Jade Flahive-Gilbert was so shocked at the devastation of the tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia that she’d already started planning a concert to raise funds to help out.
But when another tsunami hit Java and Sumatra just before Christmas, the Croydon musician put her plans into overdrive and will now be staging the fund-raising gig next week, at The Oval Tavern on Thursday, January 10.
Flahive-Gilbert is a music teacher in a local primary school.
When at university, she extended her studies in Indonesia, spending more than two years learning traditional Javanese and Sundanese music through the Darmasiswa Scholarship, supported by the Indonesian Embassy.
She is deeply affected by the suffering the tsunami have caused, and wants to give something back to the country that welcomed her so warmly and where she learnt so much.
“The team at The Ukulele & Other Machines and The Oval Tavern already have a great reputation for putting on interesting and adventurous music, so they were the obvious people to whom to turn to help put on the event,” Flahive-Gilbert said.
“I’ve used my contacts in the community of musicians who play Indonesian music here in London, including those based at the School for Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, to bring some really exciting and exotic musicians to perform.
“Aga Ujma’s music is a fusion between Polish folk song and Javanese instruments and The Sages draw inspiration from traditional east Asian music to explore the concepts between ‘Eastern’ and ‘Western’ cultural identity.”
Also on the bill are Moa and Rudy (playing kora, a West African harp) and Asada Duo featuring Flahive-Gilbert herself, playing Tarawangsa, a style of traditional trance music from the rice fields of Sunda.
You can get a taste of the interesting and unusual music you’ll hear on the night from the various groups’ social media pages: The Sages from their SoundCloud page, the Asada Duo here, and Aga Ujma here.
With proceeds going to the Indonesian relief fund, tickets are £5, and are available from www.wegottickets.com/theukulele or on the door on the night.
The Indonesian Earthquake Benefit concert will be at The Oval Tavern, 131, Oval Road. CR0 6BR from 7.30pm on January 10.
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