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Jakarta Post

Painting a good country image through jazz

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 15 2011   /  09:33 am

International event: Java Jazz chairman Peter F. Gontha (second right) briefs journalists on the Java Jazz Festival on March 2. For years, the organizer has managed to present dozens of international musicians during the annual event. Antara/Yudhi MahatmaFor some people calling Indonesia a Mecca for jazz music might not be an overstatement. Eki Puradiredja, program director of one of the biggest jazz festivals in Indonesia, the International Java Jazz Festival, said on closing night of the music event that a lot of local and international jazz musicians view Indonesia that way. Various jazz festivals, including Java Jazz festival that ended last weekend, exceptional jazz musicians and a big following of jazz enthusiasts help make the country fit into that mold. One of the men that contributed in developing a lively jazz scene in Indonesia is businessman and jazz aficionado Peter F. Gont...