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The guitar is an orchestra in itself – Ludwig van Beethoven

Since its launch in 2013, DIVINE Friday quickly became a favourite meeting point for Ubudians and visitors alike to kick off the weekend. Along with the weekly changing themed wines, fabulous cocktails and delicious complimentary canapés, Pak Tatang’s guitar music beautifully rounds up the event.

Tatang Nofrizal or Pak Tatang loves classical guitar music and has been playing since his early childhood. The talented musician seems to become one with his instrument and you can literally feel his love for it. He has been playing at our weekly DIVINE Friday event for quite some time now and also has performed at our other events. We had a little chat with the quiet and humble man:

Where do you come from and how did you get started with playing the guitar?

I was born in 1964 in Jakarta and was raised between Jakarta and Sumatera. I was around 11 years old when I started to learn to play guitar. Since then, the instrument and me have not been separated!

What inspires you to keep performing as guitarist?

There is not a particular thing that I can nominate. Playing guitar is what I love and what I am good at.

Who are your favourites?
I like Andi Williams, Julian Breem, Queen and John Denver.

You have been been playing at bridges for quite some time, you must know the menu very well. What is your favourite food?

I love fish dishes and especially bridges’ Barramundi, always a good combination.

If you enjoy acoustic guitar music, make sure to drop by in the DIVINE bar on a Friday, from 6-9pm. Kick back, sip on your favourite drink and enjoy the amazing atmosphere. If you have a favourite song, Pak Tatang will be happy to play it for you, too.

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Feast and Fiction

From : https://moretothestory.com.au/2018/10/17/feast-and-fiction/

I always enjoy writers’ festivals that are innovative with their programming, and the Ubud Readers and Writers festival coming up on 24-28 October fits the bill.

Now in its 15 year, I continue to be impressed with how this festival stays true to its goal to transcend cultural and geographical borders to create a truly global community. I always say the Ubud Festival is where East truly meets West in literature.

This year, not only do I get to interview Professor Gillian Triggs, former president of the Human Rights Commission in Australia, and Jane Caro, one of my favourite social commentators, but I will also be hosting a dinner where I interview three internationally acclaimed novelists.

Where else would you have Anurahda Roy from India, Gail Jones from Australia and Fatima Bhutto from Pakistan together in one session? Despite their different heritages and styles, in varying ways each novelist explores common themes of life and death, home and belonging. Individually they are all literary stars but hearing conversations with all three in one evening over a sumptuous dinner should be a feast for the mind and the body.

Each writer will be speaking with me during a different course at dinner at one of Ubud’s pre-eminent restaurants, Bridges. Over entrée I’ll interview Anuradha about her novel All the Lives we Never Lived; during main course Gail Jones will join me to discuss her latest book The Death of Noah Glass; and over desert we’ll gain insights into the turbulent Pakistani dynasty that is Fatima Bhutto’s family and her forthcoming novel The Runaways.

I’ll review some of the authors and their books in the coming months. This is one festival that must go on your bucket list!

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Music Legend John McLaughlin at ARMA, Ubud on 18 October 2015

Music legend John McLaughlin at the ARMA in Ubud on 18 October 2015. What a treat! He and his 4th Dimension will perform with one of Indonesia’s best, Dewa Budjana, an amazing guitarist and songwriter. This one off concert in Bali will be an evening to remember for every music lover.

bridges as proud sponsor of the concert is giving away free tickets to the concert. Visit our facebook page and find out how YOU can be the winner of one of them. Or just come buy at the restaurant and buy your ticket here or otherwise online via http://www.rajakarcis.com/.

John’s amazing career started in the late 1960ies in England. First performing with other great musicians, like Miles David, he then in the early seventies formed his own band, the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Read more about his musical career on his website. More about Dewa Budjana here.

The guitar is an orchestra in itself – Ludwig van Beethoven
Feast and Fiction
Music Legend John McLaughlin at ARMA, Ubud on 18 October 2015