World Jazz Pianist David Benoit to Perform in Indonesia

By webadmin on 04:17 pm Aug 14, 2012
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Jakarta Globe

World jazz musician David Benoit is set to perform with American saxophonist Michael Paulo in Yogyakarta next month.

The concert, called the “The Benoit-Paulo Project,” is part of the 17th Economics Jazz event at Gadjah Mada University (UGM), according to Tony Prasetiantono, the dean of UGM’s economic and business school, which is promoting the event.

“This will be the best jazz concert ever conducted by UGM and the best in Yogyakarta,” said Tony, as quoted by Antara state news agency. “For the occasion we have provided a Steinway & Sons grand piano from Jakarta, as requested by Benoit.”

The concert, scheduled for Oct. 6, will see Benoit and Paulo accompanied by Fred Schreuders on guitar, David Hughes on bass and James Tate on the drums.

Benoit’s visit to Yogyakarta is part of his Asian tour. The jazz musician will also perform in Tokyo and Manila.

The concert in Yogyakarta will open with pop group RAN as well as Raisa, an up-and-coming local pop singer, in a bid to attract a younger audience, Tony said. Jazz-pop singer Tompi will also make an appearance.

“We want to attract a young audience so they can also enjoy the beauty of fusion jazz music by David Benoit and Michael Paulo,” Tony said.

Ticket prices will range from Rp 50,000 to Rp 300,000 ($5 to $30), which Tony said was “very cheap for a world-class concert.”

Benoit, who was born in California in 1953, is a pianist, composer, arranger and producer. He has been nominated for five Grammy Awards and was once the director of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra. He has also played at the White House for three former US presidents, including Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagen and George H. W. Bush.

He has arranged music for top pop, jazz and R&B musicians including Russ Freeman, the Rippingtons, Kenny Loggins, Patti Austin, Dave Koz, David Sanborn and Brian McKnight.

He has released 33 albums since 1977. His latest album, “Conversation,” was released in February.