than any previous ones he’s done before. Julian Marantika states his Jazz expression as something that should be flexible but has to be sophisticated at the same time. That’s he really brings in any of his shows, also in any recordings he makes. His Jazz statement is often shimmeringly beautiful, sweet, melodious, even poetic, yet without diminishing the traditional Jazz approaches and the spontaneous improvisations.


Why don’t you mark the date and bring yourself to the piano concert? 
 It’s going to be cool, it’s going to be nice, 
it’s going to be different, it’s going to be easy to love... 

Piano Concert [PLAY]

Dutch Cultural Centre
H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. S-3
Saturday, 27th September 2014
3 pm - 5 pm

More Information: HERE 

Order The CD "The Beginning of an End" 
Tel. +62877 711 76200
Price: IDR 45.000 
(incl. ongkir Jabodetabek)

CD Publication in Warta Jazz
To listen the track of the CD: HERE
Listen the interview of Julian Marantika with Trijaya 87.6 FM: HERE

to listen and buy, please click HERE