Grammy Nominee Altin Gün Rocked Jakarta, Yogyakarta, and Solo

Altin Gün at Erasmus Huis

Altin Gün performing at Erasmus Huis

The up-and-coming band from the Netherlands Altin Gün rocked Jakarta, Yogyakarta, and Solo in their Indonesian tour earlier this month. In Jakarta, it was a full house with more than 400 people packing the auditorium. The concert was held only less than a month after they received their Grammy nomination for World Music Album for "Gece".

Altin Gün played their biggest hits from their two full-length albums including "Goca Dünya", "Süpürgesi Yoncanda", and "Kolbastı". The audience danced and some even sang along to the lyrics. Their concert in Jakarta was opened by El-Farhan, an Indonesian gambus band with Arabic roots. The Amsterdam-based band Altin Gün also collaborated with El-Farhan prior to their performance.

Altin Gün was founded by Jasper Verhulst and Ben Rider when they had the idea to start a Turkish psychedelic folk band. Turkish psychedelic folk is a music genre originated in the 1960's and 1970's that mixes western rock music from bands such as The Doors and Led Zeppelin, and traditional Turkish folk music. The band itself consists of musicians from different nationalities, and this makes the band very colorful and diverse.

In Yogyakarta and Solo, they also had a very warm reception from the audience. They played at The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta two days after their Jakarta's concert, and opened by a local band Anteng Kitiran who mixed traditional Javanese music with modern western music, including jazz, pop, and rock. In Solo, they played at Balai Soedjatmoko - Bentara Budaya Solo in the heart of the city, with Smara Tantra as their opening act.