INCREDIBLE INDONESIA: AN INTERVIEW WITH MONDAY MICHIRU

On 21 March, 2019 by Aldo Sianturi

I was really lucky to interview Monday Michiru through Instagram Message (the part that I really excited from this modern-day). Naturally, me and a lot of people in Indonesia have a great audience relationship with Monday Michiru from her first album journey up to now and I believe everyone will be happy reading this full-power interview. Thank you so much Monday!

Who were the musicians that make you decide to become a vocalist?
No one made me decide to become a vocalist. Rather I was in an arts academy boarding school studying classical flute, and one semester thought I’d give the choral group a try singing the alto parts as ear training and a challenge to myself. It was then I discovered I had a voice and loved to sing.

What’s improvisation for you and what do you think when you’re improvising?
For me improvising is just a freedom of playing in the harmony and moment, with the musicians, with the audience, with what’s around me.

Flute recording for “Brasilified” with producer Simone Giuliani at his studio, NYC

Do you have some new project in mind that you could talk about in an interview?
At this stage, I don’t have a new recording project lined up although I have a few ideas that I am trying to get off the ground. I have upcoming performances in New York, Japan, and also London, the latter for the first time in 20 years as part of the Innervision Festival which I’m really excited about.

Among the very many projects you’ve done, which is the one that is mostly in your heart…. The one you’re most fond of?
That’s a hard question to answer as I love all the projects I’ve been involved in, there is not one that stands out as that which I’m most fond of. It’s like choosing your favorite child — they all have a piece of my heart.

When you’re playing, what do you like to leave your audience with once the concert is over?
I hope I’ve left my audience with some sense of having been a part of something that they can continue to remember and feel, that there was a connection that can be a continuum for their lives. I’ve had a range of really wonderful compliments by audience members: “I was feeling down/tired when I came to the concert but now I feel rejuvenated” or “That was so much fun!” or “I feel like your music healed me” or “Your music really inspired me,” etc. It is always a good feeling as a musician to know that I’m doing something positive in my life for others.

Is there something you had in mind to do but you have never done? Something that you would love to do in the future years?
There’s a ton of things I’d love to do: an orchestrated album, doing a collaboration with some of my favored artists such as Meshell N’degeocello or Joyce, songwriting for other singers, do a series “What Is Jazz?” on the wide range of this fluid, diverse, and ever-changing genre, have a steady radio program introducing some of my favorite artists or tunes…there’s always something fun and interesting to work towards.

One last question: How do you scale your audience in Indonesia? Any special things that you would like to give specially for Indonesia?
The audiences I’ve had the pleasure of performing for in Indonesia have always been incredibly receptive, respectful and kind. You have such a wonderful country of amazingly talented and beautiful people. It has given me great joy to perform there, and I hope one day to come back and perform again to hopefully reciprocate the joy.

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