MoonJune Records’ new release Indonesian icon and pianist extraordinaire DWIKI DHARMAWAN Rhuma Batu

DWIKI DHARMAWAN acoustic piano
NGUYÊN LÊ electric guitar, soundscapes
YARON STAVI upright bass
special guests DEWI GITA, SA’AT SYAH, ADE RUDIANA & more
Riding the momentum of 2016’s groundbreaking critically heralded release, “Pasar Klewer” – an album awarded a 5-star review by Downbeat, All About Jazz, and numerous others – MoonJune Records is proud to present the new album by the iconic keyboardist, composer, and producer, Dwiki Dharmawan. Drawing from both his extensive jazz influences and his rich cultural heritage, the Indonesian maestro delivers yet another spellbinding masterwork!

Brimming with adventurous compositions, ingenious arrangements and superlative performances, “Rumah Batu” (meaning “the stone house” in Indonesian Bahasa language) almost defies categorization – eclipsing both progressive jazz and world music genres. While a score of diverse ethnic flavors abounds throughout, within its nucleus resides the free-spirited, unpretentious essence that epitomizes the greatest jazz.

Augmented by a stellar cast of players, vastly international in scope, including the enigmatic French virtuoso, of Vietnamese descent, Nguyên Lê, on guitar; legendary flamenco fretless bassist, Spain’s Carles Benavent; the extraordinary flutist, also from Indonesia, Sa’at Syah, and; the proven progressive backbone of fellow Israeli-born, UK transplants, Yaron Stavi [on upright bass (yes: the album features twin basses!)] and (supreme drummer) Asaf Sirkis – this landmark recording offers an intimate glimpse into Dwiki’s unparalleled genius as player, arranger, and songwriter.

The album chronicles yet another magical session created and captured at the already-infamous La Casa Murada / The Stone House (Rumah Batu!). Situated in the tranquil, picturesque setting of the Catalan wine region of Penedès, Spain, the studio’s recordings seem to take on a life of their own; and Rumah Batu is certainly no exception: articulating jazz’s continuing evolution in the 21st century.

For those who wondered what jazz messenger Dwiki Dharmawan could possibly conjure as a follow-up to Rumah Batu’s unanimously praised predecessor, prepare to be amazed and perplexed — and escorted on a musical sojourn unlike any the genre has ever witnessed!

The first featuring video related to Dwiki Dharmawan’s Rumah Batu album is of the tune “Impenan”. The world has to hear this amazing Indonesian singer, originally from the most musical city of Indonesia, Bandung, the capital of Sunda region, which is also Dwiki Dharmawan’s hometown. This is a shorter version (4:17) of the full-length tune on the album (8:20) Direct link to purchase CD and 24bit HD Download: