Category Archives: Nengah Krisnarini – the singer

My Singing Profile

Nengah Krisnarini_May 2016Nengah Krisnarini is a singer-songwriter and music producer who found her passion for music at an early age. After gaining her bachelor degree in engineering in Sydney, Australia and got back to Indonesia, she decided to take her passion, music, seriously. She then formed “Sister Duke”, produced and released an album entitled “Highlight of the Day”, which was met with numerous glowing reviews, including from Rolling Stone Indonesia who regarded it as one of “20 Best Indonesian Albums of 2008”. In 2010 and 2011, “Kreyzie”—one of the tracks from the album—was picked by the “Mercedes-Benz Mixed Tape” team to be a part of the compilation, making Sister Duke as the first Indonesian artist to be involved in this German-based platform.

With her unique and soulful voice, Nengah captured the heart of some artists who invited her to collaborate with them such as Yacko (Jalan Keluar), Larry A “SOVA” (Light of My Life), Batik Tribe (Gimme Your Love), and also a South African based producer/DJ Chymamusique (Live Your Life). She has also done some collaboration with other producers from Italy and South Africa.

In August 2013, she released a single under her own name called “I Miss You”, as a tribute to her late brother.

Live Performances

With her projects, she has performed in various events such as Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta Crossover Jazz Festival, Jak Jazz Festival, Cleo Fashion Awards, JGTC, Soulnation, Monday Michiru’s showcase in Bali, ISA Melbourne University’s Jazz Night, Indonesia Song Festival, NYE 2015 in Sofitel Bali and many more.

Being a versatile performer enables Nengah to perform with different concepts – she has performed with a jazz band, hip hop group, soulful house DJ, etc. Recently Nengah came up with a unique concept of one-woman show and with this concept she has performed in several events in Jakarta and Bali.

She has also performed regularly at venues such as Sofia at the Gunawarman, Fat Shogun, The Back Room in Pullman Hotel Thamrin, Prohibiton and Opera Blanc.



New Releases Featuring Yours Truly

Heya peeps!

Life’s been a little slow for me after the Eid al-Fitr holiday, so I’m very sorry for the lack of update. How’s your holiday, by the way? Mine was filled with food (of course!), books (I am finally reunited with my love for books~yaaay!), friends and family. Hope you had lovely time with your loved ones 🙂

Anyway… I’m so excited to share with you two new releases featuring me!


The first one is from this talented Indonesian female electronic music producer Audrey. End of last year MSSVKNTRL sent her track to me and when I listened to it, I was really intrigued. I don’t collaborate that often with EDM producers and I really enjoyed it. I actually got to meet Audrey in person a couple of months after that when we both participated in Hexa Culture event.


Left to right: CVX, Dotty, DTX, the cat lady who sings :p, MSSVKNTRL, Audrey.


She released her EP entitled “Lovest(r)uck) last month, consisting of four tracks and one of them is a track called “Some Time” that features MSSVKNTRL and me. It’s a straightforward song about a person who’s still stuck in their past love (unable to move on) that they need time to accept the love from a new suitor. I guess everyone can relate to that, no?

One interesting fact (and totally unrelated to music) about Audrey, MSSVKNTRL and me is that the three of us are all cat people! Maybe we should make another track about the cute fluffy creature? 😀

In case you want to get Audrey’s album (and you should ‘coz it’s awesome!), here are some of the links:



And remember my post last year about my collaboration with South African Blaque Essence? His album is out this month and you can listen how British producer Jonny Miller smoothly remixed this track.

Out of the melodies that I made for other people’s tracks, so far this is my personal favorite as it’s just sweet and lovely.

Below are some of the links where you can get his album:



Hope you enjoy these albums as much as I do!

A Night at the Prohibition Speakeasy

That Monday afternoon in end of January this year, I received a phone call from my music buddy Nanda who asked me, “Do you want to sing at the Prohibition?” and to that I replied, “Of course.” So the day after, I went there and had my first regular gig with him, Victor Prabowo (bass) and Afirniar Mustrin (drums).


I’m lucky to be sharing the stage with these talented boys. Learned a lot from them and besides sharing good vibes on stage, we also liked to goof around and have lots of fun during the break!


Don’t mind the guy in the middle :p

Last month, Sachiko Asada from the famous youtube channel Senang96, came with our mutual friend, Yoichi Ikeda to see us perform. I never met Sachiko in person but we became friends on social medias after she came to Sister Duke’s show in 2012 and uploaded it on her youtube channel (you can watch the show here). So it was such a pleasure to finally meet this Japanese lady who really supports Indonesian music scene ❤ And it was also really nice to be able to reunite with Yoichi whom I last met twelve years ago!


Thank you for coming and showing us your support!

She recorded some of the songs we performed that night and uploaded them on her youtube channel. Yoichi also took some cool photos of us on stage. It’s a good thing I made the right decision to wear slimming black dress that I got from my good friend Vitri hahahah! (Oh, I also had my nails done a couple of days before-can you see cool arts on my finger nails by two.cents? :D)

We opened the show that night with “Summertime”, one of the first jazz standards that I learned back in the days.

We also performed one of my favorite blues tunes “Moanin'”. I first encountered this song when the contestants of American Idol 2011 Haley Reinhart and Casey Abram sang it on the show.

Reminiscing back to my first moments as a band vocalist, that night we also performed Green Day’s “Basket Case”, a song that I used to sing with my first band in junior high. But it was performed with a twist!

Playing at a jazz bar, of course it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing! We also did a couple of swing tunes that night, including this soundtrack written for Irving Berlin for Fred Astaire movie “Top Hat”.

Those are four of the seven songs that Sachiko uploaded on her youtube channel. You can simply go to this playlist to see the rest.

We’ll be taking a break during the fasting month, but we’ll be back after that! So hope to see you on Tuesday nights at the Prohibition Speakeasy after the Ramadhan 😉

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From Italy to Indonesia

How great is the Internet? Last year my late friend Robert (may his soul rest in peace) introduced me to an Italian Producer, Gigi Frassanito aka Soulbridge. After exchanging a few messages we decided to work on a track together.  He sent over this cool soulful house demo and I wrote the lyrics and melodies to it. He heard and liked the demo that I sent back so I proceeded with a recording session and sent the vocal stems over to him. All of this without meeting in person at all!


The track title is “In the Moment”. It’s about two individuals who found themselves in a situation where they are aware that their attraction to each other can’t be taken further, thus one of them feel hesitant to give in to this feeling. But the other person believes that they shouldn’t resist the feeling and just enjoy being in the moment.

The best news is, the track is already out! Besides the original mix, there are also remixes by Guido P and Salento Soul (love the remixes!). You can buy/stream them online on various digital stores and streaming services.

Here are some of the links:




Summertime and the Living is Easy…

Last night I was having my regular gig at the Back Room and thought of playing around with my TC Helicon Voicelive Touch 2 to make my own rendition of the jazz standard “Summertime”.

My good friend Natalie Dju helped me recorded the performance.

I love love loooove playing with this vocal effect. This is actually the second one that I bought. I also bought the previous model before in 2012, but I sold it after I got this one in 2013 (really regret it because I think both of them are really cool!). I’ve used it during my show with Sister Duke, Nengah & Nanda, etc. Here’s a video of me using the previous model of the vocal effect during my gig with Nanda.

Here’s another video of us performing an original composition in my humble home studio.

I might probably make a more elaborate post on this gear in the future – a bit of tutorial, etc. So those who are interested…stay tuned! 🙂

Fun Wednesday

I have always wondered what it felt like being a very busy artist, with days filled with one gig and another. And not to forget rehearsals, dress fittings, interviews, photo shoots, meetings, etc. It must be tiring but fun at the same time! Nothing beats the feeling of doing something you’re really passionate about ❤

And last Wednesday (6 April), I had the chance to actually experience a similar thing. Not saying that I was Beyoncé busy, though! Hahaha (although that would be nice)! On that day, I had three gigs in different venues. Thankfully (don’t we Indonesians love to do this – looking at the bright side of everything? :D) each of them was located not far from each other. And I was a bit worried since I just recovered from a very bad flu that I still had a tad bit of a problem with my voice. But the show(s) must go on, no?

So I started the day at around 6.00 am. Not being a morning person (plus I got home around 1 am the night before after the regular gig with Achmad Ananda & friends at Prohibitions, Senayan Arcadia) I struggled a bit to get out of the bed. After breakfast, shower and putting my make up on, I went to Griya Arimbi, an affordable yet very good salon near my house which I have been a regular customer since high school. I decided to pull off the braided updo look since I’d be out until past midnight and I needed a hairdo that would last really long. That morning I had my hair done Mbak Yully and as usual she did a very good job! Such a happy consumer I was *dancing

Then off I went to the first venue: Puri Agung, Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel Jakarta to perform with Nengah & Nanda. In anticipation of traffic jam, I went there a couple of hours earlier. But turned out the traffic was ok and I got there rather early! On top of that, the event was a bit delayed so I had to wait for quite a while at the backstage. It’s a good thing I didn’t have to wait alone.


Food + music + good friends at the backstage.

Finally, showtime! Even though we experienced a couple of technical problems, Nanda & I still managed to have fun. We even performed our rendition of Protonema’s “Rinduku Adinda”.

Gig number one done and I hurriedly went to gig number two. The traffic wasn’t being as nice as before. It took me around hour from Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel to Ritz Carlton Kuningan! Traffic in Jakarta can be so crazy, riiight? But I luckily wasn’t late 😀 I got there in time to change into another dress (unleashing the inner diva in me LOL) and discussed the songs we’re gonna perform with the guys. Again, another fun time on stage! Thank you Avia Reps & Chic Outlet Shopping for having us!

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Phew! Two gigs down and one more to go. The next gig is actually a performance that my friends and I have every week at this uber cool bar called The Back Room in Pullman Hotels, Thamrin. We perform every Wednesday night from 9.30 pm to 12 am and it was our first gig ever there.


Dinner before the show!

I’m so blessed of having the privilege to perform with very talented musicians. Although at some points I was singing with my eyes literally shut (was really tempted to sleep!), the crowd in The Back Room nevertheless seemed to be enjoying our performance that we actually finished 15 minutes later than scheduled. It was such a relief for me everything went well as I was really worried that I would lose my voice or whatsoever (why flu takes ages to go away nowadays?).


Can a girl sing while sleeping at the same time, please?

The first word that came to my mind after the day ended? Exhausted, definitely! It amazes me that there are some people capable of doing this daily (having a very full day), including one of my dear friends (name not disclosed yet) who also has a 9-5 job aside of being a busy performing artist and a mother! I don’t know how she manages to do it but am curious to find out. Luckily, she has agreed to be interviewed by yours truly and I will feature her on a new segment in my blog called “A Cuppa with…” Yay! In this new segment in my blog, I will interview people whom I find inspiring.

What about you? Are you that type of person who usually have their day full from early in the morning until midnight? If you are, I would love to know any tips and tricks to stay fit and cope with your hectic schedule. Maybe you can share them on the comment below 🙂 ?

From Jazz to EDM: Global Timeline of Electronic Dance Music in the USA

I’m so excited to take part in this edutainment event held by Hexa Culture in which I will perform with Nengah & Nanda and collaborate with Iqbal (MSSVKNTRL) for the workshop.

Hope to see you all there!

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Broaden your knowledge of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) in a fun way! Don’t miss out this edutainment event by Hexa Culture and @america where you can explore Electronic Dance Music (EDM) roots through decades of history compiled in continuous DJ and live electronic music performances complete with educative visual backdrop. Catch tracks ranging from jazz to the latest style. See how EDM developed into one of the most popular genre today.

Curious about “How to Sound Like and Perform Contemporary EDM” There also will be a short workshop on it in this event!

Watch the video below to learn more.

It’s a FREE event and you don’t need to register yourself.


Another South Africa – Indonesia Collaboration

At the beginning of this year I was contacted by a young producer from South Africa, Blaque Essence who expressed his interest in collaborating with me. He sent me the instrumental of the track and I fell in love with it immediately! It sounded so sweet which I really like. So yes, I told him that I would love to collaborate with him and started working on the lyrics and melody as well as recorded my vocals. So far, it’s one of my personal favorite out of all the collaborations I have done.

And months later, look what showed up on my Facebook timeline!

Only You

Since it’s my personal favorite, I’m so excited to share it with you. Will definitely give you update when it’s out so stay tuned, peeps! 🙂

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Country Walks in Spring Time…

One of my favorite jazz tunes is “That’s All”, a song composed by Alan Brandt and Bob Haymes and first sung by the great Nat King Cole. It’s so sweet and romantic that I sang it so many times that I lost count!

So when Aimee from The Lady Who Sings asked me to sing a jazz tune, I immediately picked this song. You can listen to it from the recording below.

Now, who would take a country walk in spring time with me while listening to this tune? 🙂

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Jazz Jazzes Up My Life

I started listening to jazz in university. As a singer, it’s only natural that I’m mostly drawn to jazz singers. My first favorite female jazz singer’s Dinah Washington. I remember I bought her CD in campus, I think there was some kind of a market or bazaar at the time. I love her “Teach Me Tonight”!

Then I stumbled upon the fabulous and scattilicious Ms Ella Fitzgerald! Her musicality is over the top, and like most people, I really admire her scat-singing.

When I’m in love or broken hearted, I seek comfort from Billie Holiday. Listening to her is some kind of emotional therapy for me. She’s just so full of soul, I really could feel every word she sang. Like this next song, it’s just so sad that I got teary eyes.

I always find thick voice fascinating, such as Sarah Vaughan’s. And it also has a hint of opera singer’s voice – so divine.

And who doesn’t know Nina Simone? This singer-pianist recorded “Feeling Good”, a track from the musical “The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd” for her album “I Put a Spell on You” that was released in 1965. This song was a hit, became a standard and got covered by many artists such as jazz crooner Michael Buble, the rock band Muse, and…me! Two years ago I was playing around with this app called VoiceJam on my iPod and was inspired to make a very simple rendition of the tune using only my voice.

For modern female jazz singers, I’m in love with Gretchen Parlato. How could somebody turn the 90s R&B group SWV’s track “Weak” into this super crazy rendition? (big props to Robert Glapser too!)

Many associate me with jazz, because I performed in jazz festivals. It’s true that jazz plays a big role in my musical evolution, but I can’t say that I’m a jazz artist because I’m still learning to be one. And I think I will keep on learning because it has so much to offer and every time I learn something new out of it, it makes me feel more and more alive! Thank God for music and thank God for Jazz! Happy International Jazz Day, peeps 🙂

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