Star Studded Line Up for International Festival in Jakarta

Jakarta, Indonesia – (PRWEB) – The Indonesian capital will host a major international musical and cultural event in early March. Painstakingly put together by a committee chaired by Peter F. Gontha (credited by many with bringing Jazz to Indonesia) the 2005 Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival(
JIJJF) is the first of a planned annual series.

Organizers announced the artist lineup today, one which encompasses a wealth of international and local talent representing music genres as diverse as blues, funk, swing, acid, rock, contemporary, modern, and fusion, all spiced up with legendary Grammy award-winning artists.The audiences at the Jakarta Hilton Convention Center, the festival venue are expected to top 40,000. They will feel as if they crossed the planet in three days, music wise. Performances will span the world with Tanna Maria’s Brazilian pop through mainstream American classic jazz and soul; all the way back to Jazz
timber -Tempo Libra’s high-energy Cuban salsa with elements of jazz, funk and pop.

The festival proper kicks off on Friday March 4 with perennial favorites George Duke, Earth, Wind & Fire Experience and James Brown.

The Indonesian line-up includes the critically -acclaimed classic dark fusion group Krakatau, noted jazz guitarist Donny Suhendra, pianist Bubi Chen,. guitarist I Wayan Balawan with his exciting mix of Balinese Gamelan and Jazz, Elfa‘s Jazz & Pop Singers, with their classic jazz songs and scores of other top local stars,

More than 80 jazz and contemporary groups featuring more than 600 musicians will perform in more than 120 shows over the three days.

And that’s only the live performances! An unusually full supporting program includes a Jam Session, a Jazz Clinic, a charity event on the eve of the festival and a major memorial service on the Sunday for disaster victims

I’m very proud that our festival, the first in an annual series, has attracted major performers of this stature to play in Jakarta and unite in a celebration of music and culture, ” said Gontha.

As our great event takes place in the wake of the tragic tsunami disaster, we have included several special events to acknowledge this, and attract donations for victims of the tsunami and other natural disasters in Indonesia.

The Festival has been warmly welcomed and fully supported by both the Culture and Tourism Minister and the Governor of Jakarta, who recognize the immense significance of the event in promoting Indonesia, its people and its capital city to the world at large.

For further information regarding the festival or for the full schedule of events visit the website at

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.