In continuation of the exhilarating spirit of Powerful Indonesia Festival, The Apurva Kempinski Bali proudly presents an extraordinary musical masterpiece by the revered Indonesian maestro, Aksan Sjuman titled “World Premiere Dunia Saat Mata Terpejam (The World When Your Eyes Closed): The Awakening Concert”. This eagerly awaited event, scheduled for Thursday, 17 August 2023, commencing at 18:00, promises to be an unforgettable journey into the enchanting realm of music and emotion, set against the backdrop of the illustrious Pendopo Lobby.
Renowned for his prodigious talents and mastery of musical expression, Aksan Sjuman is set to captivate audiences with his latest composition, a harmonious fusion of melodies that transcend the ordinary and immerse listeners in a world where sound becomes emotion. The album “The World When Your Eyes Close” is a visionary musical endeavour that encompasses eight compelling compositions, each intricately woven with the essence of liberation, autonomy, and creative expression. Aksan Sjuman, a true luminary in the realms of art, music, and cross-genre composition, presents an auditory tapestry that resonates with the spirit of awakening – a rekindling of human nature as independent beings, capable of unimpeded thought, emotion, and choice.
The melodies and intervals in the composition unfold naturally, revealing the composer’s life journey and the various influences he absorbed during his studies and career. The artistic language of the composition is subtly enriched with elements reminiscent of renowned musicians like Jonny Greenwood, Benjamin Woodgates, and the Polyphony style reminiscent of Bach. These influences come together to create a masterpiece characterised by a deep passion, limitless creativity, and a steadfast commitment to seamlessly integrating crafted ideas into the music.
This captivating concert is backed by a group of accomplished musicians, including Indra Lesmana and SB Acoustics. Aksan Sjuman leads the orchestra, guiding the audience on an enthralling musical journey with the mesmerising melodies produced by the Sjuman + Renanda The Awakening Grand Concert Piano. This masterpiece is the result of a collaborative effort between award-winning musician Aksan Sjuman, visionary Indonesian-based designer, thinker, and artist Raul Renanda, and the exceptional craftsmanship of Saniharto Enggalhardjo, a renowned leader in high-end furniture manufacturing, specialises in crafting custom state-of-the-art furniture. This extraordinary 2.75-meter-long concert grand piano exudes luxury and elegance, boasting a sleek, black high-gloss finish that exudes opulence. Its core incorporates an innovative blend of epoxy-carbon fibre action, ensuring precise and responsive performance with every keystroke. The exterior showcases the allure of Indonesian Macassar Ebony, a wood renowned for its distinctive and rich character.