Global Interviews
Thilma Komaling, Indonesia

1) What does jazz music mean to you? To your community?

To us, Hajarbleh Bigband — jazz music is the element that brings people together, regardless of many cultures, believes and religions in any form within the country.

3. Why are you celebrating International Jazz Day? Why is it important?

From the first year of announcement of International Jazz up till now we keep our excitement to be part of this global movement. The campaign is the living proof of how music unite world citizen; not just through music, but through understanding differences and act as one.

This year it is important for us – Hajarbleh Bigband- to showcase our heritage of music instrument, Angklung.

As one of the intagible heritage, the Indonesian Angklung based on www.unesco.org is a musical instrument consisting of two to four bamboo tubes suspended in a bamboo frame, bound with rattan cords. The tubes are carefully whittled and cut by a master craftsperson to produce certain notes when the bamboo frame is shaken or tapped. Each Angklung produces a single note or chord, so several players must collaborate in order to play melodies. Traditional Angklungs use the pentatonic scale, but in 1938 musician Daeng Soetigna introduced Angklungs using the diatonic scale; these are known as angklung padaeng.

The Angklung is closely related to traditional customs, arts and cultural identity in Indonesia, played during ceremonies such as rice planting, harvest and circumcision. The special black bamboo for the Angklung is harvested during the two weeks a year when the cicadas sing, and is cut at least three segments above the ground, to ensure the root continues to propagate. Angklung education is transmitted orally from generation to generation, and increasingly in educational institutions.

Because of the collaborative nature of Angklung music, playing promotes cooperation and mutual respect among the players, along with discipline, responsibility, concentration, development of imagination and memory, as well as artistic and musical feelings.

Therefore the collaboration is the most important element of the celebration, as we would share knowledge on Jazz music to the student of Pilar School and CISV Mosaic which range from 11 years old to 18 years old youngsters.

3) What would you like to see happen through this day – short term and long term?

We hope Jazz Day may facilitate global collaboration, amongst the 195 countries celebrating– to create projects, to initiate friendships, building global mentorships so our world might become a better place to live in. We’d like to be part of the global jazz community who responds in changes and crisis throught the world in any matter sector such as climate change, food security and war prevention. May we keep initiate freedom of expression through jazz. Inclusive– not exclusive.