Autor: Kev Rowland
I need to investigate how long it will take me to get to Indonesia from NZ, hopefully not that long, and while there I am going to go to Jakarta and make sure that I catch these guys at a gig. I know that Leo says that there is loads of untapped and unknown talent in that part of the world, but bloody hell! These guys are absolutely stunning! Agam Hamzah (guitars), Adi Darmawan (bass) and drummer Gusti Hendy formed the band in 2004 and this is their debut international release. Ligro when read backwards, means “crazy people” in the Bahasa (Indonesian national) language – but crazy signifying fearlessness and playful abandon.
Pick a song, any song, and prepare to be blown away by a trio that are so tight that it is impossible to separate them and just as you think that one person is the main player another comes along and makes you change your mind. Take “Stravinsky (with Bach intro)” for example. This commences as a solo exercise in bass dexterity and control before morphing into an arrangement of Igor Stravinsky’s “An Easy Piece Using Five Notes: with Agam very much in control although he is pushed to the end by his colleagues in time. This is an incredible album, and proves that wonderful musicians can be found all over the world. This may not be a band that is known to many outside of their own country, but I sincerely believe that is going to change as here is a band that has the chops to rise to the top of their field.
By GLENN ASTARITA, Published: March 20, 2013
Moonjune Records has performed a service for progressive-rock and jazz-fusion aficionados by propagating an influx of stellar albums by Indonesian artists and bands that morph Western traditionalism into a distinct sound spectrum. One such ensemble is the power trio Ligro that, in Indonesian lingo, translates to “crazy people.” Formed in 2004, its second release, Dictionary 2 is a propulsive exposition, sparked by unanticipated shifts in direction, demanding time signatures, metallic grooves and more.
Guitarist and band founder Agam Hamzah’s stinging guitar solos and brazen chord voicings complement a democratic group mindset, and the musicians’ regimented manifesto cannot be undermined. In essence,
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MoonJune Records continues its streak of astonishing musical discoveries from Indonesia with Dictionary 2, the first international release by Jakarta’s celebrated jazz-rock trio Ligro. Founded in 2004 by authoritative guitarist Agam Hamzah and rounded out by agile bassist Adi Darmawan and exhilarating drummer Gusti Hendy. Ligro when read backwards, means “crazy people” in the Bahasa (Indonesian national) language – but crazy in the very best sense of the word, signifying fearlessness, playful abandon, and a healthy disregard for shopworn musical conventions.
On Dictionary 2, the trio blazes through eight volcanic studio performances of highly creative collective compositions. A prime example of the threesome’s
All’estremità opposta dello spettro, trabocca di vitalità Dictionary 2, prima uscita internazionale del power trio indonesiano Ligro, guidato dallo spettacolare chitarrista Agam Hamzah, ben coadiuvato dal preciso sostegno del basso di Adi Darmawan e dal fantasioso drumming di Gusti Hendi .
Il territorio esplorato è il filone jazz-rock che fa riferimento alle sonorità Mahavishnu Orchestra, più volte echeggiata quasi a mò di omaggio, sia per le scelte timbriche di alcuni solo che a livello compositivo, come nella progressione armonica di Future o nella eccellente Etude Indienne. La stessa Miles Away, con il suo andamento
Ligro is an Indonesian music trio which was founded in 2004 by the guitarist Agam Hamzah, the bassist Adi Darmawan and the drummer Gusti Hendy. “Dictionary 2” is the second full-length album of the band, which was released 4 years after their debut “Dictionary 1”.
Being part of the prog rock, jazz & fusion musical expression, they’ve embellished their own sound with passionate percussion, atmospheric touches, intense experimentations and “stirring” guitar solos. Great musicians/bands such as: McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, Miles Davis & Mahavishnu Orchestra among others will cross your mind while you’re listening to this album. The impressive thing is the