Dwiki Dharmawan & Angklung Jazz Ensemble

    Genre : Worldmusic

    Perform on:
    Friday March 4, 2011
    Kementerian Perdagangan Hall
    Saturday March 5, 2011
    Kementerian Pariwisata & Ekonomi Kreatif Hall

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About This Act :

Dwiki Dharmawan creates jazz influenced by the traditional music of Indonesia, where he came of age on the island of West Java. His band, Krakatau, is acclaimed worldwide and his newest project, the World Peace Orchestra (WPO), aims to bring social harmony and consciousness to the globe. The powerful lineup of the WPO includes keyboardist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip, percussionist Steve Thornton, drummer Walfredo Reyes Jr, multi-instrumentalist Roger Burn, saxophonist Andy Suzuki Tollak Ollstad (harmonica), guitarist Frank Gambale, guitarist Marc Antoine, axophonist Michael Paulo, guitarist Guy Strazz and many more who are all helping Dharmawan create a new chapter in the evolution of jazz — while making music with a grander purpose.

Growing up in West Java, Dwiki’s home was situated behind the Bandung Conservatory of Music, where he’d go to see students dancing to gamelan music. Meanwhile, a government-run radio station in the capital city of Bandung exposed him to bands like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, ELP, and Genesis. His mother, a former singer, would bring him down to the station where he could get copies of their records. He tried to follow the playing of, Rick Wakeman and Tony Banks, and got inspired to learn keyboards.

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, Joe Zawinul and Weather Report. There was only several music store in Bandung at the time, and that was where Dwiki was able to open his ears even more to western music. And while there weren’t many Western bands touring Indonesia, he managed to see such live shows as Deep Purple and Mick Jagger. Though Dwiki had found a deep interest in music, he wound up going to law school in order to establish a more stable career. However, he couldn’t stay away from the keyboard, and eventually dropped out to concentrate on music full time.

In 1984, Dwiki met bassist Pra Budidharma, who would become his musical partner in Krakatau. When he and Pra began Krakatau, there was nothing like it in their country. The music that Krakatau plays originated from the ancient gamelan tonal system, which is the basis for the traditional musics 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.

Dwiki has presented his works at The Lincoln Center Out of Door Festival (New York), Chicago Cultural Center, Hot Summer Jazz, Toronto Jazz Festival , Vancouver Jazz Festival ,Sziget Festival (Hungary), Midem (France), North Sea Jazz (Holland), the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switszerland),Temecula Jazz (USA), JavaJazz Festival as well as in numerous other performances in China, Japan, Australia, Spain, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia-Montenegro, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Venezuela, Mexico and many more.