Saturday, March 2, 2013

Southeast Asia's Biggest Jazz Festival Kicks Off

The biggest jazz festival in Southeast Asia is set to kick-off today (3/1) at JiExpo Kemayoran in Central Jakarta, with special performances by soul songstress Joss Stone and R&B sensation Craig David, as well as jazz singers Basia and Lisa Stansfield.

Stone will spoil jazz and soul lovers on the first day of the three-day festival at 11 p.m. tonight. Basia and Stansfield will perform on the second day, and Basia will also perform on the third day.

On Sunday, David will showcase his greatest hits, stretching from his debut album “Born to Do It” to his newest album “Following My Intuition.”

Peter Gontha, founder and chairman of organizer Java Festival Production, thanked the ministries of trade, and tourism and creative economy, for their support.

“A music festival should be more than just showbiz. It’s also about promoting a  creative economy,” he said.

The 2013 Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival is the ninth annual festival since it started in 2005. This year’s festival will have 17 stages for international and local artists.

The first festival in 2005 featured Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire and was attended by almost 50,000 visitors and more than 1,400 artists during its three days. Since then it has become more popular. Encore performances by Al Jarreau, Herbie Hancock, Erykah Badu, Stevie Wonder and Pat Metheny attracted more than 112,000 visitors last year.

This year’s festival carries the theme “Jazz Up the World,” a message of peace and harmony sent by Indonesians to the world.
The festival will also feature performances by Spyro Gyra, Lee Ritenour, Monday Michiru, Marcus Miller, Roy Hargrove, Phil Perry, Butterscotch, The Soul Rebels, Bob James, Chuck Loeb, New York Voices, George Duke and Fourplay.

Indonesian musicians who will participate in festival include Indro Hardjodikoro The Fingers, The Groove, Dwiki Dharmawan, Abdul and the Coffee Tree Theory, The ExtraLarge, Indra Lesmana, Glenn Fredly, Oddie Agam, Sister Duke, Tulus, Tompi, Barry Likumahuwa Project, Andien and Matthew Sayersz.

Shows today begin at 4:30 p.m. and run until the early hours of the morning. (Jakarta Globe)

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