Mantra Sakala Resort & Beach Club presents Indonesia – Australia Jazz Connection in the award winning beachside club – Sakala Beach Club on Tuesday, 23rd August at 8pm. This event will be held alongside the resort’s stunning beach club, where guests can enjoy an evening of jazz performed live overlooking water views of Tanjung Benoa beach.
“We’re thrilled to welcome and host the Indonesia – Australian Jazz Connections. The artists featured on the event are truly creating new frontiers in Jazz. Our goal is to support local Jazz artists and be a liaison for Indonesia – Australia relations within the music industry to provide a wonderful experience for the community and of course all Jazz lovers,” said Chris Northam, General Manager of Mantra Sakala Resort & Beach Club.
Accompanying this sultry night of music will be mouthwatering selection of Indonesian and western delicacies that highlights Mantra Sakala Resort & Beach Club’s award-winning cuisine, created by Chef Nyoman Wardhana and his culinary team. The event will showcases some of Indonesia’s & Australia’s talented jazz musicians, among them, Dwiki Dharmawan, Steve Hunter, Dale Barlow, Deva Permana and Andrew Gander.
Dwiki Dharmawan creates jazz influenced by the traditional music of Indonesia, where he came of age on the island of Java. His band, Krakatau, is acclaimed worldwide and his newest project, the World Peace Orchestra (WPO), aims to bring social harmony and consciousness to the globe. Dwiki Dharmawan is Indonesian musician that have frequently performed in international musical events. Dwiki has presented his works at The Lincoln Center Out of Door Festival (New York), Chicago Cultural Center, Hot Summer Jazz, Toronto Jazz Festival , Vancouver Jazz Festival ,Sziget Festival (Hungary), Midem (France), North Sea Jazz (Holland), the Montreaux Jazz Festival (Switszerland),Temecula Jazz (USA), javajazz Festival as well as in numerous other performances in China, Japan, Australia, Spain, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia-Montenegro, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Venezuela, Mexico and many more.
Steve Hunter is an American Guitarist best known for his contributions to Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed and Alice Cooper. He created some of the greatest riffs in Rock history including the opening solos on Aerosmiths ‘Train Kept A Rollin’, Alice Coopers ‘Cold Ethyl’ and the acoustic guitars on Peter Gabriel’s ‘Solsbury Hill’. He composed ‘Camellia’ for the movie ‘The Rose’ and the legendary ‘Intro’ on Lou Reed’s live version of Sweet Jane.
Australian born Dale Barlow studied piano, flute and clarinet before switching to tenor saxophone at New South Wales Conservatorium. His credits include touring and recording with some of the all-time greats: Sonny Stitt, Chet Baker, Gil Evans, Jackie McLean, Billy Cobham, Curtis Fuller, Eddie Palmieri, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson, Lee Konitz, Sonny Stitt, Helen Merryl, Mulgrew Miller, Cindy Blackman, Ernie Watts, Eddie Henderson, Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, Billy Higgins, Cedar Walton and, of course the original Jazz Messenger, Art Blakey.
Deva Permana is a Bali-based jazz drummer who developed his musical talent from a young age. He has performed at international jazz festivals and has been involved in recording sessions and live performances with many great musicians, such as Alex Acuna, Airto Moreira, Abraham Laboriel Sr., Oscar Castro Neves, Don Grusin, Gary Meeks, and Brazilian singer Katia Moraes.
Andrew Gander is a Sydney based jazz drummer. He was the most devastatingly original and virtuosic drummers in Australia during the 80’s and 90’s. Andrew has toured, recorded and performed all over the world with many local, including Vince Jones, Dale Barlow, Chris Abrahams, Jason Morphett, Lloyd Swanton, James Muller, James Greening, Matt McMahon and plus many others, as well as many international artists including Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, Harry Connick, Jim McNeely, Jim Pugh, Joe Pass, John McLaughlin, Johnny Griffin, Kenny Kirkland, Kenny Wheeler, Mark Murphy, Michael Brecker, Ray Brown and many others. He is an active educator and clinician.