Dwiki Dharmawan is among Indonesia’s most gifted and celebrated music personalities: a multi-genre keyboardist; skilled composer and producer, and; a conscientious peace activist, equally committed to ecological preservation.
With a career spanning over 35 years and performances in over 80 countries, Dwiki remains one of his country’s most popular and respected industry stalwarts; a ‘cultural icon,’ of sorts. Having toured with the widely- acclaimed legendary Indonesian band he co-founded, Krakatau, for more than three decades, as well as with various incarnations of his ‘World Peace’ Projects (World Peace Trio, World Peace Band, World Peace Orchestra), Dwiki has made promoting social harmony and raising global consciousness a central focus of his efforts.
Dwiki’s passion for music began at an early age. Growing up in Bandung West Java, his home was situated behind the Bandung Conservatory of Music, where he’d often walk and watch students dancing to Gamelan music. Dwiki studied classical piano for several years before beginning to pursue jazz at the age of 13 — a transition that exposed him to John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Weather Report.
The foundation of his playing originates from the ancient Gamelan tonal system: the basis for the traditional music of Sunda, Bali, and Java. (The music of Krakatau adapts Slendro motifs to western diatonic scales, fusing its rhythms and unique melodies with jazz, rock, and funk structures).
With such an extensive international performance resumé, Dwiki Dharmawan is well-known and -respected across the globe. That said, his solo career took a huge boost forward when he teamed with MoonJune Records’ Leonardo Pavkovic in 2015, releasing what would be the first of many solo albums to come: “So Far, So Close.” Featuring fusion and progressive rock luminaries, Chad Wackerman, Jimmy Haslip, fellow MoonJune artists and Indonesian giants, Dewa Budjana and Tohpati, and legendary violinist, Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra).