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Jakarta Post

JakJazz set to return with more modern, contemporary styles

  • Anselmo Jason

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 13 2019   /  02:26 am

Groovin': Jazz musician Barry Likumahuwa performs at the JakJazz'in Aja kickoff concert in Jakarta on Dec. 6. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)Since its inception in 1988, JakJazz has always been one of the biggest international jazz festivals in Indonesia.Created by the late Indonesian legendary jazz musician Ireng Maulana, the music festival has featured both local and international musicians during its lifetime. With its vibrant displays of jazz music at its finest, JakJazz was a highlight of the Indonesian jazz scene from the 1990s to the mid-2000s.However, during its long and decorated history, JakJazz has experienced numerous setbacks.The festival experienced a vacuum between 1997 and 2006, after which the festival was held annually until 2012, skipping the year 2009.After 2012, the festival experienced yet again another vacuum, and following Ireng’s passing in 2016, the future of the fest...