ANNA MARIA JOPEK ASIAN TOUR
After a set of successful concerts in Europe Anna Maria Jopek visited Indonesia. Anna's concerts took place in several exotic places such as Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya. The fans will also have the chance to listen to her performance in Japan. On her tour, Anna was supported by Marek Napiórkowski, Robert Kubiszyn and Paweł Dobrowolski. They promoted the Asiatic premiere of the 'ID' album.
Anna Maria Jopek's concert in Surabaya was held on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at Crystal Ballroom, Garden Palace Hotel. She came to Surabaya right after her performance in Bali several days earlier. It was the second trip on her Asian tour, and she headed to Jakarta after the Surabaya show. It was absolutely a wonderful chance to see the lady with a very sophisticated voice came performing live, close and personal, blending with the audience. For jazz world, she’s not a stranger at all. She has worked with many big names, like Pat Metheny for example in her 2002 album, Upojenie. In this Asian tour, she came with her band, consisted of Marek Napiórkowski (guitar), Robert Kubiszyn (bass) and Paweł Dobrowolski (drums).
Anna sang songs in Polish, such as “Nad Nami”, “O Co Tyle Milczenia” and “Ucisz Sie”. Just like how she did from the start, she kept on using Indonesian language (bahasa) in the middle of her performance. She also made some jokes while interracting with the audience. Then Anna sang “Duet”, where she shown her enchanting voice acoustically.
The title “I Burn For You” entertained the audience very well. Another cover of “The Police/Sting” song delivered perfectly. It’s just nice to have her sophisticated vocal with some African ethical beat in this song. The audience jived through the song. She kept on asking the audience to sing along and dance with her.
The show got hotter when Anna and the band went down sitting on the edge of the stage, got even closer to the audience. In that very relaxing position, Anna and the band brought a very well known song originally by No Doubt, “Don’t Speak”. This song was brought differently, very sweet, mellow and soft. Imagine how beautiful this song was with her sweet vocal. The audience popped, and sang with her spontaniously. That song was the end of the show. But since the audience kept on wanting for more, she came back again, giving an encore with another hit in Polish. Anna and her band then close the show with a very warm grattitude. She thanks everybody and appreciated them for coming.
Taken from www.jazzuality.com.
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