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Dwiki Dharmawan

Dwiki Dharmawan is an accomplished pianist, keyboardist, composer, arranger, performer, conductor, peace activist, and a true cultural ambassador of his beloved country, Indonesia. Dwiki is one of his country’s most prominent musicians – an icon in his homeland. He has forged a very successful career spans more than 30 years, performing in over 70 countries with both solo and collective projects. His band Krakatau remains one of Indonesia’s most famous bands ever. This Year Dwiki release his new album “So Far, So Close” first of multiple releases slated for Dwiki with MoonJune Records new York over the coming years. So Far So Close features Jimmy Haslip and Chad Wackerman. The album also features Dewa Budjana, Tohpati, and as well the legendary violinist, Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra). The upcoming Dwiki Dharmawan’s Album which recorded in London, UK “Pasar Klewer” will be leaning more toward the ECM-ish ethno and ecclectic elctro-acoustic or acoustic “jazz”, with Gilad Atzmon on Clarinet and Saxophone, Asaf Sirkis on Drums and Percussion, Nicolas Meier on Glissentar and Acoustic Guitar, Mark Wingfield on Electric Guitar and Aris Daryono on Gamelan.

Gilad Atzmon

Gilad Atzmon is a British Jazz artist and author. As a multi-instrumentalist he plays saxophones, clarinet and ethnic woodwind instruments . His album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. He was described by John Lewis at the Guardian as the “hardest-gigging man in British jazz.” Atzmon tours extensively around the world. His albums, of which he has recorded fifteenth albums to date, often explore political themes and the music of the Middle East. As a member of the Blockheads, Gilad has also recorded and performed with Ian Dury, Robbie Williams, Sinead O’Connor and Paul McCartney. Gilad has also recorded with Robert Wyatt, the Water Boys. In 2014 he recorded with Pink Floyd and is featured on their last album The Endless River (Anisina). In 2000 Gilad founded the Orient House Ensemble in London and started re-defining his own roots in the light of his emerging ethical awareness. The Ensemble includes Chris Higginbottom on Drums, Yaron Stavi on Bass and Frank Harrison on piano & electronics. Gilad writes on political matters, social issues, and culture. His papers are published on very many press outlets around the world. Atzmon’s novels ‘Guide to the perplexed’ and ‘My One And Only Love’ have been translated into 24 languages. Over the years Gilad Atzmon’s music has moved increasingly toward a cultural hybrid. As a bandleader and reed player he has been amazing his listeners with his powerful personal style that combines great bebop artistry and Middle-Eastern roots in a sophisticated, sometime ironical
manner. Influenced by Coltrane’s powerful approach on the sax, Gilad’s live performances are simply breathtaking and overwhelming.

Kamal Musallam

Kamal Musallam, the founder of Arabic Fusion bands Kamal Musallam Trio and EastMania, has been expressing himself through music since the age of 3. Born in Kuwait in 1970. Musallam developed his skills playing the guitar and the oud and began to fuse together the influences that inspired him, mainly Jazz, Rock, Arabic music and Asian music.The release of his first album in 2003, called On a Jordan River’s Side, under his own label K&G, was highly acclaimed and appreciated on an international scale. Since then he released 5 more albums: 2008 - Out Of My City, 2009 - Lulu (Grammy selection), 2011 - Songs For Seung-eun (Grammy selection), 2012 - The Best Of Kamal Musallam 1999-2011, and 2013 - Homemade in Rome. Kamal has recorded and played along with a long list of world class musicians such as STING, George Benson, Bobby Mc Ferrin, Billy Cobham, Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Kai Eckhardt, Ada Rovatti, Stanely Jordan, Anne Ducros, David Reinhardt, Jorge Pardo (Paco De Lucia Septet) and Francisco Molina, among others. In 2001 Kamal registered his record label K&G, and Since 2006, he had established his music production & promotion company in the UAE, KMAC. Musallam is currently playing the newly developed electric oud by Godin, the Multi-Oud. He had also developed with Ibanez new signature guitar models that provide the facility to play Arabic quarter tones, the KMM1, and KMA1. Dwiki Dharmawan is also Kamal Musallam’s partner in the upcoming East Mania record with some amazing other musicians on the list.

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