Kimberley Indonesia Project

Kimberley Indonesia Project – Phase Two

Artist Bios

Nyak Ina Raseuki (Ubiet)

Nyak Ina Raseuki, better known as Ubiet, is an Indonesian composer, performer, ethnomusicologist.

Ubiet was born in Jakarta and was raised in Aceh, North Sumatra.  Her interest in vocal music started when, as a teenager, she joined several popular music groups in Aceh and Jakarta as lead singer. Ubiet moved back to Jakarta in the early 1980s, and attended The Jakarta Institute of the Arts (IKJ) to major in music-voice. As she gradually discovered other possibilities in voice, her focus became drawn to vocal music and its different singing styles and traditions. Ubiet has earned a Master of Music and a Ph.D. degree in ethnomusicology from University of Wisconsin-Madison-U.S.A (1993, 2009), and then lecturing at Graduate School at IKJ.

Despite her academic commitments, Ubiet maintains and nurtures collaborative relationships with several composers, as well as popular and traditional musicians, in a multitude of performances and recordings. She has performed nationally and internationally. Ubiet’s encounters with vocal music with concentration on voice embellishment are what led her to meet composer Tony Prabowo with whom and another five traditional Minang musicians she established a “new music” group, The New Jakarta Ensemble—they released a CD entitled Commonality(Siam Record, New York, 1999). She has also released a CD of an alternative popular music Archipelagongs(Warner Music Indonesia, 1999), a CD of new music Music for Solo Performer: Ubiet Sings Tony Prabowo(Musikita, Jakarta, 2006), a CD of a new interpretation of kroncong music, Ubiet & Kroncong Tenggara(demajors, Jakarta, 2007/2013), and also a CD, duo with Dian HP, songs based on poems of two prominent Indonesian poets, entitled Komposisi Delapan Cinta (demajors, Jakarta, 2011).  Her other projects are Duo Ubiet & Dian HP: Dedendangan, the duo takes Melayu music as their source of inspiration, and a collaboration with jazz guitarist-composer Tohpati (Duo Ubiet & Tohpati): a contemporary interpretation of Ismail Marzuki’s songs, one of Indonesian leading composer in the 1940-50s. One of her latest project, a collaboration with cellist Dimawan Krisnowo Adji, interpreting Eastern Indonesia songs. Her collaboration with prominent Indonesian choreographer, Eko Supriyanto, which based on West Halmahera songs of Eastern Indonesia, resulting music for Eko’s choreography Balabala.

Dimawan Krisnowo Adji

Dimawan was born in Yogyakarta in 1970. From 1986-1990 he studied cello at the High School for Music in Yogyakarta and continued to the Indonesian Arts Institute of Yogyakarta. Early in his career, he participated in many music workshops provided by celebrated names in music orchestra such as orchestra workshop by Wolfgang Poduchka from Vienna Austria, Arie Van Beek of the Netherlands, Phillip Green of Australia, Alec Roth of England, Carlo Zappa of Italy, as well as world music workshop by Kim Sanders from Australia.  Dimawan is one of the founders of Sa’Unine String Orchestra of Yogyakarta. He also played for Twilite Orchestra from 1993-2002, and Nusantara Chamber Orchestra, Orkes Simfoni Jakarta as Principal Cellist. In the past years, Dimawan has been interested in Indonesian archipelago music blending with his cello, and has collaborated with different musicians from many different genres in multitude performances. In 2007 he joined Kroncong Tenggara to perform in Australia, Germany, Singapore as well as in Indonesia. Dimawan has also worked with choreographers to compose music for dance such as SALT, choreographed by Eko Supriyanto performed in Indonesia, Belgium, Germany, and Australia. Dimawan has collaborated with Ubiet in various project, one of their latest project is ‘Nyanyi Nusa-Nusa’ interpreting song of the Eastern of Indonesia.

Shafur Bachtiar

Shafur was born in Penyengat Island, Riau Province in South Sumatra in 1993.

He learned to play Malay gendang (frame drum) since he was 12 years old in Penyengat Island, from a gendangand Malay music master of Penyengat Island, Azmi Mahmud, who is also one of his close relatives. At that time, he joined and was active in the Penyengat Island Heritage Culture regional organization and participated in reviving the Malay performing arts of Penyengat Island. Besides playing traditional Malay music, Shafur together with his young friends of Penyengat Island also played in bands, playing Indonesian and American pop music. After graduating from high school he went to Pekanbaru of Riau Province learning other Indonesian percussion instruments. In 2013 Shafur has moved to Yogyakarta and studied at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Art Institute (ISI) majoring in ethnomusicology. While studying at ISI Yogyakarta, he is exposed to different musical traditions and met diverse musicians from various genres of music from Indonesia and abroad, engaging in various collaborations, recordings and performed in various performances.

Stephen Pigram

Stephen Pigram is a renowned Indigenous musician from the pearling town of Broome, Western Australia. As a singer/songwriter he has been central to the continuation and development of Broome Creole music – the unique music style that draws on both the traditional Aboriginal music of Broome and the Dampier Peninsula and the many international cultures that over the past 150 years have been a part of Broome culture.

As the quintessential musician Stephen performs vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, ukulele and dulcimer with his idiosyncratic and poetic lyrics reflecting Kimberley life, culture and politics.

Stephen and his brothers are part of the well-known folk/rock septet The Pigram Brothers.  They opened the Deadly Awards at the Sydney Opera House and bought home the Deadly Award for Album Release of the Year (2006).

In the same year, Stephen and brother Alan Pigram were the first indigenous artists to be inducted into the West Australian Music Industry’s Hall of Fame. The Brothers’ album Under the Mango Tree was nominated for the Best World Music Album ARIA Award.

As part of Kuckles, another Broome-based band, Stephen was heavily involved in Broome’s famous musical theatre productions Bran Nu Dae and Corrugation Road. The Pigram Brothers’ debut album Saltwater Country was voted best debut album at the National Indigenous Music Awards.

Stephen co-produced, composed for and performed in the Brendan Fletcher directed 2010 movie Mad Bastards with brother Alan and Alex Lloyd.

Stephen’s solo album Wanderer released in 2013 marked a new direction in the artist’s long career.

Stephen has been part of Tura’s Regional and Remote Touring Program since 2005 collaborating with many artists along the way introducing them to Kimberley culture and generously sharing that with so many as part of the program.

Mark Atkins

Acknowledged as one of Australia’s finest didgeridoo players, Mark Atkins is also recognized internationally for his collaborative projects with some of the world’s leading composers and musicians.  A descendant of Western Australia’s Yamitji people, as well as of Irish/Australian heritage, Mark is known not only for his mastery playing, but also as a storyteller, composer, percussionist, visual artist and instrument maker.  Through Mark’s lips the air blows as a natural desert sound, in old ethnic chants and in polyphonic melodies of astonishing rhythm.

Mark has incorporated the didgeridoo sound into some unlikely musical environments, adding its primal pulse to orchestral works, theatrical productions and dance presentation.  He has performed alongside and composed with artists such as Philip Glass, Led Zeplin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Sinead O’Conor, Peter Sculthorpe, Donald Lunney, Ornette Coleman, Gondwana, Jenny Morris, John Williamson, James Morrison, the Blind Boys of Alabama and many more.

Mark co-wrote “Voices” for didgeridoo and organ with Philip Glass for the inauguration of the newly refurbished Melbourne Town Hall organ, which subsequently performed at the Lincoln Centre, New York, and toured to Amman, Jordan.  As a regular collaborator with Philip Glass Mark performed live for the Sydney Opera House season of Naqoyqatsi and toured with Glass’ Orion.   Orionpremiered at the Cultural Olympiad in Greece and has subsequently toured to Italy, France, the UK, the USA, Mexico and Australia.

“through out the four movements, Mark Atkins’ didgeridoo score was not merely the garnish for the organ but a fully integrated personality in the sound textures.  Atkins mapped a varied sonic territory, presenting a vast array of vocal interjections filtered through a range of different didgeridoos. His journeys conjured up worlds as different as the timeless outback and as transitory as contemporary electronic … the night belonged to Mark Atkins”. The Age, Melbourne

Mark’s solo work Grungada was commissioned by the Melbourne International Arts Festival and has since toured Australia and the world including France and Hong Kong.  He has performed at Womadelaide, Australia, and WOMAD Seattle, USA.

He is a founding member of performance ensemble Black Arm Band.  Featuring Australia’s most respected legends of indigenous contemporary music Black Arm Band has now created and performed Murandak, Hidden Republicand Dirtsong.

“The band’s own didjeridoo player, Mark Atkins, put the audience in a trance with one of the most sustained performances I have ever heard on that instrument, evoking a time and place long before the political troubles of the 20th century”. Arts Hub, Australia

Mark is a prolific instrument maker, creating and painting digeridoos from logs which he collects in the bush near his home in Tamworth, New South Wales.  Exhibitions of his traditional and contemporary visual artwork have been shown in Japan, Europe and the United States.

Mark has numerous recordings and compositions to his credit.  His awards and achievements include the Golden Didgeridoo at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Mick Manolis

Born in a sleepy pearling town of Broome known today as Rubibi by the original Yawuru inhabitants. Michael was born as Michael Manolis and has been known as that through most of his life,he was born to a Greek father and Yawuru Filipino mother. Michael is a speaker of the Yawuru language and now works part time with Nyamba Buru Yawuru restoring Yawuru language for future generations.

Nyamba Buru Yawuru are the native title holders in and around the Broome township.

Michael is a musician who learnt guitar at the age of 14 when he attended the Christian Brothers College in the south west town of Albany. He learnt from the other Aboriginal boys who boarded at the same place as he.

Michael went on to form the Broome band Kuckles in 1980 with Jimmy Chi,Garry Gower, Patrick Bin Amat and Steven Pigram. They attended the “Center for aboriginal studies in music” at the Adelaide university in 1981-1982. In 1982 they performed in Germany Koln for “Australia night”

Michael along with Jimmy Chi and his band members created the musical play “Bran Nue Dae” which has performed in every major Australian city and also the Cook islands for the 1994 Pacific islander festival.

The play will be performing in 2020 January and will be touring for 6 months.