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PANEL OF THE JUDGES

Ben Van Gelder

Ben van Gelder (1988) obtained his bachelor’s diploma and his master’s diploma at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2010 and 2012 respectively. He performs all around the world in various settings and formations. He played or recorded with many contemporary jazz luminaries including David Binney, Ambrose Akinmusire, Nasheet Waits, Mark Turner, Aaron Parks, John Escreet, Ben Street, Thomas Morgan and Rodney Green.

Dwiki Dharmawan

Dwiki Dharmawan is among Indonesia’s most gifted and celebrated music personalities: a multi-genre keyboardist; skilled composer and producer, a co-founder, founder and member of the music group Krakatau and the World Peace Orchestra.

Eki Puradireja

Eki Puradireja, more commonly known as EQ Humania or EQ Puradiredja graduated from KvB College, Sydney, Australia, majoring in TV and Film Production. Eki was the program coordinator for several international music events such as The Java Jazz Festival, Java Soulnation Festival, Java Rockin'land Festival which were held in Jakarta. Also the concept designer & Music Director for The Urban Jazz Crossover Tour Concerts 2008-2010.

Currently, he is focused on being a producer, DJ, and music director. Some of the musicians he produces included Indra Lesmana, Ermy Kullit, Andien, Marcell, Glenn Fredley, Maliq & D'Essentials and Art of Tree. He was also the Festival Director for Habibie Festival & KulFest in Jogja.

Venche Manuhutu

Is a guitarist who won 1st place in the Guitar Festival in Indonesia in 1984 and a well-known jazz teacher from Bandung. Venche founded Venche Music School Bandung, a special jazz music school that was founded in 1990, served as the principal of the Djazz Musik School Jakarta for 10 years and now focusing in establishing Music & Art major in Maranatha University Bandung,

Hari Pochang

a musician, activist and observer of music and culture, especially jazz, blues and world music from Bandung. Playing music since the 1970s until now, he is also the initiator and manager of Jazzbreak Bumi Sangkuriang 1981-1990 and co-founder of DKSB (Depot Kreasi Seni Bandung