Pata Masters & Kua Etnika

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Norbert Stein
tenor saxophone
Michael Heupel
flutes, sub-contra-bassflute
Klaus Mages
Matthias von Welck
bass-slitdrums, deep mallets
Christoph Hillmann
Djaduk Ferianto
Srompet, Kendang, vocal, Beduk, Klunthung, Kemanak, Ketipung, Krincing, Triangle, Shaker
Bonang, Klunthung, Calung, Rebana, Rebab, Kemanak, vocal
Demung, Klunthung, Rebana, Demung, vocal
Saron, Klunthung, Calung, Rebana, Siter, vocal
Fredy Pardiman
Saron, Klunthung, Rebana, Rebab, vocal
Peking, Krincing, Kendang, Rebana, Klunthung, vocal
Gender, Kendang, Calung, Ketipung, Beduk
Sony Suprapto
Kempul, Gong, Beduk, Rebana, vocal

From the CD booklet:

"PATA JAVA" the CD documents the unique collaboration which evolved between Norbert Stein's Pata Masters from Cologne and "Kua Etnika", a group of Gamelan musicians from Yogyakarta, led by Djaduk Ferianto. PATA JAVA is a successful experiment in connecting different musical personalities, forms and sounds. In their head-on encounter, Pata Masters and Kua Etnika go beyond simply exchanging or synthesising forms to achieve innovative compositions in which two modes of musical expression meet and interact, sometimes exchanging roles, but always finding themselves again. This is a meeting of cultures which is immediate, intense and sincere.

The Pata Masters had already visited Indonesia in 2001 on the invitation of the Goethe Institute in Jakarta. It was during this visit that the idea of the German jazz ensemble working with the Gamelan musicians first came into being. On their second visit in October 2003, the Pata Masters and Kua Etnika worked together in Djaduk Ferianto's studio for a fortnight, mainly playing in an open-air theatre on the edge of Yogyakarta city, a place which put them immediately in touch with the scenery and sounds of rural life in Java. This gave the creative background to the original and melodious compositions which inspired the 2500 concert-goers to "PATA JAVA on Tour" - the round of performances subsequently given in Yogyakarta, Bandung and Jakarta.

The Goethe institute is glad to have been able to bring the two composers - Norbert Stein and Djaduk Ferianto from Pata Masters and Kua Etnika - together, thereby facilitating PATA JAVA as a German-Indonesian co-production. Our thanks goes to all musicians who participated and to all who helped organize the workshop, concert tour and recordings in Jakarta. Warta Jazz from Jakarta was our key partner in logistics. The project was sponsored by DaimlerChrysler AG as part of "Culture in Motion", a programme set up by the Goethe Institut in Jakarta for cultural cooperation in Asia. Without this generous support, PATA JAVA would not have been possible."

Dr. Marla Stukenberg
Head of Cultural Programmes
Goethe Institute, Jakarta
December 2003

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News from eJazzNews.Com:
A love story between Jazz and Gamelan
by Christina Schott, Contributor, Yogyakarta


Saxophonist Norbert Stein delivers another installment in his multi-cultural explorations combining Jazz with the folk music of indigenous cultures. A previous trip to Indonesia exposed Stein to the region´s bountiful Gamelan tradition and plans were made to record a cross-cultural collaboration. PATA JAVA documents this recording session with Djaduk Ferianto and his KUA ETNIKA Gamelan ensemble. Combining Gamelan with Western Jazz concepts is not an entirely new idea as artists such as Henry Threadgill, James Newton, Roscoe Mitchell, George Lewis and others have have all made trips to the exotics East to collaborate with the masters of ancient musical traditions.

An adherent to the music theory of Pata Music, Stein and his collaborators make a strong case for the theory´s adaptability. Pata Music is "the science of imaginary solutions (which) defines the way to gain knowledge avoiding the rigorous rules of reason and tradition, without disrespecting them". Thus, Stein is able to incorporate genres as alien to Jazz as Gamelan into the tradition without disrupting the core genre´s principal function: creative improvisation of harmonic and rhythmic invention.

Stein´s electro-acoustic quintet pairs up with the Gamelan ensemble for pieces both rhythmically dense and melodic spartan. There are a few moments of respite, featuring delicate flute and percussion work, primarily during the introductory phases of some longer tracks. For the most part however, this is an exploration of continuous and dense rhythm. One would expect the repetive rhythmic patterns of traditional Gamelan music to make for tedious listen over an hour´s duration, but Stein and company contribute a distinctly Western rhythmic element to the mix as well: Funk.

A plethora of percussive effects are utilized by the Gamelan orchestra and everything from chanting to Jews Harp makes an appearance. As leader, Stein plays with a muscular tenor tone that stays just ahead of the massive ensemble, and the pieces never seem to overstay their welcome. For an interesting merger of Eastern and Western traditions PATA JAVA may be just the sonic vacation intrepid listeners need.

Troy Collins ©Cadence Magazine

further reviews as .pdf downloads:
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