I am honoured to be featured in this article with the beautifully written review of my album “Adriana”. Thank you so much Bill Milkowski and Paste Magazine!
“On her third release as a leader, the accomplished pianist-composer from Indonesia, who studied at the Sydney Conservatory in Australia before moving to New York City, is joined by some stellar fellow players on the NYC scene in guitarist Nic Vardanega, bassist Drew Gress, alto saxophonist Dave Pietro, trombonist Alan Ferber, trumpeter Michael Rodriguez and drummer Josh Roberts. A tribute to the memory of her mother, who passed away in May of 2017, Adriana is Prihasti’s way of expressing grief through writing and playing music. Her gift for melody, which flows naturally throughout this appealing release, is like a healing balm The title track is a gently reflective statement with Ferber, Rodriquez and Vardanega carrying the poignant melody in unisons before each breaks away for affecting solos. “The Wind Chimes” is a buoyant showcase for Pietro’s urgent soprano sax work and the leader’s thoughtfully lyrical piano playing. Equally affecting are her lightly swinging waltz-time number “The Emperor,” the rhythmically tricky “Time Traveller” and her gorgeous ballad, “Stargazer,” a showcase for Ferber’s expressive trombone solo. “Verano” is an uplifting vehicle brimming with inventive solos from Vardanega, Rodriguez and the leader while the quirky 7/4 blues, “Johnny,” features some impassioned blowing from guitarist Vardanega and trombonist Ferber. For those not already in the know, this septet recording will serve as an introduction this emerging jazz talent.”