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Read this interview (scroll down for English) in which Dion describes Indonesia’s somewhat moribund jazz scene.

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Jazz has now become a lifestyle.”

The education has to be relevant. If we put elitism over standard and competency without building new art spaces, the result is our current situation.”

IndoJazzia hears you, Dion, and will continue to offer support to Indonesia’s talented, hard working and independent jazz community.

Dua Empat are Alvin Ghazalie and Misi Lezar (guitars), and Nesia is one of four singers on Dua Empat’s album. The others are Almira Joesoef, Cantika Abigail and Marini Nainggolan.

Alvin and Misi are both graduates from the Conservatory of Music in University Pelita Hapapan. Their soon to be released album features songs about the journey they’ve experienced together as musicians, as students,and their own relationship. Their compositions tell a story about love, hope, joy, and happiness, with their guitar accompaniment inspired by such jazz giants as Wes Montgomery and Russell Malone.

According to a small ad in today’s Jakarta Post, they will be appearing at Motion Blue in Jakarta on Tuesday March 28th. Their February shows in February were sold out.