Indro Hardjodikoro has been known as a very active bassist for such a long time. He’s been busy playing in bands or as session player everwhere ever since he entered the jazz scene about twenty years ago. He is one of the most important senior bassist in Indonesian music scene. It’s good to see him finally appear in front, bringing his own trio to pour down his own concept and composition. Not only he appears in many events such as the prestigious Java Jazz Festival 2010 and Serambi Jazz, he also released an album entitled “Feels Free” about a month ago. As jazz gets more appreciation lately in Indonesia, the appearance of Indro Hardjodikoro as the front man in our jazz scene comes in the right time.
Indro Hardjodikoro was born in Jakarta on December 14, 1968. He got inspired by his own brother, Manto, also a musician. “Playing music can make us cool.” he said once. He learned by himself ever since he was still in the third grade of elementary school. He joined the vocal group as a percussionist, then later switched to guitar besides also sing and playing the harmonica.
At one point Indro changed his weapon to bass. It was when he met Bintang Indrianto, one of the jazz giant in Indonesia. Indro continued to learn from Indra Lesmana, Erwin Gutawa, and Maryono. One day he met Tohpati at PMMC (Yamaha), that invited him to join a famous fusion band, Halmahera. His friendship with Tohpati continued on when both of them became the member of Riza Arshad‘s simakDialog, the first formation. Not only in this super band, they also collaborated in many projects and recordings. Since then, Indro has emerged as a popular session player with amazing skill that can play “all around” with his own distinct style.
Indro has played in many different sizes and formations, both on stage and recording. He released two album with Halmahera (Kuyakini and Khayalanku), two album with simakDialog (Lukisan and Baur), Earth Music (with Australian percussionist Ron Reeves, the jazz icon Indra Lesmana, Cendi Luntungan and Arif Setiadi). His name was also listed in many recordings of pop, jazz and any other genres. He has appeared with many artists such as Erwin Gutawa, Edo Kondologit, Vina Panduwinata, Ruth Sahanaya, Indra Lesmana, Khrisna Balagita, Tohpati, Trisum, Balawan, Dwiki Dharmawan, Donny Suhendra, Humania and Elfa’s Singers, just to name a few.
He appears on TV often too, such as in Indonesian Idol or any other program in various TV stations. He played with Indonesia’s big orchestra like Erwin Gutawa, Addie MS’ Twilite Orchestra and also Andi Rianto Magenta Orchestra. Indro joined Dwiki Dharmawan’s World Peace Orchestra in which he collaborated with many international artists such as Andy Suzuki, Steve Thornton, Tollak Ollestad, Jimmy Haslip, Russel Ferrante, Roger Burns, the ‘oud’ (pear-shaped Arabic guitar) player Kamal Mussalam and many more. He went on tour with Eric Marienthal in Indonesia in 1997, and also has collaborated with many international stars such as Sadao Watanabe,Kenny Garrett, Dave Koz, Michael Lington, Michael Colina and many more. He was the lecturer in Master Class “Rhythm and Groove Music Camp” together with Victor Wooten. He got the chance to join the jam session with Herbie Hancock in Bali, with George Duke, the “Freak Guitar” Mattias “IA” Eklundh and so on. He has done recording sessions with many international artists such as Dwiki Dharmawan’s World Peace Orchestra, the Malaysian Diva Sheila Majid, Bob Sheppard and also included in Dira J Sugandi‘s debut album which produced by Incognito‘s Bluey. Not only active as a bassist with many experiences as listed above, Indro is active in education too. He is the Head of Bass Department at Institut Musik Indonesia (IMI) and also active as a bass teacher.
After pursuing his career as a session player or side man for many years, now it’s time for Indro Hardjodikoro to bring himself out to appear right in front. Following the release of his album, PT One Note Indonesia presents “Indro Hardjodikoro Feels Free Concert”. This concert’s also prepared as a kick off for the international 2nd Annual Jazz@Fort Rotterdam in Makassar, July 31 to August 1, 2010 that goes with the theme “When Jazz Meets Ethnics.” Further more, Feels Free Concert is listed as one of the beginning of Bass Society’s program. Bass Society is a bass community made by Indro. This community is planning to make jazz festivals in many big cities of Indonesia around June-July 2010.
Indro Hardjodikoro will bring his own trio, with Demas Narawangsa (drum/percussion) and Lal Intje Makkah on keyboard. There will be some guest stars too, such as Tohpati, Shadu Rasjidi, Fajar Adinugroho and Cut Faranissa Hamzah. This is going to be a very interesting concert to mark the next step of Indro Hardjodikoro’s contribution in our delightful jazz world.
Save the date!
INDRO HARDJODIKORO FEELS FREE CONCERT
Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM – onwards
Location: Erasmus Huis
Jl. HR Rasuna Said, Jakarta
Admission Fee: IDR 50.000
For more info, please text or call these following numbers:
Erna Widiawati (+62 812 8227 2590), +62 21 5241079
Naya (+62 816 1942480)