Exposé Online banner

SimakDialog — Live at Orion
(Moonjune MJR068, 2015, 2CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2015-04-05

Live at Orion Cover art

Since I first heard this Indonesian band a number of years ago, they’ve been one of those groups that it seems I should like, but just never quite connected in the right way. I always admired their musicianship and was fascinated by the concept of using Indonesian percussion instead of a drum kit (or even latin percussion) in a jazz-rock context. But upon listening, my reaction was always, “That’s interesting,” rather than “Wow!” Well, I’m happy to report that with Live at Orion, SimakDialog has finally hit “Wow!” A significant portion of the material has appeared on their studio albums, but the performances here seem much more spirited and immediate. The guitar playing, in particular, is stellar — not that it was lacking previously, but it really jumps out of the speakers now. In addition to the regular guitarist Tohpati, the band is joined by guest Beledo on a rousing rendition of “5, 6” from their 2013 release The 6th Story. Between Riza Arshad’s nimble and inventive electric piano and Tohpati’s scorching guitar, there’s no shortage of energy here. The three percussionists keep things moving along with their variety of drums and metal things. My only small complaint is the lack of conciseness — only one of the nine tracks comes in at less than 11 minutes — but with the quality of the music here, that’s a small point indeed. Live at Orion is a fine release, and worthy of attention outside the prog world.


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): SimakDialog, Tohpati, José Pedro Beledo

Latest news

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

2018-02-26
Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more

2018-02-18
Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Zao - Akhenaton – After a decade and a half, the zeuhl-fusion ensemble Zao are back with a release that is a real treat. While the lineup has changed from the classic formation which included Didier Lockwood on violin...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues