DWIKI DHARMAWAN

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Dwiki Dharmawan is Indonesia’s most gifted and celebrated music personalities, multi-genre keyboardist, composer, producer, peace activist and cultural icon. With a career spanning over 30 years and performances in over 70 countries, Dwiki remains one of his country’s most popular and respected industry stalwarts. 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, is acclaimed worldwide and his project, the World Peace Orchestra, aims to bring social harmony and consciousness to the globe. Growing up in Bandung West Java, Dwiki’s home was situated behind the Bandung Conservatory of Music, where he’d go to see students dancing to gamelan music and angklung. Dwiki studied classical music for two years before beginning to pursue jazz at the age of 13, a transition that exposed him to John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Weather read more...
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DWIKI DHARMAWAN Dwiki Dharmawan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dwiki Dharmawan
World Fusion 1991
DWIKI DHARMAWAN Nuansa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nuansa
World Fusion 2001
DWIKI DHARMAWAN World Peace Orchestra album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
World Peace Orchestra
World Fusion 2009
DWIKI DHARMAWAN So Far So Close album cover 3.98 | 3 ratings
So Far So Close
Fusion 2015
DWIKI DHARMAWAN Pasar Klewer album cover 3.91 | 4 ratings
Pasar Klewer
World Fusion 2016
DWIKI DHARMAWAN Dwiki Dharmawan, Gilad Atzmon, Kamal Musallam : World Peace Trio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dwiki Dharmawan, Gilad Atzmon, Kamal Musallam : World Peace Trio
World Fusion 2017
DWIKI DHARMAWAN Rumah Batu album cover 4.91 | 2 ratings
Rumah Batu
World Fusion 2018

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DWIKI DHARMAWAN Live In Usa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Usa
Fusion 2014
DWIKI DHARMAWAN Dwiki Dharmawan String Quartet Project: Live at Jazz Fest Wien 2012 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dwiki Dharmawan String Quartet Project: Live at Jazz Fest Wien 2012
World Fusion 2014

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DWIKI DHARMAWAN Rumah Batu

Album · 2018 · World Fusion
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kev rowland
There is no doubt that one of the most consistently exciting record labels over the last 20+ years is Moonjune Records. Part of this is because this one-man organisation is run by someone who truly loves music, and when he isn’t putting musicians together and having them record, or putting out the next release, he is actually on the road with one band or another. How he actually finds the time to do what he does is beyond me, and I always thought I was good at time management. But, against a backdrop of incredible releases, I am now listening to what is possibly the best and most important album he has ever put out.

There has been incredibly high praise, and deservedly so, for Mark Wingfield’s ‘The Stone House’, and this album was recorded in the same studio and has the same title (just in the Indonesian Bahasa language), and also includes both drummer Asaf Sirkis and bassist Yaron Stavi who were/are key members of Mark’s band. To fill out the quintet there are Nguyên Lê (electric guitar, soundscapes) and Charles Benavent (bass guitar). Yes, you read that right, there are two bassists in the band. This core group were then recorded live in the studio, bouncing ideas off each other as they run through a series of Dharmawan originals, plus some traditional numbers he rearranged, plus one group composition. All of those involved are amazing musicians, although I do think it might be interesting to hear Dwiki solo with no-one else involved, as some of his piano runs, fills and flourishes almost defy belief.

If there was no-one else involved, and the recordings coming out of La Casa Murada Studio were all there was, then I would still be stating that this is an essential album for anyone into great music, but after the three days (yes, just three days) of recording were over, more traditional Indonesian musicians and singers were added to the mix. What this has done is taken an incredibly complex yet melodic and joyous album to a whole new level. There were times when my mind was trying to understand if I was listening to traditional music with a Western influence, or the other way around, and what on earth was making that particular sound I could hear, and did it matter? In the end, the only way to really understand the music is to forget about trying to understand it, forget attempting to categorise what is going on, and just fall in love with what is an incredibly complex interaction between cultures that is just incredible.

All praise to Mark Wingfield for mixing and mastering this, to Leonardo for having the vision of bringing together musicians like this, but mostly to Dwiki Dharmawan and all those involved for what is a truly great album. This is simply essential, nothing less. 10/10

DWIKI DHARMAWAN Pasar Klewer

Album · 2016 · World Fusion
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kev rowland
Just a year on from his debut, Dwiki returned with an album that featured not only a totally different group of musicians, but a quite different approach. Instead of a whole series of keyboards, here Dwiki used just a piano. On bass, he brought in Yaron Stavi, who used an upright throughout the album (apart from one song on the second CD), while on drums he used Asaf Sirkis, so the rhythm section has a very different approach, style and sound. He didn’t bring back fellow Indonesians Tohpati and Dewa Budjana on guitars, instead using Mark Wingfield and Nicolas Meier. Add to that some Gamelan instruments plus clarinet and sax, and from the outset this is very different indeed.

It is not surprising therefore, as to just how different this album is from the previous. It is also a double CD, which gives the guys the chance to expand on their ideas (and amazingly was recorded in just two days). With this release Dharmawan wanted to try something different. "Indonesia is the place of 'ultimate diversity,'" the pianist says. "Here, the urban cultures accelerate the 'acculturation' process, which generates changes in cultural patterns and creates new forms of musical expression. ‘Pasar Klewer’ is the answer to my search for 'the difference,' and also a valuable answer to our modern crises and urban uprooting. The album's distinctive sound originates from an ancient Gamelan tonal system called Salendro, known in the Karawitan traditional music of the Sundanese, Javanese and Balinese. Based on the Gamelan tonal system, I also adapted, as my inspiration, other musical elements from all over the Indonesian archipelago, as well as the western diatonic system."

I do have to take his word for it, as all I know is that I haven’t heard anything quite like this before. This is world fusion on an epic scale, bringing jazz together with progressive tendencies, and then wrapping it up on a musical form that is quite different to western ears as he mixes it all up with styles from his home. There is a freedom and space within the music, that makes it feel live a living breathing entity, and very quickly the listener is immersed in a brand-new world. It is full of energy, full of life, and is an amazing musical experience

DWIKI DHARMAWAN So Far So Close

Album · 2015 · Fusion
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kev rowland


Dwiki Dharmwan is one of Indonesia’s most prominent musicians – a cultural icon in his homeland. Dwiki is an accomplished pianist, keyboardist, composer, arranger, performer, peace activist, and a true cultural ambassador of his beloved country. He has forged a very successful career (one that already spans more than 30 years), performing in over 60 countries with both solo and collective projects. (Dwiki's band, Krakatoa, remains one of Indonesia's most famous bands ever.) This 2015 release was his first on a major Western label, Moonjune, and he has found a home that really suits him. Not only has this given Dwiki the opportunity to have his work heard by a far wider audience, but has allowed him access to some incredible musicians. So, while he contents himself by providing Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, Mini Moog, Hohner Clavinet, Hammond Organ, Korg Synth, Acoustic Piano and vocals (the album is mostly instrumental), he is joined by Jimmy Haslip (bass), Chad Wackerman (drums), Dewa Budjana and Tohpati share guitar duties (although not on the same songs) plus Jerry Goodman provides electric violin on one song. It is often a very Western sounding album, but I Nyoman Windha (Gamelan Jegog, Balinese Kendang, Suling vocals) also has an important part to play/

This just doesn’t sound like an album that has been released in the last few years, but sounds as if it is a lost gem from the Seventies, bringing forth influences and touches of bands such as Weather Report and John McLaughlin. While some of the songs sound highly rehearsed and tight, there are others such as “Jembrana’s Fantasy” that are far more free and improvisational and style, and it is here where the guys move away from classic fusion into an area far move Gamelan influenced.

The sound is warm throughout, aided by the incredible warmth of Jimmy’s bass, and his partnership with Chad cannot be understated, as they seem to always know exactly where each needs to be to provide the support for what is happening above. Highly recommended for anyone who loves classic fusion

DWIKI DHARMAWAN Pasar Klewer

Album · 2016 · World Fusion
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js
Although Dwiki Dharmawan has been a well known performer in Indonesia for over 30 years, he only recently received more international recognition in 2015 when he released “So Far So Close” on the MoonJune label, a label which gave him much more access to a western audience. That album was broad and ambitious in itself, but on Dharmawan’s new CD, “Pasar Klewer, Dwiki takes the idea of ambition to a whole new level with a sprawling cinematic soundscape that could be called the “Sgt Pepper” of Indonesian fusion. There is literally a ton of intricate music on these two CDs, and the number of styles that are fused on here take us on a trip around the world, and several times at that.

Exspansive cuts like the opening title track, and track three, “Tjampuhan”, are like Indonesian fusion symphonies that mix gamelin, free jazz, electric fusion, prog rock and movie soundtracks in multi-movement suites that build to energetic climaxes, only to subside and build again. Dwiki is an intense pianist with a very developed technique and a massive sound that can recall McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Vijay Iyer and Matthew Shipp. Master Indonesian musicians provide gamelin and traditional Indonesian instrumentation and vocals, while Mark Wingfield burns on electric guitar and Nicolas Meier on acoustic. Gilad Atzmon’s clarinet lends an oriental/East European slant to the international mix and Boris Salvoldelli brings his odd art rock vocals to a couple cuts, including a cover of Robert Wyatt’s “Forest”. Although there are plenty of high energy tracks on both CDs, on CD 2 Dharmawan includes a couple of ballads, including a Hank Marvin styled guitar instrumental of the afore-mentioned Robert Wyatt cover.

DWIKI DHARMAWAN So Far So Close

Album · 2015 · Fusion
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There was a time in the late 70s when the worlds of jazz fusion and progressive rock edged closer to each other, much of the resultant music still carries a strong international fan base, and those fans now have reason to rejoice over Dwiki Dharmawan’s “So Far So Close”, an album that recalls the heyday of orchestrated fusion without sounding a bit nostalgic or dated. This is jazz/prog rock fusion for the new century with lots of fresh modern elements. Although this is Dharmawan’s first release for a large international label (MoonJune), it is quickly apparent from listening to these sophisticated arrangements, that Dharmawan is a veteran of the music business with over 30 years under his belt.

As mentioned earlier, this is orchestrated electro-acoustic fusion that will may recall classic albums by Return to Forever, Weather Report and Bill Bruford, but Dharmawan also adds his own subtle Indonesian influences, both melodically and harmonically. “So Far So Close” opens strong with the aggressive fusion energy of “Arafura”, this one, and the other up-tempo numbers are nice, but the main album highlights are the two beautifully orchestrated ballades, “Bruno” and “Whale Dance”. One other cut that stands out is the avant-garde leaning “Jembrana’s Fantasy”, a track that mixes Indonesian gamelan with free jazz. Its an interesting cut, but it may seem at odds with the other tracks on the album. It might be nice if Dwiki, on future albums, mixed some of these avant-garde and fusion elements together on some cuts, instead of isolating those elements to separate tracks.

The keyboard list on here will bring back some very fond memories for many, its great to see brand names like Fender Rhodes, Hammond, Mini Moog and Hohner Clavinet all together on an album again. Along with Dharmawan’s excellent keyboard work, “So Far So Close” also features the top notch rhythm section of Jimmy Haslip and Chad Wackerman, as well as guest solo spots for Jerry Goodman, Dewa Budjana and Tohpati.

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