Dwiki Dharmawan is Indonesia’s most gifted and celebrated music personalities, multi-genre keyboardist, composer, producer, peace activist and cultural icon.
With a career spanning over 30 years and performances in over 70 countries, Dwiki remains one of his country’s most popular and respected industry stalwarts.
On his debut for MoonJune, listeners are treated to an exotic musical mélange of the highest order. Featuring fusion and progressive rock luminaries, Chad Wackerman, Jimmy Haslip, (and fellow MoonJune artists and Indonesian giants) Dewa Budjana and Tohpati, and as well the legendary violinist, Jerry Goodman. “So Far, So Close” features adventurous compositions, arrangements and performances.
Lovers of fusion’s “golden era” (mid-’70’s through the mid-’80’s) will find plenty to keep them enthralled throughout this sizzling session, as Dwiki and company never let off the gas while scaling high-altitude sonic terrain in effortless fashion.
Despite a long, storied musical career which has been marked by large-scale successes and critical acclaim, worldwide, Dwiki remains constantly in search of new musical ground.
His Band, Krakatau, is acclaimed worldwide and his project, the World Peace Orchestra, aims to bring social harmony and consciousness to the globe.
Growing up in Bandung West Java, Dwiki’s home was situated behind the Bandung Conservatory of Music, where he’d go to see students dancing to gamelan music. Dwiki studied classical music for two years before beginning to pursue jazz at the age of 13, a transition that exposed him to John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Weather Report. Dwiki plays originated from the ancient gamelan tonal system, which is the basis for the traditional music of Sunda, Bali, and Java. Krakatau adapts the slendro scale to Western diatonic scales by fusing its rhythms and unique melodies with jazz, rock, and funk, making for an exciting combination of cultures and a vibrant listening experience.
MoonJune Records, the independent record label from New York that focuses on progressive music which explores boundaries of jazz, rock, etno, avant and the unknown, would like to release another studio album of Mr. Dharmawan which is recorded at the legendary East Cote Recording Studio with some of the top musicians from the London jazz scene : Yaron Stavi (Bass), Asaf Sirkis (Drums), Nicolas Meier and Mark Wingfield (Guitar) and Gilad Atzmon (Sax/Clarinet), for an album to be released in the early Spring of 2016.
His involvement in promoting Indonesian Cultural and Tourism around the world reflects his support for his nation. He also served as a member of the Jakarta Arts Council. The Farabi Music Education Center reflects his deep interest in Indonesia’s music development.