The event was hosted by Indonesian senior actor Butet Kartaredjasa and popular actress-model Dian Sastrowardoyo. In the beginning Butet pretended to hide Dian by saying that all the airplane tickets from Jakarta to Jogja were fully booked by people who wanted to go to this concert, but soon after that, Dian shouted for Butet's name and climbed the stage, surrounded by audiences applaus.
In such a short opening, they presented the stage to Trisum band which was powered mainly by Budjana and Tohpati. Sure, their associate players were either amazing, but who was there catching audiences (especially the female audiences, I bet) attention? It was the new rising star-drummer Yesaya a.k.a Echa marvelously hit his percussion set. The audiences were more impressed as he performed his solo in a section.
Trisum said that it was the first time they play to harmonize a singer. It was Rio Febrian's luck to have his “Ku Ada di Sini—I am here” light pop arrangement to be changed into up-tempo jazz.
Idang Rasjidi continued Trisum with his band to perform their theme. The situation went once again up as Rieka Roslan showed up. Rieka was a real star! She even taught us that a singer has a great duty, not only sing a song but she/he has to be able to absorb the energy from audiences and to combine the energy with the music of the band. Her communication with people was magic. From that moment, I registered myself as one of her fans ^_^
The next singer was Glenn Friedly. His appearance was surely noticeable yet the thing impressed me most was his last song “Just for two of us”. This song was also the final scene enclosing the concert.
In a summarized impression, UGM-Mandiri Jazz was a great experience for everyone. It was such a liveshow gathering talented artists performing not only entertainment but also inspirations and lesson of a culture.