Ri­cad Hu­ta­pea shares his pas­sion in mu­sic

Bali & Beyond - - CONTENTS - By Risty Nur­raisa www.ubudvil­lage­jaz­zfes­ti­

t’s only a cou­ple of months away from the Ubud Vil­lage Jazz Fes­ti­val 2017 which re­turns on Au­gust 11 and 12. The fes­ti­val will not only be full of in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cians, but also In­done­sian jazz tal­ents, in­clud­ing the coun­try’s young sax­o­phon­ist, Ri­cad Hu­ta­pea. He took a singing les­son when he was only eight years old, and went on learn­ing to play the pi­ano be­fore he fi­nally fell in love with play­ing the sax­o­phone. Af­ter per­form­ing in nu­mer­ous mu­sic fes­ti­vals since 2010, Ri­cad suc­cess­fully launched his first al­bum in 2014 and in­tro­duced his sec­ond one ear­lier this year. Ri­cad (RH) shares his jour­ney in the mu­sic in­dus­try with Bali & Be­yond (BB)…

BB: What made you fall in love with mu­sic?

RH: The church in­spired me a lot. For me, church and mu­sic are like a house and its walls – they are one. The church made me fall in love with mu­sic and at­tracted me to learn more about mu­sic.

BB: Why did you choose to learn the sax­o­phone af­ter you took singing and pi­ano lessons?

RH: I love learn­ing some­thing new. When I took the singing lessons, I started to learn the pi­ano. I thought I needed to play the pi­ano whilst singing be­cause no one at home can play the pi­ano to ac­com­pany me. Even­tu­ally, I be­came more fo­cused on play­ing the pi­ano. And then, a friend of mine in­tro­duced me to a sax­o­phone. I learnt how to play the sax­o­phone and I fell in love with that mu­si­cal in­stru­ment more deeply than the pi­ano.

BB: Have you al­ways dreamt of be­com­ing a mu­si­cian or did you just let it flow?

RH: I’m not one of those peo­ple who just ‘let it flow’. I al­ways have a plan. It was when I was in ju­nior high school that I wanted to be a mu­si­cian as I was learn­ing mu­sic since I was eight years old. Mu­sic was my ma­jor in my vo­ca­tional high school. I took ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to learn and ex­pand my net­work in the mu­sic in­dus­try, to in­tro­duce my­self to the coun­try’s great mu­si­cians and learn from their ex­pe­ri­ences. And I’m to­tally grate­ful that I got the chance to work with In­done­sia’s A-list mu­si­cians like In­dra Les­mana, Toh­pati and more be­cause it means all my hard work was worth it.

BB: Who is your idol and how does he in­spire you?

RH: Michael Brecker, the jazz sax­o­phon­ist in the USA. His mu­sic can be en­joyed by all mu­sic lovers, and as far as I know, he’s the sax­o­phon­ist with the most Grammy Awards. He’s re­ally ded­i­cated to mu­sic, not just jazz. He also in­spires me to un­der­stand that ev­ery mu­si­cian needs to ap­pre­ci­ate all mu­sic gen­res.

BB: Your sec­ond al­bum was just launched in March 2017. What are your vi­sions in this al­bum?

RH: I want the au­di­ence to hear the real me. This al­bum con­sists of pop­u­lar jazz songs with a unique for­mat played only with a sax­o­phone, acous­tic bass and

drums – and this is a real chal­lenge for me to pro­duce har­mo­nious songs with­out any pi­ano and gui­tar.

BB: For the up­com­ing Ubud Vil­lage Jazz Fes­ti­val 2017, how many songs will you per­form and how is the prepa­ra­tion so far?

RH: I’m go­ing to play seven songs – three of them will be in­stru­men­tal. I’m still mak­ing the ar­range­ments now and will soon re­hearse them with my fel­low mu­si­cians.

BB: What do you think about the Ubud Vil­lage Jazz Fes­ti­val and the de­vel­op­ment of jazz in Bali?

RH: The Ubud Vil­lage Jazz Fes­ti­val is one of the most unique fes­ti­vals I’ve ever par­tic­i­pated in. I mean, the venue, the com­mit­tee, the au­di­ence and the over­all con­cept is re­mark­able – 90 per­cent of its per­form­ers are jazz mu­si­cians, and for me that shows how bold this fes­ti­val is. The au­di­ence is also re­ally en­thu­si­as­tic and can truly ap­pre­ci­ate the per­form­ers. And I think the de­vel­op­ment of jazz in Bali is pretty rapid as there are more new places that let jazz per­form­ers play as freely as they want, and the au­di­ences en­joy their per­for­mance.

BB: If you have the chance for a spon­ta­neous jam on stage with any jazz mu­si­cians, who would it be?

RH: I would love to jam with Ger­ald Clay­ton, one of the pop­u­lar pi­anists now. He’s young and tal­ented, and his mu­si­cal com­po­si­tion is out of this world. It would be a his­tor­i­cal mo­ment in my life.

BB: What are your next projects?

RH: I’m still gath­er­ing ma­te­ri­als for my next al­bum where I’m go­ing to col­lab­o­rate with a se­nior gui­tarist. And I’m pro­duc­ing for a singer who is also my wife, Re­nata Tob­ing, whose al­bum is out in May 2017.

with one of In­done­sia’s Ri­cad was on stage key­board), Les­mana (on the A-list mu­si­cians, In­dra Fes­ti­val 2015. at Ubud Vil­lage Jazz

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