Take Five With Ade Ishs

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Meet ade ishs:

Ade Ishs (IPA: ʌdÉ iʃ) is a songwriter and a pianist currently residing in Melbourne, Australia. He was born in 1978 in Bandung, Indonesia. His playing style revolves around contemporary jazz, classical, and meditative. He has been compared with Lyle Mays, Keith Jarrett, and Dave Grusin.

His latest album release is Visions, containing unique solo acoustic piano tracks, blending jazz and classical music. It is a fitting accompaniment for relaxation, meditation, reading, and inspiration-seeking. The album is being sold worldwide, both physically and digitally. Two of its tracks, 'Birth of Love' and 'Morning Vision,' have been featured as AllAboutJazz.com Download of the Day for 16 August 2009 and 18 October 2009 respectively.

From 1982 to 2000, he studied with many teachers. Among them is the late Peter Ferdinandus, under whose tutelage he studied music theory, history, and classical piano performance since 1991. During his study at the University of Indonesia (UI) in 1995 to 2001, he joined the Ensemble Band, where he was a pianist/keyboardist. Together with the band, he performed in various functions, mostly those organised by UI students. Until he finished his study, he had become a regular performer in UI. He also performed with Aning Katamsi, a renowned Indonesian singer.

In 2002, Ade moved to Melbourne and soon met the local talents there. He composed a theme song for World Week 9, an international student event at RMIT. Together with Sandra Bogerd and Yugo Isal, they formed the Mixed Up jazz trio. Ade also performed together with Dexter and the Band, Mosaic, and ROCS. During Ade's trip to Indonesia in 2006, Yugo Isal and three members of the Ensemble Band, Djati Rekso Wibowo, Gupta Mahendra, and himself formed Gadsby, a Pat Metheny cover band. They performed in public, most notably in Kemayoran Jazz Community meet-ups.

After a long hiatus due to completing his PhD in music information retrieval, now in 2009, Ade presents his newest solo piano album, Visions. He is now actively promoting the album to the public, hoping that everyone who listens to it will feel the love he has put in it.


Piano and keyboards.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...

I couldn't stop the music playing in my mind.

Your sound and approach to music:

Love, meditation, relaxation.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why?

'Birth of Love' in Visions. It moves me strongly.

The first Jazz album I bought was:

I'm not sure I remember this correctly. Perhaps it was Elixir by Fourplay.

CDs you are listening to now:

Lyle Mays - Lyle Mays - Warner Bros

By Day:

I write computer programs.

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:

Classical musician?

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