Tuesday, September 04, 2007

More on Leo Kristi

It would be interesting to find out of how many Indonesian people really know or have ever heard about Leo Kristi. Gombloh is certainly a lot more popular than him, and unfortunately those who have ever watched Leo Kristi on stage might not be that impressed with his performance.

It's a mistake to know Leo Kristi by seeing him on the stage. People need to listen to his works from the cassettes first, which unfortunately are no longer available in the music stores, as Leo Kristi is rarely perfect when he performs.

It's probably true that his fans actually are crazier to his lyrics and his music, rather than to Leo Kristi as a person.

Nyanyian Malam was the first album that I purchased, even though it is not the first album he produced. Later I bought Nyanyian Fajar, Nyanyian Tanah Merdeka, Nyanyian Cinta, Nyanyian Tambur Jalanan and Lintasan Hijau Hitam. However, I couldn't find the cassettes anywhere in my home.

Just recently I joined mailing list of LeoKristi@yahoogroups.com and got acquinted with some of Leo Kristi die hard fans, or LKers (pronounced LeKêrs), that led to a meeting at my home at Cibubur.

Despite the fact that I just met those people on that very day, we were quickly glued by our common interest, playing and admiring Leo Kristi's songs like crazy. More than 80% of about 90 plus Leo Krist's songs, were played from noon to evening. One LKers said that it was like having multiple orgasms, other said it was like a long solemn prayer, another person said it was like charmed by unearthly hands.

With the spirit of getting more people to know Leo Kristi's works, last night in my farewell party (I left the company and am joining another one), I played guitar and sang Serenada Pagi 1971 and Anna Rebana for my colleagues. It was not a perfect performance but, hey, even Leo himself has never been perfect on the stage either. Still, it seems they liked it.

There are actually a couple of albums that I have never had, such as Tembang Lestari, Diapenta Anak Merdeka, and Catur Paramita albums. Sadly, we still can not find any of Leo Kristi's albums in any music stores today.

Leo Kristi has made by himself what he called limited edition package, containing 10 albums, i.e. Catur Paramita, Diapenta Anak Merdeka, Lintasan Hijau Hitam, Nyanyian Cinta, Nyanyian Fajar, Nyanyian Malam, Nyanyian Tambur Jalanan, Nyanyian Tanah Merdeka, Salam dari Desa dan Deretan Rel-rel (new versions), and Tembang Lestari. He sells it for Rp.1 million per package.

I sent a text message to Leo last week (he can be reached at 0818503380), informing him that I would buy the package. He replied that he was in Bandung, and would inform me when he is in Jakarta, after returning to his hometown of Surabaya. Yes, it's expensive, but Leo knows some people like me who is desperately looking for his songs would be willing to buy it.

It seems that Leo has difficulties in dealing with music producers. Whatever the reasons, however, it is really a huge loss for Indonesian people for not being able to listen and be inspired by his music. Somebody need to do something to make his works can be available again in the music stores, with a more affordable price. Who knows that the somebody would probably be you and or me.

13 comments:

  1. mas Bambang di Cibubur? dimananya..aku kan di sini juga...

    LK mgkn orgnya terlalu idealis, sedangkan hidup, apalagi di dunia komersil,mesti byk kompromi. Itu yg menghambat dia. Kakakku penggemar LK, tp yo mbuh dimana sekarang kaset2nya, kalo beli yg limited edition mah gak banget deh..

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  2. aku tetep aja buntu...ga ingat blas lagu nya Leo Kristi, tapi kayanya aku ingat wajah leo dengan ibanez hitam kristi nya yg terkenal itu....bisa ga mas bambang dl lagunya di blog ini?????
    thx a bunch

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  3. Wah, mas bambang ini mmg yg namanya penggemar musik sejati....mengapresiasi dari isi musiknya, bkn sekedar dr tampilan "komersil"

    Mas, did u know di bandung ada jg pemusik muda yg "karakternya" sama, yaitu Mukti-Mukti...lagu2nya enak bgt, isinya dlm banget. sayangnya kasetnya susah didptin di toko2. tp pendengar setianya selalu ngejar kemanapun dia perform ...

    btw, krn baca cerita mas bambang ini, aku jd tertarik pengen tau musiknya Leo Kristi kyk gimana sih...ntar deh aku cari tau ....

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  4. Pernah denger lagu dan perform nya (di Televisi tapinya ^-^ )tapi udah lama banget...
    Harga nya mahal niannnnn,karena menghindari pembajakan hasil karya, mungkin itu salah satu strateginya kali ya...
    atau malah jadi pemicu pembajakan??
    karena mahal maka orang jadi cari bajakan??

    (-.-) bingung jadinya..

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  5. dulu pernah denger tapi aku gak begitu inget lagi

    It seems that it's fantastic music as ur friend said
    "...it was like having multiple orgasms, other said it was like a long solemn prayer, another person said it was like charmed by unearthly hands."

    Wow!

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  6. hmmm, interesting...
    have you got samples of his music? I'd like to know his music better.

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  7. ndak iso muniii...udah tak klak klik sampai mejen

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  8. Salam buat om Leo Kristi kalo ketemuan ya mas :)

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  9. Gara2 bapak saya tau Leo Kristi ... abis googlin cuma mo liat tampangnya ... mmmhhh tapi tak tau lah musiknya bagus to ndak ...

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  10. @endang: di kota wisata jeng :). Leo seperti batu karang....

    @amethys: setelah denger lagu2nya bagaimana?

    @IRA LATHIEF: udah dengerin blum jeng? ayo komen lagi :)

    @Ros Marya Yasintha: memang mahal jeng, smoga saja leo meleleh dan mau kerjasama lagi dg produser utk buat cd-nya

    @Putirenobaiak: coba saja googling "leo kristi" mungkin juga bisa dengerin beberapa lagunya jeng...

    @Marsha: you may find some of his songs at multiply, unfortunately... since it's impossible for now to find it at music stores..

    @amethys: iya jeng, aku juga gak mudeng, knapa cuma aku yg bisa dengerin :(

    @Apey: gak genah ketemuannya kapan jeng :D; ntar ku sampein..

    @ichaAwe: lah di sini kan ada juga tuh fotonya jeng...

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  11. Musik Leo Kristi tidak bisa dinikmati cuma dari deretan nada dan performan. Musiknya baru bisa dinikmati kalau anda bisa menyelam sampai kedasar jiwa musik itu, menangkap ruh dan semangatnya, mengabungkannya dalam deretan lirik dengan diorama solminasi nadanya. Bila anda bingung dengan paparan saya, anda belum akan mampu mencerna karya Leo Kristi, karena memang serumit itu karya-karyanya. Namun bisa dijadikan sederhana, bila anda mendudukkannya dalam bingkai kesederhanaan musik sebagai media apresiasi jiwa.

    Salam lekers

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  12. @rachmadi: weh, saia manthuk-manthuk wae bung, mengamini analisis sampeyan. Serumit dan sesederhana orangnya, karya-karyanya demikian mudah dinyanyikan namun gak mudah dijiwai. Dalam kesederhanaan ada kedalamannya yang hanya dipajami dengan perjalanan jiwa dan hati...

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  13. musik dari leo kristi kebanyakan tentang alam atau tentang nurani (jiwa) yang hampir mirip dengan puisi...aku seh dulu pernah denger musiknya tapi kayaknya perlu pendalaman yang khusus untuk mendengarnya

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