Dwiki Dharmawan World Peace Orchestra

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Artist : Dwiki Dharmawan World Peace Orchestra
Album :
Dwiki Dharmawan World Peace Orchestra
Released Date :
June 17, 2009
Label :
Omega Pacific Production (OPP) Records

Dwiki Dharmawan World Peace OrchestraA phenomenal mega project is here. It took quite some time to have it done, but now it’s available for you to listen. This is a monumental and historical project collaboratively led by our own Indonesian musician, Dwiki Dharmawan. This kind of mega collaboration project won’t happen every day. In fact, I don’t think it can be found in every decade. That’s why we consider it as one of the most important collaboration in the music history, and happy to say it all started from Indonesia by Dwiki Dharmawan. Many great musicians from all over the world get involved and united with the local talents, gathered them together in a big ensemble consisting of wide diversity of backgrounds, instruments and styles. And here’s the result, an amazing creation of world music at its best. DWIKI DHARMAWAN WORLD PEACE ORCHESTRA is a genius collaboration made by greatest creativity.

Of course it’s not easy to make this happen. More than 100 musicians are involved in this mega project. Let’s see some names behind it. YellowjacketsJimmy Haslip (bass) and Russel Ferrante (keyboard), Kamal Mussalam (guitar/oud: the pearshaped stringed instrument), Steve Thornton (percussions), Lewis Pragasam (drums), Michael Paulo (saxophone), Marc Antoine (acoustic guitar), Tollak Ollestad (harmonica), Andy Suzuki (sax, clarinet, flute), Guy Strazz (guitar), Rodrigo Galvao (percussions), Andrew Oh (flute), Frank Gambale (guitar), Hugh Fraser (bass), Walfredo Reyes Jr (drums), China Philharmonic Orchestra and Rich Breen, sound engineer from USA. They just lost one important member, Roger Burn (vibraphone, piano, composer), who passed away on the evening of March 29 after a long battle with cancer.

From the local side, Dwiki brought the guitar maestro Dewa Budjana, Ivan Nestorman (vocal), Dira J Sugandi (vocal), Indro Hardjodikoro (bass), Sandy Winarta (drums), Zainal Arifin (percussions/taganing: a set of 5 cylindrical double headed drums using wood sticks used in the traditional Gondang Batak, the traditional music from North Sumatra ethnicity), Korem Sihombing (taganing, seruling & sarunai, the ethnical flutes), Yoyon Darsono (beluk, a traditional music form from West Java), Peni Candrarini (sinden, a traditional Javanese singer) were some among the lineups. Dwiki doesn’t need to gather all these heavy lineup of talents together due to technology. He used internet to gather all the recordings sent by the artists from their own places, and then mixed them together as complete songs. Eventually it involves the world to do this. Besides having musicians from all over the world with the different backgrounds, the album has also gone through various places in its process. From Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Sydney to Beijing. Yes, Dwiki and friends got a lot of help by the internet, but still it took several years to do this. Now the effort has finally paid off.

Dwiki Dharmawan World Peace Orchestra

Through this mega project we can feel, taste and hear Dwiki’s long passion in exploring the colorful world of ethnical sounds and music. He’s heavily inspired by the richness in diversities that offered by various types of Indonesian ethnical music in particular and of course the world music in general. Dwiki Dharmawan World Peace Orchestra is a brilliant showcase of the multicultural arts in world music that packed elegantly in a stunning out of the world presentation. “Put it in simple words, let this album become an Indonesian contributions to the world music.” said Dwiki Dhamawan. Presenting The World Peace Orchestra, Dwiki wants to communicate to everybody across the boundaries of time, nationality, race and gender and send his warm peace message as well through music. We also believe this will turn out to be a cultural music or ethnical music preservation. There’s something we have to do to preserve these heritage, and Dwiki has done it elegantly through his mega project. This album is not only preserving but also promoting our rich Indonesian cultures and ethnics to the world.

Dwiki Dharmawan World Peace Orchestra officially launched the album on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 through a grand live concert at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (GKJ) involving tens of musicians from all around the world. (See the concert report here). Even though not every original musician was present at the live concert, they all supported the concert fully. What a nice way to launch the album.

Dwiki Dharmawan World Peace OrchestraThe album starts with “The Spirit of Peace”. The nature sounds open this song, followed by the luscious Balinese pentatonic scale. And then, the rest is magic. This song is a miniature of the united world in music. There’s thick texture of Middle East embedded together with the taste of Latin, including the sound of cuica (the Brazilian friction drum often used in samba) plus the traditional beluk voice.  Kamal Musallam does his part superbly with his oud (a pear shaped guitar, a stringed Arabic instrument).  This song has a very nice string orchestration too in it. The unity of various world of rich ethnical music like this will be perfect to be used as a vehicle to send the message of peace. One of the best drummers in Asia, Lewis Pragasam is in charge of controlling the beat in this opening song.

“Benggong Banggong” is phenomenal. The song originally comes from an Indonesian collection of Flores Island‘s Folksong (Flores is located in Nusa Tenggara region, the third island east of Bali). But interestingly, this song blends in with the typical Batak (the tribe of North Sumatra) ethnical music. It’s a magical marriage between east and west Indonesian culture; energetic, uplifting and inspiring. Ivan Nestorman‘s clear vocal finds its home in the massive Batak beat and flutes courtesy of Korem Sihombing and Zainal Abidin. This is the case when the traditional eastern and western sides of Indonesia are mixed together, then joined up the modern fusion instruments and other world sounds, with massive percussions,  resulting in an unforgettable experience of world music.

“Ie” is another Flores Folksong capturing the beauty of nature. This song appears twice in the album. One is the Sydney Version and the other is USA Version. The Sydney version has Ivan Nestorman on vocal. It’s very relaxing to hear Nestorman’s voice flowing gently through the lovely smooth melody. You’ll fall in love with the sweetness of this song immediately.

“Janger” is a mystical Balinese song. Pentatonic scales carried out by sets of gamelan, full orchestra from Beijing and interestingly through harmonica, something that we don’t hear often. The Yellowjackets‘ player Jimmy Haslip and Russel Ferrante are featured in this one. Haslip’s bass and Ferrane’s piano add a very wonderful jazz touch into this song. While Alfredo Reyes Jr‘s drums and percussions steadily (but goes wildly near the end) carried the mystical elements of the song. It’s really interesting to hear harmonica carries the Balinese pentatonic style. Tollak Ollestad does it nicely. Some more jazz elements are added by Andy Suzuki‘s sax.

“Numfor” is a fast and furious track in fusionesque world. Dwiki blasts this one with his stunning synth and vocoder. Steve Thornton‘s wild percussions were balanced by Sandy‘s drums. Dewa Budjana‘s cool improvisation appears in the middle of the song. The senior bassist Indro Hardjodikoro guards the base of the song nicely. This one is a speeding fusion. Another song served in the traditional jazz-rock fusion style is “Arafura” and “Jazz For Freeport”. “Arafura” seems to be taken from Arafura Sea, a sea that lies in the west of the Pacific Ocean, right in between Australia and New Guinea. The Grand Master of the Sweep Picking Technique, Frank Gambale, did a marvelous job in this one. Dwiki’s keyboard went wild with him as well. “Jazz For Freeport” shows a cool collaboration between Dwiki Dharmawan and Dewa Budjana, fully backed by the rest of the musicians.

The song entitled “Paris Barantai” is a folksong that comes from Kalimantan (Borneo) island. Dwiki’s vocoder creates a futuristic style of this traditional ethnic song. The glittering vibraphones do their magic, so do the synthesizer and intense sound of percussions and drums.

Then let’s talk about the most haunting song in the album, “Island of God”. This is a song with very mystical nuance, served in chill-out ambient style. It’s haunting mostly because the unique voice of the sinden, Peni Candrarini. Strazz‘ acoustic guitar and McGraeith flute breath more life in this one as well, so does the echoing piano sound.

Dwiki Dharmawan World Peace Orchestra

The next one is “Ana Ritin Teo”, another Kalimantan folksong. Again the stunning voice of Ivan Nestorman drives this song brilliantly. Strong percussions make this one appears almost like an African song. “Ana Ritin Teo” successfully captured the beauty of world music.

The sentimental smooth “Clarissa” is a light jazz composition in bossa frame. It’s almost like a showcase of Ollestad’s harmonica, the late Burn‘s vibraphone and Haslip‘s piano. The rest of the musicians involved in this album support them very well.

The last song is another version of  “Ie”, sang by Dira J Sugandi. She’s a future diva of Indonesia that has joined Incognito and has Bluey as her solo album’s executive producer. Her well measured voice is beautiful as always. In this faster USA version Dira leads the song together with Michael Paulo on sax, plus soothing percussion play by Steve Thornton. Both slower and faster versions are just beautiful. Both of the versions have their own beauty.

Dwiki Dharmawan World Peace Orchestra has proven their capability to rouse the enthusiasm of global world’s musicians to participate in this mega project. Involving many musicians mean collecting their ideas and creativities, all joined together in the hands of Dwiki Dharmawan. His brilliant idea could seem like just a dream, but now the dream has come true. This is the album that will speak louder about peace for many years to come. A historical album will become an example of how beautiful it is if we live in one peaceful world. To close this review, let me bring up the frame once again. More than 100 musicians from all over the world, stunning 12 ethnical world music, superb play, harmonious combination, and all of this appear in an album that becomes a melting pot of brains, ideas, creativities and talents. Trust me; this album will speak louder than just a set of beautiful compositions.

Tracklistings

THE SPIRIT OF PEACE
Music by Dwiki Dhamawan
Produced & Arranged by Dwiki Dharmawan

Dwiki Dharmawan : Synthesizer, Vocoder
Lewis Pragasam: Drums & Percussions
Steve Thornton : Percussions
Indro Hardjodikoro: Bass
Yoyon Darsono: Traditional Voice
Orchestrated by Dwiki Dharmawan
Beijing Studio Orchestra, chen Yun (Concert Master)
Recorded at Farabi and Musikita Studio Jakarta by Owno
Percussions Recorded at Steve Drumhouse, Kuala Lumpur
Orchestra Recorded at YYYD STudios, Beijing by Paul Lu Na
Mixed by Rich Breen, at Rich Breen’s Studio, Burbank CA-USA

BENGGONG BANGGONG
Indonesian Folksong from Flores Island
Produced & Arranged by Dwiki Dharmawan

Ivan Nestorman : Voice & Background Voices
Dwiki Dharmawan : Synthesizers, Vocoder
Sandy Winarta : Drums
Steve Thornton: Percussions
Indro Hardjodikoro: Bass
Korem Sihombing: Seruling & Sarunai
Zainal Arifin: Taganing
Dewa Budjana: Acoustic Guitar
Recorded at Senopati Studio Jakarta by Santoz
Recorded at Musikita Studio Jakarta by Owno
Percussions recorded at Steve Drumhouse, Kuala Lumpur
Mixed by Rich Breen, at Rich Breen’s Studio, Burbank CA-USA

IE (Sydney Version)
Indonesian Folksong from Flores Island
English lyric by Ivan Nestorman
Produced & Arranged by Dwiki Dharmawan

Ivan Nestorman: Voice
Dwiki Dharmawan: Piano, Vocoder and Synthesizer
Guy Strazz: Sydney Session Producer & Arranger, Classical and Acoustic Guitars
Hugh Fraser: Double Bass
Aykho Akrhif: Afro-Cuban Percussions (Congas, Guiro, Shaker & Clave)
Recorded at Electric Avenue Studios, Sydney Australia by Phil Punch
Pro Tools Engineer: Ganesh
Recorded at Musikita Studio, Jakarta by Owno
Mixed by Rich Breen, at Rich Breen’s Studio, Burbank CA-USA

JANGER
Indonesian Traditional Song from Bali Island
Arranged & Orchestrated by Dwiki Dharmawan
Produced by Jimmy Haslip

Dwiki Dharmawan: Synthesizer & Vocoder
Jimmy Haslip: Bass
Russel Ferrante: Piano
Alfredo Reyes Jr: Drums and Percussions
Roger Burn: Marimba & Vibraphone
Andy Suzuki: Tenor and Soprano Sax
Tollak Ollestad: Harmonica
Farabi Voices: Backing Voices
Beijing Studio Orchestra, Chen Yun (Concert Master)
Recorded at Henson Studios, Hollywood by Rich Breen
Assistant Engineer: Matt Serrechio
Orchestra Recorded at YYYD Studios, Beijing by Paul Lu Na
Mixed by Rich Breen, at Rich Breen’s Studio, Burbank CA-USA

NUMFOR
Music by Dwiki Dharmawan
Produced & Arranged by Dwiki Dharmawan

Dwiki Dharmawan: Synthesizers, Vocoder
Sandy Winarta: Drums
Steve Thornton: Percussions
Indro Hardjodikoro: Bass
Dewa Budjana: Guitar
Recorded at Senopati Studio Jakarta by Santoz
Recorded at Musikita Studio by Owno
Percussions Recorded at Steve Drumhouse, Kuala Lumpur
Mixed by Rich Breen, at Rich Breen’s Studio, Burbank CA-USA

PARIS BARANTAI
Indonesian Folksong from Kalimantan Island
Produced & Arranged by Dwiki Dharmawan

Dwiki Dharmawan: Synthesizers, Vocoder
Sandy Winarta: Drums
Steve Thornton: Percussions
Indro Hardjodikoro: Bass
Dewa Budjana: Guitar
Recorded at Senopati Studio Jakarta by Santoz
Recorded at Musikita Studio by Owno
Percussions Recorded at Steve Drumhouse, Kuala Lumpur
Mixed by Rich Breen, at Rich Breen’s Studio, Burbank CA-USA

ISLAND of GOD
Music by Dwiki Dharmawan
Words: Balinese Traditional (Kidung Wargasari)
Produced & Arranged by Dwiki Dharmawan

Dwiki Dharmawan: Synthesizers, Vocoder
Guy Strazz: Classical and Acoustic Guitars, Sydney Session Producer
Richard McGraeith: Flute
Hugh Fraser: Double Bass
Aykho Akrhif: Afro-Cuban percussions (Congas, Guiro, Shaker and Clave)
Peni Candrarini: Voice
Recorded at Senopati Studio Jakarta by Santoz
Recorded at Musikita Studio Jakarta by Owno
Percussions Recorded at Steve Drumhouse, Kuala Lumpur
Mixed by Rich Breen, at Rich Breen’s Studio, Burbank CA-USA

ANA RITIN TEO
Indonesian Folksong from Kalimantan Island
Produced & ARranged by Dwiki Dharmawan

Ivan Nestorman: Voice, Background Voices
Dwiki Dharmawan: Synthesizers, Vocoder
Sandy Winarta: Drums
Steve Thornton: Percussions
Indro Hardjodikoro: Bass
Dewa Budjana: Guitar
Recorded at Senopati Studio Jakarta by Santoz
Recorded at Musikita Studio by Owno
Percussions Recorded at Steve Drumhouse, Kuala Lumpur
Mixed by Rich Breen, at Rich Breen’s Studio, Burbank CA-USA

ARAFURA
Music by Dwiki Dharmawan
Produced & Arranged by Dwiki Dharmawan

Dwiki Dharmawan: Synthesizer, Vocoder
Frank Gambale : Guitar
Sandy Winarta : Drums
Steve Thornton : Percussions
Indro Hardjodikoro: Bass
Recorded at Senopati Studio jakarta by Santoz
Recroded at Musikita Studio Jakarta by Owno
Percussions recorded at Steve Drumhouse, Kuala Lumpur
Mixed by Rich Breen, at Rich Breen’s Studio, Burbank CA-USA

CLARISSA
Music by Dwiki Dharmawan
Arranged by Dwiki Dharmawan
Produced by Jimmy Haslip

Dwiki Dharmawan: Synthesizer & Vocoder
Jimmy Haslip: Bass
Russel Ferrante: Piano
Alfredo Reyes Jr: Drums and Percussions
Roger Burn: Marimba & Vibraphone
Andy Suzuki: Tenor and Soprano Sax
Tollak Ollestad: Harmonica
Farabi Voices: Backing Voices
Beijing Studio Orchestra, Chen Yun (Concert Master)
Recorded at Henson Studios, Hollywood by Rich Breen
Assistant Engineer: Matt Serrechio
Orchestra Recorded at YYYD Studios, Beijing by Paul Lu Na
Mixed by Rich Breen, at Rich Breen’s Studio, Burbank CA-USA

JAZZ FOR FREEPORT
Music by Dwiki Dharmawan
Produced & Arranged by Dwiki Dharmawan

Dwiki Dharmawan: Synthesizers, Vocoder
Sandy Winarta: Drums
Steve Thornton: Percussions
Indro Hardjodikoro: Bass
Dewa Budjana: Guitar
Recorded at Senopati Studio Jakarta by Santoz
Recorded at Musikita Studio by Owno
Percussions Recorded at Steve Drumhouse, Kuala Lumpur
Mixed by Rich Breen, at Rich Breen’s Studio, Burbank CA-USA

IE (USA Version)
Indonesian Traditional Song from Flores Island
Arranged & Orchestrated by Dwiki Dharmawan
Produced by Dwiki Dharmawan

Dira Y Sugandi: Voice
Dwiki Dharmawan: Keyboards, Synthe Bass & Vocoder
Michael Paulo: Saxophone
Steve Thornton: Percussions
Soulmate: Backing Voices
Beijing Studio Orchestra, Chen Yun (Concert Master)
Recorded at Rich Breen Studio, Burbank CA-USA by Rich Breen
Recorded at Senopati Studio by Santoz
Orchestra Recorded at YYYD Studios, Beijing by Paul Lu Na
Mixed by Rich Breen, at Rich Breen Studio, Burbank CA-USA

You can buy the album and get more infos at World Peace Orchestra and Dwiki Dharmawan ‘s website

Reviewed by: Riandy Kurniawan

Special thanks to :
Alhenri Wijaya

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