Tanggal 20 Juni 2018 akan menjadi saat yang sangat berarti bagi Saya. Karena hari itu akan menjadi hari pertama Saya kembali pergi ke luar negeri sejak mengalami stroke di awal November 2017. Hal yang lebih membahagiakan lagi, karena keberangkatan Saya bertujuan untuk mendampingi musisi-musisi tunanetra yang tergabung dalam Baraya Band untuk mengikuti kegiatan The 5th Thailand International Blind Music Festival di Bangkok. Sebelumnya Saya juga pernah mengikuti kegiatan yang sama pada Tahun 2013, 2014, dan 2015. Kini, setelah lebih dari tiga tahun, meskipun Saya belum dapat terlibat langsung untuk tampil, ternyata penyelenggara masih memberi kepercayaan kepada Saya untuk menjadi Band Manager dan memilih musisi-musisi dari Indonesia yang akan tampil di sana.
Untuk memperkenalkan para musisi Baraya Band dan orang-orang yang terlibat sebagai perwakilan dari Indonesia, penyelenggara meminta Kami menyiapkan sebuah Vidio Profil (Video Profile). Berikut ini akan Saya tampilkan Video Profile Baraya Band yang telah dibuat beserta naskah narasinya. Semoga cukup bisa menjadi perkenalan awal sebelum Kami berangkat.
Vidio-vidio latihan Baraya Band juga dapat dilihat di channel YouTube hendramusic.com.
Baraya Music Band (BMB) is a band formed on December 7, 2013, and it is a part of Baraya community. Baraya itself stands for Barudak Tunanetra Berkarya (Working blind folks). Moreover, the word “Barudak” is originally from Sundanese language that means “Folks or guys”. In other words, Baraya means a group of blind folks who has pieces of work.
Initially, Baraya Music Band started the career as street performers. Then, it was gradually getting famous and signed for some regular performances at café and some other places in Bandung afterwards.
These are some brief profiles of Indonesian performers who are going to perform and take a part in the 5th International Thailand Blind Music Festival taken place in June, 2018, in Bangkok.
Hendra Jatmika Pristiwa
His name has been known by all musicians and committee taking a part in the Blind Music Festival since 2013. His first performance in the event was in December 2013 in Bangkok and February 2014 in Chiang Mai as a pianist of Fortissimo Band. A year later, he was hired to perform in the same event taken place in Phuket as a musician of Legato Band. Furthermore, after 3 years, he is currently contributing for the same event as a band manager, not a performer. Therefore, Hendra, a musician who was born in Cimahi in 1975, is taking a responsibility for selecting Indonesian musicians that will perform in Bangkok.
When it comes to music, Hendra is very skillful. His ability should be taken into account. He is not only good at playing musical instrument such as guitar, piano, Keyboard, bass and drum but also arranging the music professionally. As a professional blind arranger, Hendra has come up with several music arrangement for Indonesian and Malaysian singers as well as Musicians, and his pieces of work are definitely recognized by the music industry.
In addition, his educational background also contributes to his ability. He studied at two level of education which concern on music that are SMK Vokal and Instrument (Vocational High School concerned on Vocal and Instrument) and Art Education at Indonesia University of Education. Beside working on music and arrangement, Hendra also works as a vocal and choir coach as well as being an instructor of digital music recordings.