Yogya (KU) – “Piye kabare Jogja?”, Dewi Sandra asked how the audience was doing after singing two songs accompanied by senior musician Idang Rasjidi on Thursday evening (27/5). “UGM is so cool! This is the first time I came to UGM. Matur nuhun,” Dewi said aloud. “With a ‘w’, nuwun,” Idang informed her. “Matur nuuhuun,” Dewi thanked the audience once again, still mispronouncing the Javanese words. Dewi Sandra was obviously trying to interact with the audience who flocked to the Grha Sabha Pramana hall.
Dewi, wearing a red dress and her hair in bun, seemed to show that she wanted to look elegant at the UGM jazz concert this time. After singing the tunes of I Love You, the former wife of singer Glen Fredly came off the stage greeting the audience. She greeted two persons in the front row, who is none other than UGM Director of Academic Administration, Dr. Budi Prasetyo, and wife. The singer asked the couple to sing a tune of her song. When she was about to sing her last song, Dewi expressed her hope to be able to come back in the same concert next year. “I hope this is not my last concert,” she said.
Sarah Sechan and Butet Kertaradjasa, the MCs, managed to entertain the audience with their jokes. Butet never seemed to run out of funny jokes, making his audience laugh. Listen to what Butet said, “Although jazz has different instruments and compositions, but they can blend well and create harmony while others only mingle to produce corruption,” Butet said, referring to politicians.
“No, I’m too scared to say such things,” Sarah commented.
“Why? We have Mas Anggito (Abimanyu) here, alumnus of Faculty of Economics, who is not afraid of losing a senior position,” said Butet, aware of the fact that the former Head of Fiscal Policy in the Finance Ministry was among the audience.
After sending the audience to laughters, both called the flourishing RAN band to the stage. The song of Selamat Pagi opened their show. RAN performed the longest of all. Tens of songs were sung by their vocalists. One of them, Nino, said that he was very enthusiastic to perform at UGM although he did not know the reason for the committee to have invited them to the show. “I was very glad to be here, we want to be together with you all. Just now we saw our seniors (Idang Rasjidi and Dewi Sandra), and now please see the boys,” said the first grandson of the late writer Umar Kayam in humbleness. A couple of songs, such as Karena Kusuka Dia, Tunjukkanlah, and Pandangan Pertama, were RAN’s hits that amaze the teenage fans.
Next Audy and Tompi performed alternatingly. Audy started with Satu Jam Saja. Audy said that this was the first time she performed in a jazz concert. She told the audience that her father is jazz fan. “It’s an honour for me to be able to be here, singing Dad’s favourite music,” she said in a low voice. The next song that she sung was Lama-lama Aku Bosan before she called Tompi to come on stage.
Tompi presented his song Sedari Dulu. Wearing a hat, Tshirt and jeans, Tompi charmed the audience. Althought it was already 11 PM when Tompi started to perform, the audience did not leave their seats. They were willing to wait for Tompi until the end of the show.