Checkpoint

Aku Ada

Aku Ada, a song by Dewi Lestari featuring Arina. A good friend of mine, Fany, requested me to arrange this song for her as a remembrance to her beloved soulmate, Rian (1992-2017). We worked together to make this arrangement, and finally Quaver Vocal Ensemble has the chance to record this arrangement. Thank you to Cosmas for making the beautiful cover with calligraphy!

Rest in peace, Rian. We know that you are here for us.

Melukiskanmu saat senja
Memanggil namamu ke ujung dunia
Tiada yang lebih pilu
Tiada yang menjawabku selain hatiku
Dan ombak berderu

Di pantai ini kau slalu sendiri
Tak ada jejakku di sisimu
Namun saat ku tiba
Suaraku memanggilmu akulah lautan
Ke mana kau s’lalu pulang

Jingga di bahuku
Malam di depanku
Dan bulan siaga sinari langkahku
Ku terus berjalan
Ku terus melangkah
Kuingin kutahu engkau ada

Memandangimu saat senja
Berjalan di batas dua dunia
Tiada yang lebih indah
Tiada yang lebih rindu
Selain hatiku
Andai engkau tahu

Di pantai itu kau tampak sendiri
Tak ada jejakku di sisimu
Namun saat kau rasa
Pasir yang kau pijak pergi akulah lautan
Memeluk pantaimu erat

Jingga di bahumu
Malam di depanmu
Dan bulan siaga sinari langkahmu
Teruslah berjalan
Teruslah melangkah
Ku tahu kau tahu aku ada

CHECKPOINT

check·point

/ˈCHekˌpoint/
noun
a place along the route of a long-distance race where the time for each competitor is recorded.

10 years ago, I was introduced to a deeper understanding about music for the first time. It was also the first time I sing in a choir, the first time I learned about how to sing properly.

6 years ago, I decided to learn more about singing techniques. I was very lucky to got Ko Akis to guide me in singing properly up until today.

With all the ups and downs, after all these years, I think this is the right time to reach my checkpoint, especially in singing. Ten years in music and six years in singing might not be a long time for others, but for me, within these years my life has changed for good, and it happens because of the music itself. Therefore, I am going to have my very first vocal recital. It is something special and totally new for me since I rarely sing solo on stage – (perhaps) I’d rather conduct a choir than to sing solo.

The recital will be held on January 26, 2019 in GoetheHaus Jakarta, the gate will be opened at 7 PM. I will perform some German lieder, Bach’s aria, and also some piece from musical such as Miss Saigon and Yentl. A very good friend of mine, Nesca Alma, will accompany me with her beautiful piano playing. I will also collaborate with some friends: Anita Anggraeni (by the way she is my piano teacher), Christine Tambunan, Indah Sri Wiharja, and Eduard Pratama Sundjojo.

You can book your ticket via Paulina +62 812  8794 218. I really hope you can come and support me to reach the checkpoint.

Thank you so much, and see you there!

Prayer of St. Francis

On December 2nd, 2018, Feixiang Choir held a charity concert, titled “A Thankful Gift”. It was our plan since forever to have a concert to help others, and this year, we finally made it.

The theme of this concert, A Thankful Gift, was initiated from the Prayer of St. Francis, also known as Peace Prayer, in which said, “For it is in giving that we receive, and it is in pardoning that we are pardoned.” We believe that each time we give, we receive even more. We also believe that our whole lives we have received so much, and we are thankful for everything happened in our lives.

The text itself was not written by Saint Francis of Assisi (c. 1182-1226), as this prayer in its present form has not been traced back further than 1912. Its first known occurrence was in French, written in a magazine published by a Catholic church organisation without mentioning the author’s name. We found this beautiful piece written by Allen Pote based on the said text, and then decided to have this song performed on the concert. This video was recorded by Feixiang Choir on the concert.

Cherly Susanti, conductor
Prajna Indrawati, piano
Dheonardo, tenor solo
Wisnu Murti Sri Budiarto, sign language interpreter

Prayer of Saint Francis (as written in Allen Pote’s setting)

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, Thy pardon, Lord.
Where there is doubt, let there be faith.

O, Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let there be light.
Where there is sadness, let there be joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that we receive,
and it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

A Thankful Gift

A Thankful Gift

 

Feixiang Choir presents:

A Thankful Gifta charity concert

Cherly Susanti, conductor

Nesca Alma, pianist

Prajna Indrawati, pianist

Sunday, 2 December 2018 7PM

Goethe Haus

Jl. Sam Ratulangi No.9-15 Menteng, Jakarta Pusat

Ticket price:

VIP: Rp 200.000

Reg: Rp 100.000

All of the tickets sold will be donated to YAYASAN TRI ASIH (a foundation for Down Syndrome)

For reservation, please kindly contact Laksmi - +62 878 8644 7077

Daemon Irrepit Callidus

I wrote this piece in 2015 during the Ramadhan month. I remember that I was riding my motorbike while suddenly the idea popped out on my mind. Started with the rhythmic effect created by the basses, and then adding tenors in syncopation, afterwards the sopranos and altos creates a legato melody line in minor scale. This piece is written for SATB divisi without accompaniment. This recording was done live by Feixiang Choir in 2017 for The 10th Orientale Concentus Singapore.

O Ina Ni Keke

O Ina Ni Keke is a North Sulawesi traditional song written by R. C. Hardjosubroto. This song’s literal meaning was about a mother (“Ina” means mother) who went to Manado city to buy some cakes, but her daughter (“Keke” means daughter) asked for the cakes when it has already finished. Many interprets this song as an unconditional love from a mother to her daughter, but the daughter was too late to realise it.

I wrote this setting for SSAA unaccompanied. I imagined myself in an empty beach, having a nostalgic feeling of what had happened in my childhood. This arrangement should be performed with much expression, but it should sounds light and warm with less vibrato at the same time.

I hope you enjoy.