“World Peace Orchestra”, Dwiki Dharmawan’s latest music project, is indeed a world class project. The recording sessions are not only done in Indonesia, but also in Los Angeles, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.
Last June, Dwiki and other Indonesian musicians including Ivan Nestorman, Indro Hadjodikoro, Sandy Winarta, Korem Sihombing, Zainal Arifin and young talented singer Dira completed the recording process for tracks such as Arafura, Numfor, Paris Barantai, Jazz for Freeport, Anarikin Teo and Benggong in Jakarta.
Percussion dubbing were then done in Kuala Lumpur by legendary percussionist Steve Thornton. At the end of July, Dwiki departed to Los Angeles, California to attend a rehearsal and recording session preparations, scheduled on August 1st 2007, alongside participating American musicians. Rehearsal was done in West LA Rehearsal Studio, whilst the recording itself took place in Henson Recording Studios (formerly known as A&M Studio), a well-known studio in which hundreds of albums were concocted.
The Los Angeles recording session was participated by Yellowjackets’s members Jimmy Haslip (bass/co-producer) and Russel Ferrante (piano) with Walfredo Reyes Jr. (drums & percussion), Tollak Ollstad (harmonica), Shape’s founder Roger Burn (marimba/vibes/ascociate producer), Andy Suzuki (reeds) and Rich Breen acting as Sound Engineer. The tracks recorded were Clarissa and Janger a Balinese folksong specially arranged by Dwiki.
The two previously mentioned activities would be covered by Keyboard Magazine and those involved in the LA session would be exclusively interviewed by a renowned KSPC 88.7 FM LA-based jazz radio station on Tony Palkovic Radio Show.
Renowned Australian musicians Guy Strazz (guitar), Aykho Akrhiff (percussion), Hugh Fraser (bass) and Richard Maegraith (flute) a ls o contributed on two compositions at Sydney’s Electric Avenue Studio with productio n/arrangements from guitar virtuoso and composer Guy Strazz (AKA Guy Strazzullo).
Malaysian renowned drummer Lewis Pragasam complete the project with contribution on ‘The Spirit of Peace’. Lewis play with Indro on bass as well as Beijing Strings Ensemble with Chen Yun as concert master.
World Peace Orchestra is a global project. For that reason, it is no wonder that when the project continued to thrive, more Indonesian and foreign musicians wished to participate and contribute their skills. The “Dwiki Dharmawan – World Peace Orchestra” album will be released in June 2008, both in Indonesia and worldwide. Prepare yourselves! In 2008, there is a great chance that a “World Peace Orchestra” will take place. Once more, Indonesia will be overflowed with jazz musicians from all over the world.