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Jazz Gunung Bromo: The Yin And Yang of Music And Nature

Jazz Gunung Bromo, one of the country’s largest musical festival which has become a stalwart of the cultural calendar, will take place again this year August 18 and 19...

Rocking New Cocktails During the Month of December

The Hard Rock Cafe Jakarta rolls out a new collection of boozy and refreshing beverages throughout the month of December. What happens when a couple of American lads...

The Influence of Javanese Music on Early Jazz

“Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music.” – Herbie Hancock Previously I wrote about the arrival...

Bali to London Blues: Erik Sondhy

London Blues, released on the IndoJazzia Musik label in May, is an extraordinary collection of solo pieces by Bali’s own Erik Sondhy, recorded in one take at the...

Coincidental Christmas

  As I write this I am sitting on a Cebu Pacific flight back from Manila, Philippines, having just attended my first Christmas celebration of 2015. It actually...

Serving the Greater Good: Meet Michael Franti

Michael Franti is an internationally-acclaimed musician and lead vocalist of Michael Franti and Spearhead, who is also a global activist for social justice and spiritual...

IndoJazzia: Indonesian Jazz is Going Places

With the news that 11-year-old Indonesian pianist Joey Alexander’s first album, My Favourite Things, topped the jazz charts in the first week of release, the...

The Real Thing

A Really Scary Thing

In 1995 I was the tour promoter for the Philippines leg of the Asian tour of the British band The Real Thing. In the 70s they were famous for one major hit called You to...

25 Years of Flawless Blues and Roots Music

25 Years of Flawless Blues and Roots Music

What does one look for in a music festival? Of course, there are many different types depending on the kind of music you’re after, but usually we have our ears set to...

Gambuh performance in Batuan

An Endangered Creature called Gambuh

If you have ever been curious about Indonesia’s Majapahit Kingdom, you might like to see a performance of Gambuh - a ritual theatre which potrays classic...

A Giant in a Little Tiny Package

Geniuses live among us although seldom encountered. In our time, a true genius is nothing short of a mutant, having the power to not just wow a crowd but bring a...

Jamie Cullum

A Decade of Jazz

The energy was high as I stepped onto the premises of Jakarta International EXPO Kemayoran, Jakarta. The 10th annual Java Jazz Festival was in session and it sure...

Gamelan

The Gamelan Group: All Nationalities, Ages and Motives Welcome

As Pak Parno threads his way through the gamelan, he claps his hands to guide the tempo and calls out to beginners who have lost their place in the music. Eyes focus on...

Hard Rock Cafe Jakarta

Rock with You – Hard Rock Café Jakarta

Such a stellar name, The Hard Rock Café is a strong, ongoing presence in any big city. The name resounds with the familiar feeling of eating out, listening to good...

Education Guide 2017

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