Monica Akihary and Niels Brouwer have been my neighbours for years. Together they form my favourite band Boi Akih. Singer Monica’s heritage is Moluccan/Dutch and Niels is composer and a fabulous guitar player. Listen to some of their clips at http://www.myspace.com/boiakih.
I’ve seen them in concert various times, sometimes with the two of them. In different set-ups they expand from duo to a six piece band. Each of these configurations has its own sound due to the interplay of members searching for their own origin during an ongoing adventurous voyage.
Their performances always reach the hearts of the audiences. So I am going to follow them on tour in Indonesia in September, with planned concerts in Jakarta, Ambon and Bandung.
Boi Akih creates its own vibrating universe inspired and infused by various kinds of music, from contemporary to roots, singer songwriter and improvised music. They dig into undercurrents and expand the bounds of traditions they meet such that these melt together. In its compositions Boi Akih is searching for the complexity in the simpleness and the simpleness in complexity.
The music of Boi Akih is a prism of various roots and rays where colours and sounds come together within a strong compositions foundation along improvisational pass ways.