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Achmad Ananda / Press

“From Nanda we got more insight info about the concept of Manna for Java Jazz Festival 2012. “We are trying to build a new concept of blending acoustic and groove sound with electronic music.” He gave an example of that with one of his composition called “Cross Culture” which they combined Asian melody, modern harmony and electronic groove with the ellegant touch of contrabass. Other than the song mentioned above, they played the light progressive song “Whatever”, “Something Different” which played with a little “odd meter” and rock touch, “Blues for Yan” and their winning song from Monk’s repertioire “In Walked Bud”, a cool tropicalistic song with some Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” and GnR’s surprising twist in the middle. If you are a big fan of jazz, rock and blues, if you love to see the combination of acoustic and electronic, these people are really into you. Java Jazz Festival 2012 is one of a promising event for Manna to show their music”

“Manna is a quartet consists of the legendary bassist A.S Mates, the all round guitarist Achmad Ananda, drummer/multi-instrumentalist Jessi and Fajri on vocal. This group has a thick fusion style with rock, jazz, blues, funk, folk are attached inside their musical exploration. With these various flavors, they can easily play in different events, including the Jakarta Blues Festival 2010. They can go exploring wide, they can keep themselves neat in the pocket. They can go smooth and mellow and they can also go wild and provoking. It’s Manna, a fine band with quality that deserves to be noticed more in the Indonesian music scene.”

“Manna is a group formed in 2008. They have played at Java Jazz Festival two times, in 2008 and 2009. Manna is a shortened for A.S Mates and Ahmad Ananda, two of the personnels who established the group. The combination of the legendary senior bassist A.S Mates and the young guitarist who usually based himself on jazz Ahmad Ananda, this group also consists of Jessi (drums). They gave out a stunning combination of music styles from blues, rock, jazz and funk.”

“.. is a collaboration between indonesian guitarplayer Nanda and german pianist Stefan Thiele. For creating this intimate sound they wrote exclusively 8 new compositions. ”

“Reviews from thesixtyone mahatouch (level 1) wrote:at 13 Oct. 2009 8:20AMas u know... piano and guitar was a very perfect duo !! greatt i love it... "travel", but all song too.. erosberg (level 13) wrote:at 29 Aug. 2009 10:04AMI'm listening ... Full Descriptionto "Forgive us" as I write. Will heart as soon as I harvest some! Outstanding piece, thank ... MariaJ (level 13) wrote:at 27 Aug. 2009 1:15AMbeautiful, harmonious sound! :) ShinigamiKayo (level 17) wrote:at 26 Aug. 2009 9:01PMListening to Travel..I was in a hurry and was not going to listen to such a long song..but once stated, I could not pull myself away. I have an earworm quest today, so I will be playing this over and over. Great job ”