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BOI AKIH

BOI AKIH effortlessly weaves modern jazz and improvised music with folk traditions from all over the world, creating a unique sound that is unconventional, yet totally recognisable and accessible. Acoustic sounds merge with the versatile, warm voice of Monica Akihary, who sings and writes her poems in both English and Haruku, the endangered language of her father’s island (Moluccas/Indonesia/Melanesia). She is an exceptional vocalist who sends her song directly into the listener's soul. In Storyteller, the new album, Akihary and virtuoso guitarist and intriguing composer Niels Brouwer, who form BOI AKIH, are joined by Hungarian recorder player Dodó Kis and Guinean kora player Sekou Dioubate

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Article: Album Review

Boi Akih: Storyteller

Read "Storyteller" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Storyteller is singer Monica Akihary and acoustic guitarist Niels Brouwer's ninth recording since 1997, and their sixth as Boi Akih. No two Boi Akih albums are the same, though Akihary's Indonesian heritage--she often sings in the endangered Haruku language--and Brouwer's jazz-inflected improvisations are common denominators. Over the years the duo has embraced Indian, African and Asian ...

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Article: Interview

Paul Augustin: Putting Penang On The Jazz Map

Read "Paul Augustin: Putting Penang On The Jazz Map" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Most jazz festival directors would agree that survival is the name of the game in the first years. Unless a festival has the financial backing of a major sponsor it can be a knife edge existence attempting to rustle up private sponsorship and the kind of good will that is required in abundance to meet the ...

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Article: Live Review

2013 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival: Ottawa, Canada, June 21-26, 2013

Read "2013 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival: Ottawa, Canada, June 21-26, 2013" reviewed by John Kelman


TD Ottawa Jazz FestivalOttawa, CanadaJune 20-July 1, 2013Having made the decision, in 2012, to broaden its stylistic purview to include not only music on the periphery of jazz, but artists with no real connection to the founding raison d'être of the festival, the 2013 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival continued to bring extracurricular music ...

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Circles in a Square Society

Label: Bromo
Released: 2012
Track listing: Circle 5; Guinnevere; Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire; Circle 2; A Merman I Should turn to Be; Drifting; Circle 3; Old Man; Circle Exercise; Circle 4; Redemption Song.

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Article: Live Review

Penang Island Jazz Festival 2012

Read "Penang Island Jazz Festival 2012" reviewed by Ian Patterson


9th Penang Island Jazz FestivalBayview HotelPenang, MalaysiaNovember 29--December 2, 2012 From pickup at the airport at 10.30pm to personal send-off five days later at 4.00am, Paul Augustin, the Director of the Penang Island Jazz Festival, is what you could call the perfect host. It's this personal touch--instilled in the festival staff's ...

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Label: Bromo
Released: 2012
Duration: 05:23

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Article: Album Review

Boi Akih: Circles in a Square Society

Read "Circles in a Square Society" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The soul of Boi Akih--a duo, sextet, and all configurations in between-- is Monica Akihary's soulful voice and guitarist Niels Brouwer's jazz/world-inflected acoustic guitar. Boi Akih has always experimented; Lagu Lagu (Bromo, 2005)--an exquisite meeting between jazz, blues and Indonesian folk--was sung in the almost extinct Haruku language of Akihary's ancestors. With Indian percussionist Sandip Bhattcharya, ...

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News: Event

Dutch Jazz & World Meeting 2012 Program Complete

Dutch Jazz & World Meeting 2012 Program Complete

During the second Dutch Jazz & World Meeting, which takes place October 5 & 6, 2012 in Amsterdam, 26 prominent jazz and world music acts from the Netherlands will present themselves to both national as well as international music professionals. Music Center the Netherlands announced the complete line-up of the showcases. On Friday October 5 and ...

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Label: Unknown label
Released: 2007


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