On 20 November 2015, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in The Hague in collaboration with Indonesian Cultural House (Rumah Budaya Indonesia/ RBI) organized “Indonesia Jazz Night” at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag, the birthplace of young and talented musical artists in the Netherlands.
In a welcoming remark, Mr. Ibnu Wahyutomo - Charge d’ Affaires ad interim of the Indonesian Embassy highlighted the flourishing musical interests and the growing number of rich talented Indonesian jazz musicians, who are known for fusing the archipelago’s rich traditional music and modern jazz instruments. While music being a universal language, Mr. Wahyutomo pledged to make similar events as an annual event in the Netherlands.
Among the popular artists who performed during the “Indonesia Jazz Night” are Dwiki Dharmawan, Tohpati (guitarist), Dira Sugandi (jazz singer).For the opening song, Dwiki Dharmawan and friends performed his song of Jazz for Freeport. Along with a talented young Indonesian guitarist Tohpati and jazz singer Dira Sugandi, they played 12 songs such as Frog Dance, Lukisan Pagi (morning painting), Whale Dancer, Bubuy Bulan (traditional Indonesian West Java song), Lamalera’s Dream, Arafura and Spirit of Peace.
Dwiki Dharmawan is an award winning musical artists and is the founder of a world famous Indonesian jazz band of “Krakatau”. Whilst being a cultural and peace activist, he launched World Peace Orchestra (WPO), which fosters social harmony and global awareness.
Tohpati, one of the many young talented Indonesian jazz guitarists and also a songwriter, gave several recorded musical albums.
Dira Sugandi, is an Indonesian singer and actress and in 2011 performed a duet with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli during a concert in Jakarta.
During the side-lines, Indonesian young Papuans performed Sajojo Dance (Friendship Dance) as well as Indonesian students from Eindhoven played musical pieces - “New York New York” and “Love” out of Angklung instruments. Angklung is a musical instrument from Indonesia made of two to four bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame.
Indonesia Jazz Night filled up the Conservatorium Hall and was attended by various walks of life from diplomats, Dutch officials to musicians, students and Indonesian community in The Netherlands
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, 25 November 2015