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‘Senandung Tanah Air’ Concert: Nostalgic music for future times

Julia Suryakusuma

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, September 4, 2019  /  06:02 pm
‘Senandung Tanah Air’ Concert:  Nostalgic music for future times

Lullaby: Twelve-year-old Madelyn Subianto performs "Soleram", a lullaby from from Riau Island, during the concert in Jakarta. (Courtesy of Registry/-)

Who better to serve chocolate if not the Belgians? With music, maar natuurlijk! On Aug. 18, kicking off celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of Indonesian and Belgian relations, the Belgian embassy served up a unique concert combining Indonesian and Belgian ingredients. Entitled “Senandung Tanah Airku” (Songs of the Motherland), the performers were Gilbert De Greeve and 28 young Indonesian musicians. De Greeve is a concert pianist and teacher who has performed and taught in several countries. He came to Indonesia the first time in 2015 and was exposed to Indonesian folk songs. He was so inspired, he arranged several pieces and Musik Maestro had them published in four volumes: Senandung Tanah Airku volumes 1 to 3 for young musicians, and 10 Concert Pieces for more advanced pianists. Musik Maestro, in collaboration with Musicmind, a music event organizer focusi...