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DWIKI DHARMAWAN MJR081
Pasar Klewer  
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Indonesian keyboard star Dwiki Dharmawan returns following his 2015 MoonJune Records debut, the more fusion-heavy So Far, So Close, offering the even more ambitious Pasar Klewer. Recorded at London's EastCote Studio, in June 2015, this vibrant, acoustic piano-driven two-CD set features the cream of Britain's younger expat crop, blending with Indonesian musicians to create a passionate, seamless cultural cross-pollination.

... the net result of which is a modern progressive epic!

Backed by the core foundation of the expressive bassist, Yaron Stavi, and masterful timekeeper, Asaf Sirkis, Dwiki reveals further facets of his musical genius -- assisted by brilliant contributions from a host of guests, including Boris Savoldelli, Mark Wingfield, Nicolas Meier and Gilad Atzmon. The contributing musicians embrace the complexities and nuance of the material with an ease and comfort which transcends comprehension and defies logic; delivering some of their finest individual and corporate moments to date in ambitious, achieving style.

It is rare, indeed, when a project is presented which is so uniquely original, so wildly ambitious, and yet succeeds on such a level of excellence as does this fantastic release. MJR is pleased to present what we consider one of the finest works yet offered by the label. Those who would write progressive music's obituary may want to put their pens down and give this gem a listen!
 
 
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PERSONNEL
DWIKI DHARMAWAN: acoustic piano
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YARON STAVI: upright bass, bass guitar (tune 5, disk 2)
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ASAF SIRKIS: drums, udu clay percussion, shaker & konakol singing (tune 2, disk 1)
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MARK WINGFIELD: guitar (tunes 1 & 4 on disk 1; tunes 4 & 6 on disk 2)
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NICOLAS MEIER: glissentar (tunes 2 & 5 on disk 1; tune 1 on disk 2), acoustic guitar (tunes 3 &5, disk 2)
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GILAD ATZMON: clarinet (tune 2 on disk 1; tune 2 on disk 2), soprano sax (tune 3 on disk 1; tune 3 on disk 2)
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BORIS SAVOLDELLI: vocals (tunes 4 & 5 on disk 1)
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ARIS DARYONO: vocals, gamelan percussion, kendang percussion, rebab 3-strings violin (tunes 1, 2 & 3 on disk 1; tune 1 on disk 2)
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PENI CANDRARINI: vocals (tune 1 on disk 2)
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GAMELAN JESS JEGOG: gamalan orchestra (tune 3 on disk 1)
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BALINESE FROGS: background vocals (tune 3 on disk 2))
PRODUCTION
Recorded in London, June 9 & 10, 2015, at EastCote Studio by Phil Bagenal.
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Boris Savoldelli's vocal parts recorded at BSS home studio in Pisogne, Italy, August 30, 2015.
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Female vocals and gamelan orchestra pre-recorded in Jakarta in May 2015.
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Balinese frogs recorded live in Ubud, Bali, in August 2015.
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Mixed and mastered by Mark Wingfield at Heron Island Studio, Cambridgeshire, England in October 2015 and April 2016.
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Produced by Leonardo Pavkovic and Dwiki Dharmawan.
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Executive producers: Dwiki Dharmawan for Farabi Music, and; Leonardo Pavkovic for MoonJune Music.
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Dwiki Dharmwan is one of his country's most prominent musicians – a cultural icon in his homeland. Dwiki is an accomplished pianist, keyboardist, composer, arranger, performer, peace activist, and a true cultural ambassador of his beloved country.

He has forged a very successful career (one that already spans more than 30 years), performing in over 60 countries with both solo and collective projects. (Dwiki's band, Krakatoa, remains one of Indonesia's most famous bands ever.)

Dwiki's talent is immense, and many future collaborations with other great MoonJune artists from across the globe are already in the works. Those who take the view that fusion is "past tense" are in for some very pleasant surprises!

Image: MoonJune Records recording artist, Dwiki Dharmawan, seen performing with the Pasar Klewer band, in London, England.
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