Dwiki Dharmawan is one of Indonesia’s most gifted and celebrated music personalities: a multi-genre keyboardist, composer, producer, peace activist and cultural icon. With a career spanning over 30 years and performances in more than 70 countries, Dwiki remains one of his country’s most popular and respected industry stalwarts.
On his debut for MoonJune, listeners were treated to an exotic musical mélange of the highest order — featuring fusion, jazz and progressive rock luminaries, Chad Wackerman and Jimmy Haslip, as well the legendary violinist, Jerry Goodman. “So Far, So Close” featured adventurous compositions, augmented by sleek arrangements and performances.
His follow-up release, “Pasar Klewer,” cruised at even higher altitudes — earning Dwiki a coveted 5-star review in the iconic Downbeat magazine, the widely read and highly respected All About Jazz, as well as equally exalted praise from respected music critics across the globe. The double album boasted a stellar cast of progressive music’s rising stars, including some otherworldly guitar work from UK transplants Mark Wingfield and Nicolas Meier, and some incredible woodwind work by renowned international artist, Gilad Atzmon (also a member of Dwiki’s World Peace Trio).
His most recent work, “Rumah Batu,” surpasses any progressive jazz/world music hybrid in recent memory – continuing to draw high praise from respected music critics, worldwide. Featuring the textural, inventive guitar work of Nguyên Lê, legendary flamenco bassist, Carles Benavent, the extraordinary Indonesian flutist, Sa'at Syah, and the noted core of Yaron Stavi, on upright bass, paired with supreme drummer, Asaf Sirkis, the album soars to incredible heights while retaining its sensitivity and intimacy.
Noted musical entrepreneur and sonic thrillseeker, Leonardo “MoonJune” Pavkovic – owner of MoonJune Records, NYC – had this to say about Dwiki’s most recent effort:
“As great an album as Pasar Klewer unquestionably was, I think Dwiki as gone even further into the unexplored recesses of jazz with the new album (‘Rumah Batu‘). I’ve been a huge fan of jazz for the bulk of my life – having listened to literally thousands and thousands of albums … this is one of the greatest, most innovative jazz albums I’ve ever heard – by ANY artist!”
Despite a long, storied musical career which has been marked by large-scale successes and critical acclaim worldwide, Dwiki remains constantly in search of new musical ground. His Band, Krakatau, has a 30-plus-year pedigree of excellence (gaining them a global legion of staunch supporters) and his one of his pet musical projects, the World Peace Orchestra, aims to bring social harmony and raise consciousness around the world.