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Dwiki Dharmawan

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

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Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer Plays Indonesia

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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 ...

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Tohpati Ethnomission: Mata Hati

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Indonesian guitarist and composer Tohpati, like his countrymen Dewa Budjana and Dwiki Dharmawan, is a busy studio musician who somehow manages to keep several of his own distinct musical projects moving in parallel. The most well-known of these is probably simakDialog, best described as an Indonesian jam band whose copious recorded output has been cut short ...

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Dwiki Dharmawan: Pasar Klewer

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Dewa Budjana: Hasta Karma

Read "Hasta Karma" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

In the mid-1990s, Gary Burton organized sessions that truly deserved to be called “all-star"--teaming the ace vibes player with guitarist Pat Metheny, pianist Chick Corea, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Roy Haynes--and which resulted in the acclaimed Like Minds (1998, Concord). With all respect due to the amazing credentials of Burton and friends, Dewa Budjana's Hasta ...

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Ligro: Dictionary 3

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Ligro is yet another one of MoonJune Records' stellar discoveries from Indonesia. One says “Indonesia" with caution, as each member of this supremely energetic fusion power trio hails from a culturally different part the vast region: bassist, occasional pianist, and chief composer Adi Darmawan is from Madura, drummer Gusti Hendy is from South Kalimantan and guitarist ...

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Dwiki Dharmawan: So Far So Close

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With the release of So Far So Close by keyboardist Dwiki Dharmawan, MoonJune Records continues their inconceivably fruitful collaboration with the cream of Indonesia's jazz crop. The first non-guitarist to be featured as a leader on the label, Dharmawan nevertheless drafts countrymen (and label mates) Tohpati and Dewa Budjana to provide 6-stringed excitement, while US-based superstars ...

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Tesla Manaf: Tesla Manaf

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The beneficiary of free-range musical knowledge gleaned from his father's record collection---one which included discs by the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Gentle Giant, Pat Metheny, and Soft Machine--guitarist / composer Tesla Manaf has subsequently developed a completely unique musical voice. Perhaps more importantly, he's a daring young fellow who's not afraid to take artistic chances. Classically-trained, he tired ...

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Tesla Manaf: A Man’s Relationship with His Fragile Area

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Unlikely settings can spawn the most interesting results as heard in Indonesian based guitarist Tesla Manaf's A Man's Relationship with His Fragile Area which is one of the most intriguing titles for an album in recent years. The music is equally fascinating--the instrumental persuasions of Manaf's homeland and the slightest hints of his early music inspiration ...