Held for the first time ever, Sanur Mostly Jazz Festival presents the inaugural jazz festival by the beach for all musicians and jazz lovers in Indonesia organized by Griya Santrian group together with Sanggar Musik Indra Lesmana. Themed Bhineka Tunggal Ika, this festival will bring the message of unity in diversity set for 14-16 July 2017 at Griya Santrian a Beach Resort & Spa.
A number of musicians that will perform on the 2 stages during the 2 days and dawn event among them are Balawan, Dewa Budjana Zentuary, Indra Lesmana Surya Sewana, Idang Rasjidi, Ito Kurdhi Chemistry, and Koko Harsoe Trio. Other artists include Mergie Segers, Nancy Ponto, Nesia Ardi, Oele Pattiselano Trio, Sandhy Sondoro, Sandy Winarta Trio, Tohpati, and Yuri Mahatma Quartet. Several young musicians will also display their talent at this festival, which is hoped to become an annual event.
This festival is initiated by three figures that support jazz development in Bali, musician couple, Indra Lesmana and Hon Lesmana, and young hospitality entrepreneur Ida Bagus Gde Sidharta Putra or better known as Gusde.
Indra Lesmana says the Sanur Mostly Jazz Festival program outlines a “Creative Music and art Festival”. This means, the festival provides creative space for cross dimension artists, traditional or modern, which will produce innovative works.
As the main attraction, Sanur Mostly Jazz Festival will present a sunrise jazz music performance. According to Indra, based on his experience attending other jazz festivals, this program is the first of its kind. He says further, that Sanur is world famous, even former Indian prime minister Nehru praises the beautiful Sanur sunrise or “Sanur morning of the world”.
For that, Indra has prepared the jazz concept “Surya Sewana” to welcome the morning of the world in Sanur through jazz music. Surya Sewana composition adopts the activity of sulinggih or high priests of Hindu in Bali that continuously pray for the universe, at sunrise to ensure peace and blessings.
While Gusde, who is the chairman of Sanur Village Festival (SVF), says this festival is in conjunction with the upcoming Sanur Village Festival from 9-13 August. Thematically, Sanur Mostly Jazz Festival is similar and is the official opening event for the Sanur Village Festival 2017.
Further according to Gusde, jazz lovers and community can expect a grander musical program and art performance on SVF stage. Sanur Mostly Jazz Festival is hoped to highlight the meaning of Bhinneka Tunggal Ika. We understand the country condition at present, and through jazz we hope to bring together and unite in love and caring for other people, he added.