Tohpati Ethnomission – Save the Planet

Tohpati Ethnomision is a project of Indonesian guitarist named Tohpati, a name that is very well-known in the Indonesian jazz (fusion) scene (he also works with simakDialog, another jazz fusion act hailing from Jakarta). In this album there are many elements that characterize the “modern” jazz fusion style. Ethnic motifs from all around the world can also be heard, balanced well with precise guitar work, helped by a “Swiss clock” rhythm section supported by traditional Indonesian percussion instruments (kendang, gong and kenong) with the addition of a rebana and kempluk, as well as a Sundanese flute. The names of these instruments may not mean a thing to you, but however, the music is the only thing that matters and the music is more than good.

Consisting of 11 tracks, and with a total duration of 67 minutes, “Save the Planet” reaches the musical complexity this genre carries with its half-century long tradition. Conceptually this album is of course about the planet, and this is shown with a symbolic piece of artwork that features an image of the planet Earth constructed by human beings as a reminder that we must take the responsibility of saving it with our own hands. The musicians, the music, the production – every segment of this album deserves the highest ratings and it surely receives them. To sum up I shall simply say this: Tohpati Ethnomission accomplished. (Note from the Editor: Oh god, what a terrible pun >_<)

Tracklist:

01. Selamatkan Bumi (Save the Planet)

02. Bedhaya Ketawang (Sacred Dance)

03. Drama

04. Ethno Funk

05. Gegunungan (Gateway of Life)

06. Hutan Hujan (Rain Forest)

07. Biarkan Burung Bernyanyi (Let the Birds Sing)

08. Inspirasi Baru (New Inspiration)

09. Perang Tanding (Battle Between Good & Beast)

10. Pesta Rakyat (Festive People)

11. Amarah (Anger)

Line-up:

* Tohpati – electric guitar, midi synth guitar

* Indro Hardjodikoro – bass guitar

* Endang Ramdan – Indonesian percussion (kendang, gong, kenong)

* Demas Narawangsa – drums & Indonesian percussion (rebana, kempluk)

* Niki Suwarjiki – suling (Sundanese flute), soundscapes

Links:

www.tohpatimusic.com

www.myspace.com/tohpatiethnomission

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.
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