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Indonesian Jazz Pianist

Dwiki Dharmawan to indonezyjski pianista silnie związany z Java Jazz Festiwalem. Ostatnio współpracuje z młodymi muzykami z Polski. Dziś opowiedział mi o znaczeniu jakie ma dla niego Java Jazz Festiwal, elementach muzyki indonezyjskiej w wykonywanej przez niego muzyce, a także o kondycji współczesnego jazzu.

W jaki sposób korespondujesz pomiędzy jazzem wywodzącym się z Indonezji, a jazzem zachodnim?
Dużo czerpię z tradycyjnej indonezyjskiej muzyki, głównie dlatego, że jest bardzo unikatowa. Na przykład Gamelan – to jedna z najstarszych i najpopularniejszych, starożytnych form muzyki indonezyjskiej. Gamelan powstał w trzecim wieku n. e. i wykonywany był na królewskich dworach Indonezji, przy użyciu całej gamy instrumentów: metalofonów (odpowiadających za główną melodię), perkusji, gongów, instrumentów strunowych,bambusowych fletów a także cytry.
Mieszam skale muzyki Gamelan ze skalami jazzu zachodniego. Miksuję elementy zachodniej diatoniki z etnicznymi rytmami muzyki indonezyjskiej. Sądzę, że właśnie w tym rytmie tkwi tajemnica ekspresji, tak ważna dla komunikacji z publicznością, z całego świata.

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Dwiki Dharmawan plays just about anything with keys on it with this fusion based album alongside teammates Jimmy Haslip/b, Chad Wackerman/dr, Dewa Gudjana-Tohpati/g and guests. Jerry Goodman brings his Mahavishnu-inspired violin for an assertive “Arafura” while the whole  band charges like the Light Brigade on the complex and dramatic “The Dark of the Light” with some impressive guitar work.

Weather Reportish synthesizers team up with voices on “Whale Dance” and ethereal images are evoked with Metheny-esque guitar lines that chime on “Bromo” and propel forward on “NYC 2050.” The leader has his hands on everything from Hammond B3s to synthesizers and makes the pieces fit together like a 3D puzzle. Fusion fans will have a field day here on this excitingly macho release.

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HOLA, AMIGOS DE AUTOPOIETICAN, LES SALUDA CÉSAR INCA.

Hoy nos centramos en el músico indonesio DWIKI DHARMAWAN, un teclista de larga trayectoria y sólida veteranía dentro de la escena jazz-rockera de su país: el pretexto idóneo para ello es la publicación de su álbum “So Far, So Close” por el sello MoonJune Records, la misma que tuvo lugar en setiembre del año pasado 2015. El material de este disco fue grabado en enero del mismo año en la ciudad de Los Ángeles, un ambiente muy apropiado para crear una música jazz-fusión-progresiva que se sienta fresca. El arsenal de DHARMAWAN consta de pianos acústico y eléctrico, sintetizadores Mini-Moog y Korg, órgano Hammond y clavinet, además de realizar algunas intervenciones vocales. Sus compañeros permanentes de viaje son todo un lujo: el bajista Jimmy Haslip y el baterista Chad Wackerman. No solo eso, también cuenta con las colaboraciones ocasionales de otro gran renombrado del jazz contemporáneo como el violinista Jerry Goodman, además de sus ilustres compatriotas Dewa Budjana y Tohpati alternándose en el rol de guitarrista, y también I Nyoman Windha a los vientos y las percusiones étnicas. DHARMAWAN lleva sobre sus espaldas una trayectoria musical que abarca más de tres decenios, tanto en grupos como en su faceta solista, y ahora tenemos una oportunidad de oro para descubrirle. Veamos ahora los detalles mismos del repertorio de este disco.

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14Ci arriva dalla Moonjune questa nuova produzione di uno dei musicisti più importanti dell’Indonesia, Dwiki Dharmawan (già leader dei Krakatau), eccellente tastierista e figura di grande personalità. L’enorme talento di Dwiki si riversa in un disco completo sotto tutti i punti di vista, un crossover di soluzioni gestite in modo lodevole da un manipolo di straordinari interpreti dello strumento.

So far so close è un ottimo esempio di come fusion e progressive possano ancora andare di pari passo, all’interno di un percorso in cui Dharmawan è ben sostenuto dal basso di Jimmy Haslip e dalla batteria di Chad Wackerman, oltre che da alcuni giganti della scena indonesiana e della stessa etichetta discografica di New York come Dewa Budjana e Tohpati (entrambi chitarristi) e il leggendario violinista Jerry Goodman. Composizioni ampiamente strutturate ma mai prolisse, arrangiamenti sontuosi, resa live e feeling, elementi che caratterizzano la musica del pianista, incentrata sulla fusion progressiva che animava gli anni ’70. Tra i solchi di So far so close si respira una certa libertà esecutiva, quasi una sorta di jam in cui i protagonisti danno sfogo all’istinto e all’intuito, dando vita ad un lavoro qualitativamente alto e di indubbio fascino. Brani come l’iniziale Arafura, unico in cui è presente il violino di Goodman o la lunga ed esotica Jembrana’s fantasy (qui compare I Nyoman Windha con una serie di strumenti indonesiani) mostrano un’artista che ha ancora voglia di esplorare, curioso e proiettato verso orizzonti meno battuti. Questo spirito si riscontra in un album ambizioso e dai grandi spunti (da segnalare anche la frizzante The dark of the light o la conclusiva The return of Lamafa), immediato per freschezza ma estremamente virtuoso nei contenuti, capace di coniugare il rock progressivo con l’ethno jazz, il funk e la psichedelia. So far so close conferma l’etichetta di Leonardo Pavkovic come una delle più attente nel proporre e importare autori di grande classe ma ancora poco conosciuti in Europa. (Luigi Cattaneo)

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“So Far, So Close” is the first of multiple releases slated for Dwiki Dharmawan and MoonJune Records over the coming years. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, in January 2015, at Jeff Lorber’s recording studio. It features my dear friends who have served as the foundation of many musical battles, Jimmy Haslip and Chad Wackerman. The album also features Dwiki’s longtime close friend (and my dear friend), the Indonesian guitar icon Dewa Budjana, and his fellow compatriot and otherworldly axeman, Tohpati, and as well the legendary violinist, Jerry Goodman.

I have known Dwiki for over a decade now, and consider him a dear friend. His addition to the MoonJune’s label bolsters any already-impressive array of both veteran and up-and-coming Indonesian progressive jazz and fusion artists: Dewa Budjana, SimakDialog, Tohpati, Tesla Manaf and I Know You Well Miss Clara.

Dwiki’s talent is immense, and many future collaborations with other great MoonJune artists from across the globe are already in the works. Those who take the view that fusion is “past tense” are in for some very pleasant surprises, as this extraordinary MoonJune debut showcases some fabulous compositions and arrangements augmented by some superb individual performances, and encompassing a variety of influences (such as jazz, funk, psychedelic, avant garde, ethno jazz and more).

It is with the greatest pleasure that I introduce to the progressive music world the fabulous music of the Indonesian maestro, Dwiki Dharmwan. Dwiki is one of his country’s most prominent musicians an icon in his homeland and it is an honor to have him among my record label’s roster.

Dwiki is an accomplished pianist, keyboardist, composer, arranger, performer, peace activist, and a true cultural ambassador of his beloved country. He has forged a very successful career (one that already spans more than 30 years), performing in over 70 countries with both solo and collective projects. (His band Krakatau remains one of Indonesia’s most famous bands ever.)

Fans of MoonJune and its unique, uninhibited stylings of multi-genre musical adventures will delight in “So Far, So Close”.

Please join me in welcoming a truly great, accomplished artist into the MoonJune fold.

Leonardo Pavkovic, MoonJune Records

DWIKI DHARMAWAN
Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, Mini Moog, Hohner Clavinet,
Hammond Organ, Korg Synth, Acoustic Piano, Vocals (track 3, 4)

with
JIMMY HASLIP – Bass Guitar
CHAD WACKERMAN – Drums
DEWA BUDJANA – Electric Guitar (tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8)
TOHPATI – Electric Guitar (tracks 3, 5), Acoustic Guitar (track 4)
JERY GOODMAN – electric violin (track 1)
I NYOMAN WINDHA – Gamelan Jegog, Balinese Kendang, Suling (Bamboo Flute), Vocals (track 6)

GITARKU Records – Museum GITARKU

Recorded at
JHL Sound, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, January 14 & 15, 2015.
Recording session engineered by Jeff Lorber.

Additional recordings and post-production recorded at DSS Studio & Musikita Studio, Jakarta, Indonesia,
by Sulthon, January and February 2015.

Mixed and Mastered by Robert Feist at RavensWork Studios, Los Angeles, in February and July 2015.

It was an immense pleasure to record and engineer Dwiki Dharmawan’s international record debut on the New York-based label, MoonJune Records. There was a great vibe in the studio and everybody brought their “A-Game. I met Dwiki Dharmawan and Dewa Budjana for the first time; both of them, extremely focused, and they played brilliantly. Even though I’ve played live with Chad Wackerman in the past, this was the first time I’ve had the pleasure of having him and hearing him in my studio at the recording session and he literally killed it! And it’s always fun to work with my great friend and collaborator for many years, Jimmy Haslip. This was a great pleasure and a lot of fun to be part of.

Jeff Lorber, musician, recording engineer

Not even in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that I’d be on this magical musical journey — still, after more than 30 years. I am extremely grateful for this and wish to Thank Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, and everyone who has accompanied me on this journey in Indonesia, and during the course of many musical adventures, spanning five continents.

I also wish to acknowledge and express my debt of gratitude to my two mentors: one of my best friends and musical companion for three decades, my musical brother, Dewa Budjana; and to my old friend, Leonardo Pavkovic, of MoonJune Records with whom I am finally collaborating, and who, after all this time of me being a part of the music industry, is unveiling some truly new and exciting horizons for me. Leonardo has proven himself to be not only a dear brother, but also a man who is very passionate and committed to promoting an array of artists from my native country of Indonesia.

For my debut for MoonJune Records, Leonardo kindly arranged all the logistics and details for this fantastic L.A. session; in the warm, cozy atmosphere of Jeff Lorber’s studio, with his pals Jimmy Haslip (with whom I have recorded and performed live, previously) and Chad Wackerman, in addition to Dewa Budjana. Among the many strings he managed to pull, Leonardo also arranged for the legendary violinist, Jerry Goodman, to make a special guest appearance on the opening album’s track, “Arafura.”. Tohpati provided some additional guitar parts, as well. The making of the entire album was an enchanting experience that I will never forget.

I dedicate this album “So Far, So Close” to my lovely wife Ita, and my dear son Nanda or their enduring love, understanding and support: and for the memory of my late beloved mother, Mamah Yuniarti Sugatin Safiyudin.

Dwiki Dharmawan
https://dwikidharmawan-moonjune.bandcamp.com

Dwiki Dharmawan and His Polish Friends feat Kamal Musallam at FRANKFURT MUSEUM FAIR 2015
INDONESIA, 17.000 Islands of Imagination Concerts : 28, 29, 30 August 2015
Frankfurt celebrates annually every last August weekend its museums and its riverine setting with a lively three-day festival. In this unique combination the Museum Embankment Festival is a popular platform for presenting Frankfurt’s cultural institutions and cultural protagonists. With an annual attendance of ca. 2.5 million visitors, the programmes of the museums, stage shows, projects and presentations, the Museum Embankment Festival is one of the biggest cultural events in Europe. Art, culture and disburdening the mind blend together for three days into a spectacular mammoth festival.

Dwiki Dharmawan:Piano/Synthesizer, Pawel Urowski:Double Bass&Electric Bass, Adam Golicki:Drums, Piotr Checki:Sax

Kamal Musallam:Oud

Jazz musician Dwiki Dharmawan will take part at this year’s celebration of the UNESCO International Jazz Day in Ukraine.

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Since 2011, UNESCO has set April 30 as International Jazz Day. For this year’s event, Dwiki has received an invitation to perform in the Master Jam Festival, a part of the Jazz Day celebration.

“It was Ambassador of Indonesia to Poland Peter F. Gontha’s and Ambassador of Indonesia to Ukraine Niniek Kun Naryatie’s idea to invite me to this year’s Jazz Day celebration,” said Dwiki, 48, as quoted by tribunnews.com.

Dwiki will play on April 26 at the Odessa Theater of Musical Comedy in western Ukraine, along with musicians, such as Armenian Nelly Manukian on flute, Russian Boris Plotnikov on harmonica and French Bernard Struber on guitar and piano.

– See more at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/04/22/guess-what-dwiki-dharmawan-perform-int-l-jazz-day.html#sthash.z1X2Bh6g.dpuf

KRAKATAU REUNION WEB

 

(Clipping from THE JAKARTA POST)

The second day of the 2014 Clear Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival was graced by musical performances from local jazz legends and award-winning international artists.

On Saturday, festival-goers at the biggest hall at the JIExpo in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, witnessed the first reunion concert of the legendary band, Krakatau Reunion.

Performing in their most solid formation, which comprised guitarist Donny Suhendra, bassist Prasadja Budi Dharma, Trie Utami on vocals, Dwiki Dharmawan andIndra Lesmana on keyboards and drummer Gilang Ramadhan, the band stole the night.

The crowd cheered as the band appeared onstage, performing Kembali Satu (Back Together) taken from their Kembali Satu album, released in 1990. They continued the show with Kemelut (Chaos).

Trie constantly interacted with the audience, telling them amusing anecdotes about the songs.They often composed songs that were hard to sing. Can you imagine, I had to sing this song the first time I joined the band in 1986? said Trie, referring to Cita Pasti (Certain Hopes).

The band that was founded in 1985 brought the audience back in time with their classic hits, including Dirimu Kasih (You Are My Love) and Perjalanan (The Journey).

Although Trie sometimes found it difficult to reach the higher notes, her energetic performance and the bands pop/rock-jazz fusion sounds generally succeeded in blowing the audience away.

Krakatau Band had been the most prolific jazz band in Indonesia, selling more than 5 million records from 1986 to 1990.

Jazz Krakatau

 

KRAKATAU LIVE at MADAJAZZCAR

Antananarivo, Madagascar

Dalam rangka peningkatan hubungan kerjasama Program Kerjasama Indonesia Terpadu (PKIT) Indonesia Madagaskar khususnya di bidang kebudayaan, KBRI Antananarivo bekerjasama dengan Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan RI telah mengikuti MADAJAZZCAR ke-24 tanggal 1-2 Oktober 2013 dengan mendatangkan salah satu lelompok musik jazz terkemuka Indonesia Krakatau di bawah pimpinan Dwiki Dharmawan.Selama mengikuti MADAJAZZAR 2013, Krakatau telah tampil dalam 2 (dua) event.

Acara Pembukaan MADAJAZZCAR di PALAIS DES SPORTS, MAHAMASINA, ANTANANARIVO, Selasa, (1/10). Krakatautampil dalam urutan pertama, dihadapan kurang lebih 850 hadirin yang terdiri dari Korps diplomatik dan organisasi internasional, Kementerian dan Instansi Pemerintah Madagaskar, seniman, media cetak dan elektronik serta masyarakat umum, termasuk keluarga besar dan masyarakat Indonesia yang ada di Madagaskar, penampilan Krakatau mendapat sambutan yang luar biasa dari pemirsa yang hadir.

Penampilan di panggung terbuka untuk umum diadakan di JARDIN ANTANANINARENA, jantung kota Antananarivo, Rabu, (2/10). Meski tampil di arena terbuka, penampilan Krakatau tetap mendapat perhatian luar biasa dari hadirin, yang pada umumnya masyarakat Madagaskar.Acara pada hari yang samajuga diwarnai dengan warna-warninya baju batik yang dikenakan para pemain dan staf KBRI Antananarivo, untuk memeriahkan Hari Batik Nasional tanggal 2 Oktober 2013.

Sebelum mengikuti MADAJAZZCAR, Krakatau juga tampil secara khusus di Wisma Indonesia pada tanggal 30 September 2013 untuk menghormati Tributeto Pahlawan yag telah gugur dan Hari Kesaktian Pancasila. Penampilan khusus ini telah disaksikan oleh sejumlah undangan yang hadir antara lain dari korps diplomatik asing, kementerian, mitra kerja KBRI Antananarivo dan Ikatan Alumni Indonesia

Appresiasi applause berbagai kalangan korps diplomatik, media dan umum tampak terlihat positif, khususnya daricoveragedan wawancara media serta pegamat dan pecinta serta organizer Madajazzcar. Genre music Krakatau Jazz Ethnik yang khas Modern dan tradisional menciptakan suasanabaru. Beberapa lagu yang berhasil menarik publik untuk larut bersama dalam gerak tari dan kebersamaan antara lain Tareek Pukat dan Rhytm of Indonesia and Madagascar. (Sumber : KBRI Antananarivo)

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Jazz Fest Wien 2010: Wednesday 07.07.

Dwiki Dharmawan & Friends admission free!

City Hall/Arkadenhof 20.00

Dwiki Dharmawan

Dwiki Dharmawan is famous for beautifully combining traditional Indonesian music with Jazz. He achieved international fame as a member of the supergroup Krakatau. With fellow musicians Pra B Dharma he mixed and adapted traditional music and stone-age sounds with modern, western instruments. This unusual fusion eventually won Krakatau a global following.

In the USA, enthusiastic critics call the band a cross between Gamelan and Weather Report. The bands hallmark is an interweaving of exotic jams, spicy improvisation, intense rhythms and melodies.

Dharmawans latest project is called the World Peace Orchestra, which he founded in 2007. For the first time Dharmawan teamed up with non-Indonesian musicians such as Jimmy Haslip and Russell Ferrante from Yellowjackets. Each year different international Jazz musicians are invited to perform with the orchestra.

line up:
Dwiki Dharmawan Ac Piano/Synthesizer/Vocoder/Melodion/Percussions
Ade Rudiana Traditional Percussion/Gamelan/Bamboo Flute/Voice
Barry Likumahuwa Ac and El Bass
Andy Suzuki Saxophon
Kamal Musallam Oud and Custom Guitar

Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia
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Before Vienna, Dwiki will be performing at Aula Magna University La Sapienza, Rome (19 May), Napoli Conservatory of Music, Napoli (20 may) and Teatro Goldoni, Venezia (22 and 23 May) continue with performance in Moscow, Twer and St Petersburg with Indonesian Cultural Troupe.
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http://www.viennajazz.org/en/2010/07/07/dwiki-dharmawan/
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http://www.viennajazz.org/en
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