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Jakarta Post

Different landscapes resonate with Jubing

  • Rhiannon Horrell,

    The Jakarta Post,

Jakarta   /   Sun, February 1 2009   /  11:46 am

Jubing Kristianto closes his eyes to concentrate as he concocts clever jazz riffs with materfull ease (JP/Rhianon Horrel) Jubing Kristianto talks about his musical influences, his time as a *salary man' and where he sees himself in five years time. Why is Jakarta the favorite destination of classical guitarist Jubing Kristianto? Cheap cigarettes! "I can buy these everywhere," he laughs. "If I go to Australia you must find a 24-hour store to buy them and it is very expensive." There is a lot more to Jubing than his smoking habit though. The Indonesian guitarist played a charity gig in Jakarta in December to about 50 people, in support of a charity for children with cancer. Sitting on a wooden stool, the musician had his eyes closed and a thoughtful look on his face as he impressed the audience with his accomplished finger plucking. Switchin...