Unfortunately, all my photos from the concert are overexposed. I actually still have to learn how to capture a stage photo. But, for a Class A musician, Fariz RM, all the disappointments and sacrifices were worth it.
On January 5, 2013, one of the music legends Indonesia, Fariz RM, held a solo and donation concert that coincided with his 54th anniversary in Mepro Convention Hall in Bandung, Indonesia.
The concert venue was quite far from my house and when I went to buy a ticket I was surprised because is costed Rp 300,000. It’s the most expensive ticket price for an Indonesian concert that I have ever bought. But, my intuition said this concert will be a good and not to be missed, So, after learning that some of the profits from the ticket sales will be donated to less fortunate children, I bought a ticket.
I walked in the pouring rain on a Saturday afternoon from Mepro towards Al-Islam hospital for Maghrib prayer and dinner at nearby satay stall. Then, I went for Isha prayers and returned to Mepro for the concert that will take place at 9 PM. Street children musicians, the community members of Rumah Musik Harry Roesli, opened the show in front of the concert hall. Then, Fariz RM was invited to come up the stage to receive the award and a birthday cake from the committee. I tried to get close to him while he was being photographed by dozens of people in front of me. When hr finished blowing out the candle and said his thanks, Fariz promised to perform the best concert despite his throat not being in the best condition that night. The legend also went back into the dressing room to get ready — so did I and hundreds of visitors of various ages at concert.
Video projectors at the right and left areas of the stage showed Fariz RM and the interview prepared ahead of this concert. He also told us about the time he was arrested and jailed a few years ago due to taking drugs to be one of valuable lesson in life. Then came Kania Roesli, wife of the late Harry Roesli, Bandung musicians and artists who became one of inspiration and teacher of Fariz RM, opened the concert by saying, “Most of us were born, grew up, studied, worked, married, and walked a straight path in life. But Fariz was different, as his life as a musician is just like a rock dumped into the pool — the energy will spread everywhere.” After her speech, she calling Fariz on stage to start the concert.
Fariz started the concert by singing Harry Roesli’s song titled Malaria. Before he sang this song, he told the audience that he is a Jakarta boy who found his identity as a musician in Bandung. Then, he called Harry Roesli as his teacher who taught him the principle and attitude of being musician and an artist. Harry did not teach him how to play music, but he taught him how to be a musician and to be as an artist.
Then, he called out one by one the musicians who supported the concert that night. The most awaited and much photographed by the audience was Helga Sedli, a violinist from Budapest, Hungary who had been a member of the orchestra in her country. Fariz met Helga at the first time in Bali and he asked her to fill the concert with her stunning violin playing. If you do not believe what I said, see herself playing in the song Hasrat dan cinta.
When Fariz sang Sungguh there are some lyrics that goes “kuteringat dirimu” (“I remember you”) then, he pointed his index finger towards where his wife sat. Really romantic.
I’m actually not a big fan of Fariz RM, as I know him only as a singer known for his love songs such as “Barcelona” and “Sakura”. Frankly, I hate love songs, but what impressed me about Fariz RM was his ability to play the keyboard. Also, believe it or not, I admired Fariz after reading an interview in Ripple a Bandung independent music magazine that used to be sold all over Indonesia. It became clear to me that Fariz is not just a whiny musician who sings love songs. That night, I listened for the first time a song that is loaded with social criticism. Entitled Senam Kampung, it tells the story of a fitness center which offers sports programs with high prices but the results are not necessarily appropriate with the price. Also, there is the song Susie bhelel which tells about the phenomenon of teenage girls becoming prostitutes in order to satisfy their consumerist lifestyle.
But slowly, I was lulled by Fariz’s love songs. One is Diantara Kata where the backing vocals who are also students of Fariz. Yolla Bella Vie (Bella) sang the refrain with a full appreciation and it was very touching to my heart.
Unfortunately, my camcorder’s battery ran out while Fariz played his three most famous towards the end of the concert: Nada Kasih, “Barcelona,” and “Sakura.” I was sad because it I did not record all the songs, but I also realized that I could finally concentrate taking photos with my Horizon Perfekt.