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Jakarta Post

The cheerful elegance of NonaRia

  • Medina Rahma Putri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 4 2019   /  02:30 am

Nostalgic: Folk trio NonaRia performs its interpretation of traditional songs from the eastern part of Indonesia at Galeri Indonesia Kaya in Jakarta on Sept. 14“We keep the themes of our songs light, life is heavy enough,” folk trio NonaRia said jokingly.Through its cheerful lyrics and 1950s-infused tunes, NonaRia has walked us down memory lane and made us momentarily forget about all of our problems.NonaRia — the name of which derives from nona-nona ceria (cheerful ladies) — spread its joy in an intimate performance at Galeri Indonesia Kaya in Jakarta last month.Yasintha, along with pianist Nanin Wardhani and Nesia Ardi (vocals and snare), performed traditional songs from eastern Indonesia, beautifully arranged with its signature 1940s to 1950s inspired folk jazz style.Violinist Yasintha PattiasinaIt was a well-rounded performance. In between the songs, the trio managed to squee...