Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival that runs annually for three days, Friday to Sunday of March first week, has been a huge gathering of musicians from many parts of the world. More than 1,000 musicians of over 100 groups participated at the extensively publicized event in 2006 and 2005, drawing more than 50,000 local and overseas visitors.
Not only jazz artists
While jazz is the festival's main theme, artists performing on the 15 stages across the venue present various music styles to cater to the different taste of the large audience, creating an overall "jazzy" ambience. Jazz is the unifying factor to the cross-genre acts presented, including R&B, pop, rock, latin, hip hop, rap, reggae, ethnic, gospel, electro, etc.
Famous and famous-to-be :
Aside from having world icons and established names, the festival is a showcase of capable, high potential musicians from different countries and diverse cultures who are not yet well known globally. Emerging artists can take advantage of this festival to demonstrate their talents, gain experience and recognition, develop network and business relationship. We have worked with foreign embassies and cultural institutions to facilitate this idea.
We also look for international artists who are keen in collaborating with their fellow musicians from Indonesia or other countries to forward cross-cultural understanding and cooperation in line with the festival's objective. Enriching modern tunes with ethnic touch and vice versa will continue to be a highlight of the festival.
Aside from the main 3-day program, we hold pre-event concerts 1 - 2 weeks prior to the festival at many places across the city (universities, malls, clubs, cafes), mostly for free. Post-event tours are also possible. During the festival, we also have Gala (on the festival's eve), Gospel (Sunday morning), and Children Gig (a new program planned for 2007, tentatively on Saturday morning), and Music Clinic where artists demonstrate their skills and share knowledge and experience with visitors.
We select artists and bands/ensembles based on various factors. We'd like to be able to present a program that is consistently entertaining, inspiring, educating, and at the same time meeting the festival key objective of fostering cross-cultural understanding and cooperation. We look at artist individual strength and uniqueness, but more importantly on how the artist can contribute/fit into the overall program and create a strong impact to the audience. Cost is another consideration and this relates to availability of sponsor (embassy/cultural center), flight expenses, fees, etc.
How to apply
To participate at the festival, please email and send us the followings :
- description of why you are interested in the festival, how you would fit, expected fee, etc.
- digital photo (s)
- media coverage, if any
- website address
- demo CD or DVD (mail to : PT. Java Festival Production, Simprug Galery A1, Jalan Teuku Nyak Arief 10, Jakarta, Indonesia)
We will keep your submission until the time for the selection process (September/October) and will contact you. Please bear with us though if sometimes, due to resources limitation, we can only get back to you when we see a possibility for your participation.
Wishing for certain artists? Contact us.