Lend Your Hand, Fight Terrorism!

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Para teroris yang sudah tidak memiliki perasaan sudah tahu bahwa kita selalu melakukan hal yang sama setelah setiap serangan. Satu menit doa dalam keheningan.

Lilin, bunga, teddy bear, musik, lalu … lupa. Lupa sampai para teroris kembali menunjukkan cakarnya dan ritual yang sama pun diulang. Menit-menit hening yang biasa, lilin yang meleleh, bunga-bunga kering, teddy bears yang tertutupi debu, tindakan penolakan dalam bentuk konser musik melawan kekejaman yang kejam dan tak manusiawi.
Para sponsor teroris tertawa , memuja dewa kematian, memancarkan ancaman mereka melalui media sosial dan terus merencanakan serangan berikutnya. Mereka sadar bahwa tidak ada yang akan berubah dan seiring waktu, segalanya, tentu saja semuanya, dilupakan. Yang bagi kita kaum menengah adalah perang, bagi mereka itu adalah metode mendapatkan kekayaan dan kekuasaan.

Di banyak pemerintahan negara Eropa, mereka berkata bahwa kita harus terbiasa dengan serangan, penyiksaan, bom, penusukan, pemerkosaan, dan taktik teroris lainnya tanpa akhir yang memberi begitu banyak pendapatan kepada para penguasa zholim.

Pesan yang Anda kirimkan kepada para teroris adalah bahwa Anda terus membunuh, bahwa kita akan tetap diam, dengan menit keheningan, lilin, bunga, boneka beruang, dan konser gas air mata kita. Bahwa musik tidak dapat menjinakkan kebiadaban.

Pemerintah Eropa meminta kami, agak memaksakan, untuk terbiasa hidup dengan para teroris.

Maka janganlah kita mengulangi kesalahan yang sama. Kita cinta damai, tapi seringkali kedamaian hanya dapat diraih dengan serangan balik. Lilin, doa dan musik bukan simbol kepasrahan, tapi pemersatu kita menjadi alat Tuhan untuk memperjuangkan kedamaian tersebut.

Kini saatnya kita bangkit melawan. Pukul 19:00 hari ini yuk berkumpul bersama ribuan masyarakat lainnya dengan baju putih di Bunderan HI!

Bersama-sama kita akan menghaturkan doa untuk bangsa dan negara, untuk semua korban bom di Surabaya dan Mako Brimob, serta memberikan dukungan kepada Pemerintah dan kemanan untuk mengejar pelaku sampai tuntas, diberi hukuman seberat-beratnya. Jangan biarkan ibu pertiwi menangis lagi.

Jadilah bagian dalam gerakan ini, berhentilah cuma diam, karena #terorismusuhbersama

 

Mereka Sendiri adalah Korban

Beberapa hari belakangan saya melihat berita di medsos dan televisi, mengenai pemboman serentak di gereja-gereja Surabaya. Tak kurang dari 43 korban cedera, dan 13 orang meninggal dunia karena disulut oleh rasa benci yang tak beralasan.

Izinkan saya berbelasungkawa. Bukan untuk korban saja, tapi juga pelakunya.

“The real terrorists” bukan mereka yg membunuh di lapangan, bukan. Mereka hanya orang-orang bodoh, mereka juga korban. The real terrorists adalah mereka yg memanipulasi serta mensponsori tindakan mereka.

Terorisme adalah sebuah bentuk perang, dan perang butuh pemimpin dan pendana. Ini perang jiwa, perang psikologis. Terorisme mencoba memanipulasi emosi kita dan mengubah perilaku kita dengan menciptakan kebencian, ketakutan, ketidakpastian, dan akhirnya perpecahan dalam hubungan antar sesama yang akhirnya memecah belah kita semua.

Tantangan kita sekarang adalah : tetap bersatu.

Baca juga:

  1. Kecaman atas pemboman Geraja Surabaya oleh Ketua Umum Projo.
  2. Kecaman serupa oleh Relawan Jokowi Jong Melayu, Ina Surbakti
  3. Analisa atas gejolak nilai tukar rupiah dan IHSG sebelum dan setelah teror oleh Kartika Djoemadi

 

Jangan Pakai Agamaku untuk Alasan Membunuh!

Sejak tanggal 8 Mei 2018 kemarin, berbagai berita, meme, foto, bahkan liputan live dari dalam Mako Brimob memperlihatkan kebiadaban teroris menyiksa dan membunuh polisi.

Sedih sekali melihat agamaku dipakai para bajingan2 teroris untuk menyiksa dan membunuh lima polisi-polisi muda dengan cara yang sangat biadab 😭. Mereka yang gugur itu adalah pahlawan bangsa. Bajingan-bajingan teroris itu hanya makhluk rendah yg merampas agamaku, negeriku, kemerdekaanku. Mereka tidak layak disebut orang Indonesia, mereka tidak layak disebut umat Islam.

Peristiwa ini juga membangunkan kita, bahwa terorisme, walaupun kelompoknya sudah dibubarkan, ideologinya tetap ada dan merupakan sel tidur yang bisa bangun kapan saja.

Itu sebabnya ideologi terorisme harus diberantas sampai akarnya. Terorisme bermula dari sikap intoleransi: tidak dapat menerima perbedaan, memaksakan kehendak dan menolak keberagaman kita. Melawan terorisme harus dimulai dari melawan intoleransi. Melawan inteloransi harus dimulai sejak kecil, dari pendidikan keluarga dan sekolah.

#KamiBersamaPOLRI.

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Kami yang mencintai Indonesia

 

Ananda Sukarlan

Muslim, Penggubah Rapsody Nusantara

 

Lihat pula:

Budi Arie Setiadi: Terorisme Melawan Kemanusiaan!

Analisa pengaruh terorisme di Mako Brimob Kelapa Dua Depok oleh Komisaris Danareksa, Dyah Kartika Rini Djoemadi

Adakan Nonton Bola Piala Dunia, Relawan Kebanjiran Dukungan

Tak mau ketinggalan menyambut Piala Dunia 2018 yang segera hadir, relawan Jokowi berencana menggelar kegiatan Nonton Bola Piala Dunia 2018. Kegiatan Nonton Bola Piala Dunia 2018 akan menjangkau seluruh pelosok nusantara. Bukan sekadar menonton, panitia pun melekatkan kegiatan ini dengan tema “Dengan Bola Kita Damai, Guyub dan Bersatu”.

Saat ini dari sekretariat di Jalan Borobudur 18, Jakarta Pusat, Panitia Nonton Bola Piala Dunia 2018 tengah mempersiapkan Rapat Koordinasi Nasional (Rakornas) Panitia Nonton Bola Piala Dunia 2018. Rencananya rakornas tersebut akan digelar pada tanggal 12-13 Mei mendatang di Jakarta.

Panel Barus, Ketua Pelaksana Panitia Nonton Bola Piala Dunia 2018, mengingatkan bahwa pertandingan pertama Piala Dunia 14 Juni 2018 nanti kemungkinan bertepatan dengan malam takbiran Idul Fitri 1439 H. Pendapat Panel, dalam suasana Lebaran saat masyarakat mungkin masih memegang duit THR kegiatan nonton bola bareng memiliki potensi ekonomi yang lumayan menjanjikan. “Saat ada tontonan di bawah, tontonan ini jadi hiburan masyarakat, apalagi sepakbola Piala Dunia. Akan terjadi transaksi sangat besar di tempat tontonan tersebut. Misanya kopi, kue, mie. Itu akan menggerakkan ekonomi pedesaan,” pungkas Panel.

Joanes Joko, Sekretaris Umum Panitia Nonton Bola Piala Dunia 2018, pun menimpali: “Kalau sudah urusan bikin acara nonton bola, semua orang pasti sudah pernah nonton bola. Jadi tanpa perlu persiapan atau adaptasi macam-macam, kita bisa menggerakkan orang untuk bersama-sama nonton.”

Hal tersebut diamini pula oleh Budi Arie Setiadi sebagai penanggung jawab kegiatan ini. “Kami berharap Nonton Bola Piala Dunia 2018 ini menjadi sarana untuk membuat Indonesia menjadi guyub, damai dan bersatu,” tegas Budi Arie.

Beberapa pihak yang dimintai tanggapan menyambut positif kegiatan ini. “Nonton bareng Piala Dunia 2018 ini sekaligus merupakan ajang silaturahim nasional yang paling ditunggu-tunggu oleh hampir seluruh warga negara Indonesia, karena sepak bola merupakan salah satu olah raga yang paling kita sukai,” demikian komentar Kartika Djoemadi. Kartika berasal dari Jasmev, salah satu organ relawan Jokowi yang bergerak dalam kancah media sosial.

Ulin Yusron, juga salah seorang penggerak relawan media sosial, mengungkapkan dukungan serupa: “Dunia menyatukan semua penggemar bola sedunia tanpa membedakan suku, agama, ras dan antar golongan. Sepak bola adalah olah raga yang penuh sportivitas bagi pemain maupun penonton. Ada respect antara pemain maupun penonton. Begitulah hidup kita seharusnya.”

Ananda Sukarlan, komponis dan pianis yang giat menyebarkan pesan kebhinekaan lewat serial karyanya, Rapsodia Nusantara, antusias dengan niat menyatukan relawan lewat olahraga.  “Enjoy yah yang pada ikutan. Jangan lupa bawa cemilannya, jangan biskuit yg kebanyakan micin lho hiihihi,” kata Ananda.

Sementara Ira Lathief, penggerak Gerakan Wisata Bhinneka juga menganggap ide mengangkat nonton bola bersama adalah cara kreatif untuk merajut persatuan dan kesatuan berbagai golongan dari berbagai ideologi dan pandangan politik, termasuk ras, suku, dan agama. (hrd/Tim Humas dan Media)

Ini adalah kliping berita dari: gerakrelawan.org

Honoured by The Jakarta Post

In today’s edition of The Jakarta Post, which is their last edition of this year, they publish “Farewell 2017, Ringing in the New Year”

which is interviews with –who they consider– the most important figures of 2017. In the arts & culture, I am deeply honoured to be one of them, together with such prominent –and cool– people: the pop singer Raisa, the bestseller author Intan Paramaditha, movie star Ario Bayu, designer Tex Saverio, contemporary artist FX Harsono, filmmaker Edwin and the most translated, and perhaps the most literary awards receiver, Indonesian author Eka Kurniawan. The Jakarta Post sent me their questions a few days ago, and these are my original answers.………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ++ This year, 2017, what are the most important accomplishments that you made, both professionally and personally? John Lennon said that “life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans”. I was commissioned by several institutions, rejected some due to time constraints and/or my disinterest with the subject, and accepted others, and I was quite happy with the works I wrote for those commissions I accepted. I felt I have contributed my grain of sand to the repertory of classical music. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Personally? My daughter entered the university, the faculty she has had the passion for a long time: mathematics. So she’s happy, and I’m happy. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ++ As a musician is 2017 a happy year for you? Why? Please elaborate………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… It’s quite an inspirational and fertile year for me, in terms of creativity. I met many inspirational new people and new friends. It’s elaborated in the previous question, right? ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ++ Is there any bad, or even worst, moment for you this year? Any wish that did not yet materialize?………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Certainly it’s that notorious event in November of my walkout during the Jakarta governor’s speech, and my own speech afterwards. That wasn’t the worst moment; it’s the days following it, when it was politicized, twisted and slandered. I spent the next 4 days trying to protect my almamater from being attacked, by giving interviews where I told the truth, but not all the truth. I still wish, now that things have calmed down, to do a “tell all” interview of what really happened. Having said that, I would like to reitarerate that I don’t feel sorry, nor regret for what I did. I did what I thought, and still think, is correct. I regret what happened afterwards and what some people did to it to satisfy their needs. What is good for me is that thanks to this incident, I discovered who my real friends are, and who stabbed me from the back. It was painful, but necessary.………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ++ What’s your biggest plan for 2018, professionally and personally? Maybe new project, travel plan or else?………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… I have long wished to write an opera that would describe the way an Aspie (a bearer of Asperger’s Syndrome) think and feel. It doesn’t have to be about an Aspie, but I would like it to have multilayered, juxtaposed emotions. It’s difficult to describe it in words, of course. For now, I am looking for materials or stories, containing at least two persons of different characters, and I would like to mix them up. It could be surrealistic for some listeners, for example someone who is in love but full of anger with the person (s)he’s in love with, etc. Perhaps the best way to describe it is the last scene of Godfather III, where Michael Corleone’s daughter was shot and died in her father’s arms: a violent scene, but the music is that exquisite melody of Cavalleria Rusticana. Basically it’s to reveal to the listeners that we do have hidden emotions that we never experience, if not triggered by music. And I think only an Aspie can produce that kind of music. I am giving myself the deadline of the end of next year, since without the (self-imposed) deadline, I wouldn’t finish it. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… What is not planned by me nor my manager is the many celebrations by various institutions on my 50th birthday, for which I am very grateful. Mostly they are music schools or academies where their students study and perform my music for their instruments. I am deeply humbled. As my own 2018 goal, it is to accomplish the goals of 2017 that I should’ve done in 2016 coz I promised in 2015 to fulfil the resolution of 2014!

Back to blogging on Barcelona

It’s been more than 3 months! Yeah, am back now with my recent coverage for The Jakarta Post on this important pianistic event. Again, it was edited more than I would like to, and they even changed my title (maybe because mine is not real English, but it’s shorter, catchier and …. well, I’d use the word “should learn” instead of “must learn”) so here’s my original writing. Barcelona Pianistica ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… by Ananda Sukarlan, composer, founder of Ananda Sukarlan Award Piano Competition ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The real issue of a young pianist’s career is not to win competitions, but what happens after they win (or not). And that’s not only their issue, it is also a big issue for the competition organizers: how to promote them and present them to “the real world” through promotors and organizers. A piano competition is not musical career; musical career starts immediately after one wins it. The problem is, winning a competition is diving to it, and most pianists learned how to dive so well but haven’t learned how to swim. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… That was one of the major issues discussed in the first ever Conference of International Piano Competitions (IPC), held at Palau de la Musica in Barcelona on March 19-21. It was attended by 154 representatives of piano competitions of all continents, even Africa (the IPC in Rabat, Marocco). It goes without saying that Italy has the biggest number of representatives, since it is the country with the most piano competitions on this planet to date. The brain behind all this is Gustav Alink, a guy who has a very rare interest and passion since his young age: piano competitions. Not that he is a musician ; oh yes, he studied music in his young age, but by playing violin, not piano. He studied mathematics at the university and worked in that field between 1981 and 1995, but then fully returned to the music world by conducting a lot of research in piano competitions that resulted in a series of books which he authored about the IPCs worldwide, and eventually created the Alink-Argerich Foundation (AAF) in 1999. As the name of the foundation implies, he founded it together with the prominent Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich. Argerich remains as the patron of this foundation to date, due to her constant support and interest in young talents. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Usually pianists win competitions before they are 25 (although most competitions put the limit 27 or 28 years of age for participants), and it is no secret that many promoters & concert organizers are reluctant to include “young, unknown pianists” in their concert series or festivals, even though they have proven their artistic excellence in competitions. In Indonesia, it is not a secret anymore that orchestras only hire soloists who are connected to them as friends, students of friends etc., and the weight of this “good connection” is heavier than the musical quality of the soloist(s) most of the time. This is one reason that I organize the biennal Ananda Sukarlan Award IPC (whose next edition will be July this year) since 2008: to provide pianists with artistic merits that the promotors, orchestra managers and organizers could just pick. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… But what is “artistic excellence”? Many pianists define it as simply “knowing how to play Bach, Beethoven, Chopin & Liszt in a competition”. Does the real world out there still need more pianists who play those classics? Carles Lama, Catalan pianist and manager of the CD company KNS Classical , put it wisely in his speech: “Music is about being unique”. Too many young pianists have (great) talents and skill, but having a strong identity of oneself is rare. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Another classical but still always “hot” problem is the inevitable subjectivity of the jury members in the way they judge the participants, which goes down to one word, “respect”. The judges should not have power over the participants; the participants deserve their places and awards according to their own artistic merit. Respect means from everybody to everybody: judge to participants and vice versa, and them to the audience and vice versa. The jury may judge the participants, but the audience will judge the jury. When there is respect, there is honesty and transparency. One solution offered was that “transparency equals secrecy”. It is quite a radical solution, but worth trying: the judges should just give a mark to each participant and keep it secret from the other judges. Those numbers are then computed, and everyone should agree with the total which is the end result without further discussions. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… It is a trend now to have prominent pianists, not pedagogues or “famous competition judges” as artistic directors of several competitions. This way, they automatically become the icon, or ambassador of the competition. Some of them who attended include Piers Lane for the Sydney IPC and Noriko Ogawa for the Hamamatsu IPC. Piers Lane is one of Australia’s prominent artist, and his recording of the complete Piano Concertos of Malcolm Williamson has made the music of this Australian composer with a distinctive voice known to the world, and a big boost for Australian music worldwide. As with Noriko Ogawa, her most celebrated recording was the complete piano music of Toru Takemitsu. Ogawa also serves as the Cultural Ambassador for the National Autistic Society of Japan. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… This conference served as a great meeting point for competition organizers, and hopefully if there is a next one, competitors would be encouraged to join as well. In any case, it is a great beginning to address many shortcomings of competitions ; some of these problems were still not solved, but at least they are addressed or being admitted that competitions may not be the best way to start a musical career, but it is, for now, the only feasible one.

My article for the Autistic Spectrum Digest apps, Sept. 2014

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Opening the AS Digest apps on my smartphone, am surprised that my article from 4 years ago was still there. It used to achieve the “article of the month” in September 2014. Anyway, I submitted this article to them. If you wanna download their apps, just go to Apps Store and search “Autistic Spectrum Digest”. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Last year I was taping an interview for one of the most popular talkshows on Indonesian TV, “Tea Time with Desi Anwar“. Desi is one of the top reporters in this country, and meeting her in that session convinced me that she deserves her reputation. During the breaks I quickly decided that I will talk about a subject which I never talked publicly before (although everyone who looks at me knows that I suffer from it) which is the Tourette Syndrome (TS), and how I suffered from it. In all the hundreds of interviews with reporters I’ve done throughout my life, I haven’t opened up this matter to any one of them, and they were all nice enough not to touch this matter. At Desi’s program, it was me who decided to talk, not her. And then I posted about Hans Asperger a few months ago in my facebook, at the International Asperger’s Day on Feb. 18th that coincided with Asperger’s birthday in 1906, in which I confirmed and admitted that indeed I am convinced that besides Tourette’s Syndrome, I also am an “Aspie” — the popular term for us who have Asperger’s Syndrome. (please read my blog http://andystarblogger.blogspot.com.es/2013_05_01_archive.html for my entry about Tourette Syndrome). It is quite common for a person to have both Tourette AND Asperger, since they both fall under the same autistic spectrum. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… My name is Ananda Sukarlan, and I am a composer and pianist. With this profession, it is not easy to have both Tourette and Asperger’s Syndrome. It all began when I was diagnosed in 1996 with a clear Tourette Syndrome and a “high probability” of Asperger’s Syndrome. I even don’t understand why they put Asperger with an apostrophe “s”, which they don’t put with Tourette! Oh well, psychologists, they are all full of mysteries. From now on, I’ll refer to them with AS and TS only. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… AS remains a controversial diagnosis due to its unclear relationship to the autism spectrum since Mr. Asperger’s paper published in 1944. Only in the 1980s that people took interest in it. I have indeed given a clue of my AS in an interview at the Jakarta Post with writer Bruce Emond, back in 2008 during the celebration of my 40th birthday : http://andystarblogger.blogspot.com.es/2010/09/horribly-lonely-in-jakarta-post.html . I quote myself answering Mr. Emond’s question: What would people be surprised to know about you?. I answered: I have this strange hormone in me which provokes the feeling of extreme loneliness (even if I am in a crowd). It’s been working inside me since I was a teenager. And that loneliness cannot be cured by just being with someone. When it happens, it usually indicates that I should write music. My best music is written when I am feeling horribly lonely. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Being lonely, or alone, is a common trait for Aspies. AS, as with the other syndromes in the autistic spectrum, has more to do with social and psychological aspects than a physical one. I won’t try to explain everything about AS, since I am not an expert in that, and also since AS is still a mysterious syndrome. The problem is that there are so many speculations about people in the past who allegedly suffered from AS which I find rather disconcerting, such as Steve Jobs, Sir Isaac Newton or Albert Einstein. Even Mozart! With Mozart, his Tourette Syndrome was pretty convincing, but how would one know that he had AS too? Anyway, there are similar traits of people with TS or AS. What I would like to say is just that we, people with AS and TS could, and even should, behave and socialize quite “normally”. I certainly –and am sure I represent other people with AS and TS– do not want to be treated differently. Yeah, during the Nazi era, people like us were put into concentration camps, but that was the case of everyone “different”, such as homosexuals etc. In fact, it is proven that people with AS usually excel in one or even several fields, since a particular part of our brain is highly activated. Therefore, we get people with AS like Bill Gates, Lionel Messi or the founder & designer of Pokemon game, Satoshi Tajiri. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Another thing I would like to rectify is the common belief that people with AS can’t be “empathic”. That’s very wrong. In fact, after talking with fellow Aspies, I can tell you that we are just the opposite: we are hypersensitive people. We just don’t know, most of the times, how to express it physically. And I think this is where my music comes from : it can express things which I am unable to express through gestures, words or actions. So, that convinced me again of what I always said about music : We write, perform and play music to express, not to impress.

Source: My old Blogspot