Published on : Thursday, December 28, 2017
The ongoing volcanic activity on Mount Sinabung in Karo did not stop Sinabung Karo Jazz festival in Taman Simalem Resort.
The band, playing on a stage that overlooked Lake Toba, awed the audience with their hits “Summer Time”, “Blue Moon” and “Bye Bye Black Bird.” More Than Jazz also collaborated with local musicians. The band’s vocalist, Eva Maria Manso Mateo, for instance, collaborated with a local singer to sing traditional Karo song “Piso Surit.”
In addition, the Yogyakarta-based musician Andy Bayou joined Eva and her band mates, Fernando Albero Domenech and Noel Honey, on the stage, bringing the cheerfulness to a tourist area that has struggled to bring in outsiders ever since the recent eruption of Mount Sinabung.
Eva said she was happy to sing, although she admitted to being slightly afraid when she was first invited to perform at the event.
Taman Simalem Resort general manager Eddy Tanoto said that 2017 International Sinabung Karo Jazz festival was held to endorse the Karo as a safe tourist destination.