The UVJF program is an annual celebration that aims to showcase the island's rich culture and heritage. It promises to provide a captivating experience through various performances by renowned artists from both national and international backgrounds. The line-up for this year's event covers a wide range of jazz genres and styles, ensuring that there is something for everyone's preferences. The line-up guarantees to exceed all expectations and leave a memorable impact on attendees.
Amanda Lee Swingtet
Known for their fun-loving camaraderie and playful dexterity, the Amanda Lee Swingtet presents a Tribute to the Legends of Swing including Fats Waller, Count Basie, Nat King Cole and Mary Lou Williams.
The group is led by jazz pianist Amanda Leewho has been rapidly making her mark as a torchbearer of the swing and stride piano styles of 1930/40s classic jazz both regionally and internationally. She’ll be playing with drummer Raf Soundwalker and Judy Tsai on double bass.
Galaxy Big Band Orchestra
The Galaxy Big Band Orchestra is a Jakarta-based band that will be performing at the #UVJF2023 festival. The band was established in 1992 and currently has around 15 members.
They specialize in playing traditional swing numbers from bands like Count Basie and Duke Ellington Orchestra, as well as Latin-style tunes.
Henk Kraaijeveld Quintet
In the land of Dutch jazz vocalists, Henk Kraaijeveld occupies a unique place with his catchy and at the same time adventurous songs. The award-winning singer disarms his audience with his warm voice and playful stage personality. He brings compelling music together with poetic lyrics and surprising improvisations.
His ‘all-star’ quintet features some of the most sought-after creative and energetic musicians from the Netherlands, with Daan Herweg on piano, Tobias Nijboer on double bass, Roberto Pistolesi on drums, and saxophonist Paul van der Feen as sideman.
Jazz Centrum Quartet
Jazz Centrum, a Surabaya-based music school since 2015, was founded by Yason Gunawan, a jazz pianist-saxophonist who studied at Capilano University, Canada, in 1999. Yason's vision is to boost jazz awareness in Indonesia, realized through Jazz Centrum, where he has produced top jazz musicians since returning in 2008.
This year, Gunawan and his Jazz Centrum students will perform, showcasing their talents.
Jérémie Ternoy Trio
Born in 1977 in Béthune, France, Jérémie Ternoy's jazz trio gained acclaim at the 2003 La Défense competition. Their self-produced debut in 2004 was followed by winning the "Rezzo Jazz à Vienne" competition in 2006, leading to the well-received album "Bloc."
Selected for "Jazz migration" by Afijma, Ternoy's trio toured nationally and internationally. In 2012, he collaborated with Sylvain Kassap and joined MAGMA. At UVJF2023, French pianist Jérémie Ternoy, with Nicolas Mahieux on bass and Charles-Albert Duytschaever on drums, promises a stellar performance.
JODA, derived from Jonathan Dangawa's name, was born in Bandung on December 8, 1991, and after graduating from the Indonesian Institute of Arts Yogyakarta and completing his Master's in Denpasar, Jonathan, a drummer and percussionist, conceptualized the music project.
Fueled by a passion for Indonesia's original rhythms, JODA created a unique drum called drumkusi, combining percussion (tabla). Through rhythm, melody, and harmony, JODA creatively transforms natural phenomena, offering a unique auditory experience.
Kevin Hays Trio
Kevin Hays is a jazz pianist, composer, and singer/songwriter who has won many awards, including a Grammy Award. His recordings have been praised by critics from The New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, and Jazz Times.
Kevin has recorded music with lots of different people on lots of different albums. Some of the people he has recorded with include Chris Potter, Bill Stewart, Joshua Redman, Jeff Ballard, Nicholas Payton, and Al Foster. He has also done some touring with James Taylor, Sonny Rollins, John Scofield, Joe Henderson, and Roy Haynes.
Jiho Lee Trio
Jiho Lee, Korea's leading jazz guitarist, known as the 2022 Rising Star, brings Brazilian biorhythm-inspired fusion jazz. Her 2016 debut album, [SILENCE], set the stage. Winner of K-Rookies and Independent Project, she collaborated on BTS's V's Snow Flower. Her latest single [Festa], produced and composed by Lee, highlights her unique connection with the audience.
Teaming up with Indonesian musicians Indra Gupta and Jonathan Dangawa, Lee will perform tracks from her albums 'SILENCE' and 'EVERYDAY SUMMER' for a global audience.
MANNA ft. Dharrian
The MANNA duo, led by A.S. MATES, an Indonesian bass legend, and skilled guitarist Achmad Ananda, blends genres to create a new sonic experience. Mates, a Bhaskara 86 member, has a rich history, producing an album with significant sales. Nanda, a guitarist with a delicate touch, boasts collaborations with jazz icons.
Featuring 15-year-old drummer Dharrian Emilio Yanuanto, winner at the Indonesia Drum & Percussion Festival, Manna promises a fusion of talent and diverse influences.
Nadine Adrianna Trio
Nadine Adrianna, born in 2006, is a talented 17-year-old jazz pianist. She has performed at renowned events like Java Jazz Festival and won awards, including the 43rd Jazz Goes To Campus - Choice Award.
Nadine, having studied at three music schools, collaborated with artists like Barry Likumahuwa and released two albums, Alley Blues (2018) and The Arrival (2023).
New Centropezn Quartet
The New-Centropezn Jazz Quartet is a very popular group, not only in their country but also in other countries like Germany, Belgium, and Spain. They have been playing together for over 20 years and are very good at what they do. Each musician is an excellent soloist, and together they make a very bright and talented quartet.
Since 2001, "New-Centropezn" jazz quartet constitutes a rhythm section of the Municipal Jazz Orchestra named after Kim Nazaretov, being a part of all projects.
Pere Bujosa Trio
Pere Bujosa, a versatile bassist, began with classical and rock music, later studying classical double bass in Palma and exploring modern music. A graduate of the Amsterdam Conservatory, he's collaborated with international artists like Salvador Sobral and performed across Europe.
Teaming up with award-winning pianist Xavi Torres and drummer Joan Terol, their trio has enchanted audiences at Menorca Jazz Festival and esteemed venues like Jamboree in Barcelona and the Blue Note in Amsterdam.
Rio Moreno Trio
Rio Moreno, a versatile pianist, composer, and arranger, leads one of Indonesia's premier Latin Jazz ensembles since 2005. The current trio, with Harry Toledo on bass and Echa Soemantri on drums, stands out for their fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms, showcasing Salsa, Samba, Bayon, and Cha Cha.
Influenced by greats like Arturo Sandoval and Michel Camilo, Rio crafts distinctive arrangements. His debut solo album, "EL Montuno," released in December 2012, received acclaim for its unique musical prowess.
Syifa N Friends
Formed in 2021, Syifa N Friends, a jazz band from Yogyakarta led by the young talent Syifa, gained recognition when noticed by Pak Agung and Pak Agus during jazz community sessions. With a busy schedule from April 2022 to March 2023, they performed at jazz festivals, TV programs, and concerts across Indonesia, showcasing their talent despite the pandemic.
Past performances include Soekarno Jazz Forum, Loenpia Jazz, Jazz Syuhada, TVRI Music Garage, Ngayog Jazz 2022, and My Ramadhan in Jogja on ADITV Jogja.
Wilson Quah Trio
Native of Penang, Malaysia, Wilson Quah is a composer, arranger, and producer who has worked on movie and TV soundtracks, TV and radio commercials, and has also written and edited numerous music education publications. He has conducted music workshops on various topics including contemporary music education, jazz performance and improvisation, jazz harmony, composition and arranging.
He worked in Singapore with the Victor Music Centre, before going on to the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Yuri Mahatma, a Jakarta-based jazz guitarist and composer, started his musical journey at 14, mentored by Dutch guitarist Martijn van Iterson. Settled in Bali, Yuri's quartet "Straight and Stretch" fuses Balinese rhythms with innovative jazz, captivating audiences worldwide. Beyond Indonesia, he's performed in Italy, Germany, Holland, Czech Republic, Japan, and Australia. As the co-founder of the Ubud Village Jazz Festival, Yuri continues to push musical boundaries. The quartet, featuring Astrid Sulaiman on piano, Gustu Brahmanta on drums, and Indra Gupta on bass, showcases their unique interpretation of classic jazz.
Let the music transport you to new heights, as the Ubud Village Jazz Festival continues its tradition of excellence, exceeding expectations year after year. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of the island and witness the incredible talent gracing our stages. So, mark your calendar and secure your tickets now! Join us at the Ubud Village Jazz Festival for an unforgettable celebration of jazz, where every note resonates in the heart of the village.
Let's swing and jazz together – purchase your tickets now and be part of this extraordinary musical journey.