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The pioneer of international-scaled jazz festival in Indonesia, the Jakarta International Jazz Festival, better known as JAKJAZZ is coming again in 2013! Just like what you see in the flyer, in this 14th edition JakJazz as one of the most respected jazz festivals which is critically focused on jazz as an art form is stepping up a gear to expand its high calibre image. For this mission, they are ready to extend the festival’s position as a one-of-a-kind jazz festival, without necessarily having the mind to compete with other well-established jazz festivals in Indonesia. The preparation is really short, since they just started to spread the flyer at the Indonesian Jass Festival a month ago. But still, as one of the historical jazz festivals and as they have promised, you can expect many great things in this edition. JakJazz 2013 is ready to go on 18,19 and 20 October 2013 at the Istora Senayan Jakarta.

JakJazz is a brainchild of senior guitarist Ireng Maulana. Since the first edition in 1988, JakJazz has featured thousands of artists, both national and international. It was already held 13 times: in 1988 and 1991 at Ancol, 1993, 1994 and 1995 at Plaza Timur Senayan, 1996 and 1997 at Pasar Festival Kuningan, 2006, 2007. 2008 at Istora Senayan. In 2009 JakJazz came with a special theme: A Touch of Jazz served at Airman Planet, Sultan Hotel, in 2010 appeared as a charity show called JakJazz Cares at Gandaria City and since 2012 it started to settle in Istora Senayan Jakarta. All the way, JakJazz has successcully gained hundreds of thousands or might even be millions of jazz aficionados either from the Jakarta residents, other cities or around the world. Just like life, this legendary festival also has its ups and downs. But the efforts to keep it alive is always intense, just like the words came from the official committee, Sharkindo Komunika. “What’s important is we keep it running, keeping the existance this year and for more years to come.” they said. This year JakJazz 2013 still holds the theme of “Jazz the Way You Are”.  Plenty of actions for 3 days straight, all kinds of jazz from assorted jazz artists, ranging from the legends, big cats, today’s toppers, rising stars and promising newcomers, all of these will answer your needs in good quality jazz fiesta.

As how most of international jazz festivals are, this 14th edition of JakJazz in 2013 will feature international artists to join the local ensemble. So far some of the international lineups that are already confirmed. Indoneia’s closest neighbouring country Malaysia fills some slots:  the sweet Malaysian Bossanova artist who, just like our own Jilly Likumahuwa, has spent several years in Brazil to absorb the authentic local music and culture, Xiong Lee and one of the most accomplished drummers in Asia and a close friend of Indonesia Lewis Pragasam. Lewis Pragasam will bring his Asiabeat Project featuring jazz/RnB singer, Richard Jackson.

French guitarist Jeremy Tordjman also joins the fest. The last time we saw him was at last year’s Asean Jazz Festival when he teamed up with Barry Likumahuwa, Erik Hargrove and Kyriz Boogiemen. It’s going to be interesting to see his distinctive ‘fuzzy jazz groove’ once again in this festival. If you wonder how it is, you should check his session. From Brazil came the amazing lady who knows how to combine poetry, singing, dance and visual art with her multilingual jazz vibe, Lica Cecato. Lica is not a stranger to JakJazz since she’s been supporting the event, for example at the JakJazz 2008 when she teamed up with Zarro. Came all the way from Netherland is Rene van Helsdingen. Rene was born in Jakarta but resides and builds his career in his homeland. Even so, he never forgets Indonesia as he’s been visiting the nation many, many times. Afronesia is a world music band fused with Afro jazz, salsa, reggae and bossanova is led by Vieux Aliou Cissokho from Senegal. Although Vieux came from Africa, the band actually based in Bali, Indonesia. An album Tama Silo – The Journey which tells about the story of his journey from Africa to Indonesia has become an important content in their profile. It’s going to be interesting to see the combination between Africa and Indonesia that definitely will spice up this year’s festival. Helga, a violist player also resides in Bali will join with the  band.

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Last year’s JakJazz (2012)

From our own land the JakJazz 2013 will be filled with who’s who in the jazz scene. Legends like Ireng Maulana, Kiboud Maulana, Idang Rasjidi, Margie Segers, Ermy Kullit, Mus Mujiono, Oele Pattiselano, Jeffrey Tahalele, Yance Manusama, Benny Likumahuwa are already on the lineup. Then the experienced  musicians/bands like Jilly Likumahuwa, Eramono (ft Witsqa), Eddy Syakroni, Cendi Luntungan, Nita Aartsen, Tohpati (and friends), Balawan Bifan Trio (ft Didiet Violin), Syaharani and the Queenfireworks (ESQI:EF), Andi Wiriantono, Indro Hardjodikoro and the Fingers, Didiek SSS, Once Mekel, Otti Jamalus, Emerald/BEX, Beben Jazz, Harry Toledo, Yuyun George and her Jazzmint Band ft Grace Simon, Lana and GI, Lala Suwages are there too. From the source of today’s popular bands/young lions come Barry Likumahuwa Project, Sierra Soetedjo, Matthew Sayersz, Endah N Rhesa, Shadu Rasjidi Band, KulKul, Abdul and the Coffee Theory and Andre Harihandoyo.  More names filled the lineup such as Maera, Rio Sidik Quintet, Aimee Saras, Speak Easy, Fusion Stuff, the young drummer Nathan Gulo, Danilla, Bagong Big Band, Time Warp , Bexxa, Higher D, Soukma, Grooves n Roll and Suave.  The sensational 10 year old pianist who won the international  Master-Jam Fest Competition in Ukraina Joey Alexander is in too, also the pianist who made a recordings in Budapest, Hungary Boby Limijaya and his 8 Horns Band. Some jazz communities from Jakarta and other regions are projected to be there too such as Komunitas Jazz Kemayoran (KJK), Rompok Bolong Malang, Komunitas Jazz Lampung, Komunitas Jazz Serpong, SoJazz (Solo), BJF (Batam), Margo Rising Star (Depok), Jajan Jazz BSD (Tangerang), Jazz Ngisoringin (Semarang), Etawa Jazz (Jogja) and FJazzC (Surabaya). The senior keyboardist from Surabaya Yohanes Gondo will bring his trio consists of much younger team, then Bandung is represented by new but explosive Out of 7.  Many more names are said to be announced.

Another important thing to mention is that there will be JAM SESSION, placed at the end of each day. The free-for-all jam session will start from 11:15 pm until 11:55 pm. During these 40 minutes time every musician can climb the stage and have fun. Not all festival has it inside the rundown, so if you’re a jazz musician, you better use this chance.

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We would say the jobdesk of a singer is to make sure that they sing well, in tune with emotion attached inside. That’s not wrong, of course. However, we tend to look at it with too narrow perspective, so narrow until we forget how far a voice, as one of the greatest gifts from above, can do in transcribing our feelings. Most of the singers just try to ‘sing’ the song as good as possible, but how many of them know that a voice can actually do much more than just that? In this case we should take a look at an awe-inspiring voice artist from the Northern part of Italy, the Maestro Della Voce (Master of Voice), Boris Savoldelli.

This man is rarely different. He has the kind of ‘tool’ that actually we all have, the voice, but look at how far he stretch it beyond believe. He doesn’t need any ensemble or band to back him up, because he already has one big orchestra inside his voice. He doesn’t care of the genre he’s at, nor that he care about what kind of voice range he has. His goal is simple: He only wants people to know that he has fun in his performance and then send the happiness straight to his audience’s hearts. It may sound simple, but what he does on stage is unbelievable. Imagine a man standing alone on stage, producing many vocal layers by himself resulting something that might be too far to imagine before. If you wonder where he could have it all, it could come from the combination of three most important idols of his: Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa, not to mention that he does have the special gift but most importantly he knows how to utilize it to create magic.

His very first album ‘Insanology’ received many critical acclaims from all around the world. For the ‘insanity’ of Boris yet served beautifully, this album has shocked many people and set up a new perspective of being a singer. He carried on with two projects (‘Protoplasmic’ with Elliot Sharp and ‘S.A.D.O’) before releasing his second self-project ‘Biocosmopolitan’ last year featuring trumpeter/flugelhorn player Paolo Fresu and one of his heroes, Jimmy Haslip of Yellowjackets. The success story appears like a romance, but believe us he’s not over yet. This is the man that can surprise you with his limitless creativity by nature.

Lucky for us he came to perform at the JakJazz Festival 2012 in Jakarta under the show called One Man A Capella, Indonesia. We didn’t want to loose the opportunity, so we set up an intimate one on one interview with him just a while before he performed on stage on the first day of the festival. In a session which turned out to be more like chatting between friends than a formal interview, we digged what’s on his mind, his goal, ideas, passion, how he look at the music, what he’s actually doing, even about what he learned from his sources of inspiration, Miles, Jimi and Frank and many, many more. Happy reading!

 

Hi Boris, welcome to Jakarta!
Finally here I am in Indonesia! This is my very first time. They have told me so much about Indonesia, Jakarta. I’m excited!

I was really glad when I spotted your name on the list of JakJazz Festival 2012. Since I’ve listened to your album such as ‘Insanology’ and ‘Biocosmopolitan’, I’m happy that finally I’ll be able to see how you do all those insane stuff.
Great! So you can see now how I’m performing live!

Yes, finally. Where do you live in Italy?
It’s up on the North. Leonardo (Leonardo Pavkovic of MoonJune Records) came to visit me one month ago while he was doing the recording with the Soft Machine. I have small house in front of the lake in a place called Pisogne which is a very, very small town with a small lake up to the north, exactly between Milan and Venice.

The scenery must be very beautiful up there.
Yeah, it has a very good scenery and it’s very quiet, everything is very slow. You can have a very quiet life. Since I’m not fooling around and work in the studio, it’s very good.

First of all, let me know how your story started.
It was kind of crazy, the story is like a romance… everything was happened in 2007. I was recording my very fist album “Insanology” by myself in the studio with my friend. At that time I was out from music for more than 10 years. After those years I said “No, I can’t live without my music.” So I decided to come back with this crazy solo project. I thought it was the time for me just to try something new, something different and put that in a recording session.

 

Since you’re in MoonJune label, I think it’s really a perfect match between you and Leonardo. What you do is rare and different, then Leo is the kind of brave, ground-breaking man with strong nose when he smells talents. How did you guys meet ?
As usual when I had that kind of promo, I started to contact some labels around the world, asking whether they are interested or not. Some of them didn’t answer at all, some of them answered that they were not interested or said maybe we can be, let us see or whatever. But I received a mail back from Leonardo, written in Italian, and he answered me and said, “Man, I love your album. I think your album is fantastic. But at the moment I can’t afford with my small label your album.” He was very clear from the very beginning and I like the way he did. And after that he said “but I think this is a great album. So, believe me, I’m a businessman in music, do it by yourself, produce this album and I promise you I’m going to help you find some journalists and critics to let your name be known. And I trust him. It was like a good feeling (snaps his finger).

It’s like having an intuition I guess.. you felt it and chose to listen to it, which is actually good.
You know I’m a very impulsive person, and I think the most important thing is human relation. That’s what I want first of all. I don’t care being a millionaire, it’s not my problem to get millions or billions of dollars, I think I want to have a good life and good relation with people. So I produced the CD by myself and Leonardo was fantastic since he immidiately sent me a very long list of journalists from all around the world and told me: “Just write to these guys, be in touch and let’s see what happen.” What happened was very good, because I received a lot of good reviews from them. So after that he said to me: “I like the way you play, I like the way you work. Do you want to play with me for my label?” I said why not. Okay. After that it was like magic.

In just two days after we decided to deal, without any contract, just ‘shaking hands’, not literally because he was in New York and I was in Italy, he received a call from Russia from a guy named Iouri Lnogradski, a jazz writer for jazz.ru, a very important journalist who said “I love this guy. Do you mind to come to Russia for Muzenergo Festival in Dubna?” I said okay! So I went there, I never met Iouri before in person, and my adventure in Russia was very fruitful because now I have done more than one hundred concerts in Russia, in around 60 different cities, such an incredible place for me.

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Day three leaps in as we’re still roaming around the stages of Djarum Super Mild Jakarta International Jazz Festival 2012. A few names from the first and second day were back such as Boris Savoldelli, Tetsuo Sakurai, Mezzoforte and Curtis King. Crackerjacks Dixieland also performed again with a larger crowd with much more expressive response.They just rehearsed today and brought an Indonesian song of their own version, “Terang Bulan”. The crowd even asked for an encore. Happy to see that finally the audience started digging the beauty of Dixieland. It’s rare today to find a band which as the authentic spirit of this style, but Dixieland Crackerjacks has it all. They had fun, brought a lot of laughter and made us felt as if we were sitting in 1910’s or 1920’s street cafe in New Orleans. “We’d love to come again next year. We love the audience, the organizers really did a great job too.” said trumpeter Michael Muller to us. If that so, we would be more than happy to have this band back again next year. Speaking of the rarity, authenticity, true spirit and joyful package in terms of having an important part of jazz history back again, Dixieland Crackerjacks is the one,  They finally found climax in the last day, the same thing happened with other performers who reprised their session. But hey, eventhough they played more than once, they could make it like it was their first presence. That’s the great thing about jazz is that you don’t know what’s going to happen next and you don’t get the same performance twice. It’s all about the creativity and improvisation, so it was never a same show.

 

The day started off with Jazzy One. A group of fresh young talents consisting of Muhammad Reyhan Akil (Keyboards), Muhammad Rizky Abdullah (Bass), Dio Rizky Perdana (Drums), Dimas Habibie (Saxophone), Harley Korompis (Trumpet) and Yosua Jose (Percussion & Cajon) set the stage with numbers from Incognito who are also performing at this event. So we could say it is like an interesting improvising inception. This evening we were served to open this bash within the following cover songs such as John Legend’s “Ordinary People”, Jamiroquai’s “Bad Girls” and Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing”. They included two female vocalis Dita and Farah Di plus Aja with his powerful and strong voice.

Institut Musik Indonesia is one of the nation’s leading music institutes and in this event they have contributed a big part towards expanding knowledge and sharing experiences with the crowd about what they have pursued throughout their study. And on the last day, IMI Combo Band gave us a great package. With Indro Hardjodikoro, Andre Dinutz, Triono and Yandi, they served us more than a combo, but a feast of rockin’ , funkin’ fusion to fulfill our cravings for jazz  through their songlist “Psychopath”, “Always Always Always”, “And I Love Her”, “Remembering You” and “Titik Awal”.

 The grand swing embranced the audience in multitude from the clinic stage, brought by the band formed two years ago by Sonny Pangestu and Roberto Joko. They also valiant to bring another kind of music as long as they are still in the corridor. Many of the band members are still young and happily join the team for enjoying the learning process or simply to have fun. Wildan Abdat, our contributor also a trumpet player in HajarBleh Big Band told us that their participation at such a big, international event like this was a dream come true. We say, they deserve it. What’s unique from this big band is they’re open to everyone who interested and want to engage in jazz music. We can feel from their performance that none of them wasted their opportunity in fulfilling their dreams. They entertained us with swing, blues, and jazz standard in epic result. Good job, HajarBleh Big Band! Robert Joko as the arranger, conductor, mentor and keys. Then there’s Shelly (Keys), Yonathan (Guitar), Vito Gama (Bass), Rizal ‘Ucus’ Wargakusuma (Percussion), Thomas & Nair (Drums), Nicolaus Edwin (Tenor Sax), Tanya Edwin (Alto Sax) and Arie Kurniawan (Alto Sax). From the trombone base there is Sonny T. Pangestu (Band Master), Suharman, Mail & Rio. Trumpets are Luhur ‘Icrut’ Wicak, Wildan Abdat, Adek Marhaenika and the vocals from Thisi, Steve Respati and Mesakh Christian.They carried on songs such as Duke Ellington’s “Duke’s Place”, “Route 66″, Sonny Rollins’ “St Thomas” and “Georgia On My Mind” among others. From now on if one wants to talk about the pulse of Big Band in Indonesia, HajarBleh Big Band should always be mentioned. Hope they will continue achieving their dreams, such as participating in other big events in local or international scene, where they can get more experience and at the same time proving that they are indeed have it all.

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The stages at the venue still in sight and wonderful weather surrounding the scene, Djarum Mild Jakarta Jazz International Jazz Fesitval (JakJazz) 2012 hits day two! With loads more audience than last night, the festival gave more performances, more names and more fun.

Crackersjacks Dixieland and Boris Savoldelli made another appearance after performing on day one. At the same time, on a different stage, Curtis King ruled the stage. Curtis King Band was scheduled to play at JakJazz 2009, but due to the cancellation of the festival we didn’t get the chance to meet them. Two years have passed, finally we were able to see the things that make Curtis King Band shine especially around Asian region. So who’s Curtis King? He’s a guitarist who originally came from Cleveland Ohio that has performed live around Asia all the way to USA. What’s unique about him is his passion to absorb many styles, instruments and traditional musics of the capitals of the world he lived in. This fact enables this man (and his band, of course) to give an interesting performance anywhere they land. The combination of jazz, blues, rock n roll, rock, fusion, Latins and so on go all the way to reach ‘East meets West’ concept, often by involving traditional instruments inside like in this very event by using zither, bamboo flute and so on. Imagine a show that delivers something energetic, cheerful, joyful, entertaining with bags of surprises around, served in rich variety, The Curtis King Band has it all. One of the song which grabbed the attention of the audience was The Who’s “Baba O’Riley”, the song used as the theme of CSI New York. 2 years waiting, at last we got it all paid off, in full.

 

You can ask this legend about the long, lost history of Indonesian jazz, he will tell you all about it. That’s Benny Mustafa van Diest, a drummer that has been through such an illustrious journey for more than half a century. Not only with skill, he’s been fully blessed with great health as well. That can be seen from the way he plays drum in top condition. Other than mastering all kinds of jazz, he’s also great at playing with brush sticks. He was great back then- for example when he was one of the Indonesian All Stars team which made big news in 1967 by performing at the Berlin Jazz Festival followed by recording an album in Germany- today he still has it all, if not even better. Having a legendary jazz drummer in a legendary festival like this is a must. Too bad this show started so early when most of the audience still hadn’t show up. Anyway, keep jazzin’ up the drums for many years to come, uncle Benny! We salute you. And today on stage he made it big with Troy and Rita. Amazing it was!

As the Saturday sun set, Idang Rasjidi Syndicate, a project of Idang Rasjidi’s which is active and yet improving as we speak blew the crowd away. The group which features his son Shadu Shadu Chaidar (Electric Bass) and two of his students on the percussions and  drums and Idang himself on the Keyboards made a remarkable performance. True entertainer and piano passionist, highlights of Idang Rasjidi. And with his “syndicate” they delivered their jazz-rock yet spontaneously manouvering in the way they play with songs. At this event and performance, Idang Rasjidi was energetic and very interactive in delivering the music.

 

In life, there are ways of sending our sympathy to others. As for EFA Project (Everyone For Ambon Project) this is their way of regwrowing the spirit towards the disaster that occured in Ambon this year which is also a part of their song “Harapan”. As much as 22 musicians collaborated as one and have also raised the spirit for other Indonesians to be more aware of the things happening around us. Names such as Jflow, Barry Likumahuwa, Glenn Fredly, Monita Tahalea, Mike Mohede, Bayu Risa, Matthew Sayerz, Tompi, Angga Puradireja and many other names are a part of this wonderful project. As the lyrics go, “For you, for me, for everyone” and that’s what their project wants to tell us all that for us all, their is still hope for anything we want to achieve.

Indonesian funkin’ Urban Phat of Muhammad Ibnu Rafi (Drums), Fajar Adi Nugroho (Bass), Andy Gomez (Keyboards and Piano), Damez Nababan (Saxophone) and Jordy Revillian Waelauruw (Trumpet) stands under the nuance of urban jazz. What is interesting about them is that their sphere in jazz keeps expanding. For instance, though standing under one name, Rafi also currently plays at Rafi and the Beat and also features in The Finggers with Indro Harjodikoro.Then there is Damez Nababan who also plays with Funky Thumb and Trio Lestari and Gomez with Syaharani and the Queenfireworks. The lineup continues on with promising young trumpeter, Jordy Waelauruw. From all the differences and experience, they combine as one delivering their diversity musical style in urban jazz. High dose of funk, loads of full extacy were served from their stage.

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Where were we all in 1988? A question that everyone has a different answer to. Well, as for Jakarta International Jazz Festival, there was one. It was the birth of a music event that has resounded through time and emerged clearly in Indonesia’s music development. And until now, Indonesia’s participation in the globalisation era of music has reached to another step and keeps getting better. After it’s warm and delightful welcome since years ago, The Djarum Super Mild Jakarta International Jazz Festival 2012 is back and is ready to fulfill your jazzilicious cravings. For the thirteenth time, this three-day event (19,20,21 October 2012) held at Istora Senayan Jakarta holds the theme of “Jazz The Way You Are” and marks another history in the national and also international scope. This event prepares the finest artists and performers from a variety of backgrounds uniting with one vision to deliver a great passion towards music highlighting jazz as it’s main course. With eight stages of amazing showcases, this event will surely get you up and going in enthusiasm to satisfy your wants and needs for jazz.

Jazzing up this fine friday evening, opening performances started off on separate stages with The Doctors, Time Warp, and Karim Suweileh & Friends. What words come instantly in your mind when you hear the word “The Doctors”? If you ponder about a bunch of medical professionals, you got it exactly right. Instead of only discussing a range of various health-related topics, they also teamed up to share their passion in music. Yes, this is a music community whose members are genius, talented doctors. A group that has “Music is the Medicine” tagline consists of dr. Noel (vocal), dr. Bram (piano), dr. Yassin (keyboard), dr. Fariz (gutiar), dr. Rizky (bass), dr. Hery (guitar) and dr. Bima (drums). It’s their fourth time performance at JakJazz and they brought an instrumental of “Perjalanan Panjang“, “Lupakan Diriku” by Noel feat Nina and continued with G Voice’s “Capacity of Love” and “Masihkah“. Then there was “Hanya Bayangan“, “Is It You“, and “You Make Me Feel Brand New“. Their last numbers ended with “September” and the maestro Gesang’s “Bengawan Solo“.

Using Time Warp as a band name? Why not. This band of expatriates from USA, Australia and UK together with some Indonesian suit the word if we take a look at the concept. They play infectious road blues really well, but they move on by opening various dimension through time and space by infusing jazz, funk, classic R&B and soul (sound of Motown) all the way to rock and roll and stuff. In the end, it’s like having a wonderous party over some eras, just like riding into a time warp. They delivered a few songs such as “Peter Gunn“, “Cant Turn“, “Everybody Needs Somebody” and “Sweet Soul Music“.If they claimed to be the South East Asia’s premier Blues Brothers revival band, they really do, because their act and song choices always remind us of the legendary Blues Brothers. They also jazzed away with “Respect“, “Hold On I’m Coming“, “Funky Nassau” and “New Orleans” A whole lotta fun indeed we got from their stage.

We saw Devian at JakJazz 2008 (that time featuring Dina Mariana) when it was served big. Now we watched him again at this edition. Yes, we finally got the chance to see the great saxophonist Devian coloring the jazz sky above Istora Senayan. Playing at Anggrek room at night, Devian once again saw that he can play more than just pop and smooth jazz. He explored jazz in wide perspective view, making the audience drown in extacy. Joining him on stage were Triono on piano/synth, Faisal (guitar), Fajar Adi Nugroho (bass) and Dezca Anugrah Samudra (drums). We digged his show as much as we loved his action 3 years ago at the same event.

This event also includes mini-workshops, performances and Coaching Clinics by IMI (Institut Musik Indonesia) on all three days of this event. And on the first day there was a vocal session by Indra Aziz who is a well known vocal coach for most of us. He is also known for his skill and ability to compose songs, and play the saxophone. This clinic featured Anjuan Julio for the guitars.

 

Syaharani and the QueenFireworks or mostly known as ESQI:EF is a group who certainly knows how to entertain the crowd. It is because that they are not only presenting ear catchy songs but also by involving their fans into their performance. Syaharani, the queen herself positively enjoys about how she communicates to audiences, both on and off stage. A very delightful group to watch and listen. ESQI:EF appeared right here at JakJazz along with Donny Suhendra (guitar), Kristian Dharma (bass), Sirhan Bahasuan (drums) and the backing vocals. As how we predicted, they gave a highly entertaining performance which a real satisfaction for the crowd. There’s nothing better than serving a party with songs like “Say A Little Prayer” and an acoustic version of “Anytime” and “Kiranya” with a beautiful French nuance. There was also a special touch of accordions by Andy Gomez. It was truly an act the way we expected from ESQI:EF. Way to go!

There was also DAC, Emerald Bex and another Clinic by IMI from a guitar session with Andre Dinuth. DAC or short for Dynamis Action of Chord which describes their music concept of jazz fusion/pop group from Semarang with Momo (Guitar), Dudut (Bass), Aditya (Drums), Iga and Atok (Keyboards) and Shanty (Additional Vocalist). They have been around since 1987. If you’re an adult jazz fans who had listened to jazz albums in the 80’s, you might remember them. They’ve also released an album in 1989 then stepping into hiatus for quite a long term. They came back in 2010 on Fusion Nite 80’s at Jajan Jazz Teras Kota BSD City. Fusion flowed thorugh our ears as they let their fresh modern touches tingle too. The 80’s fusion hype with some fresh and modern treatment was the menu that enjoyed by many of their fans and the passers-by.

Also from the same era and fusion jazz is Emerald Bex, which was formed on the 11th of July 1986. They are Iwang Noorsaid(Keyboards), Roedyanto(Bass), Morgan Sigarlaki(Guitar) dan Inang Noorsaid(Drums). Both these groups, entered the Band Explosion (BEX), a music competition held by Yamaha. Andre Dinuth, yes a guitarist you might remember from several groups such as Tohpati Band, Magenta Orchestra, Erwin Gutawa Orchestra, Indro Hardjodikoro Band, Glenn Fredly Banda and Rio Febrian Band. With his guitar he’s travelled from one stage to another and this time he gives out more than just the music. With his experiences also as session palyer for various artist and recording guitarists, who doesn’t love a plus on the guitar and the jazzy side of it. The Emerald-BEX is the embryo or the earliest formation of the band. We didn’t hear the band at all since that hey-day, but then they decided to come back since last year for good. If you love them back then, you’re going to love them even more today. Why not? Wild exploration of jazz-rock, fired-up stage action, all wrapped with the experience, passion and love make this band stands in the different fusionesque corner. The setilst such as 11 July, Altimeter and Night Walk became the benchmark of people’s expectation watching this group. In the end you’ll find out that you’re not watching a group of musician playing their instruments anymore, it’s become a show where the jazz-rock comes alive. Oh yeah, before we forget, the young man named Muhammad Iqbal did very well too in providing the raunchy beat over the drums.

 

The Quatro consists of musicians who have appeared often in jazz festivals in Indonesia. They are Eka Dewanto (bass), Hosdiman (saxophone), Donny Prasetyo (keyboards) and Hanli Saputra (drums). This circle of friends decided to form the band to fulfill their passion and simply chose the name based on the number. In this gig The Quatro got empowered by two vocalists, Sherly’O and Hans Bartelz. Resides in Bali, Sherly’O made her solo album entitled Pop Jazzy in 2007 which got good response from the market. She also participated in Akordeon and Totong Wicaksono’s albums. About Hans Bartelz, this guy has the kind of soulful voice like black singer and labeled as Phil Perry from Rote/NTT. Showing an appreciation for this fest, they made a special instrumental song named “Song For JakJazz“, written by Donny Prasetyo. “A Night in Tunisia” and “Sexy Back” was sung by Sherly’O before Hans joined her for a duet on the evergreen “Moody’s Mood For Love“. Hans carried on right after by groovin’ the audience with Al Jarreau’s “Boogie Down“. To close this session grand, Sherly’O came back to do another beautiful vocals on “Every Breath You Take“. Carrying well known song in pop jazz tunes like this including “Don’t Ever Wonder” delivered by Hans, made the audience could sing a long merrily, it was nicely done and entertaining.

There was also Higher D and another Clinic by IMI from Willy Haryadi with the keyboards who majored in Film Scoring with emphasize in computer music techonolgy. Fascinated right? Well he let out his knowledge of tips and tricks with his incredible fingers tapping the notes. His proffesional experiences are worth double thumbs up being a composer and music programmer for tv shows and movies including international movie “The 1985″. A glimpse of where passion can take you. Higher D went on stage with their colorful costume. They presented their “Album Maluku” by recycling “Ayo Mama” and “Tanase“. There was also an appearance from Danila which also completed a unique performance. Their energetic aura and colorful costumes lit up the atmosphere. With different voice ranges, they created a beautiful harmony in delivering their sweet Ambon songs.

Talk about a lady who’s done a tremendous job in many fields, the name Yuyun George should always be the perfect role model. She’s highly experienced in the music scene since she plays saxophone and sings really well, she’s great in composing/arranging, a standout band leader and also teach. Off the stage, she’s a full loving and caring wife and mother, not to mention that she’s warm hearted and very friendly as well. Her family supports her fully, that should be one of the factors that enable her to give her best in multi-roles. Yuyun George & The Jazmint Band is her brainchild that was formed in 2000. Starting only with 6 musicians and pop singers, it kept growing both in experience and creativity. Swingin’ jazz appears grand from this band and seemed set to give a joyful entertainment to the audience. No matter how often we cover her gig, she never fails to surprise us. Some classics from the American and Indonesian Songbook appeared beautifully from Yuyun and the band. To complete the vocal position, there was Grace Simon with her first song Ismail Marzuki’s “Kopral Jono” and Titiek Puspa’s “Kupu-Kupu Malam“. She also let the crowd sing along with her making it an interactive performance while Yuyun blew away the saxophone elegantly. Nunus Utomo with his musky rocking voice singing songs taken from the Rod Stewart versions with “What A Wonderful World” and ” I Love You for Sentimental Reasons“. Yuyun Jazzmint also made a different arrangement with George Irfan singing “Bujang Dara” a number from his album The Indonesian Songbook. Really nice!

 

Some people would refer Jeff Lorber as a fusion jazz respected artist and one of the smooth jazz pioneer. For us, Jeff Lorber is someone who has contributed many things for passion and his eternal love of music. He has become a prominent figure in the movement of jazz fusion. Jeff himself performs regularly at the  Java Jazz Festival, or what we usually call it better as “In-House Residence”.  Tonight at JakJazz, Jeff Together with (his band or some other artists) they treated our thirst for jazz. This is his project which first honed their craft in the Portland, Oregon Club scene and rapidly expanded their aim for national and international audience. Their formation of Jimmy Haslip (bass), Eric Marienthal (saxophone), Vinnie Colaluta. They have just came back from Manila, Phillipines. While the strong fusion smell attracted the fans like having the best coffee beans to sip joyfully, the all-star casts in this session really brought something great yet natural. What a challenging stage we got, we are happy to have Jeff Lorber Fusion at this JakJazz 2012.

A senior fusion guitarist formerly known as the member of Cannizaro and Canzo, Totong Wicaksono continued his participation after the Road to JakJazz 2012 held several months ago. Just like at that time, he delivered the kind of classy 80’s jazz fusion with some Latins and jazzy pop. His Hollow body guitar and the classical acoustic nylon guitar are his favorite weapons that he believes can represent his musicality at best. Some songs from his solo project album were played nicely too at this festival.

Well they say, two is better than one. But three makes the musketeers. Dewa Budjana, Balawan, and Tohpati are known as guitar virtuosos in Indonesia. Normally guitarist at this level would prefer to play alone, but that’s not the case of these masters. They surprised us some years ago by joining forces and called themselves as Trisum. What’s even more surprising is they can actually blend harmoniously with high tolerance guide to one another. The first album received huge success, the second one received the same acceptance from the market. They synchronize each other to create a whole new world of music, they rock the jazz like no one have done before. Three wizards showed us how far guitars come in handy entertaining us, courtesy of these masters. Unpredictable twists, heart-pounding manouvers, acrobatic improvisations were all over their stage, all thanks to the harmonious connection between them. Eventough they busy with their own agendas, we hope it won’t obstruct them to make another album after “Five in One” and participate in more events in the near future. Kudos to Trisum for making such an unbelievable show. Tonight, accompanied with Muhammad Iqbal (drummer), they played “5 in1″, “Bubi“, “Keroncong Kemayoran“, “All You Can Eat“, “Guitar in the Midnight“, “Saka/Lukisan Pagi“, “Pulang“, and “Rahwana” to entertain us.

 

One Man Acapella Boris Savoldelli, vocal performer from Italy just has no limits in learning. He’s been singing through classic, rock-funk, avant-garde and yes, jazz. A list of albums such as “Biocosmopolitan”, “The Miss Kiss”, “Protoplasmic”, “Insanology” and a vocal solo arrangement of The Beatles’ classics “Get Back Evolution”. Many fans who hadn’t known him before were pleasantly surprise with the treat. The concept had A Capella in it, but still it wasn’t like the way a capella we used to hear. Imagine a singer who does more than just singing, instead he used his voice as the whole ensemble roled as one. He placed the base, the rhythm, the backing vocals and then he put his singing on top of them. What a miraculous work, something that might seem impossible came true through his voice. As the title of these followong songs appeared, the Mexican-feel “Mindjoke“, then “Blue Child” that he played in the name of remembering his grandmother not in sad but sensitive way, Monk’s “I Mean You“, Miles Davis’ “All Blues” and no forget to mention about cover of one Beatles’ song “Tomorrow Never Knows“, all in a way no one ever did before. Talk about unique, you gotta see this man. He’s like having the whole instruments in his throat while he also used his whole body as a part of the ensemble. On top of everything, this is the man that strecth out the concept of ‘having-fun’ on stage to the max. Man, you gotta see to believe.

 

Like a mix of everything with toppings of each? Jazz funk, soul jazz, nu jazz and acid jazz, you have it. It’s all there in Incognito! You know the names, yeah, Jean-Paul Maunik, a.k.a Bluey (Guitar & Vocals), Matt Cooper (Keyboard), Pete Biggin (Drums), Julian Crampton (Bass), Jamie Anderson (Saxophone), Sid Gauld (Trumpet) and Alistar White (Trombone). Arriving from the United Kingdom, they have flew in to Jakarta to greet the crowd. This legendary band never fails to create a communicative interaction with the crowd making it such a welcoming atmosphere. Their positive vibes in songs such as “N.O.T“, “Still a Friend of Mine“, “I’ll be Loving You Always“, “Always There“, “Colibry” were delivered on stage. Bluey’s introduction to the next song started off with “Larc en Ciel”. Bluey called his bestfriend, our lovely Indonesian diva: Dira Sugandi and rock the stage with “Talkin’ Loud” surely with the high tone of her voice, flawlessly powerful. No need to wait longer, another surprise came up suddenly, each of the personnel switch their role in playing musical instrument and had Bluey as the main vocalist within the song.There were many great moments such as when there was a saxophone moment which amazed the crowd. There was also a duo double session by the percussions and drums. With eyes closed they just flowed with the rhtyhm and the beat. At the end of their performance,

 

It’s a pleasure too watch Dixieland Crackerjacks, why? Because we can ride the time tunnel to visit the early jazz scene around the early 20’s and enhance our lore about the jazz history. From its name we know that this group played dixieland music, an embryo for jazz musical. This genre really close with swing, one of the earliest styles of jazz that is still known by the jazz fans. For you who are still unfamiliar with the name/style Dixie, this genre born from combining the early blues and ragtime which is believed as the root of the modern jazz. This Netherlands based band formed in 1994 and still goes on strong up to this day. What’s unique about Dixieland Crackerjacks is that the band  can change the formation/member, from small combo to supersize orchestra, depend on the event they participate.Lodewijk Johannes Bink, Michael Bruno Wijnand Muller, Arend Gerard Huisman, Anne Van Der Wal, Lielian Tryfena Tan were the ones behind this amazing band. This unique formation also affect they musicality, therefore they can play a lot of jazz genres no matter the classics or the modern ones.

 

Appeared in unique vintage Happy-Dixie outfit they added up the color to this JakJazz Festival 2012. With loads for song list from the past including “Maskrut Rumble“, “Bourbon Street Parade” and plenty of other classic songs like “Basin Street Blues” and so on. We have been waiting long enough to have a Dixie style in jazz festival in Indonesia. Finally we got one, and that’s from one of the best in today’s jazz scene, thanks to JakJazz. We hope their appearance can stimulate the Indonesian bands to form a dixie groups, because, no matter what, Dixie is one of the most important legacy we have to preserve. Dank u wel Crackerjacks Dixieland, it was like riding a time tunnel to see where jazz started came from.

About a month ago, Rio Moreno, a keyboardist we first knew as the Cherokee member released an album entitled “El Montuno”. Here in this album he poured his passion which seems to be rooted in jazz and Latins, like samba and salsa, something that we can always clearly discover from him. At this year’s JakJazz he appeared with that concept, playing the songs from the album and also the popular ones such as “Moliendo Cafe” and The Beatles’ “Come Together“. Something that no many knows, he also did a good dance. As the album is still new, it’s good to see him introducing the music of the album by playing live in front of the audience. Rio Moreno is a great keyboardist that can play as good as his idol, Arturo Sandoval and Michel Camilo. We hope the best for you guys and the newly released album. Long live Rio Moreno and the El Montuno!

And then there was Manna which name comes from the combination of the two personnels who established the group, the legendary bassist A.S Mates and superb guitarist Achmad Ananda plus the power rockin drum beats of Jessi Mates and vocalist/rapper Fajri Rusani. They deliver their music through the eye of progressive rock jazz yet also having a touch of blues and funk.

So from the era of flashbacks to the present, from fusion to blues, from instruments to education, Djarum Mild Jakarta International Jazz Festival 2012 Day one gave it all to you, but there’s still heaps more names and performances you just don’t want to miss. National, international, you name it! See you on day two jazz lovers!

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The jazz aficionados in Indonesia are excited to have the Jakarta International Jazz Festival (JakJazz) 2012 back again in grand-size since 2008. One of the most interesting international artists to color it up is Jeff Lorber with his group, Jeff Lorber Fusion. Jeff Lorber is no stranger to the jazz fans in Indonesia since he’s been the ‘in-house residence’ of Java Jazz Festival since 2006. His support in this mammoth-sized annual festival has been massive, therefore he received the Java Jazz Festival Hall of Fame in 2011 along with Brian Simpson. Now he’s coming to South East Asia again with his band the Jeff Lorber Fusion. Lorber and his compatriotes will visit Philippines first before they merry the JakJazz Festival 2012 in Jakarta a couple of days after.

In keeping with their mission to promote Jazz in the Philippines, the Phillipine International Jazz & Arts Festival Foundation is pleased to invite you to “The Jeff Lorber Fusion Live! in Manila” — a pre-festival concert featuring the Pioneer of Jazz Fusion, Jeff Lorber and all-star band including Eric Marienthal, Nate Phillips and Sonny Emory. Celebrate the fusion of jazz in an intimate evening with the one and only Jeff Lorber and his team-mates on Sunday, October 14, 2012, 8pm at the Ballroom of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Manila with special guitar instrumentalist Jerome Rico and SinosiKat? vocalist Kat Agarrado. The event will be hosted by Raul Banzon.

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Let’s take a closer look at Jeff Lorber. By the late 1970s, trailblazing keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber had become a prominent figure in the new movement known as jazz fusion – a marriage of traditional jazz with spicy elements of rock, R&B, funk and other electrified sounds, and also a prominent figure of smooth jazz. Lorber and his band, The Jeff Lorber Fusion, first honed their craft in the Portland, Oregon club scene and rapidly expanded their reach to a national and international audience via a combination of complex harmonies, unconventional time signatures and compelling rhythms. More than three decades after his earliest recordings, Lorber has come full circle. His new recording, “Galaxy” released under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines) revisist a sound he helped pioneer. The album takes the experiment that he started with his last Grammy nominated CD, “Now is the Time”, up a notch with 11 exciting and energetic new compositions performed by some of the biggest names in jazz today. Core members Lorber, bassist Jimmy Haslip and saxophonist Eric Marienthal are in rare form, aided by the explosive playing of drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and guest appearances by trumpeter Randy Brecker, percussionist Lenny Castro, guitarist Paul Jackson Jr and Larry Koonse and drummer Dave Weckl.

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Never before a pre-event made this big. Take a look at the lineup then you’ll know what we mean. Are you surprised? We are too. Because not only it has so many famous jazz stars, from the legends, maestros, today’s stars, popular bands to the rising young bands. It’s going to be held not just one day but two days in a row, taking place at a popular hangout place, Gandaria City, Jakarta. We are talking about the pre-event of a huge jazz festival that has just made its comeback. Yes, it’s the Jakarta International Jazz Festival, better known as JakJazz!

Having the sponsor Djarum Super Mild for 2012, JakJazz presents a huge preliminary event called “Road to Djarum Super Mild Jakarta International Jazz Festival” in the shape of a festival. Three stages will be prepared to hold tens of jazz bands this upcoming weekend on April 7 and 8, 2012 from 3:00 pm until midnight. One thing for sure, we are happy to see this very popular international jazz festival back again filling up our jazz calendar this year. The main event itself will be held some times around October. But before that, here we have the first party that can make you totally chilled in jazz this weekend.

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Firstly came from Ireng Maulana‘s idea, JakJazz is known as the first and the pioneer of international-scaled jazz event in Indonesia. Since the premiere in 1988, JakJazz has already been held 10 times : 1981 and 1991 at Ancol, 1993, 1994 and 1995 at Plaza Timur Senayan, 1996 and 1997 at Pasar Festival Kuningan, 2006, 2007. 2008 at Istora Senayan. In 2009 JakJazz came with a special theme: A Touch of Jazz served at Airman Planet, Sultan Hotel and then in 2010 appeared as a charity show called JakJazz Cares at Gandaria city. All along the way, JakJazz has involved thousands of local and international artists, watched by hundreds of thousands or even millions of jazz enthusiasts. Though there have been ups and downs, the efforts to keep this event alive has been massive. That’s one of the things that we should praise and learn from them. So this year it’s confirmed that JakJazz will come in grand style again in October, and before that, here we have the ‘road-to’ event in such an amazing size that was made to remind us all and rise our awareness of the comeback of this festival.

Plenty of stars are scheduled to perform at this pre-event including LLW (Indra Lesmana, Barry Likumahuwa and Sandy Winarta), Tompi, Maliq & D’Essentials, Barry Likumahuwa Project (BLP), Glenn Fredly, Syaharani and the Queenfireworks (ESQI:EF), Tohpati, Ireng Maulana & Friends, Idang Rasjidi Syndicate, Yance Manusama’s Funky Thumb, Lala Suwages, Margie Segers, Jeffrey Tahalele and friends (JOC ft Bale Jazz), Otty Jamalus, Mus Mujiono, Oele Pattiselano, Cendy Luntungan, Yuyun George, Lala Suwages, Abdul and the Coffee theory, Rio Moreno, Benny Mustafa, Eramono & the New Spirit Band and many more. Speaking of Eramono, it’s about time for us to have him back again on stage. If you’re a long time jazz fans in Indonesia, you should remember a famous band around 2 decades ago called the Spirit Band where Eramono stood as one of the men behind this group. They were on top for several years but then gone. We then saw the rise of its former members like Dewa Budjana, Kemala Ayu, Didiek SSS, Kadek Rihardika, Bintang Indrianto, Tito Sumarsono, Uce Haryono among others, either as a solo artists or with new bands, but the band itself was completely dissapeaered. That stayed up until Chaseiro held their concert, “Chaseiro: Music and Friends” on March 16, 2012 when we finally saw Eramono Soekaryo back again together with the New Spirit Band. This band now has a shining jazz-rock with vintage atmosphere. It sounds fresh but still widely acceptable for the loyal Spirit Band fans. (Read our report about the return of Eramono and his New Spirit Band here)

There will be two stages spread inside the mall where everyone can watch for free, but one stage’s prepared for the special shows (Piazza Stage). To be able to have an access to this stage the ticket price is IDR 100.000. You can buy it directly there on the D-day.

Just in case you need the complete lineup, we have received the latest schedule and lineup from Sharkindo Komunika, the EO of this event.

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Eugene Lodewijk Willem Maulana, that’s the real name of the living legend Ireng Maulana. He’s one of the most important milestones in Indonesian Jazz History and music history in general, as he has been contributing in many ways for a very long time. He joined Eka Sapta Band in the 60’s with Bing Slamet, Idris Sardi and Benny Mustafa. This is a legendary group that still well remembered by many seniors up to this day. Besides this group, his Ireng Maulana All Stars which he formed in 1978 is also famous. One of the thing we remember from Ireng Maulana All Stars is the way they brought ragtime back again in their music and how cool he was playing the banjo. Ireng Maulana is also the founder and conceptor or should we say the brain behind JakJazz which was started in 1988. He’s a real fighter that is always willing to fight for something he truly believes. Ages are just numbers for him, he’s still showing a lot of passions and spirit today.

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Ireng Maulana & Friends (37)Ireng Maulana gave a final show for tonight in big. They delivered swing, samba, and mainstream jazz among other classic jazz flavors. The crowds reached the maximum amount for the final. In front of the fully crowded audiences Ireng Maulana and Friends (Sam Panuwun on piano, Cendy Luntungan on drums, Didiek SSS on sax and Harry Toledo on bass) brought the guest singers one by one. Ermy Kullit sang “L-O-V-E”, followed by Margie Segers with “In a Mellow Tune” and Bertha sang “One Note Samba”. They carried on with playing just instrumental with Didiek SSS in action.They made this session just like a cool jam session. Rio Moreno even took part replacing Sam Panuwun in one song.

Ireng maulana & Friends (2)Ermy Kullit came back to sing “Pasrah”, Margie Segers brought her first hit “Semua Bisa Bilang” then Bertha brought Ismail Marzuki‘s “Payung Fantasi”,then continued with Basia‘s “Baby You’re Mine”. The party continued on until it reached exactly midnight, and Ireng Maulana gave a closing speech as well as introducing everyone behind the event.  This by far should be listed as one of the most unforgettable ending of JakJazz.

Two days jazz fiesta has finally come to an end. We feel very happy that JakJazz has finally appeared once again this year. It was in the new form of charity that was set to help the victims of earthquake/tsunami in Mentawai, the volcano eruption of Mt Merapi and the floods in Wasior, JAKJAZZ CARES. It was for a good cause, but at the same time we were fully entertained by some of the finest local jazz artists range from legends, seniors, icons, today’s stars, emerging forces to the wonder kids who have shown their rare qualities. Syaharani said that this year’s JakJazz was like a big gathering of local jazz communities, and we think she’s got a point there. We need big festivals to bring on the jazz heroes from our own resource, a place where they can pour down their ability, creativity and souls, and at the same time we, as the jazz lovers could enjoy their showcases under a very friendly atmosphere. JakJazz has always been remembered by their familiarity for more than a decade now, and we still feel it this year. No matter what shape JakJazz appears as, the same spirit is still the same.

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Tohpati Ethnomission (3)Has it ever easy to find the exact point where the modern jazz meets the traditional ethnic music? No, it’s never easy. But few musicians have found the secret formula to do it well, even found something in between to make their music stands differently. Tohpati is definitely one of them. He’s always been recognized as one of the guitar maestro who could play just about any genre perfectly. Lately he’s taking further path by entering the mystical part of the music world where the ethnical elements merge with jazz in fine blends with his group, Tohpati Ethnomission. For Tohpati Ethnomission ethnic music is not just optional, additional or even toppings, but it appears as one of the main elements that has shaped their music to stand differently.

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Tohpati Ethnomission (11)Tohpati Ethnomission has received international acclaims with their debut album, “Save the Planet”, which distributed internationally by MoonJune Records. (You can buy the album at our online store: http://store.jazzuality.com ). Riza Arshad and his simakDialog has taken this journey earlier and got success with it, Tohpati Ethnomission follows their footsteps with different ethnical jazz vibrations as the outcomes. One way or the other, Tohpati has brought himself to another level of musicality, just as what this group presented tonight at JakJazz Cares 2010.

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Meet the man who definitely deserves to be listed as one of the most important milestone, Dwiki Dharmawan. He’s the founder of the supergroup Krakatau when he was still 17 and got the shot directly to perform in Montreux Jazz and North Sea Jazz just to name a few. Just several years ago he made another shocking breakthrough when he managed to gather hundreds of musicians all around the world to be involved in the very special project picturing the cultural heritage of Indonesia in one big party, “World Peace Orchestra”. It was massive and cleverly done. Then he moved on to smaller size in the shape of multi-national combo with holding the title: “Sketches of Indonesia”. Again it was a very cool installment that still well remembered.

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Now at JakJazz Cares Dwiki brought even smaller size. This time with trio shape, including Demas Narawangsa on drums and Zoltan Renaldi on bass. Dwiki Dharmawan Project (4)As predicted, Dwiki gave the kind of music that he’s tightly related, the fusion with ethnical nuance. Dwiki was on fire tonight releasing his energy on stage. Several times he stood and tranced into his music, and who could blame him since the two companions matched his finger speed and rhythm. Ivan Nestoman came with his acoustic guitar and brought “Yamko Rambe Yamko” and the Flores’ “Benggong Banggong”. Dwiki continued giving up full action fusion with his compositions, “Arafura” and “Numfor”. Dwiki, Zoltan and Demas delivered a sensational performance tonight that stunned the crowds perfectly.