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Teuku Adifitrian, but more widely known as TOMPI, was born and raised in the town of Lhokseumawe, in ACEH. In 1997, he left Aceh and moved to Jakarta to pursue his studies at the University of Indonesia to become a Medical Doctor.

His hobby in performance arts has been apparent since childhood as he was actively involved in traditional Aceh music and dance performances. In the midst of his busy schedule, Tompi still tries to find time for his singing hobby. Tompi continues to gain confidence in performing, especially after seeking professional guidance from Bertha and Tjut Deviana. After a busy day learning about medicine and biology, he transforms into a soulful singer, singing in first class clubs and lounges around Jakarta. These experiences have allowed Tompi to evolve from the once shy and timid boy from a small town in Aceh into the Tompi we see today.

Aside from singing and performing, Tompi found another musical talent that has been hidden, that is song writing. He always carries a small recorder or his cellphone to record tunes that pop up whenever he is "inspired".

In 2002, Tompi and his band became the house band for THE BAR at the Four Seasons Hotel in Jakarta. At the same time, he was recruited as the vocalist in CHEROKEE. With Cherokee, under the production of OPP (in association with Sony Music), he was given the opportunity to perform in many cities in Indonesia and in Singapore.

In late 2004, again under the production of OPP (in association with Forte/Aquarius), Tompi got his recording break as a vocalist in a multi-ethnic world music album entitled Bali Lounge. Through this, people started to notice this multi talented man with an exceptional voice.

In July of 2005, OPP was proud to produce and release (in association with E-Motion) Tompi's self-titled album debut, entitled Tompi or "T". All the songs in this album are self-written, telling stories about experiences of Tompi and the people around him. The album was made passionately and to some extent impulsively, with one track in the album being written ten minutes before recording, while he was waiting outside the studio. This album was supported by well known musicians such as Lewis Pragasam and Marina Xavier.

Of the twelve tracks, six are in English and tell the story of love in many facets. The hit single “Selalu Denganmu”, which features Gita Wirjawan on the acoustic piano, climbed up to number one at all major radio stations in a matter of weeks.

Tompi hopes that his music can bring a breath of fresh air into the Indonesian music arena.

 

People behind Tompi album

Teuku adi fitrian (tompi)
Singer, Song writer
His hobby in performance arts is apparent since childhood. He was actively involved in traditional Aceh music and dance performances. This hobby is an inseparable part of him.

Tompi gains confidence in performing, especially after he seeks professional guidance from Bertha and Tjut Deviana. After his busy day learning medicines and biology, he transforms into a soulful singer, singing in first class clubs and lounges around Jakarta.

Aside from singing and performing, Tompi found another musical talent that has been hidden, that is song writing. He always carries a small recorder or his cell-phone to record tunes that pop up whenever he is inspired by his surroundings.
lewis pragasam
Drums, Fullbright Scholar, Educator
Lewis Pragasam is one of the most accomplished and sought-after drummers in Asia and has become an icon and is hailed as a music legend. Lewis has garnered international and critical acclaim as one of Asia’s leading drum/percussion exponents and an innovator of new trends in World Music. Lewis the founder and moving spirit of the pioneering ASIABEAT project, started in 1979, whose recordings and performances are now legendary in the merging of Asian and Contemporary music styles.

Aside from his ASIABEAT project, he has toured/recorded with major internationally renowned artistes – John ‘Kaizan’ Neptune, Jeff Berlin, Paul Jackson, Randy Bernsen, Ernie Watts, Bob James, Nathan East, Tony Levin, Ottmar Liebert, Toninho Horta , amongst others. He was invited for a Royal Command Performance for HRH PRINCE CHARLES (Prince Trust Concert) in Edinburgh.

Pragasam received the prestigious ‘Fulbright Scholarship’ from the US government in 1990. He served as ‘Artiste in Residence’ for two years at East Carolina University as well as lecturing at various academic institutions all over the USA.

Lewis travels extensively presenting lecture/workshops at music institutions around the world. Major US music publisher MEL BAY will publish and distribute his first set of educational products – a testament to his outstanding caliber as an internationally recognized music educator.
Gita Wirjawan
Influences from Dave Grusin, David Benoit, Bob James and a number of other GRP artists almost cannot be hidden from his color and touch. Notwithstanding the producer role, Gita could not help but contribute a couple of songs that helped enrich the album's dimension.

 

 

Track Listing

1. MY MUSIC
2. SELALU DENGANMU feat. Gita Wirjawan
3. CINTA YANG KUCARI
4. NO MORE
5. TENTANG KAMU
6. ARTI HATIMU
7. THIS WAY
8. BINTANG JATUH
9. I WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO DANCE
10. HOW MUCH YOU MEAN TO ME

11. WHEN YOU MISS SOMEBODY feat. Rick Smith "Bali Lounge"
12. DANCE WITH ME feat. Kevin Wahl

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