Jakarta. Indonesian jazz guitarist Andre Dinuth incorporates many Eastern Indonesian influences — especially from the island where his grandfather grew up, Rote in East Nusa Tenggara — in his second album, "Here With You," which was originally released back in July.
"A few of the songs feature traditional musical instruments from Eastern Indonesia like tifa from Papua and sasando from Maluku," Andre said at the album's belated launch on Thursday (22/12).
Inspired by his family background, Andre dedicates "Rote Island," one of the tracks on the new album, to honor his ancestors. The track features Djitron Pah on sasando and Georgie Tanasale on tifa.
"My grandfather comes from Rote, so when I play the track, I'm always transported back to the island," Andre said.
Andre is a songwriter and session player for some of Indonesia's top musicians such as Glenn Fredly and Andi Rianto. He produced most of the songs on the new album and arranged all the tracks himself.
All of Here With You's 10 songs are instrumental compositions and do not feature any singer.
"I put some chanting in the background on some tracks," Andre said.
Top Indonesian musicians lent their hand on the album, including Andi Rianto, Indra Lesmana, Mohammad Saat, Barry Likumahuwa, Richard Hutapea and Rayendra Sunito.
On top of his session and studio work, Andre Dinuth also fronts his band The Andre Dinuth Group, featuring himself on guitar, bassist Adhitya Pratama, drummer Yandi Andaputra and keyboardist Marthin Siahaan.
The group has performed all over Indonesia, including at the prestigious Java Jazz Festival and Freedom Jazz Fest.
Andre's next big-time performance will be at the upcoming jazz festival "Jazz Buzz Salihara" on Feb. 11.