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Distinctive sound of Krakatau music originates from ancient Gamelan tonal system called ‘S’lendro’, which is known in Karawitan traditional music of Sunda, Java, and Bali. Based on S’lendro tonal system, Krakatau adapts Western diatonic musical elements, which energized by modern feels of jazz, rock and pop in a form of fusion with various ethnic rhythms of Indonesian musical traditions. Through devotion, Krakatau constantly developing its basic traditional Karawitan Gamelan musical style to donates new genre of sound into World Music. Despite the distinctive frequency of particular tone that could sound peculiar to Western ears, the treasure of rhythmic expression is valuable language to communicate to global audiences. Further more, Krakatau is continuously adapting Western diatonic elements into its basic S’lendro tonal system. The uniqueness of Krakatau music is indescribable by any exotic line of words, the only way to find out is that, “One must see and hear the difference”.


Pra B Dharma, Fretless “Slendro” Bass :

Pra B Dharma uses special Fretless Bass with particular tuning based on Gamelan pentatonic scale called S’lendro. Different than equal tempered standard tuning

Dwiki Dharmawan, Micro-tuned Keyboards :

Besides regular diatonic keyboard, Dwiki Dharmawan uses specially tuned keyboards and sampler into particular tuning based on Gamelan pentatonic scale called S’lendro. Different than equal tempered standard tuning, Krakatau music utilizes 10 tones division in an octave with 1 additional note for Balinese style or certain purposes. Keyboard sample contains various kinds of sounds from Indonesian traditional instruments and music sampling such as Gamelan Orchestra, choirs, group of percussions or voices.

Yoyon Dharsono Plays Various Traditional Instruments :

T A R O M P E T : Indonesian (Sundanese) double reed instrumenst : its sound resembles a clarinet or oboe but more brittle and harsh. In Sumatra and Malaysia this instrument is called the serunai. Consisting of a pipe with six holes tarompet can produce the same pitches as suling (bamboo flutes). The playing of tarompet in West Java is commonly associated with the traditional Sundanese martial art known as pencak silat, as the instrument is used to accompany the pencak dance. The tarompet is played by circular breathing, a blowing technique that produces long continous notes without pauses or gaps.

S U L I N G : Sundanese end-blown flute. The suling is a bamboo pipe with six holes. Another type of suling. Called suling degung, has four holes. The suling produces soft, middle ” to low ” pitched sounds. Skillful solo players are able to play long bending notes and impressive, drawn-out melodic contours. Suling come in different lengths which determine their “key” or pitch range.

B A N G S I NG : Sundanese transverse bamboo flute. While suling us the general name for different types of flute, the bangsing is the name of a specific variety of flute used by musicians in the West Javanese city of Cirebon. It produces louder and higher-pitched sounds than the Sundanese suling. Bangsing are also used for dangdut music, Indonesia’s most popular commercial music genre.

R E B A B : Indonesian (Sundanese, Javanese or Balinese) fiddle. This two-stringed bowed instrument resembles a member of the violin family and is the most important stringed instrument in Karawitan (traditional music from Java and Bali island) esembles. The rebab in gamelan music embellishes the vocal melody and serves as a melodic guide for the composition. The sound of the rebab can be abrasive or smooth, depending on the player’s taste and the type of song being played. Its sound can be harsh and strident or as melancholy as a Western violin. Conventional rebabs have resonating chambers made from stretched snake or thin goat skin, while the tarawangsa, a special type of rebab, has a larger body made of wood. The distinctive sound of tarawangsa fiddle is characteristic of the traditional music of Baduy, a remote area in West Java.

Ade Rudiana plays various percussions

K E N D A N G : A set of kendang consist of one large drum and an additional two small drums. The kendang is hand drum made of wood shaped into tapering cylinder and is played while seated on the floor. One side of the big drum is smaller than the other, and produces high-pitched “tak” and “plak” sounds. The bigger drum head has a sound similar to a bass or floor torn; its size is about 14 inches in diameter and it can also produce tones with variable pitches controlled by the heel of the player’s foot. The two small drums are placed on each side of the large kendang : these small kendang are called kulanter and produce sounds like “toong” and “poong”. Ade Rudiana is presently Doctorate candidate in ethnomusicology at the Indonesia Institute of Arts (ISI Jogya), and an adjunct faculty member at Bandung Institute of Arts (STSI-Bandung).

R E B A N A : Rebana are similar to tambourines but have a thicker skin cover and only two or there pairs of metal disks fitted into slots parallel to the head. Rebana come in different sizes, the smallest can be as small as 5 inches in diameter and the biggest rebana can have a diameter of 18 inches. Larger instruments sometimes lack metal disk. Rabana are usually played by a group of 4 to 8 percussionists who play counter-rhythms or in unison. Sometimes rattan sticks are used to strike the drum heads in order to creative louder, more percussive sounds.

Zainal Arifin plays Gamelan

S A R O N : Sundanese keyed rnetahlophone instruments consists of iron, steel or bronze keys laid across a wooden trough and held in place with posts. The keys are padded slightly with rubber or cotton rope where the metal keys come into contact with the wood. The sound is crisp and brittle. The saron is a standard instrument of Javanese and Sundanese gamelan but is fairly uncommon in Bali. The tonal range of the saron I is higher than saron II and it is struck by wooden hammer stricks instead of mallets.

B O N A N G : Indonesian (Javanese or Sundanese) gong chimes. Bonang are important instruments of the traditional gamelan. The bonang is a set of small knobbed gongs which are placed horizontally on a rack in one or two rows. They are part of a family of similar rack gong sets that differ in the number and sizes of gongs used as well as in the number of rows. The bonang does not usually play the main tune; instead it play patterns of rapidly struck notes that complement the melody. Its timbre is softer and lower than saron and has a longer sustain envelope. Bonang are played by mallets.

Ubiet, Voice

Ubiet has been exploring various genres of music. From the richnest of Indonesian  traditional music to contemporary. She has been working together with many musicians, music group and composer. She received her PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her dissertation topic was on Acehnese Music.

Gerry Herb, Drums

Gerry Herb has been one of the most in demand drummers in Indonesia, capturing the attention of the international music scene.  Gerry Has performed or recorded w ith various Artists.


On Line Jazz Journal

July 2004

Krakatau at once offered some new, even exotic ideas, and yet remained very true to the promise of American fusion-proving that the band has successfully found a way to honor both its Indonesian roots and its American forbearers.


June 25-30, 2004


Krakatau is Indonesian jazz-rock fusion, a sextet from playing funky backbeats with gamelan

Krakatau, the music of Indonesia

Superb musicianship and creative artistry

Victoria Lindsay Levine, Ph D., Professor of music :Director, Hulbert Center for Southwestern Studies _Colorado College

Krakatau, Amazing sounds that creating tuneful soundscapes

Vancouver Jazz Festival 2004

Russel Ferrante (Pianist and Composer)

” His impressions of Indonesian music and Dwiki himself solidified once he got to play with the group. “It definitely had the flavor,” Ferrante says. “It was built on different scales, but it was a nice blend. You could do your thing and be yourself in this music, but it had the influence of those traditional scales. Everything made sense and it wasn’t difficult, though technically, there were some difficult things. There were some unison runs and a few lines that kicked our behinds. Dwiki’s revenge! But it was challenging in a good way.” (Keyboards Magazine USA July 2008)

Steve Thornton (Legendary Percussionist)

“What struck me about Dwiki’s band was that they were playing jazz world music, but I could feel the traditional sound,” he says. “For me, that was the first time I’d ever heard that sound. The rhythm was definitely happening. The singing had Indonesian textures and it was something different for me. I had never heard anything like it before and I played their CD over and over. Then I met Dwiki and performed with him many times. I really love playing with him. This man has such a passion for music and he has inspired me very much.” (Keyboards Magazine USA, July 2008)

KRAKATAU, up coming 2011 Project

CELEBES FANTASY, Exploring the music of Celebes Island





Merchandise 25th Krakatau kini tersedia (sold-out)

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Pengumuman: Mohon maaf barang yang dimaksud dibawah sudah tidak tersedia

Buat anda pecinta atau fans Krakatau, kini tersedia merchandise t-shirt 25th Krakatau seharga IDR 60.000,- yang tersedia dalam dua warna yaitu hitam dan coklat tua. Jika anda berminat, silakan mengirimkan email ke sales@wartajazz.net

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Jazz for West Java, bentuk kepedulian musisi jazz Indonesia pada gempa Jawa Barat

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Tak pernah ada yang berharap musibah datang, termasuk para korban gempa  berkekuatan 7.3 skala Richter di Jawa Barat yang getarannya terasa mulai dari Jakarta hingga Bali.

Berangkat dari kepedulian para insan Jazz Indonesia, maka akan digelar konser Jazz for West Java sebagai wujud dari nyata kegiatan untuk menggalang dana, mengumpulkan donasi guna membantu saudara-saudara kita yang mengalami musibah gempa di Jawa Barat.

Kegiatan ini merupakan persembahan dan hasil kerjasama Dewan Kesenian Jakarta, Simpay Wargi Urang, WartaJazz.com, Palang Merah Indonesia dan Farabi Music.

“Insya Allah seperti halnya kepedulian kita pada korban Tsunami Aceh dan Gempa Yogyakarta, kali ini kita menggelar konser amal untuk para korban gempa Jawa Barat”, demikian diungkapkan Dwiki Dharmawan pengagas acara saat melakukan pertemuan koordinasi panitia konser Jazz for West Java bersama Adang Daradjatun dari Simpay Wargi Urang, Muhammad Thoriq dari Palang Merah Indonesia, Agus Setiawan Basuni dari WartaJazz.com, Gideon Momongan dari Indiejazz Inc.

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Acara akan digelar pada hari Minggu, 13 September 2009 mulai pukul 19.00 wib hingga 23.00 wib bertempat di Graha Bakti Budaya – Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jl. Cikin Raya 73 Jakarta Pusat. Anda yang tertarik menonton dan beramal, undangan sebesar IDR 100.000,- dapat diperoleh dengan menghubungi salah satu nomor telepon berikut:

DKJ 021-39899634 / 3162780 Ranti
Farabi Music 021-7226270 / 7224407 Dina
WartaJazz.com 021-8310769 Dewi
PMI 021-32084400 Indah / Winda
Simpay Wargi Urang 3100551 Yane

Para musisi jazz Indnesia yang berkenan hadir hingga berita ini diturunkan antara lain Benny Likumahuwa, Krakatau, B3, Rio Febrian, Dwiki Dharmawan, Fariz RM, Maya Hasan, Tompi, Idang Rasjidi, Andien, Budjana-Tohpati, World Peace Orchestra, Agam Hamzah,Adi Darmawan, Kulkul, Donny  Suhendra, Riza Arshad, Bintang Indrianto, Arief Setiadi, Yance Manusama, Tere, ES.QI.EF,Totong Wisaksono, Gerry Herb, Audiensi Band, Otti Jamalus Quartet, Clorophyl D’next Generation, Tompi, Yeppi Romero, Erik Sondhy, Barry Likumahuwa Project, Jilly Likumahuwa,Mahagenta, Oppie Andaresta, Bram,Aldhi,Gerald Trio, Notturno, Rio Moreno, SOL Project, Vodka, Ryo The Malay.
Farhan dan Denny P-Project akan bertindak selaku MC atau pembawa acara.

Selain itu panitia juga merilis merchandise khusus edisi Jazz for West Java dengan harga sebesar IDR 100.000,- (seratus ribu rupiah) dan tersedia dalam ukuran XXS, S, M, L, XL, 3L dan 4L. Anda bisa mengontak info@wartajazz.net untuk pembelian merchandise Jazz for West Java ini.

Source http://www.wartajazz.com/2009/09/07/jazz-for-west-java-bentuk-kepedulian-musisi-jazz-indonesia-pada-gempa-jawa-barat/


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