Save the Planet (MoonJune, 2010)
Tohpati Ethnomission is an environmentally conscious musical project developed by Indonesian guitarist Tohpati. He is a member of one of the best known Indonesian jazz fusion bands, simakDIALOG.
On Save the Planet, Tohpati combines the rich Indonesian folk and classical traditions with jazz improvisation and fusion elements. The album features Tohpati on guitar, Indro Hardjodikoro on bass, Demas Narawangsa (only 16 years old at the time of this session) on drums and Indonesian percussion, Endang Ramdan on kendang and Diki Suwardjiki on suling (Indonesian wooden flute). Vocalist Lestari appears on the track “Bedhaya Ketawang,”
Tohpati and his Ethnomission crew rehearsed extensively and recorded Save the Planet as a live recording in Jakarta, Indonesia as an audio CD and audiovisual DVD.
In addition to introducing Indonesian culture to the rest of the world, Tohpati Ethnomission has the goal of showing people how human intervention has deteriorated the earth.
Save the Planet is an impressive release by some of Indonesia’s most interesting musical explorers.
Buy the album:
- In North America: Save the Planet. Other recordings available: Patahan, Demi Masa, Trance/Mission
- In Europe: Save the Planet. Other recordings available: Patahan, Demi Masa, Trance/Mission
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.”.