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Jakarta Post

Open-air chamber ensemble in Jakarta's Menteng is about more than music

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 3, 2019   /  08:07 am
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Members of the Taman Suropati Chamber (TSC) ensemble practice at their regular gathering place in the Taman Suropati park in Central Jakarta on Sunday.(JP/Tirta Umbas)

For some of its members, the Taman Suropati Chamber (TSC) community is not only a place to learn the violin or to play in an orchestra, but the starting point for a better life. Hendra Surya Agustian is a violin instructor and member of TSC, whose fortune turned after joining the group, which gets together at the Taman Suropati park in Menteng, Central Jakarta, for open-air practice sessions.

"I had come from my home village to look for opportunities in Jakarta. At one point, I was selling pecel lele [fried catfish], and begging for a short while," said the native of Bojonegoro, East Java, on Sunday.

With neither skills nor interest in playing the violin, he ended up taking a job fixing them, which slowly generated within him an interest in the wooden string instrument.

He was introduced to the TSC community in 2008, whi...