Patahan (Moonjune Records, 2007)
Simak Dialog is an inspired Indonesian band that follows the venerable tradition of fusion, adding an new element: Indonesian music and regional musical instruments. The group is led by masterful keyboardist and composer Riza Arshad. The rest of the band is formed by Tohpati Ario Hutomo on guitars, Adhitya Pratama on fretless bass, and Endang Ramdan on Sunda kendang and percussion toys. Guests include: Emy Tata Makassar kendang, ceng-ceng, kethuk, vocals, poetry reading (Bahasa Indonesian language); Nyak Ina Raseuki “Ubiet” vocals on tracks 2 and 5; and special guest on track 5 Marla Stukenberg poetry reading in German.
The album Patahan, on Moonjune Records, was recorded live at Goethe Haud in Jakarta, Indonedia. The lengthy CD captures the keyboard wizardry of Arshad and the creative improvisations of the whole band. Fusion music fans fans will be enjoyably pleased.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.