From second from left, U. Saefudin Noer, the managing director of Jasa Tirta II, Ferry Andrianto, the head of public relations at the SOE Ministry and Dwiki Dharmawan, the festival's artistic director. (JG Photo/Nur Yasmin)

International Jatiluhur Jazz Festival Presents Jazz Au Naturel

BY :NUR YASMIN

NOVEMBER 21, 2019

Jakarta. The first International Jatiluhur Jazz Festival will kick off at the Ir. H. Djuanda Dam in Purwakarta, West Java, on Saturday and Sunday.

The festival presents dozens of local and international jazz artists, with sponsorship from state-owned company Jasa Tirta II that manages the compound, better known as the Jatiluhur Dam.

U. Saefudin Noer, the president director of Jasa Tirta II, said he created the festival to promote the dam as an outdoor park and hence boost the local tourism and economy.

"This is the only other outdoor concert stage fully surrounded by nature in Indonesia other than Bromo [The Mountain Jazz Festival]. We are optimistic this location will be popular with many musicians. We also want to make our presence known as a state-owned company," Saefudin said at a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday.

The festival's artistic director, jazz musician Dwiki Dharmawan, has come up with a diverse lineup. "This festival is for everyone. I want to show how rich jazz can be when combined with other genres. We will have dangdut singers accompanied by jazz artists. And as always, we'll also have international jazz musicians," Dwiki said.

Some of the artists confirmed for the two-day festival are: Dwiki Dharmawan himself, Steve Thornton, Palestinian musician Kamal Musallam, Wizzy, Syaharani & Queenfireworks, Java Jive, Mus Mujiono, Krakatau, 57kustik, Moccondoss 40, Selaawi Ethnic Ensemble, Saratuspersen Band, Ermy Kullit, Indro Hardjodikoro feat. Kayla Dias, Farabi Big Band feat. Ita Purnamasari, Idea Percussion, Uban Project, Marcell, Via Vallen and Zaskia Gotik.

The Jatiluhur Dam was built in 1957 under the order of Indonesia's first president, Soekarno. It now provides irrigation for over 240,000 hectares of farmland. The dam and the area surrounding it – around 8,300 hectares – are often used as a recreational park.

The festival will be held at the Pelabuhan Biru area where visitors can enjoy mountain views and fresh cool air.

Ferry Andrianto, the head of public relations at the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry, said the ministry is totally behind the festival. 

"This festival has huge potentials and may turn out to be an incredible asset. It will have a multiplier effect on the local people and their economy," Ferry said.

The Jatiluhur Dam is a two-hour drive from Jakarta. Buy tickets at Loket.com and GoTix. Prices range from Rp 100,000 ($7) to Rp 125,000.

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