Ubud will host an international jazz music event. The event entitled the Ubud Village Festival will be held in the upcoming August 2013. Dozens of jazz musicians from around the world are ascertained to participate, including the national and local jazz musicians. “This event is expected to become an attraction to tourists and jazz music lovers in Ubud tourist resort, Gianyar,” said the Advisor to the Ubud Village Jazz Festival, Amir Rabik, when making audience with Regent of Gianyar Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, Friday (Jan 18).
The jazz musicians participating in the festival would be Uwee Plath Combo featuring Dian Pratiwi (Germany), Yokohama Association of Artist (Japan), Peter Beets (the Netherlands) and David Ades (Australia). Meanwhile, the national musician would consist of Indra Lesmana, Dwiki Darmawan, The Jonges, Tomorrow People Ensemble, Yuri Mahatma, Balawan and Batuan Ethnic Fusion, Rio Sidik, Dira Sugandi, Koko Harsoe, Simak Dialog and Under Ground Jazz Movement. “Besides, the festival will also present local musicians of Bali,” he added.
Founder of the Ubud Village Jazz Festival, Yuri Mahatma and Anom Sudarsana, revealed the jazz event would be deliberately held in August to coincide with holiday season of foreign and domestic tourists. “Aside from becoming an international tourist destination, Ubud has also a potential that can be presented in the jazz festival,” he said.
Yuri explained that other than presenting jazz music, the event taking place for two days would also be filled with some activities such as jazz workshop, food festival, green festival, tenant promotion, photography, dances, games and other entertainment activities. Meanwhile, the Regent of Gianyar appreciated the selection of Ubud as the venue to organize the jazz festival. Although it had international flavor, Cok Ace had confidence it would be able to present jazz music in collaboration with Balinese traditional arts. “It will become an event being capable of exploring the local potential,” said the regent. (BTN/015)