Jakarta. Jazz enthusiasts can prepare for another treat during this year's Ubud Village Jazz Festival, scheduled to take place at the Agung Rai Museum of Art in Bali on Aug. 11-12.
The fifth year of the festival themed "Beautiful Music or Beautiful Minds" will present more diverse sounds with performances featuring mainstream, modern, traditional and Latin music.
"Our festival tries to show jazz in a different way, not only featuring great foreign and local musicians, but also providing added value with a traditional layout to ensure the audience can feel the local wisdom," festival co-founder Yuri Mahatma said on Friday (04/08).
This year's highlight is a performance by a trio consisting of Gerald Clayton (pianist), Joe Sanders (bassist) and Gregory Hutchinson (drummer). Clayton is a four-times Grammy Awards nominee. He also achieved a second place in the 2006 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition.
The Australian Embassy will support the event by bringing a quartet headed by pianist-composer Steve Barry, winner of the 2013 Jazz Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year and runner-up at the 2013 National Jazz Awards.
Institut Français Indonesia will bring the Samy Thiebault Trio, while the Austrian Embassy will bring the b.good duo, consisting of Marc Vogel and Lukas Schiemer, a.k.a. Barry Good, who combine modern jazz with popular groove music.
Renowned Balinese guitarist Wayan Balawan will also take to the stage to perform a set of his mixed musical concept featuring the Balinese gamelan.
Legendary Indonesian trombone player Benny Likumahuwa will collaborate with his son Barry Likumahuwa, one of the country's leading young bassists.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has expressed hope that the festival will become an international event to attract more foreign tourists.