Indonesian cultural icon Dwiki Dharmawan has been a composer and performer for more than three decades. Born and raised in Bandung, West Java, Dwiki continuously spreads the beauty of Indonesian culture abroad as well as promoting it within Indonesia. He perceives music as a bridge to encourage peace and understanding between people of all nations.
Dwiki Dharmawan takes a spin on jazz by harmonising it with Indonesian traditional music, staying true to his roots whilst exploring beyond his culture. His band, Krakatau, is acclaimed worldwide and his newest projects with MoonJune Records , Dwiki Dharmawan “So Far So Close” and Dwiki Dharmawan “Pasar Klewer”, aims to bring social harmony and awareness to the globe.
“Pasar Klewer” was selected as DownBeat Magazine’s “Best Albums 2016”, as well as “Albums of The Years 2017” from JazzWise Magazine.
In 2017, Dwiki released an album collaborating with ENJA Records Munich Gmbh. With Dwiki’s exquisite jazz-styled piano, he worked with Reeds virtuoso Gilad Atzmon and Middle Eastern Oud star Kamal Musallam to create “World Peace Trio.” Through their individual sounds combined together, the trio creates music that visualises harmony and peace. The sounds of gamelan, an Indonesian traditional music, along with rich Andalusian, Arabic music blended together with jazz produces a multicultural and diverse sound.
Whilst hearing Dwiki’s piano, listeners will get a sense of Herbie Hancock’s trenchant eloquence with a dash of Cecil Taylor’s unobstructed free-jazz melodies. A unique lineup of different sensibilities and skills of “World Peace Trio” is only hampered by the occasionally humdrum hooks and backing vamps that necessarily emerge as safety nets for their collectively free-falling explorations.
Dwiki Dharmawan’s involvement with the Farabi Music Education Center displays his deep engagement in Indonesia’s music development. Farabi is very popular among the young generation, providing classes in jazz, classical and even Indonesian Traditional music. The music education center is a reflection of Dwiki’s passion for sharing his love and understanding for music to those around him.