Java Jazz 2022 ends in style
Jakarta. After three days of live performances, the Java Jazz Festival 2022 officially ended on Sunday evening.
Over the weekend, countless music enthusiasts made their annual pilgrimage to Java Jazz after its pandemic-induced hiatus. Java Jazz is also back in force with hundreds of artists on the program, ready to quench festival-goers’ thirst for offline concerts.
The festival, which ran from May 27-29, had the Temptations revue featuring Glenn Leonard headlined on the final day. The five-member vocal group performed in shimmering black costumes which they called the “Jakarta Special”. The stunning vocals, coupled with the energetic choreography, got the crowd excited.
“Are you having fun? Thanks for having us. We’re honored to be here with you tonight, and the party’s just begun,” singer Glenn Leonard said, before singing “You’re My Everything.”
The band also sang ‘Ol’ Man River’, ‘My Girl’, ‘Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone’, ‘I Wish it Would Rain’ to name a few. The crowd applauds rhythmically. Some even got up from their seats and danced to the music.
“There are things you can express through music that you can’t express in words alone,” Leonard told the crowd.
Singer-songwriter Fariz RM is a household name in the Indonesian pop music scene.
On Sunday, Fariz – complete with his signature keytar – returned to Java Jazz to give a nostalgic performance.
“It’s been two years since we last met like this. The energy here is really amazing,” Fariz said.
Fariz, however, was not alone on stage. The 63-year-old has performed with two young soloists Faye Risakotta and Oslo Ibrahim. The collaboration stage started with a duet ‘Diantara Kata’ and ‘Selangkah ke Sebrang’ between Fariz and Oslo. Fariz then sang “Batas Rindu” and “Nada Kasih” with Faye, before going solo again.
Fariz chose “Sungguh” and “Susie Bhelel” for his solo, then called the young musicians back on stage. The crowd cheered the trio as they sang Fariz’s best hits “Sakura” and “Barcelona.”
The 17th edition
Java Jazz 2022 featured 542 musicians from different genres, generations and nationalities, performing over a three-day period. Legendary guitarist Dewa Budjana, pop group Kahitna and many more performed on the final day of the festival.
This marked the 17th edition of the Jakarta International BNI Java Jazz Festival. The annual music festival first took place in 2005, but had to go on hiatus in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.