Dharmawan, Dwiki: Rumah Batu” – Sea of Tranquility – The Web Destination for Progressive Music!

Indonesian keyboard virtuoso Dwiki Dharmawan follows up his excellent 2016 release Pasar Klewer with the equally enjoyable & mesmerizing Rumah Batu, another winner for the red hot MoonJune Records, a label that just seems to be knocking it out of the park lately with a bevy of stunning, mostly instrumental jazz-fusion releases. Joining the pianist here on this latest outing is guitarist Nguyen Le, bassist Carles Benavent, upright bassist Yaron Stavi, and drummer Asaf Sirkis, the latter two also appearing together on the new release from Mark Wingfield, Tales From the Dreaming City. A few guest vocalists, flautists, and percussionists round out the album.

A richly textured, colorful, and ethnic sounding album, Rumah Batu carries all the flavors of Dwiki’s home of Indonesia, while at the same time delivering classic, melodic jazz & jazz-fusion elements. Kicking off with the excellent 1-2 punch of “Rintak Rebana” and “Paris Barantai”, the listener is greeted with cascades of Dharmawan’s classic piano melodies and the alluring suling flute before a decidedly Chick Corea/Return to Forever styled latin jazz-fusion romp settles in, Le eventually exploding with a killer guitar solo that shows his rock prowess. The latter also hints at vintage Corea, complete with stunning melodies and meaty bass grooves from Stavi and Benavent. “Impenan” is just gorgeous, as tranquil piano, suling flute by Sa’ ‘At Syah, and Dewi Gita’s angelic, soaring vocals just permeate the lush arrangement. The title track suite is broken into two lengthy parts, combined well over 25 minutes, the vocals, flute, and piano drifting over atmospheric soundscapes before morphing into more of a brooding free-jazz number complete with some blazing piano runs from the leader and jagged, Robert Fripp styled guitar explosions courtesy of Le. Just listen to the mighty Sirkis flail away underneath it all as well as the dynamic bass duo laying down all the grooves…pretty extraordinary stuff, and chaotic at the same time. The more melodic and expansive sounding “Samarkand” features some tasty guitar/piano/flute hooks and is easily the quirkiest & catchiest tune on the album, also housing a nimble bass solo, while the majestic “Salamatkan Orang Utan’ closes things out on an upbeat, fulfilling note, the flute’s soaring, the piano engaging, and the rhythms just locking in you in.

A pure treat for the senses, Rumah Batu is a beautiful listen, chock full of traditional Indonesian elements as well as classic jazz and some fusion. Compositionally as well as musically speaking, this is a stunning album, once again Dwiki Dharmawan delivering MoonJune with yet another winner.



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  • […] l’album “So far so close”, sorti l’an dernier chez Moonjune Records, ce label américain édite un nouvel album de Dwiki […]
    —Musicinbelgium : DHARMAWAN, Dwiki – Pasar klewer | Dwiki Dharmawan (19/10/2016)
    Musicinbelgium.net : DHARMAWAN, Dwiki – So far so close
  • Maju Terus Musik Atjeh, Dengan Mengedepankan Asas Seuramoe Mekkah akan mengangkat Martabat Kande Dimata Dunia..Beusaban Pikee Nak Saban Seunang.
    —AtjehonLine.com (06/12/2011)
    Launch of KanDe Meukeondroe
  • Om Dwiki, konser Menembus Batas tahun ini ada???
    —Danuve (22/07/2010)
  • where i can watch the videos... thanks before
    —indyastari (16/07/2010)
    World Peace Orchestra presents The Soul of Indonesia
  • Syabas buat Dwiki Dharmawan Orchestra..ianya adalah diantara konser yang terbaik yang pernah saya tonton walaupun hanya di kaca tv..Ada konser ini telah dirakamkan ke dalam bentuk cakera padat?Jika ada,saya ingin sekali memilikinya..
    —ida (25/09/2009)
  • Setelah mendengar album ini, saya bangga sekali rasanya jadi Orang Indonesia. Betapa kekayaan budaya kita (yg dalam hal ini adalah musik daerah tradisional) begitu kaya dan indah, kali ini yang diangkat adalah musik daerah timur indonesia. Setelah diolah oleh orang-orang berbakat seperti Dwiki Dharmawan mampu menjadi sajian yang sangat berkelas, kolaborasi antara alat musik tradisional seperti sasando, dan keyboard yang dikemas dalam bentuk Orkestra menjadikan Album ini sangat layak untuk diapresiasi dengan nilai yang sangat tinggi. Terus Berkarya Musisi Indonesia, dan mari ikut serta Memvoting Taman Nasional Komodo masuk kedalam 7 Keajaiban Dunia yang baru.
    —Andian (15/08/2009)
    CD Dwiki Dharmawan – World Peace Orchestra now available
  • om gw ingin bli kasetnya tapi harus mesen ya, jauh bner kalau mesen,sayakan di palembang, pasti mahal harganya blum ongkos kirimnya,saya ingin bnget mempunyai c.dnya
    —roy (13/07/2009)
    CD Dwiki Dharmawan – World Peace Orchestra now available
  • anda bs memesan via WartaJazz.com, dan nanti akan di kirim via TIKI. silakan kontak sales@wartajazz.net atau telp ke 021-8310769
    —admin (07/07/2009)
    CD Dwiki Dharmawan – World Peace Orchestra now available
  • Saya tertarik dengan album WPO ini, apakah selain memesan juga bisa ditemukan di toko musik? Kalau iya, di toko mana ya?
    —Gomat (30/06/2009)
    CD Dwiki Dharmawan – World Peace Orchestra now available
  • Beautiful music, amazing talent of Dwiki and a great production...im very proud to play within this project as a special guest. Kamal M
    —Kamal Musallam (12/06/2009)
    CD Dwiki Dharmawan – World Peace Orchestra now available
  • HAloo Cross Culture Music sangat membuat kita gelisah Jalan teruuus Salam
    —dwiki (07/02/2009)
    “Ilir-ilir” Concert in Beijing
  • Salam kenal Mas, kami pernah juga mengkolaborasikan musik Sunda dan Tionghua, di link ini http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWWEm_xI27U mudah-mudahan suatu waktu kita dapat bekerja sama. Terima Kasih
    —Andry Harmony (04/01/2009)
    “Ilir-ilir” Concert in Beijing

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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.