Tohpati (Guitars, Midi Synth Guitar); Indro Hardjodikoro (Bass Guitar); Diki Suwarjiki (Suling (Sundanese Flute)); Endang Ramdan (Indonesian Percussion (Kendang, Gong, Kenong)); Demas Narawangsa (Drums, Indonesian Percussion (Rebana, Kempluk))
Jakarta, Indonesia's Tohpati has already established a reputation as one of progressive music's most dynamic new voices on guitar -- documented by his work with MoonJune recording artists, simakDialog. [Check out his stellar work on their Patahan (MJR015) and Demi Masa (MJR024) albums.]
With his new MoonJune release, Save the Planet, his first as a band leader, Tohpati makes a strong case for his inclusion among the top ranks of guitarists in the world today. Referencing such impeccable influences as Terje Rypdal, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, and Robert Fripp, he remains every bit his own axeman -- equally at ease unspooling fleet-fingered chromatic runs, intervallic leaps, pastoral melodies, buoyant fusion, sinister metal crunch, country twang, or enigmatic, freely-improvised soundscapes.
Possessing an array of soulful, meaty tones, Tohpati spices up the proceedings through sparing and tasteful use of pitch shifting, ring modulation, delays, and MIDI guitar synth patches, all the while retaining an emotive, decidedly organic quality.
Tohpati serves notice that he and his Ethnomission band are a force to be reckoned with on the world music stage on this sizzling debut.
01. Selamatkan Bumi (Save The Planet)
02. Bedhaya Ketawang (Sacred Dance)
04. Ethno Funk
05. Gegunungan (Gateway Of Life)
06. Hutan Hujan (Rain Forest)
07. Biarkan Burung Bernyanyi (Let The Birds Sing)
08. Inspirasi Baru (New Inspiration)
09. Perang Tanding (Battle Between Good & Evil)
10. Pesta Rakyat (Festive People)
11. Amarah (Anger)