After 5 successful years, the Ubud Village Jazz Festival (UVJF) returns again this year carrying the theme, Freedom of Expression, welcoming many legendary figures, from the archipelago and abroad, who will come to perform and share their most recent arrangements with the public. Located at the Arma Museum Garden, this local, community-based event will be held on August 10th and 11th.
Over the years, UVJF has gained a serious reputation, both locally and globally, among musicians, jazz addicts and sponsors as one of the most versatile and evolving stages in Indonesia. For Ubud residents, this is one of the most enjoyable music events in the 2018 calendar.
Founded to encourage and promote national jazz artists to perform for a global audience, Ubud Village Jazz Festival is delighted to receive the trust and assistance of the Ministry of Cooperatives & SME’s Indonesia, and the precious support of the Embassy of Austria, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Institut Français d’Indonésie and Goethe-Institut, among others, in accordance with the Ubud Royal Family and community, to make this event a universal jazz reunion.
Jazz legends Idang Rasjidi Syndicate and Benny Green Trio were some of this year’s headliners. The programmes also featured a selection of talent that blended together; legends and rising stars, regulars and newcomers, all under one banner – Jazz!! Ubud grooved to the rhythm of Bandung’s Salamander Big Band, the Latin jazz pianist Nita Aartsen Trio, Bali-based master of groove Ito Kurdhi, and the 2017 ‘Inspiring Blind Jazz Pianist Award’ winner, M Ade Irawan.
From overseas, a Korean fusion jazz band A-Fuzz, Australia’s composer, pianist and vocalist Gerard Kleijn, Netherlands finest trumpeter and composer Judith Nijland, and many more talents were jamming together in this Ubud’s weekend-long jazz festival. For the first time, Ubud Village Jazz Festival invited the winner of Youth Band Competition, a group of teenagers between 12 to 17 years old, JODA Band, to perform on one of the stages. Youth Band Competition is part of International Jazz Day Celebration, which is set on every April 30th by the UNESCO.
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