• Calvin Limuel Project: Experience pt. 2

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    Working and admiring music in the present time, but without forgetting the things of the old, that had shaped the music history to what it is now, Calvin Limuel presented his second recital at Berklee, showcasing a number of compositions by musicians contemporary to him, as well as some of his own compositions.

    Recorded on November 4th, 4PM, at Berk Recital Hall (Room 1A), Berklee College of Music (1140 Boylston St., Boston, MA).
    I'm terribly sorry of the terrible mix, this is the whole bounce of the live mix. I will definitely update the video in future time if I can resolve the problem.

    Vocals: Ester Wiesnerová (Partizánske, Slovakia)
    Saxophones: Sam Webster Moffett (West Hartford, CT)
    Piano: Calvin Limuel (Jakarta, Indonesia)
    Double Bass: Jonathan Chapman (Kitchener, ON, Canada)
    Drums: Kelvin Andreas (Surabaya, Indonesia)

    1. Back Into Sumthin' (Indra Lesmana/LLW) 00:03
    2. Habeas Corpus (Vijay Iyer) 07:54
    3. Work Overload (Calvin Limuel) 13:20
    4. Dreaming (Avishai Cohen) 22:58
    5. Smell of Petrichor (Calvin Limuel) 31:49
    6. Tuesday Wonderland (Esbjörn Svensson, Dan Berglund, Magnus Öström/e.s.t.) 45:18
    7. Aquelas Coisas Todas/All Those Things (Torinho Horta) 53:50

    Introductory notes:
    1. Back Into Sumthin' (Indra Lesmana/LLW)
    As an Indonesian, I'd like to showcase some compositions by my fellow countrymen, putting one on the first number every Experience concert. Originally an electric trio composition, I thought it would also sound cool to have an acoustic trio playing this tune.
    2. Habeas Corpus (Vijay Iyer)
    Vijay Iyer's take on "Body and Soul", this tune is one good example of absorbing the old materials to make new materials. Written in 20/16, it also contain cascara rhythm adapted for the time signature. 20 was also my age at the time.
    3. Work Overload (Calvin Limuel)
    The title of this composition is mostly because I was so busy on the months before this recital, but it didn't really take me long to finish this composition. Inspired by Clifford Jordan's "The Highest Mountain", Cedar Walton/Eastern Rebellion's "Simple Pleasure", and John Coltrane's Three Tonic System.
    4. Dreaming (Avishai Cohen)
    Being a really proficient pianist himself, Cohen wrote many beautiful and easily recognizable compositions which have demanding melodies in the right hand, and also letting the bass shine, interesting rhythms and contrapuntal aspect, defining a new kind of a jazz trio. Recorded for Seven Seas, this composition captured his Hebrew/Jewish roots and his love of Classical music. I like Middle Eastern music in general, as I grew up listening to Arab music engrained in the Muslim culture of my country, and began to explore the other parts of Middle East. A very dreamy and exciting tune, and really difficult to execute. Written in 13, which is also my lucky number and my birthdate.
    5. Smell of Petrichor (Calvin Limuel)
    A ballad written during rain after a really long sunny day, my parents used to say that Petrichor is bad for you, but I think it is a very pleasant smell. Probably not in my hometown.
    6. Tuesday Wonderland (Esbjörn Svensson, Dan Berglund, Magnus Öström/e.s.t.)
    This band of geniuses from Sweden captured a lot of the old music, melding together the American Jazz tradition and European music tradition, and also bringing new stuff to their performances like putting effects for piano and double bass. They set an example of a really creative and progressive jazz trio. This is one of the first tunes I've heard the band play, recorded in the last album before Svensson's sudden and tragic death. This tune only has 3 chords, just mainly switching between 2, but sometimes few chords can make a composition sound this beautiful.
    7. Aquelas Coisas Todas/All Those Things (Torinho Horta/arr. Calvin Limuel)
    A tune introduced to me while jamming in Jakarta with Benny Likumahuwa, I instantly liked it when I first play it. I discovered it was written just a few years after my birthday, so probably I could get this into the set. This was a strong tune to end the set, from the title and the content of the music. The arrangement is inspired by Brad Mehldau (who covered this tune as well in his album "Where Do We Start", a collection of standards, accompanying his previous album "Ode"), Salsa nights at Wally's Cafe, and Gospel/R&B music. Show less
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