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Moluccan princess and her merry men enchant

  • Sara Veal

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 5 2009   /  02:28 pm

Jazz-loving Jakartans were treated to a truly magical evening at Erasmus Huis, Kuningan, on Thursday as Boi Akih filled the amphitheatre with vibrant melodies and rhythms. The performance artfully blended singer Monica Akihary's soaring vocals with guitarist Neils Brouwer's elegantly daring compositions, and boasted a range of influences from Moluccan folk songs to European classical music. The Netherlands-based band also included Eric Calmes on bass guitar, Owen Hart Jr on drums and Maarten Ornstein on saxophone and clarinet. Akihary and Brouwer, who are partners in life as well as music, constitute the heart of Boi Akih (or "Princess Akih", in the language spoken on the Indonesian island of Haruku, part of the Moluccan archipelago), which, since 1996, has performed in a range of setups, from duo to six-piece band. Thursday's quintet was the debut of this particular incar...