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MATA HATI

Tohpati Ethnomission

Jazz Rock/Fusion


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4.00 | 9 ratings | 2 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Janger (6:29)
2. Tanah Emas (5:17)
3. Pelog Rock (5:27)
4. Mata Hati (6:36)
5. Berburu (6:42)
6. Rancak (4:33)
7. Reog (6:51)
8. Pangkur (4:32)
9. Amarah (5:01)

Total Time 51:31

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Line-up / Musicians


- TOHPATI / guitar
- INDRO HARDJODIKORO / bass
- DIKI SUWARJIKI / suling bamboo flute, tarompet
- ENDANG RAMDAN / kendang percussion
- DEMAS NARAWANGSA / drums

Releases information

Release date: January 1, 2017
Label: MoonJune Records

Available at https://tohpati.bandcamp.com/album/mata-hati

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4.00
(9 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
33%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(56%)
56%
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Review by Matti
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4 stars Here's some ethno-coloured instrumental fusion from Indonesia. The composer and guitarist Tohpati has formerly played in a prog fusion group SimakDialog -- not that I'd known them either in advance. The opening track 'Janger' features Czech Symphony Orchestra, which gorgeously finishes its pomposity. As a whole the album keeps rushing ahead with excellent electric guitar playing and complex rhythmic structures. The tight, superbly produced sound is enrichened by suling flute and tarompet (= Indonesian clarinet). The ethnic elements are, most of all, an ingredient without becoming very central in the compositions per se. For example PIIRPAUKE from Finland made much more world music oriented ethno-fusion in the 70's. Basically this quintet continues the Western tradition of virtuotic, guitar dominated jazz rock in the vein of FRANK ZAPPA and MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA. And they really rock! A bit too much for my taste, actually.

One can only imagine the powerful impression this group would make on stage, when already listening to the album is such an energetic experience. Indeed there are no weak tracks on this 51-minute album, but perhaps a couple of slower and more peaceful compositions amidst all the panache would have done good for the dynamics. Now those calmer moments have been narrowed into tiny doses such as in the beginning of 'Pangkur'. So, my firm recommendation goes especially for the friends of fiery fusion with a taste for ethnic elements too.

Review by kev rowland
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Prog Team
4 stars Tohpati Ario Hutomo (a.k.a. Bontot) is probably best known for his twenty-year tenure in the incredible simakDialog, but he launched his project Ethnomission back in 2010 with 'Save The Planet', and at long last he has brought the band back for a second venture. He of course provides all the guitars, and is joined by Demas Narawangsa (drums), Indro Hardjodikoro (bass), Endang Ramdan /(kendang ? a type of two-headed drum used particularly in Gamelan ensembles) and Diki Suwarjiki (suling ? a bamboo ring flute, also used in Gamelan ensembles). If that wasn't enough, they are all joined on the opening track by the Czech Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michaela Ruzickova, which certainly adds a different feel to the overall piece.

With the instrumentation being used, it would be easy to imagine that this is a hard to listen to (to Western ears) romp through traditional Indonesian music, but that is a long way from reality. Tohpati is a guitarist with an incredibly clear sound, and while he is often at the core of what is taking place, he knows just when it is time to step to one side and let others take over. Indro is a revelation, with some stunning bass lines, and one can imagine Tohpati there with a huge smile on his face as he lets his bandmate take centre stage. There is a lot of Indonesian musical references and styles, of course, but this is fusion at its very truest, fusing not only jazz and melody but also Asia and the West in a way that is seamless, marvellous, and entrancing. There is only one thing to be done with an album as good as this. When you shake yourself back into the real world after the fifty-two minutes have flown by, have a good stretch, settle back, and put it on again.

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