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Upcoming Java Jazz eyes more festivalgoers

Masajeng Rahmiasri
Masajeng Rahmiasri

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, January 19, 2017  /  12:03 pm
Upcoming Java Jazz eyes more festivalgoers

Jakarta International Java Jazz is set to return for the 13th time on March 3 to 5 at JIEXPO Kemayoran, North Jakarta. (Shutterstock/File)

Grammy-award winners Sergio Mendes, Chick Corea and Arturo Sandoval, as well as Grammy-nominee female trio King, are among the lineup confirmed for the Jakarta International Java Jazz slated for March 3 to 5 at the JIEXPO Kemayoran in North Jakarta.

The festival is also set to feature performances by renowned local musicians, namely Andien, Tulus, Afghan, Armand Maulana and Dewa Budjana.

Special collaboration stages are also planned for the event, in which veteran jazz singer Margie Sergers will collaborate with Ron King Big Band and music director Adra Karim for a blues performance; Dwiki Dharmawan and Karim Musallam to bring a fusion of modern and traditional music; Lea Simanjuntak, Dira Sugandi and an unnamed guest star also will collaborate in a Whitney Houston song; as well as a performance by Endah n Rhesa and drummer duo Dua Drum.

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Dewi Gontha (center) with sponsors and organizers of the 13th Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival. (JP/Masajeng Rahmiasri)

Unlike previous installments, this year's Java Jazz will not have a “special show” that requires visitors to pay more to see a specific artist. The event will instead focus on making the performances available for all visitors. Java Festival production president director Dewi Gontha said the strategy aimed to lower entrance fees and attract more visitors.

The festival expects to feature 50 foreign and 60 local performers, divided into 10 indoor and four outdoor stages, and attract around 120,000 visitors this year. It welcomed around 114,000 festivalgoers last year.

Tickets are available for Rp 650,000 (US$48.5) for a daily pass or Rp 1,500,000 for a 3-day pass. (kes)

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