The Jakarta Post
Joey had invited singers Glenn Fredly and Isyana Sarasvati to perform together on stage at the Indonesian Convention Exhibition (ICE), BSD city in Tangerang on Sunday. (JP/Bangkit Jaya Putra)
Grammy-nominated pianist Joey Alexander, who held a concert in Tangerang over the weekend, performed with leading Indonesian singers to bring to the audience classic Indonesian pop song "Zamrud Khatulistiwa" (Equator Emerald).
As reported by kompas.com, Joey invited singers Glenn Fredly and Isyana Sarasvati to perform together on stage at the Indonesian Convention Exhibition in BSD city in Tangerang on Sunday.
Joey held a concert titled "Asia Tour in Indonesia: A Night with Million of Imagination" on Nov. 11 and 12.
With the 14-year-old musician on the piano, along with bassist Barry Likumahuwa, the group performed "Zamrud Khatulistiwa," which was composed by Guruh Soekarnoputra and originally sung by the late Chrisye in 1996.
"My old friends are here. I performed with him a year ago, Barry Likumahuwa. I will also perform with Glenn Fredly and Isyana Sarasvati," Joey told the audience ahead of the performance on Sunday.
"Hopefully this will be a great message for everyone. For Indonesia," Glenn said referring to the song, which is an ode to the archipelago. The 42-year-old singer also posted a clip of their performance on his Instagram account.
Bersama @joeyalexandermusic semalam di konsernya.. Joey yang memilih sendiri lagu “ Zamrud Khatulistiwa “ karya Guruh Sukarno Putra ini untuk kami bawakan, saat saya tanya kenapa dia memilih lagu ini dia menjawab “ Semoga lagu ini menjadi pesan yang tepat untuk Indonesia “ harapan Joey yang datang dari ketulusannya buat hati saya bergetar karena jawaban sederhananya, namun penuh makna yang dalam, kecintaan & harapannya pada tanah air ini begitu besar..Dari pertemuan musikal semalam saya belajar banyak dari Joey, musisi besar ini yang sangat rendah hati, terimakasih Joey..Bahagia sekali bisa bermusik & satu panggung bersama @isyanasarasvati @barrylikumahuwa & mas @taufangoenarso membawakan lagu pilihan Joey ini... #KamiMusikIndonesia
Speaking to the press earlier, Glenn said he was surprised by Joey's choice of music for the collaboration, to which Joey explained that producer Irsan Walladhe had given him the idea of choosing an Indonesian song.
"I don't know many Indonesian songs. I looked for something that was very Indonesian and I chose that," Joey said, as quoted by kompas.com.
Joey Alexander held a concerted titled "Asia Tour in Indonesia: A night with Million of Imagination', in Tangerang on Nov. 11 and 12. (JP/Bangkit Jaya Putra)
Born in Denpasar, Bali, Joey has earned three Grammy nominations in the jazz categories. Two of them are for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for “Giant Steps” and “Countdown,” while the third one is for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for My Favorite Things. (liz/kes)