Indonesian high octane progressive jazz-rock-fusion with ethnic flavor: Tohpati Ethnomission “Mata Hati

Dear Friends in Music,

MoonJune started 2017 with one of label’s most acclaimed artists – Tohpati. The seminal Indonesian axeman is back with the brand new album of one of his most exciting projects in his 20+ years career, TOHPATI ETHNOMISSION. Please check this high-octane progressive ethno-jazz-rock-fusion album of the highest caliber “Mata Hati”.

5 stars – “Mata Hati is, from start to finish, a scintillating album from a band of virtuosos. For many of us who have been following the MoonJune Records roster in recent years, we’ve been treated to the amazing skills of Tohpati in numerous settings, and here with his band Tohpati Ethnomission he’s once again delivered a massive creation. Prepare for your jaw to be dragging on the floor folks…this is an easy contender for Instrumental Jazz-Fusion album of 2017, kick starting the new year off in grand fashion!” – Sea Of Tranquility, USA

5 stars – “…this wonderful guitarist always knows exactly where things are headed, even when he probably doesn’t.” – Progression Magazine, USA

4.5 stars – “Ethnomission’s previous album Save The Planet (Moonjune Records, 2010) is arguably one of the finest jazz-rock releases of its time, and the success of their follow-up, Mata Hati, proves that Tohpati’s musical acumen is no fluke. On the surface, a fusion of jazz, progressive rock, funk and Indonesian ethnic music sounds like a can’t- miss proposition. But there’s much more than facile eclecticism going on in Tohpati’s music. The potency of his compositions and solos on Mata Hati stem from a deep understanding of several parallel musical worlds, and a unique and uncompromising artistic vision that permits him to juxtapose these disparate elements in ways that engage both the heart and the mind. Also key to the effort is the stability and musical chemistry of his band: all personnel present on Save The Planet returned five-plus years later to record Mata Hati. – All About Jazz, USA

“..this album doesn’t have a dull moment anywhere.” – Exposé, USA

“Progressive and inventive into the smallest details.” – Keys & Chords, Belgium

“Complex transformational music with guitar playing reminiscent of Frank Zappa, John McLaughlin and Allan Holdsworth.” – Kashimasan Blog, Japan

“Impressive jazz-rock between world music and progressive rock sounds, distinguished by an technical mastery and sound perfection.”–, Germany

“…excellent electric guitar playing and complex rhythmic structure, the tight, superbly produced sound.” – Colossus Magazine, Finland

4 stars – “Tohpati is a guitarist with an incredibly clear sound, and while he is often at the core of what is taking place, he knows just when it is time to step to one side and let others take over. (…) There is only one thing to be done with an album as good as this. When you shake yourself back into the real world after the fifty-two minutes have flown by, have a good stretch, settle back, and put it on again.” – Progarchives, USA

“Exciting! High class!” – Medien-Info, Germany

“Whenever I receive a new release from MoonJune Records, I am scared. Mata Hati is a jaw-drapping album!” – Laboratories Muzycznych Fuzji, Poland

“Tohpati Ethnomission blends various music styles such as prog/fusion, jazz/fusion, prog rock, jazz-rock, tribal, ethnic, atmospheric, avant-garde & symphonic prog among others. There’s no way to put this under an exact music tag… were I to describe it, I’d call it an experimental fusion instrumental music orgy full of improvisations!” – Grande Rock, Greece

“In 2011 I was blow away seeing Tohpati Ethnomissin performing live in Brazil. Nothing less energetic than Allan Holdsworth or Kazumi Watanabe with the melodic approach of Pat Metheny. A unique and original jazz-rock.” – ProgBrasil, Brazil

“Tohpati Etnomission gives the Jazz-Rock a great name!” – Profil, Canada

“A killer blend of fusion, world music and more.” – Music Street Journal, USA

“Elegance and force characterize Tohpati, displaying his creativity with brilliant tunes in which the compositional skills highly focus on the arrangements and melodic phrasing.” – Progressivamente, Italy

“First-class ethno-fusion prog.” – Babyblaue Prog-Reviews, Germany

BUY CD – $13 +shipping
For those of you who haven’t forgotten Tohpati‘s electrifying emergence as a freshman bandleader in 2010 – catapulting onto the global stage with the critically acclaimed initial offering of Tohpati Ethnomission, “Save The Planet”“Mata Hati” will come as a most welcomed follow-up.

Although six years is a lengthy gap between recordings, it is obvious that the players involved have been doing anything but resting. On the contrary, the proceedings are highlighted by a vibrant, cohesive group dynamic where powerful individual performances are subtlety interwoven into the exotic fabrics of its nine acute, ambitious and amazingly diverse musical tapestries. The power and authority of its improvisational content doesn’t steal the show, but works as a perfect compliment to the ingenious underlying framework; this is truly a group effort, and a most potent delivery.

Featuring all the six-string acrobatics one would expect from a guitarist of Tohpati’s considerable scope and creative brilliance, equally on display here is his mastery of western harmony and his uncanny melodic sense as both a player and a composer. Tohpati Ethnomission rocks with authority; they slither through the grass, unnoticed; they provide enticing glimpses of a rich, mystical music culture, begging to be further revealed … and they dance on air.

Besides being one of Indonesia’s most well known and celebrated guitarists, Tohpati is also one of its busiest session men. In a career which has seen him work as both a band leader and support player for many of his country’s most celebrated popular pop, rock and jazz artists – in addition to seven albums with simakDialog (spanning more than 20 years), and three previous marquee projects for MoonJune — his chameleon-like ability to tailor his playing to suit a variety of diverse styles has always served him well. But on this particular outing, he reveals even further depths of both his dexterity and his creative genius.

This potent, engaging set features masterful work by: veteran Indo Hardjodikoro, on bass guitar; Diki Suwarjiki, on suling bamboo flute and tarompet (Indonesian clarinet); and is propelled by the flowing rhythmic combination of Endang Ramdan, on kendang percussion, and; Demas Narawangsa, on drums.

This is music which transcends boundaries, genre and expectations, capturing some of Tohpati’s finest, most profound musical statements to date – this is one you certainly won’t want to miss!

Opening tune “Janger”, performed live by Tohpati Etrhnomission.
Also available (Indonesian release only!)
Limited number of CDs available and (unlimited) Downloads available as well.

Brand new release: TOHPATI BERTIGA “Faces”

BUY CD – $13 +shipping
Previous releases of TOHPATI on MoonJune
(offer valid until April 23, 2018)
Save The Planet
TOHPATI Tribal Dance
featuring JIMMY HASLIP
$8 CD / $5 Download
$8 CD / $5 Download
$8 CD / $5 Download
simakDIALOG featuring TOHPATI on MoonJune
Live at Orion (2cd)
The 6th Story
Demi Masa
$10 CD / $6 Download
$8 CD / $5 Download
$8 CD / $5 Download
$8 CD / $5 Download
“Masterpiece.” (DownBeat Magazine)
“One of the best Jazz releases of 2016.” (DownBeat Magazine)
“5 stars” (DownBeat Magazine)
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