Riding the momentum of 2016's groundbreaking, critically heralded release, "Pasar Klewer" – an album awarded a 5-star review by Downbeat, All About Jazz, and numerous others – MoonJune Records is proud to present the phenomenal new album by the iconic keyboardist, composer and producer, Dwiki Dharmawan. Drawing from both his extensive jazz influences and his rich cultural heritage, the Indonesian maestro delivers yet another spellbinding masterwork!
Brimming with adventurous compositions, ingenious arrangements and superlative performances, "Rumah Batu"(meaning "the stone house" in Indonesian Bahasa language) almost defies categorization – eclipsing both progressive jazz and world music genres. While a score of diverse ethnic flavors abound throughout, within its nucleus resides the free-spirited, unpretentious essence that epitomizes the greatest jazz.
Augmented by a stellar cast of players, vastly international in scope -- including: the enigmatic French virtuoso, of Vietnamese descent, Nguyên Lê, on guitar; legendary flamenco fretless bassist, Spain's Carles Benavent; the extraordinary flutist, also from Indonesia, Sa'at Syah, and; the proven progressive backbone of fellow Israeli-born, UK transplants, Yaron Stavi [on upright bass (yes: the album features twin basses!)] and (supreme drummer) Asaf Sirkis – this landmark recording offers an intimate glimpse into Dwiki's unparalleled genius as player, arranger and songwriter.
The album chronicles yet another magical session created and captured at the already-infamous La Casa Murada. Situated in the tranquil, picturesque setting of the Catalonian wine region of Penedès, Spain, the studio's recordings seem to take on a life of their own; and Rumah Batu is certainly no exception: articulating jazz's continuing evolution in the 21st century.
For those who wondered what Messenger Dharmawan could possibly conjur as a follow-up to Rumah Batu's unanimously praised predecessor, prepare to be amazed and perplexed -- and escorted on a musical sojourn unlike any the genre has ever witnessed!
released July 20, 2018
1. Rintak Rebana (Dharmawan) 10:39
2. Paris Barantai (Dharmawan) 11:43
3. Impenan (Dharmawan, Gita) 08:20
4. Janger (Balinese trad. arr. by Dharmawan) 05:59
5. Rumah Batu Suite Part 1 - Kaili (intro trad./ Dharmawan) 12.24
6. Rumah Batu Suite Part 2 - Parjelanan (Dharmawan, Lê, Benavent, Stavi, Sirkis) 14:14
7. Samarkand (Dharmawan) 07:40
8. Selamatkan Orang Utan (Dharmawan) 07:16
DWIKI DHARMAWAN acoustic piano
NGUYÊN LÊ electric guitar, soundscapes
CARLES BENAVENT bass guitar
YARON STAVI upright bass
ASAF SIRKIS drums
with special guests:
SA'AT SYAH suling flute, vocals (1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8)
ADE RUDIANA kendang percussion (1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8)
DEWI GITA lead vocal (3)
TEUKU HARIANSYA & INDRA MAULANA KEUBITBIT Rapa’I Acehnese percussions (1)
NYOMAN WINDHA’s GAMELAN JASS JEGOG Balinese gamelan & percussions (4)
SAMIET vocals and LaLove traditional Sulawesi flute (6)
Produced by Dwiki Dharmawan & Leonardo Pavkovic.
Executive producers Bagus WIjaya Santosa and Iga Indrawati for Farabimusic Bali .
International record release executive producer Leonardo Pavkovic for MoonJune Records.
Recorded by Jesus Rovira Costas on May 15 & 16, 2017, at La Casa Murada studio in Banyeres del Penédes, Catalunya, Spain.
Dewi Gita vocals recorded on June 9, 2016 and Jan 26, 2018 at Musikita Studio, Bintaro Indonesia
Sa'at Syah and Ade Rudiana recorded on Jan 27-28, 2018 at Musikita Studio, Bintaro Indonesia
Acehnese percussion recorded on Feb 25, 2018 at Musikita Studio, Bintaro Indonesia
Balinese gamelan & percussion recorded on Oct 20, 2010 at Peliatan-Ubud, Bali Indonesia
Mixed by Mark Wingfield between October 2017 and January 2018 at Heron Island Studio, Cambridgeshire, England.
Mastered by Mark Wingfield in February 2018 at Heron Island Studio, Cambridgeshire, England.
Artwork by Aga Dilaga.
Special thanks to three very dear friends: Iga Indrawati, Bagus Wijaya Santosa and Leonardo Pavkovic, without whom this album wouldn't be possible. Additional thanks to Jesus & Eli Rovira, Dusan & Dragana Jevtovic, Mark Wingfield, Francisco Macias, John McGuire, and all musicians on this very special album for me.
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, joined by iconic Indonesian guitarists, Dewa Budjana and Tohpati. “So Far, So Close” features adventurous compositions, arrangements and performances. Lovers of fusion’s “golden era” (from the mid-’70’s through the mid-’80’s) found plenty to keep them enthralled throughout this sizzling session, with Dwiki and company never letting off the gas, while scaling high-altitude sonic terrain in effortless fashion.
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).
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.
Growing up in Bandung, West Java, Dwiki’s home was situated behind the Bandung Conservatory of Music. Regularly, he’d drop in to see students dancing to gamelan music and Angklung.
This experience as a youth carved a path that began a long, itinerate journey. Dwiki studied classical music for two years before beginning to pursue jazz at the age of 13, a transition that exposed him to jazz greats ranging from John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, to Weather Report and Return To Forever.
Dwiki ethic roots stem from the ancient gamelan tonal system, which is the basis for the traditional music of Sunda, Bali, and Java. The music of Krakatau adapts the slendro scale to western diatonic scales by fusing its rhythms and unique melodies with jazz, rock, and funk -- making for an enticing combination of cultures, and a captivating listening experience.
In 2005, Dwiki co-directed the spectacular musical event, “Megalithicum Quantum”: a musical event which emphasized the progress of man, through our ascent into the ‘quantum age.’
A tireless ambassador of his country, Dwiki continues traveling throughout the vast, diverse territories of Indonesia – exploring, documenting and celebrating the cultural diversity of Indonesia, while crusading on behalf of its revitalization and further exposure to rest of the world. He embraces many regional area causes, bringing attention where needed and working selflessly on many peoples’ behalf.
His involvement in promoting Indonesian Cultural and Tourism around the world reflects his support for his nation. He also served as a member of the Jakarta Arts Council (2003-2009), Chairman of AMI Awards (Indonesian Music Awards) and Chairman of PAPPRI Collecting Society (LMK PAPPRI).
An ardent supporter of Indonesian’s next generation of musical prodigies, Dwiki owns and operates the Farabi Music Education Center. Serving as director, role model and mentor, he is helping to promote the continuing evolution of jazz in the 21st century and molding some of its most promising young practioners.
Dwiki’s association with NYC-based MoonJune Records – a label with a pedigree of producing progressive, adventurous-minded music of the highest caliber – continues, with several more exciting, ground-breaking albums on the horizon. Noted musical entrepreneur and sonic thrillseeker, Leonardo “MoonJune” Pavkovic thrillseeker – owner of MoonJune Records, NYC – had this to say about Dwiki’s upcoming release, “Rumah Batu“:
“As great an album as Pasar Klewer unquestionably was, I think Dwiki has 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!”
Awards / Achievements
Indonesian Film Festival 1991, The Best Film Scoring
AMI Awards 1999, The Best Pop-Ballads Album
Asia Song Festival 2000, Grand Prize Winner
PAPPRI, Nugraha Bhakti Awards 2006, Most Dedicated
JavaJazz Awards 2010, Indonesia’s Jazz Ambassador
AMI Awards 2016, The Best Jazz Album “So Far So Close”
Down Beat Magazine, USA Best Albums 2016,Dwiki Dharmawan Pasar Klewer
JazzWise Magazine, UK Albums of The Year 2017, Dwiki Dharmawan Pasar Klewer
Dwiki Dharmawan's Discography:
Krakatau, 1st Album (1986) Gemilang
Krakatau, 2nd Album (1987) (Self-Titled)
Krakatau, Kau Datang (1988)
Krakatau, Kembali Satu (1989)
Krakatau Ethno, Mystical Mist (1993)
Krakatau Ethno, Magical Matxh (2000)
Krakatau Ethno, Rhythm of Reformation (2006)
Krakatau Ethno, @Worlds (2006)
Dwiki Dharmawan, Nuansa (2002; Sony Music)
Dwiki Dharmawan, World Peace Orchestra (2008; Omega Pacific)
Dwiki Dharmawan, So Far So Close [2015; Musikita (Indonesia) /MoonJune Records (worldwide)]
Dwiki Dharmawan, Pasar Klewer [2016; Musikita (Indonesia) /MoonJune Records (worldwide)]