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Jakarta Post

Post-quarantunes: Making music at the time of pandemic

  • Josa Lukman


Jakarta   /   Fri, July 17 2020   /  01:00 am
Virtual virtuosa: Singer Vina Panduwinata (top right) performs her top hits during the “Konser 7 Ruang” online concert in Jakarta.(Courtesy of Konser 7 Ruang/DSS Music)

With no clear end in sight to the health crisis, both performers and concertgoers are anxious to see where the future will lead. Will the new normal be a return to sold-out stadiums, or will it be bedroom sing-alongs in isolation? In a webinar hosted by online news site BaBe (Baca Berita), music journalist Benny “Bens Leo” Hadi Utomo said that unprecedented events would always drive innovation among creatives. “The first movement I saw was [jazz musician] Indra Lesmana playing piano at his house in Bali in a virtual jamming session with his peers. This was a very interesting phenomenon, and people started to discover that such a [virtual] place exists,” he said. Another innovative take is DSS Music’s charity concert series, “Konser 7 Ruang” (7 Rooms Concert). Broadcast from its studio in Jakarta, the concert series featured a rota...