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Jakarta Post

Celebrating her birthday with love

  • Felix Dass


Jakarta   /   Sun, August 14 2011   /  07:00 am

Dian HP, one of the most prestigious songwriters in the country, teamed with poet Sitok Srengenge to compose 12 songs about love, but with a twist: It was a celebration of her birthday.

If you think that love is a tired theme, you will think again after listening to their collaborative work. Dian’s elegant choice of hundreds of piano tunes mixes well with Sitok’s words.

Semesta Cinta (Universe of Love) was launched in two intimate gigs at Teater Salihara in South Jakarta last weekend, August 6-7, 2011.

The first gig, on Aug. 6 — an invitation-only intended for media, close friends and colleagues — proved to be a good rehearsal for the big gig the next day. Dian, with her orchestral army, looked so natural. She even cracked jokes, a side of her that was often hidden behind her magical piano playing.

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