Press conference of Ubud Jazz Festival 2018 at Sanur on Thursday, July 2.
Press conference of Ubud Jazz Festival 2018 at Sanur on Thursday, July 2.
Press conference of Ubud Jazz Festival 2018 at Sanur on Thursday, July 2.
Press conference of Ubud Jazz Festival 2018 at Sanur on Thursday, July 2.

DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – After five successful years, the Ubud Village Jazz Festival (UVJF) is back for its 6th edition on August 10th to 11th, 2018 at the Arma Museum Garden. This year, the local-community-based event is themed Freedom of Expression, welcoming many legendary figures, from the archipelago and abroad, who come to perform and share their most recent arrangements with the public.

Over the years, UVJF has gained a serious reputation, both locally and globally, among musicians, jazz addicts, and sponsors, as one of the most versatile and evolving stage. For Ubud residents, it’s one of the most enjoyable event in the calendar.

Associated to dozens of volunteers, UVJF is delighted to receive the trust and assistance of the Creative Economy Agency (BEKRAF), Ministry of Cooperatives & SME’s Indonesia, to make this event a universal jazz reunion.

UVJF has been created by Bali based musicians, to encourage and promote national jazz artists, giving a platform to perform for a global audience and, above all, among jazz legends such as Indonesian Idang Rasjidi Syndicate and American Benny Green Trio, this year headliners.

“We’re so excited for Benny Green and Idang Rasjidi to take the stage, they are huge names in the jazz world and beyond, some remarkable musicians and entertainers!” UVJF’s co-founder Yuri Mahatma said.

On the program, a selection of talent that blend together legends and rising stars, regulars and newcomers, under one banner; Jazz! No one describe it better than the festival co-founder Anom Darsana. “The great thing about jazz is there are so many types. Our goal is to spread the love of jazz in all its expression,” he said.

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The Latin jazz pianist, Nita Aartsen Trio, back just on time from her European tour, who will collaborate with great drummer Olaf Keus (Holland) and Dian Pratiwi (vocal), Ito Kurdhi, the master of groove in Bali and afar; the 2017 “Inspiring Blind Jazz Pianist Award” winner, M Ade Irawan, to name a few from Indonesia.

From overseas, UVJF to present for the very first time a Korean fusion jazz band involving four young ladies, A-Fuzz. French cultural synthesis Insula, who blends modern Caribbean Jazz with Arabian-Andalusian harmonies; Vienna’s based trio Triple Ace- Colours in Jazz, with their fresh and electrifying composition and improvisation; and a few more to be added.

For the first time in 2018, UVJF has held a Youth Band Competition as part of International Jazz Day Celebration, which is set every April 30th by the UNESCO. The 1st prize winner of this competition is JODA Band who is entitled to a performance slot in one of the stages in UVJF 2018 and recording session provided by Antida Music Studio. JODA Band itself is a group of teenagers with range of age of 12-17 years old.

The Sixth Ubud Village Jazz Festival is expected to draw more than 4,000 people over the two days, providing enriching and entertaining jazz performances and programs throughout a selection of numerous jazz genre’s most acclaimed artists, as well as emerging talents, and provides greater exposure for the rich diversity of musicians from the archipelago.

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