Escape / March 2017
The 13th annual Java Jazz Festival will present long-awaited jazz pianist Chick Corea on March 3-5 at the Jakarta International Expo (JIexpo) in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta. The Grammy award-winning pianist, Sergio Mendes and Arturo Sanduval are among the confirmed guest stars to headline Indonesia’s biggest jazz event of the year. The international line-up also includes King, Elliot Yamin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Incognito, Mezzoforte, Nik West and Blood Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Byce. Indonesian artists include Endah & Rhesa x Duadrum, Andien, Hi-Vi, Rendy Pandugo, Yura Yunita and 90s hip hop all-stars including Iwa K, NEO and Sweet Martabak. According to Dewi Gontha, the director of Java Festival Production, this year’s line-up is filled with more jazz acts than pop ones due to the feedback they received last year. “We were criticized last year for being too ‘pop’ so this year we’re heavier on the jazz. Previously we never got comments like that, so let’s say that this year we’re back to the concept we had in 2015 and before that,” Dewi said. “This festival aims to educate people to love jazz. They should learn that there are many genres within jazz. But, we’re still the same as before because there is a mix of acts combined with other genres. It’s just that we have more jazz this year than last,” Dewi explained. To cater to pop enthusiasts, British 12-piece hip-hop band Renegade Brass Band and Indonesian pop singers Tulus and Afgan will also be making an appearance at the festival. This year’s festival, which adopts the theme of Betawi culture, will feature 10 indoor stages while the number of outdoor stages has been increased to four.
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