Sunday, 25 February 2018





- 14.07.2014 - AUSTRIAN SYMPHONIC WIND ORCHESTRAS IS COMING TO SAMOSIR ISLAND Tyrol is a province in Austria which has a multi-national history. It is located in the heart of the Alps, between Italy and Germany. Geographically Tyrol is quite similar to the mountainous Samosir island in Sumatra, one of the most beautiful islands in Indonesia.   One of the most popular musicians in Tyrol is Hermann Delago. He is well known in Austria but also around Europe as well as in Indonesia. Hermann Delago is a great composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist as well as an experienced conductor.   In 1995 Herman Delago travelled to Indonesia for the first time and was fascinated by variety of interesting cultures and music. His journey started in Bali and not long after he arrived at Lake Toba/Samosir island.   In Samosir he got to know its traditional music as well as the fascinating details about its geographical and geological history. Similar to Tyrol, Samosir is an attractive destination for tourists from all over the world. Warm hearted people and a very pleasant climate made Delago stay there for several months. He gathered with the `Bataks` – the local people – in a place called `kedai tuak` and often heard their traditional Batak songs. Delago got more and more interested and after learning and singing their songs, he also learnt the Indonesian language and gradually Samosir island turned into his second home.
- 13.11.2011 - TOBATAK music introduction
- 03.11.2011 - Viky and Herman`s story by Viky Sianipar  Butet is the first single of the Tobatak Album. This is a very nice old Batak songs and probably the most popular Batak Song in Indonesia (and perhaps in the whole world). The song has so many interesting story behind to Batak people in general as well as to us.  HERMANN`S STORY  Hermann came to Indonesia the first time in 1995 after have had a recommendation from one of his friend in Ims, Austria. The hometown fellow had told Hermann how great experiences he has had during his staying in Bali. Especially the story about nice people and rich culture of Bali had also made Hermann very interested with this tropical island and decided to come.

Batak Music album Collaboration Project



Over the past twenty years there have been plenty of music projects fusing Eastern and Western cultures – with extremely varying results in terms of musical quality and commercial success. Thus it will be surprising to most listeners, music professionals and fans alike, that there is still “uncharted territory”.

Tobatak is the spectacular project by experienced Austrian World musician Hermann Delago and Indonesian musician and arranger Viky Sianipar which for the first time in the history of recorded music blends the beautiful Batak music from North Sumatra with modern instrumental and world music sounds.


Hermann Delago is s a renowned composer, arranger, conductor and World musician living in the heart of the alps in Tirol. Since his first visit to Lake Toba in North Sumatra in 1997 he has fallen in love with the traditional local music, the people and also the region as such. He found that Batak people are very musical. And as they are mountain people, the region nowadays feels like second home to him. In 2005 Hermann met a young professional musician (and actually one of the best music arrangers in Jakarta, with already five successful albums under his belt) by the name of Viky Sianipar. In 2010 Hermann Delago and Viky Sianipar finally decided to do a collaborative album: The two great musicians and arrangers created a completely new storybook of Batak music, supported by several Batak as well as European singers like Dewi Marpaung and Dany K, and musicians like hang player Manu Delago and flute player Korem Sihombing.                                                                 Viky Sianipar


Says Hermann Delago: „It was exciting to learn that in the region around lake Toba hundreds of extremely beautiful songs are sung by almost everybody. Their melodies may seem simple at first listening, but they are never dull or boring. They have an enormous gentle power and surprise with unusual melodic and harmonic twists and turns. It is both an honour and a fascinating adventure for Viky and me to put this musical treasure in a new context and thus present it to the rest of the world!"                                                                                                                                                          



manu        dany    dewi

Manu Delago                            Dany K                                  Dewi Marpaung


          korem               henry

        Korem Sihombing                                     Henry Manik

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