Beauty in (Complex) Diversity: Ubud Village Jazz Festival 2017

Started in 2013, this “local-community-based” international jazz festival is preparing for its 5th consecutive year. So far, UVJF has gained a lot of compliments from the critics, the musicians and the audiences as well as from the Ministry of Tourism, who supports through Pesona Indonesia, Ubud Royal family and local Ubud community, and claimed as one of the best jazz festivals in the region and becomes one of “a – must- see ” new attraction of Bali’s tourism agenda.

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2017 version of UVJF will see another imaginative and eclectic line-up, pulling together a wide variety of top tier mainstream, modern, traditional and Latin performers. The highlight of the festival this year is the venerable Gerald Clayton Trio, consisting of the amazing George Clayton, accompanied by two super-talented instrumentalists; Joe Sander—one of the most sought-after young bass players of his generation, and Gregory Hutchinson, an American drummer of modern jazz, whose some of the medias recite as “the drummer of his generation”. As part cultural support, the Australian Embassy also endorses Steve Barry and group tour to the festival. He is the winner of the 2013 Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year and runner-up in the 2013 National Jazz Awards, Steve Barry is a pianist, organist, composer and improviser based in Sydney, Australia. Institute Francaise Indonesia also endorses Samy Thiebault Trio, who will perform with their modern jazz concept. And for the first time, The Austrian Embassy will endorse B. Good Vogel Duo; consisting of Marc Vogel and Lukas Schiemer, which will bring out a blend of modern Jazz with popular groove music.

UVJF also gives space for legendary and upcoming Indonesian jazzers, from legendary Trombone player, Benny Likumahua, who will share the stage together with his son, one of the respected young bassists in Indonesia, Barry Likumahua.  Internationally acclaimed guitarist from Bali, Balawan, will also perform with his enthralling musical concept of Balinese traditional and progressive Jazz hybrid.

UVJF 2017 will open its gate at 3-11.30pm each day with early bird tickets are available starting April-May 2017 in the www.ubudvillagejazzfestival.com.

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