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Radio & Podcasts

New releases from Nicolas Meier-Dewa Budjana, Stick Men, Marcus Klossek and more

Read "New releases from Nicolas Meier-Dewa Budjana, Stick Men, Marcus Klossek and more" reviewed by Len Davis


New releases from Stick Men, Dwiki Dharmawan, Oz Noy and more. Playlist Nicolas Meier-Dewa Budjana “Jayaprana" from Flying Spirits (Blue Canoe) 00:00 Stick Men “Cusp" from Owari (Moonjune) 09:54 Stick Men “Larks Tongues in Aspic" from Owari (Moonjune)16:17 Dwiki Dharmawan “You'll Never be Alone" from Hari Katiga (Moonjune) 23:12 Marcus Klossek Electric Trio “Big Town Dies" from Time Was Now (Double Moon) 28:09 Oz Noy “Outer Look" from Snapdragon (Abstract Logix) 36:53 Lydian Collective “Out of the Woods" ...

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Album Review

Dwiki Dharmawan: Rumah Batu

Read "Rumah Batu" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


On his third album for Moonjune Records, Indonesian pianist Dwiki Dharmawan delivers a highly focused work and presents a wide array of styles, bound together by a core quintet and one common musical vision. While its predecessor Pasar Klewer found Dharmawan working with two alternating guitarists over a two-disc set of compositions, on Rumah Batu he happily settles with France-based Nguyen Le, giving this record a special sense of uniformity and spontaneous dynamism. Yaron Stavi and Asaf Sirkis ...

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Album Review

Dwiki Dharmawan: Rumah Batu

Read "Rumah Batu" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Dwiki Dharmawan's international debut, So Far So Close (MoonJune Records) (2016), pitted the Indonesian pianist with Jimmy Haslip, Chad Wackerman and Indonesian six-string maestros Thopati and Dewa Budjana in a mostly conventional jazz-fusion setting. On Pasar Klewer (2017) Dharmawan gave vent to his incredibly broad compositional palette, with a genre-bending mash-up featuring Jerry Goodman, Mark Wingfield, Yaron Stavi, Asaf Sirkis, Gilad Atzmon, plus Indonesian percussionists and vocalists. Rumah Bata, whilst as ambitious and as stylistically varied as its predecessor, is ...

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Album Review

Dwiki Dharmawan: Rumah Batu

Read "Rumah Batu" reviewed by John Kelman


There are, in these times of reduced music sales, fewer and fewer models that help niche labels to survive. In the case of New York-based MoonJune Records and its intrepid head Leonardo Pavkovic, the path to survival seems increasingly more about doing what he does for the love of it, and less about fiduciary gain (much as he would, like anyone, love to reap some financial benefits for his hard work). That said, few labels could not only survive but, ...

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Live Review

Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer Plays Indonesia

Read "Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer Plays Indonesia" reviewed by John Ephland


Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer Various Locations Bandung and Jakarta, Indonesia March 2-5, 2017 It was supposed to just be a soundcheck and rehearsal. But the energy and focus delivered as Indonesian pianist/composer Dwiki Dharmawan ran his Pasar Klewer band through the various numbers most of this group had recorded in London in 2015 (and had only performed once later in Bali) manifested in what was clearly a tight and orderly rollout. And not without ...

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Album Review

Dwiki Dharmawan: Pasar Klewer

Read "Pasar Klewer" reviewed by Dave Wayne


Another day, another two- disc set. Or so it seems. Fortunately, one does not have to wade through Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer. Despite some odd choices in track sequence one may even wonder ..."is that all?" after the second disc has finished its spin. Dharmawan is an Indonesian jazz pianist who, like so many of his countrymen, has found a rich vein of inspiration in the folk and ethnic musics of his native land. It's worth noting that Dharmawan is ...

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Album Review

Dwiki Dharmawan: So Far So Close

Read "So Far So Close" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Keyboardist Dwiki Dharmawan is also a successful producer in Southeast Asia, yet this album signifies his debut for the estimable progressive rock and jazz fusion record label, Moonjune Records. And you couldn't ask for a more equipped and talented supporting lineup, including legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra violinist Jerry Goodman, appearing on the melodic and penetrating, classic fusion era type opener “Arafura." The crystalline program was recorded in Los Angeles by contemporary jazz keyboardist Jeff Lorber, who engineered a detailed ...


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