Dutch/Indonesian Jazz singer
Guitarist en composer Niels Brouwer and vocalist Monica Akihary are the core of Boi Akih,
which began in 1996. The duo has developed a distinctive repertoire for the ensemble, one in
which cultural roots - musical traditions from the Moluccas, Sunda and Bali, Dutch (European)
jazz and improvised music, classical Indian music and traditional African music - form the
basis for composition, free improvisation and text. Boi Akih has grown into an ensemble with a
striking sound and its very own unmistakable musical idiom.
Monica Akihary graduated in visual arts in Amsterdam and Yogyakarta (Akademi
Seni Rupa) and studied classical Indian music in Bangalore (2002) and Mumbai (2004).
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