Touring ensemble will
appear in Pullman July 17
Holland jazz ensemble that combines the musical cultures of
Indonesia, the United States, and the Netherlands will appear July
17 at Washington State University.
Luluk Purwanto and the
Helsdingen Trio are touring the United States this summer and fall.
They will perform at WSU at noon on the Glenn Terrell Mall, and they
will perform at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdy, July 17, in Pullman’s Sunnyside
Park. Both performances are free to the public.
was born in Indonesia, performs on the violin and sings in a manner
that reflects her Indonesian culture. René van Helsdingen,
Purwanto’s husband, plays the piano. The other two group members are
Marcello Pellitteri, who plays the drums, and Essiet Okon Essiet,
who plays bass.
The group combines four talented musicians
who bring together a wealth of experience and talent. Purwanto
earned musical degrees from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music,
Australia, and from the Institute of Art in Yogyakarta Indonesia,
according to the group’s Web site. Helsdingen has recorded and
produced for such labels as Virgin, Timeless and his own label,
Helsdingen Music and Munich Records. Both Pellitteri and Essiet have
worked with many recognized jazz musicians.
The group travels
across the United States in a specially designed bus that opens into
a concert hall stage, from which all of their performances are
presented. The tour is reminiscent of earlier days in American jazz
when musicians took their music to locations using buses.
bus is equipped with a grand piano, drum stage, back drop, lighting
and a complete sound system.
The performance in Sunnyside
Park is sponsored by WSU Campus Involvement as a part of the Pullman
Community Concert series. Campus Involvement annually sponsors one
concert in the series.