A message to the Indonesian Jazz Community
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Indonesian jazz has now reached a critical phase in its development in that there is an international audience. Much is owed to Leonardo Pavkovic of MoonJune Records in NYC who has released albums to critical acclaim, most of which have been self-produced here.
(See this article .pdf)
IndoJazzia.net has been set up by Arlo Hennings and Terry Collins, two expatriate jazz loving westerners living here in Indonesia. We are both friends of Leonardo, but we are acting independently because there is little that he can do for the jazz community at large here while based in NYC when he is not globetrotting.
We believe that the skills and experience we gained in our ‘home countries’, and also as residents here in Indonesia, can be put to good use on behalf of the musicians who delight us with their creativity, dynamism and dogged determination to match their muse with their music .
(See About Us)
We are encouraged by the growing number of venues, but sales of jazz recordings are often dependent on fans at gigs. Those musicians and groups who have their albums distributed nationwide by such indie labels as Demajors, Warta Jazz, Jazzuality, dll., are fortunate.
We believe that a centralized online resource network, a member-owned portal responsive to individual and group needs as expressed by the Indonesian jazz community at large, is one direction to go. The ‘freedom’ to interact, via forums, comments, etc, is of great importance.
This is reformasi in action! 😉
What you see in the top bar are our suggestions. Although we believe that these are possible, do you think that they will meet your needs?
– A place to present your demos in order to attract the attention of labels ++
– A ‘catalogue’ of venues.
– plus … how about an IndoJazzia BandCamp label for unsigned musicians and groups?
Arlo and Terry do not ‘own’ Indojazzia: ultimate ownership is with the Indonesian jazz community. What we have on the site at the moment may not be what is wanted or needed, so we welcome all suggestions and thoughts, positive and/or negative. Please email us.
We are researching ‘A History of Indonesian Jazz‘ for a possible film documentary and book. We hope the Indonesia jazz community wil join us because without a history, there is no present, and little hope for the future.