The Alliance of Two Maestros

Photo: from left: Ratnaganadi Paramita (soprano), Sidik K. Martowidjojo (painter), Ananda Sukarlan (composer / pianist) INDONESIAKININEWS.CO...

Photo: from left: Ratnaganadi Paramita (soprano), Sidik K. Martowidjojo (painter), Ananda Sukarlan (composer / pianist)

INDONESIAKININEWS.COM - Something  amazing (and historical) happened last Friday, 18th August at the Sky  Lounge Lobby on the 52th floor of The Westin Hotel, Jakarta. 

Two living  legends in the arts world collaborated to make works of art in their  respective fields, and according to the audience who were mostly the  exclusive Marriott Bonvoy Members who witnessed this rare  event, what came out were not just any works of art. They are  masterpieces. 

The painter Sidik W. Martowidjojo worked on a totally new  and spontaneous painting while the composer / pianist Ananda Sukarlan  played the piano.Ananda Sukarlan who was born with Asperger's Syndrome, has synesthesia as a "by-product" of this rare syndrome. 

Synesthesia is when  your brain routes sensory information through multiple unrelated  senses, causing you to experience more than one sense simultaneously. In Ananda's case, he "hears" colours and forms and transform them  easily into chords, melodic contours or simply sounds. 

He has composed  music based on paintings by Titian, Jose de Ribera, John William  Waterhouse or by the Indonesian painter Kukuh Nuswantoro. "The music, or  simply sounds, that I heard from combinations of colours and forms  aren't necessarily nice to listen, so I usually modify them into real  music that is quite listenable. 

Those visual inspirations mainly serve  as, well, a base or motif for my music", explained this musical genius  who was bestowed Honorary Membership of the Rotary Club just two months  ago.Last  August 2nd, Ananda Sukarlan was invited to the opening of Sidik  Martowidjojo's exhibition "Mengalir Membawa Cinta" ("Flowing bringing  Love") that focuses on water and rivers. 

It was then, and also with  Sidik's niece  Ratnaganadi Paramita who is an accomplished soprano that the three of them decided to do this rare and fascinating collaboration.

Ananda,  wearing an Obin designed red and white batik shirt and with his usual  trademark of shoes of different colours (this time it's black and white)  played one piece which was already written down to start with,  and then carried on with a totally new piece. The first piece is "Konser  Sungai-sungai", based on a poem by Dorothea Rosa Herliany and written  especially with Ratnaganadi's voice character and some of Sidik's visual  figures in mind. 

It was followed by a virtuosic piano piece what became  a  new Rapsodia Nusantara, used the material of the transformation of the  river or water images into sound. 

It was based on the melodic material  from "Dayung Sampan" which was adapted a few years later into a Chinese  popular song "Tian Mi-Mi". 

The pianist explored different textures made  by the piano which Sidik amazingly transformed into brushes of colour  combinations on a 90x120 canvas. This process happened in under 20  minutes.

Sidik  Martowidjojo (born as Ma Yong Qiang in Malang on September 24, 1937) is  until now the only Indonesian painter who has had his paintings  exhibited in the Carrousel du Louvre, Paris.

He first introduced his spectacular array of artistic talent to the  French audience back in 2013, and his second exhibition in 2014, saw him  receive two awards, namely the Medaille d’Orc Pienture for his  landscape work and the Medaille d ‘Orc (general champion).

Momentously, these two gold medals were the first to be awarded since  the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (SNBA) was a society consisting of  two groups of French artists, the first for some exhibitions in the  early 1860s, the second since 1890 for annual exhibitions. 

At the most  recent SNBA exhibition in 2018, Sidik was awarded the prestigious “Prix  Special du Jury”, which as the name suggests is a special prize awarded  after deliberation by members of the panel.

Amongst his signature techniques for painting has been making use of  shien tze paper – which is said to last for thousands of years without  the need for restoration. 

Sidik Martowidjojo has also been known to have  successfully fused both western and eastern philosophy through brush  stroke techniques, and also the ability to mix various colors in one  brush and scratch without repeating.

Ratnaganadi  Paramita has been honored with the Appreciation Award from the Prince  of Monaco and the Satyalancana Wira Karya Award from the President of  Indonesia. Her vocal performance education was under the guidance of  Prof. Phillip Larson, Prof. Tiffany Du Mouchelle and the late maestro  Prof. Janos Negyesy at UC San Diego.

Ananda Sukarlan, who spends half of his time in Spain, has  been appointed in 2020 as the President of the Jury of the Queen Sofia  Prize for Composers. 

He was bestowed with the highest knighthood "Ordine  della Stella d'Italia" by President Sergio Mattarella in 2020. Tatler  Asia (Mobiliari Media Group) has included him as one of the 100 Asian  Most Influential Artists in 2021. 

In his homeland he was bestowed the  artistic knighthood Sri Raja Pujangga Nusantara from the King Sripaduka Baginda Maharaja of Kutai Mulawarman.

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