“being on stage and feel the presence of the other
three makes me feel safe & sound..”
IT'S ABOUT -
Friendship, Music, and Family
With hours of performances and musical experiences under each personnel’s belt, Bonita & the hus BAND (BNTHB) produced their first album “small miracles” and was selected as one of the best album in 2014 by Rolling Stones Indonesia. The acoustic mini combo quartet also did an impressive indie tour (titled #BeNiceToEachOther TOUR 2015) in Java-Bali and stunned Frankfurt’s audiences in Museumsuferfest 2015.
In 2006, Adoy and Bharata co-produced and co-arranged Bonita’s second solo album “…laju”. Along with time and colaboration their interpersonal and musical relationships became more intense. Not only Bonita’s, they also performed their original songs and some covers. Jimmy joined the band in 2009 and their music became more solid.
Ranging from Joni Mitchell’s folk-jazz to Aretha Franklin’s soul-blues with thick touch of Indonesian Melayu folk attitude, BNTHB performs their music in an intense, fun & joy atmosphere. Their songs and performances bring mundane experiences to a special celebration. Expressive soulful vocal backed by the tight rhythm of guitar and percussions, choral harmonies of their personnels as well as eclectic breath of sax melody build strong musical dynamics and delivers an organic performances from this quartet. “Standing ovation was immediately given by the audience scattered at Graha Bhakti Budaya. The smile was floating on their faces. Bonita and the Hus Band’s concert at that night was more than fun, it was a therapy”, Rolling Stone Indonesia reviewed their concert in 2012.
Experiences and forebearances in doing concerts and tours strengthens BNTHB to introduce their music in festivals/events in foreign countries.
“We want to share the fun and joy experience of our music, our communities.. as well as representing Indonesia’s sidestream-pop music scene.. They’re really good”, Bonita said. BNTHB articulates their concern in community development while eliminating social barriers through their music & live performances (Kompas, November 25, 2016). Their social groove showed that independent movement is truly an interdependency among musicians and their communities, as they initiate live streamed home concert –#LIVEatRUMAHBONITA– that held monthly in their headquarter (Bonita’s house – rumahbonita) presenting musicians across genres and audiences (Kompas, November 6, 2016).
“When things seemed went wrong”, Adoy recalled, “bad sound.. nobody’s listening.. even in a bad weather, being on stage and feel the presence of the other three makes me feel safe & sound.. The music & vibe keep us alive!”.
bonita & the hus BAND are:
Bonita – vocal, ukulele
Petrus Briyanto Adi (Adoy) – guitars, vocal
Bharata Eli Gulö – percussions, vocal
Jimmy Tobing – saxophones
bonita & the hus BAND vol-1*
(P) & (C) 2009, rumahbonita
bonita & the hus BAND vol-2*
(P) & (C) 2010, rumahbonita
(P) & (C) 2013, rumahbonita-Cendrawasih Films-demajors
(P) & (C) 2014, rumahbonita-demajors
(P) & (C) 2016, rumahbonita
* = was released in Singapore only
Concerts & Tour
teater Salihara, Jakarta, 2010
“Small Miracles” concert
Grha Bhakti Budaya, Jakarta, 2012
February – April 2015: Jakarta, Tangerang Selatan, Bandung, Bali, Depok, Bogor, Malang, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Solo, Salatiga, Semarang, Purwokerto
“Printemps Français” concert
Institut Français Indonesia, Jakarta, 2015 |
“FREE LIVE” concert
Erasmus Huis, 2015
“Konser 60 tahun TIGA DARA”
Indie-Asia, Waterfront Series
Esplenade, Singapore, 2009
Mosaic Music Festival
Esplenade, Singapore, 2010
Java Jazz International Jazz Festival
Jakarta, 2010, 2012, 2014
Jakarta International Blues Festival
Frankfurt Am Main, Germany, 2015
Jazz & World Music Festival
Senggigi, Lombok, 2016
Upacara Kebo Ketan
Ngawi, East Java, 2016