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Bali Lounge 2

   

Like the first bali lounge, bali lounge 2 was the vision of Gita Wirjawan, a professional banker originally trained as a pianist, who wanted to promote musicians in his native Indonesia by collaborating them with International musicians into a place called Bali Lounge. He also brought on boardother talented Indonesian musicians as guests in the album. Bali lounge 2 came out with more popish nuance compared to the first one.

The idea is still to give Indonesian players a chance to work with international players and produce a kind of world music as unique as its varied roots.


Still Working with Lewis Pragasam the Malaysian-born Indian drummer and Harry Toledo on bass. Gita also recruited Iwan Abdie and Alvin Loebis on vocals and keyboards respectively as well as Chris Wright, a solid guitarist and songwriter from Australia to complete the group. Other known singers and musicians also participated as guest in the album such as as Lou-CP, Menu’, Irsa Destiwi as well as instrumentalists using percussions and bamboo flute. 

 

People behind Bali Lounge 2

IWAN ABDIE
Singer, Song writer
Iwan Abdie is a rising young talented Indonesian singer involved as one of the singers in Lewis Pragasam’s Asiabeat Project Tour Promo in June 2005. He worked with many Indonesian musicians like Rieka Roslan, Andalus, and others. His debut was on 1997 as the 1st Winner of BRTV Remaja and part of The Big 15th of AFI 2005 Indosiar.
ALVIN LOEBIS
Pianist, Producer  & Arranger
A truly talented musician in many facets, currently working for Erwin Gutawa, renowned Indonesian artist & conductor. He is an arranger and pianist for ALUNA band and Erwin Gutawa Ochestra. Alvin has performed with various artists in Asia.
lewis pragasam
Drums, Fullbright Scholar, Educator
Lewis Pragasam is one of the most accomplished and sought-after drummers in Asia. He has become an icon and is hailed as a music legend. Lewis has garnered international and critical acclaim as one of Asia’s leading drum/percussion exponents and an innovator of new trends in World Music. Lewis the founder and moving spirit of the pioneering ASIABEAT project, started in 1979, whose recordings and performances are now legendary in the merging of Asian and Contemporary music styles.

Aside from his ASIABEAT project, he has toured/recorded with major internationally renowned artistes – John ‘Kaizan’ Neptune, Jeff Berlin, Paul Jackson, Randy Bernsen, Ernie Watts, Bob James, Nathan East, Tony Levin, Ottmar Liebert, Torninho Horta , amongst others. He was invited for a Royal Command Performance for HRH PRINCE CHARLES (Prince Trust Concert) in Edinburgh.

Pragasam received the prestigious ‘Fulbright Scholarship’ from the US government in 1990. He served as ‘Artiste in Residence’ for two years at East Carolina University as well as lecturing at various academic institutions all over the USA.

Lewis travels extensively presenting lecture/workshops at music institutions around the world. Major US music publisher MEL BAY will publish and distribute his first set of educational products – a testament to his outstanding caliber as an internationally recognized music educator.
Chris Wright
Guitar, Composer & Arranger

Chris Wright is an accomplished guitarist who has recorded and played with many international artists. Touring internationally with some of Australia and Asia's most popular musicians & artists, a past winner of the $20,000 'Nescafe Big Break', and voted Young Guitarist of the Year 2004 (rock/contemporary) - Chris Wright is one of Australia's most prominent rising guitarists. With performances spanning rock to pop, from acoustic to jazz, he is gaining recognition as an exciting, energetic, tasteful and diverse guitarist - both on stage and in the recording studio.
Harry Toledo
Bass, Composer & Arranger
A virtuoso bass player, Harry has performed with many of the prominent Indonesian musicians and bands, including Idang Rasyidi Quartet, Ireng Maulana Combo, Hentriessa Band, and the Groove. Rich in funk and swing, Harry has helped accentuate Bali Lounge's beat. His other project involvements include Bali Lounge and "OPP and Friends" have reflected not only his virtuousity but also his added diversity as to dwell into other genres of music.

 

 

Track Listing

1. INTRO
2. DOGOL STREET
3. GET HAPPY
4. USED TO
5. SAMBA SUNDA
6. TELL ME
7. MEAN CURRY
8. FREE
9. IN DOUBT
10. CUKUP TAK MENGAPA
11. JIMBARAN JIVE

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Live Performances Highlight
Jak Jazz Festival 2005

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