Press Conference of Ubud Village Jazz Festival 2019, in Sanur on Thursday.
Press Conference of Ubud Village Jazz Festival 2019, in Sanur on Thursday.

DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – Ubud Village Jazz Festival (UVJF) is back again this coming August, on the 16th & 17th at the Arma Museum garden with some shady areas around the perimeter. Bringing another host of exciting acts to Ubud, celebrating the huge range of styles and sub-genres that Jazz music and the art of improvisation encompass, the 2019 edition will feature, international and local casts ranging across all category of jazz.

Certainly! Indonesia is the tagline of Ubud Village Jazz Festival this year which aligned with the 74th Celebration of Indonesia’s Independence Day, bringing up the spirit of optimism of a better Indonesia ahead.

“The jazz tradition in Bali is iconic and get to be known worldwide. Today, it’s a vibrant scene that is constantly evolving and growing and our Festival continues to nurture and support it,” said Anom Darsana, co-founder of the festival in a press conference on Thursday.

The UVJF will feature an eclectic array of performers across varied styles and generations from jazz legends, new artists to the scene and those at the height of their careers, once again creating one-of-a-kind stage not seen anywhere else.

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With musicians from Indonesia, Germany, Russia, The Netherlands, Poland, Australia, Austria, France, South Korea, UVJF has grown to become one of Bali’s most important cultural and community events, gaining a serious reputation across the globe and the jazz stratosphere.

To name a few from Indonesia’s Jazz scene, they are the award-winning Sri Hanuraga Trio feat. Dira Sugandi, the funky-swing duo Yance Manusama & Otti Jamalus, saxophonist Anggi Harahap, the 18-piece HajarBleh Big Band from Jakarta, the voice of Surabaya native Nancy Ponto.

Coming back for your great pleasure are the Eurasian Quartet featuring Dian Pratiwi, and our co-founder and mentor, Yuri Mahatma with his project “Straight and Stretch”, Canadian Drummer who has resided in Bali for a long time, Yvon Thieabault “Perspectives”, Kopi Jazz Kediri, Jazz community from Kediri, East Java. From the young generation, we have Jacob Jayasena, 13 years old pianist along with a young female pianist, Nadine.

International jazz will be represented by critically acclaimed Aaron Goldberg Trio (with Matt Penman and Leon Parker) from the USA, South Korean Pete Jung Quartet, Michaela Rabitsch & R. Pawlik Quartet supported by the Austrian Embassy, Harry Mitchell Trio, Arcing Wires, and Caleb Fortuin with the Bali Mates (Future Leaders Jazz Award Winner) from Australia. From Russia Ilugdin Trio and New Centropezn Quartet, and, with the support of the Institut Francais d’Indonesie, Voyager 4.

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“With these wonderful musicians from all over the world, we are taking jazz music to a new level in Ubud. And, once again, we hope the Festival transcends the music itself and gets people up here to see and experience Ubud’s distinct flavour. We look forward to adding to Bali’s jazz history and an Independence Day weekend to remember,” Anom Darsana said.

UVJF is expected to draw more than 5,000 people and the experience is more than music. The design of the festival in the city center allows festivalgoers to feel and to explore the “bohemian” atmosphere at downtown Ubud, strolling through streets full of restaurants and cafés, shops, art galleries and many more.

Visitors also can take advantage of the local & International savoir-faire, as the festival will have about 30 booths, offering local product/handicrafts, music instrument exhibition, merchandise, food and drinks from some of the best spots/brand of the city and Bali.

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 “We believe art and cultural events have a direct correlation to a city’s ability to attract new visitors, define a sense of place and community, and contribute to the development of local skills and industries. The Ubud community is extremely important to us and we’re proud to contribute by boosting the local economy and strengthen the vitality of the region,” said Yuri Mahatma, also the founder of UVJF.

Since the first edition in 2013, UVJF targets to be an eco-friendly festival. And as Part of UVJF’s aim to be one of Less Waste Events, UVJF has banned all the single plastic, straw, Styrofoam usage in the booth and venue. It is hoped will pay a great distribution to the environment, especially in Bali.

“Supporting the ban on single-use plastic to the heart of the city, during this prominent festival, is one of the many ways we give back to the community and take action to care for our environment,” said Anom Darsana.

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