Jazz Festival Returns to Mount Bromo

12 June, 2013 | Source: The Jakarta Globe

The fifth annual Jazz Gunung festival returns to the slopes of Mount Bromo on June 21-22 with a lineup featuring both emerging and established Indonesian jazz acts.

“Jazz Gunung provides the opportunity to promote new colors in ethnic jazz,” organizer and performer Djaduk Ferianto said. “2013 will continue to rely on the atmosphere of the mountains, but will also feature something different in terms of performances.”

The jazz showcase kicks off the 10-day Bromo Festival, which each year celebrates the cultural heritage of Bromo’s Tengger ethnic group.

Djaduk is keen to point out that Jazz Gunung has the chops to impress festival-goers.

Performers over the weekend include Yovie Widianto, the Barry Likumahawa Project, Balawan and Batuan Ethnic Fusion, and Djaduk, who is playing in a project called “Ring of Fire”with American singer and multi-instrumentalist Jen Shyu.

“In volcanoes thrive cultures. Our dream is that, one day, we will be able to invite artists from countries that also have volcanoes,” Djaduk said.

 

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