Indra Lesmana Reborn Guest Star Lenny Castro, Gerald Albright


Genre : Instrumental Jazz
Performances at JIJJF
Sunday March 5, 2006
BNI 46
Website :
http://www.indralesmana.com/
Song Teaser : (All songs need windows media player)
About This Act :
Born in Jakarta, Indonesia on March 28th 1966, Indra Lesmana is the youngest son of a jazz multi-instrumentalist legend, Jack Lesmana and Nien Lesmana who was a popular singer in 60’s.

His musical career with keyboards instrument started at age 10. He firstly performed with his father in March 1976 in Bandung. Two months later he was significantly introduced at a concert at Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta. In 1978, his father decided to take him to the studio for the first time solo recording project to record his performance. The album titled “ Ayahku Sahabatku “ ( my father is my best friend ) and released in the same year.

Since his early performances, he had shown the strong influences style of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Mc Coy Tyner and Charlie Parker that he learned by listening their records.

In 1978, he went to Australia with his father to perform at cultural event of the ASEAN Trade Fair. During the stay his father encouraged Indra to use the opportunity to take a qualification test at the Conservatorium of Music. He excellently passed the test and eligibly accepted to study at the school.

Thereafter, the Australian Cultural Counselor, Ken Farnham and the Australian Ambassador, Woolcott promoted Indra to study at the Conservatorium of Music for his fabulous musical talent. The Australian Foreign Affairs government granted the Australian permanent resident for Jack Lesmana and the whole family and full scholarship for Indra to study at New South Wales Conservatory School of Music in Sydney. The family moved to Australia in 1979 and Indra gained more knowledge from Don Burrows, Roger Frampton and Paul Mc Namara. His musical career with Australian musicians expanded through performances at most recognized jazz clubs such as the Basement, Soup Plus and participated annually in Manly Jazz Festival until 1985.

While in Australia, he met many world-class jazz players on jazz events, such as Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Mark Murphy, David Baker, Terumasa Hino and earned great experiences from them.

In 1981, his father and he formed a band called Jack and Indra Lesmana Quartet with Jack Lesmana, Karim Suweileh and James Morrison. They took a recording session during their visit in Indonesia in the same year and dealt with Queen Record to release the record called “ Children of Fantasy “.

When he returned to Australia, he formed a latin jazz fusion band with Jack Lesmana, Steve Brien, Dale Barlow, Tony Thijssen and Harry Rivers called “ Children of Fantasy “. The band visited to Indonesia in August 1982 to work on their 13 cities tour.

In 1982, Indra explored his fusion jazz styles of music and formed another band called “ Nebula “ with Steve Hunter, Andy Evans, Ken James, Vince Genova, Carlinhos Gonzalves. The band had recorded their session in the album called “ No Standing “ contained of 4 Indra’s original compositions ( No Standing, The First, Sleeping Beauty, ‘Tis time to part ) and a Steve Hunter’s “ Samba for ET “. The album released in Australia by Jasmine Records and also in Indonesia by Jackson Records.

In 1983, he joined Sandy Evans, Tony Buck and Steve Elphick to form a modern jazz band called “ Women and Children First “ and recorded their first album in 1983.

Indra’s musical talent and compositions apparently captured by the American jazz industry. Zebra Records, an affiliate of MCA Records sent their interest to sign him as the solo artist and release the album “ No Standing “ as Indra Lesmana’ s solo album. The agreement met in 1984 and the album was remastered by Bernie Grundman before released in USA.

Indra moved to California, U.S.A in 1985 and did the recording at Mad Hatter Studio with Vinnie Colaiuta, Michael Landau, Jimmy Haslip, Airto Moreira, Charlie Hadden, Bobby Shew, Tooty Heath for his album called “ For Earth and Heaven “. The album released in 1986 and happened to be his second internationally distributed album by Zebra Records.

His two albums “ No Standing “ and “ For Earth and Heaven “ appeared to be his highlight debut in USA. His singles “ No Standing “ ( from No Standing album ) and “ Stephanie “ ( from For Earth and Heaven album ) were successfully became the hits and top list of Billboard Charts for Jazz in US and number one in radio charts.

Beside his perform duties as an artist and record producer, Indra has deep interest in audio or sound recording technology. His album called Tragedi released in 1984 happened to be his first debut in becoming a sound designer. In 1998 Indra Lesmana firstly produced the master quality sound of the Sabda Prana album by Java Jazz. In 1999 he decided to establish his independent mixing and mastering house specializing in jazz where his talent and skill are advanced in that particular music production. He has personally mixed and mastered more than 20 albums of Indonesian distinguished artists, such as The Groove, Malik & d’Essential, Andien, Donny Suhendra, Rika Roeslan, Delon, Simak Dialog, Chlorophyl, Dewa Budjana, Humania, Ermy Kullit and many more. He was also nominated as Best Mixing Engineer for album “ Rumah Ke Tujuh “ on AMI Awards 2003.

His recognition as the Indonesian jazz icon and one of the most important productive recording artists has been proved through his over 200 original compositions, 47 albums and more than 70 record albums production exploring in pop, contemporary, mainstream, swing to nu-jazz music and participation in many international jazz festivals.

His nature in making a record is to present his inspiration and mission through out his original compositions. Therefore Indra always take care the messages as well as the musical artistic value in his every album. Some of his original hits made “ Warna “, “ Ekspresi “, “ Aku Ingin “, “ Dunia Boleh Tertawa “ have been considered as the most everlasting popular songs.

In the year of 2000, he made an uprising record when his first single-instrumental jazz music video called “ Reborn “ heavily aired on Indonesia national television.

He formed his first 17-piece big band project in March 2002 in order to record his 17th solo album that also happened to be his first big band arrangement of original soundtrack album “ Rumah Ke Tujuh “ film produced by his sister, Mira Lesmana.

In early 2004, with wife Hanny Trihandojo Lesmana and music partner Aksan Syuman, built and organize a non-profit art documentary weekly program at Sumber Cipta mini art center in South Jakarta called “ Concert Practice “ to regenerate young people to explore their artistic performance in music, dance and other art forms.

Later in March 2004, Indra was engaged to Fremantle Media and RCTI working for a famous UK licensed – reality show – TV programme called the Indonesian Idol as the head of the four juries ( with singer-Titi Dj, video maker-Dimas Djajadiningrat, ex.radio host-Meutia Kasim ).

Indra Lesmana’s expert instruments are Grand Piano, Fender Rhodes, Mini Moog, Hammond, Roland synthesizers and workstation. He’s been exclusively endorsed by Roland Keyboards since 1994, Steinberg Cubase SX and M-Audio.

Throughout his career, Indra Lesmana has recorded with Vinnie Colaiuta, Michael Landau, Jimmy Haslip, Airto Moreira, Charlie Hadden, Bobby Shew, Tooty Heath, Sandy Evans, Tony Buck, Steve Elphick, Steve Hunter, Andy Evans, Ken James, Vince Genova, Carlinhos Gonzalves, Steve Brien, Dale Barlow, Tony Thijssen, Harry Rivers, James Morrison and performed with Chick Corea, Jan Garbarek, Mark Murphy, Ira Coleman, Eberhard Weber, and many more.

Pending Final Confirmation

  • Krakatau Featuring Richard Elliot
  • Special Percussion Gig featuring Benny Mustapha
  • The Young Generation Big Band conducted By Dwiki Darmawan

Artist still to be considered

  • Balawan
  • Bubi Chen Quartet
  • Gilang Ramadhan Group
  • Indra Aziz
  • Paragita UI Choir
  • Viewpoints – featuring Aryono Huboyo Djati
  • Vina Panduwinata

taken from :javajazzfestival.com

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