Tuesday, 18 February 2020 | 19:07 WIB

Pianist Ananda Sukarlan Brings Ahok to International Forum

Ananda Sukarlan takes Ahok to international forum.

JAKARTA, NNC – Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or more popular Ahok has its own charm for the composer, piano maestro Ananda Sukarlan. He brought Ahok's name to an international forum.

Ananda admitted when he was commissioned by the 32 Bright Clouds project in the United States to compose music based on the theme of one of 32 Beethoven piano sonatas, he immediately thought of his "Moonlight Sonata".

According to Ananda, Moonlight in Indonesian is "Tjahaja Purnama", which is also the name of former governor of Jakarta. "No more Moonlight Over Jakarta" is a clear reference to him, who was jailed until 2019 for his continuous attacks on corruptors, he was under the threat of death from radical groups which continued in Indonesia," said Ananda, Saturday (1/6/2017).

Ananda said that Ahok's imprisonment was a very popular sacrifice, his name remains a topic of social media trending in Indonesia, and the beloved governor is deeply admired for his drive to address the deeply rooted infrastructure problem of Jakarta, especially the floods due to corrupt city planning and jammed roads.

According to Ananda, Indonesians are concerned about the rise of Islamic radicals and Ahok's security and with this music he is asking the whole world to focus their attention on the injustices that are occurring in Indonesia at the moment.

"No More Moonlight" is a distortion of Moonlight Sonata with different styles from Chinese people and from gamelan instruments to pop or rock rhythm that ends with a union sporting the theme Dona Nobis Pacem from Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. "This shows that Jakarta is a fusion of so many ethnic groups, not just Islamic radicals," Ananda said.

He added that Ahok's case should be viewed as an example of religious pluralism. This is a sign of the increasing influence of hardline Islam in the country.

"If an honest governor can be dethroned and imprisoned because of "religion", what fate awaits the minority religion in the country and moderate Muslims who do not embrace radical Islamic ideology?" Ananda continued.

He added "No More Moonlight Over Jakarta" will receive the World Debut by pianist Yael Weiss at Changwon International Chamber Music Festival, South Korea, April 7, 2018 and will tour the United States afterwards. This is the second time dedicated to Yael Weiss musical art and the courage and struggle of Tjahaja Purnama "Ahok".