Nita Aartsen, Bali Praia & Genesis Creative Centre
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Bali Praia is a multi-faceted business incorporating a record label, a state of the art recording studio suited for music production and vocal recording, a fully equipped lounge and a cafe in their brand new 2-story facility on Sunset Road, Seminyak. The lounge can be rented for meetings, music videos, mixtape recordings, podcast recordings, live broadcasting and also private events.
Speaking on behalf of Bali Praia will be their co-founder, Fadi Alturk, a Lebanese born Swedish DJ and Producer living in Bali for the last 15 years. Fadi has been always the people’s DJ in Bali, he knows everyone and everyone knows him. In his early years, he was playing from clubs to festivals in Europe, North Africa and Asia, playing the range of Tech House, Tribal, Progressive to even Psy Trance. In 2002, he first came to Bali and the island was the paradise for travelers who searched for freedom through the music and the nature. His music was well received and continued to influence the music scene. Under the name Aquila, he produced few tracks and remixes and was making a name in 2002/3 as being one of the resident in Bali’s biggest beachfront club, 66 Club. In 2006 Fadi took the decision to become the Entertainment Manager of the club, which took part in history for one of the biggest parties Bali has ever had, 66 closing party in 2011.
That was the time when Bali started to go into beach and smaller nightclub trends. Joining Partnership with a Dj Booking Agency World Sound, he end up with a world wide networking with all the biggest artist and producers in the world, and got the chance to be involved in booking big names and play side by side names as, Tiesto, John Digweed, Sasha, Nick Warren, Tiefswarz, Kayo & Albert, Dj Chus, Oscar De Rivera, Fedde Le grande, Toca Disco, Matt Harrdwick, Timo Maas, D Ramirez, Mark Knight, Above & Beyond and many more . 20 years as dj in the business Fadi still plays sunset, pool parties and are resident dj at Finns Beach Club. The passion for music has never ended for Fadi and this year finally him and his best friends starts a record label (Bali Praia) which aims to represent the real sound of Bali including deep house, tech house, G House with groovy tribal element what we call #islandtech... This is the 2nd year fadi will join the rainforest pavilion in Wonderfruit ..
Genesis Creative Centre Bali was created to offer a unique facility that provides people with resourceful studios and incubating workspaces (private or shared studios).
Complete with Photography, Art, Fashion and Music Studios, we’ve made inter-disciplinary creation accessible and affordable.It allows groups and individuals to create, collaborate and exhibit in various areas of creativity, providing an inspirational environment.
Our dedicated Genesis Coworking Hub supports the growing number of creative nomads on the island who are looking for more than just a place to work, but somewhere to get in the zone.
George Speirs is the founder of Genesis Creative Centre, a platform that takes coworking and creative studios and merges them into a single location. Previously working as a junior architect for renowned Balinese architect Popo Danes, the concept of Genesis manifested from the hindrances he experienced across the creative disciplines he was taking on.
After 3 years of concepting, building and many, many coffees - Genesis opened its doors and has booked in 700+ studio sessions and more than 100 creatives across 5 different creative disciplines. Genesis is the place for people to create, collaborate and exhibit.
Nita Aartsen, who has been described as the ‘rising star’ of Classical and Jazz in Indonesia, is an Indonesian pianist and musician.
She was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and started learning the piano at the tender age of five. After spending three years in the Moscow Conservatory learning Contemporary Jazz, she returned to Indonesia in 1986, to take over as the state pianist of the Republic of Indonesia. In that role, which she held for over fifteen years, she had the privilege of playing for the then US president Bill Clinton as well as Prince Bernard of Holland amongst many other distinguished state guests. Simultaneously, she created a niche for herself in the world of Indonesian music, playing with and also arranging and composing for such established names as Erwin Gutawa, Dwiki Dharmawan, KLA Project, Indra Lesmana, Gilang Ramadhan, God Bless, Titi DJ etc. She also taught at one of Indonesia’s best music schools, Farabi, helping to build and inspire future musicians.
Between 1999 and 2000 she lived and worked in Holland, working with Dutch musicians in the studio and also at live performances. After returning to Jakarta in 2001, she started working towards her goal of taking Classical Music and Jazz to a larger audience. In the last eight years, she has done numerous TV and radio shows, played at events and concerts at home and abroad, held regular gigs at premium music venues in Jakarta and slowly built a strong foundation upon which to launch herself into the world stage. More recently she has played with Michael Paulo and Pauline Wilson from USA for the annual Java Jazz Festival.
All the hard work and dedication finally paid off when she received a three album recording contract with the Indonesian label, Platinum. She released her first album with the Nita Aartsen Quatro, titled ‘all nite out’ in 2009. It is a tour de force of Latin Jazz tracks, all of which are based on Classical or Jazz standards. Nita in her own indomitable style has taken something serious and sombre like Classical and has turned it into feet-tapping, hip-swaying Latino music with a generous helping of Jazz. The result is fun and enjoyable, to say the least. The album received good reviews in the Indonesian media and she has been doing concerts all over Indonesia to promote the album.