First Bali Jazz Festival

Another Bali first is this years Jazz Festival, intended as yearly event and in line with such events as the Ubud Writers and Readers festival, the Kuta Karneval and the upcoming 2nd edition of Ubud's Quest for Global Healing.

Hard Rock Hotel and Hard Rock Cafe in Kuta will be the official venues for this special event, starting this Friday and lasting till Sunday, the 20th of November. The organisers note, that they have thought carefully about holding the festival despite last month events, but have been encouraged by the majority of the artists, who insisted to keep on track. Less Paradise, more security and high spirits: Bali now more than ever.

This year's line-up will include Eero Koivistoinen Trio (Finland) , Rudresh Mahanthappa MSG (USA, Netherlands, Ireland), Jan de Haas (Belgium), David Sills (USA), Ron Davis Quartet (Canada), Jack Lee Group (Korea) among others.

Besides Ubud based Bali's own worldclass Ethnic Jazz group Wayan Balawan & Batuan Ethnic Fusion Indonesian's maestro pianist Bubi Chen Quintet will come with the great Oele Pattiselanno, Jeffrey Tahalele, Jacky Pattiselanno, Benny Likumahua plus Indra Lesmana + Jegog Bali, Krakatau, SimakDialog, Gilang Ramadhan and some fresh young talented musicians from Yogyakarta Jurasik Big Band, Imam Pras Quartet (Bandung) and many more...

You can find out more details about the program here.