Time for Art

This is Yaniq’s drawing called, ‘Balinese dancers – cheek to cheek’.

Balinese dancers cheek to cheek
Balinese dancers cheek to cheek

There’s already been a lot of great feedback about this drawing, but Yaniq wants to hear what you think?

…is there movement,  is there passion, is it sensual?

What attracts your eye the most?

For the best visual effect ‘left click’ the image to blow it up to full size.

Please make a comment on this blog or drop him a line.

Any interested buyers out there?

Yaniq drew these dancers, on high quality A3 paper, on 11/11/14.

Did you know that Yaniq’s been drawing for less than 1 year.  Watch this space for more great art and music from this talented Balinese  singer/songwriter/artist!

With thanks to Stephanie Mina Kim for the photography.

Last nights at Napi Orti

The characterful and much loved music bar, Napi Orti, in Monkey Forest Road has finally closed its doors.

After 11 years its time was up on 5 Dec 2014.

Napi Urti bar
Last orders at Napi Urti

Yes, there are plenty of other great music bars in Ubud, but Napi’s was unique and a personal favourite.

Photo’s of legends from Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Jim Morrison through to Einstein hung… mostly from the ceilings – as there was only 1 wall at Napi.

Legends on the ceiling
Legends on the ceiling

Local art, hanging palm leaf decorations, flags and a fish tank all lit up by twinkling lights.  Comfy cushions in the no shoes area, the VIP cocktail promoted by mushrooms (of course) and a golden tree not to mention a candle lit entrance – surely there’s never been a cooler bar than this.

Yaniq and Aria gave Napi Orti the thumbs up
Yaniq and Aria gave Napi Orti the thumbs up

In true style Napi Orti went out with 2 bangs!

Thurs 4 Dec was the first of two closing night parties and Yaniq jammed with Griya Faria, blending his rock guitar sound into their reggae.

Yaniq with Dedoeng's guitar
Yaniq with Dedoeng’s guitar

That first night was more like a mini festival… Kum & friends played first, then Abu’s band followed by Griya Faria who reggaed the house along with their original singer, and Napi’s owner, Made, taking control of the mic alongside Bawa

Made and Bawa in fine reggae voice
Made and Bawa in fine reggae voice

and, later on, with Kum joining in again.

Kum laughing as he sings, with Yaniq on guitar
Kum laughing as he sings, with Yaniq on guitar

On the Friday night Abu’s band rocked the final night away.

Abu's band on the final night
Abu’s band on the final night

There’s been so many great nights of fantastic live music in this welcoming and cool atmosphere – it’s going to be missed by many.  But at least you can still get your rock and reggae music in Laughing Buddha, LOL, CP Lounge, XL, Bamboo, Jazz Cafe and Lezat etc.,

What big eyes you have
What big eyes you have Aria

Also, Made is opening a new Napi Orti bar in Jalan Jembawan and says he’ll have music there once or twice a month – he’s also planning to find another even more central home for the bar in future – so watch this space about Napi Orti’s reincarnation!

How many drummers have played in front of a fish tank
How many drummers have played in front of a fish tank

Meanwhile, here are more pics from the 2 closing night parties… were you there?

Miyoshi in the groove
Miyoshi in the groove
Marieka & Mila - cheers
Marieka & Mila – cheers

Yaniq with WayanYaniq and Wayan

Pellegrino capturing the moment
Pellegrino capturing the moment
Tea time
Tea time for Aria
You drink it Tess and I'll play it
You drink it Tess and I’ll play it
Ohhhhhh
Ohhhhhh Myoshi and Jube where’s your video camera?

Happy at NapiJulie and Yaniq

Dito - with a new hat
Dito – with a new cool hat
Hey what happen to your hand
Hey what happen to your hand
The other Julie
The other Julie
Made
Cheers Made
Golden tree at Napi Orti
Golden tree at Napi Orti
View while in the queue for the loo
View while in the queue for the loo
Statue at the bottom of the steps
Statue at the bottom of the steps
VIP Cocktail
VIP Cocktail
Says it all really
One Love – says it all really
Cheers!
Cheers and thanks to Napi Orti!
Napi Orti
Napi Orti

 

Smile :-)

I will give you a present… here’s a smile, from me to you :-)

Listen out for these words in Yaniq’s song – hope they cause you to smile back!

You can see Yaniq performing ‘Smile’ live in the middle of the rice fields of Ubud – just click here for the youtube link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kHCG-HLTaQ

Please share the song and the smiles too :-)

Yaniq singing 'Smile' in the rice fields of Ubud
Yaniq singing ‘Smile’ in the rice fields of Ubud

A big thanks to Laura Jean for making the video!

Lyrics by Julie.

Nourishment, in the form of Smile biscuits, from the bakery!

Smile biscuit
Smile biscuit

Yaniq – on the beach and at Bridges

Yaniq played his own acoustic music at Bridges…

Yaniq playing at Bridges restaurant
Yaniq playing outdoors at Bridges restaurant on 18 July

This famous restaurant were celebrating the 1st Anniversary of Divine Friday’s - which is always a great opportunity to welcome the weekend with a glass of wine, or three!

The anniversary event started off on the terrace overlooking the bridge, then moved inside the restaurant.

The bridge at Bridges
The bridge at Bridges

Guests were entertained by Yaniq as well as another musician called Pak Tatang.   Wine, song, fine dining and even a jam session contest was held – which included a tap dancer!

Since then Yaniq’s played a few gigs with his friend’s band called Uluroots who are based in Uluwatu, in the south of Bali.

Yaniq & Armi on Padang Padang beach
Yaniq & Armi on Padang Padang beach

Uluroots are a great reggae band who often perform ‘on the beach’ which means the audience dance in the sand.  You can just see the natural rock backdrop to their wooden stage and, in front, everyone is dancing barefoot in the sand under a starry sky:

Party time on Padang Padang beach with Uluroots
Party time on Padang Padang beach with Uluroots

Our good friend Nancy jammed with Yaniq one night at The Secret Lounge – nice one Nance:

Nancy jamming with Yaniq
Nancy jamming with Yaniq at the Secret Lounge

And here’s Yaniq jamming with local bands in Ubud… this is Griya Faria and Yaniq is on the left of the picture just about to go into a guitar solo:

Yaniq jamming with Griya Fariaat LOL
Yaniq jamming with Griya Faria at LOL

And here he is jamming with Aboe’s band at Napi Urti:

Yaniq jamming with Aboe's band in Napi Urti
Yaniq jamming with Aboe’s band in Napi Urti

And with Fredi Marley – just chillin’ in the bale…

Yaniq and Fredi Marley in the garden
Yaniq and Fredi Marley in the garden

This week Yaniq’s still playing down south with Uluroots – but soon he’ll be back in Ubud playing his own original acoustic rock, edged with reggae & blues and sprinkled with tropical Balinese spices!

And even before that he’ll be uploading a video onto Youtube – so watch this space!  And here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kHCG-HLTaQ  – it is called Smile, so please go ahead and Smile!

Music to drink cocktails to…

Every Saturday night, from 9pm, Yaniq plays his own original music at ‘The Secret Lounge’ (at the back of Bunute restaurant, Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud).  – Please note this gig has now finished.

Yaniq at The Secret Lounge
Yaniq at The Secret Lounge

Yaniq’s songs are so fresh, they even smell as if they’ve just come straight out of the oven – perfect for drinking cocktails with!

Music to drink cocktails to
Music to drink cocktails to

See you there…

Yaniq
Yaniq

Yaniq – at ‘The Secret Lounge’ on Sat nights

Come and listen to great, original, acoustic rock music on Sat nights, in a brand new venue!

Yaniq will be playing all his own songs… tunes to make your feet dance, ballads to pluck your heart strings and songs you can hum along to.

Venue: ‘The Secret Lounge’ (hidden behind Bunute restaurant, Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud – just walk through the restaurant, right to the back – directions below).

When: 9pm on Sat, 5 July and every Sat!  Note: this gig has now finished.

Yaniq - ready to rock your Sat night
Yaniq – ready to rock your Sat night

Yaniq is looking forward to seeing you at ‘The Secret Lounge’ on Sat nights – it’s a secret he encourages you to share with all your friends!

 

Musical drawings in fantasy land…

Take a look at this drawing.  What do you see?

I mean, what do you really see?  Look at the small details.

'Shadows in the Mirror' by Yaniq
‘Shadows in the Mirror’ by Yaniq

Yaniq has created many drawings that warrant close attention to detail, and this is a great example of them.

The mirror image is not true at all.  The guitars face the wrong way, the woman’s clothes and the candle holders might be black – or white, the instruments might be plain – or patterned, the plant might be dark – or light.

To top it off, Yaniq’s signature and date can be found, backwards, in the mirror.

Hope you like it – please let us know if you do.

Also, please keep watching this blog because we’ll be announcing a new, live gig soon – so you’ll be able to hear Yaniq play all his own songs – without the aid of a mirror, hahaha!

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