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Formed in 1993 by pianist/composer Riza Arshad and drummer Arie Ayunir. They started the band together with guitarist Tohpati and bassist Indro Hardjodikoro as a group of a few most prominent young Indonesian musicians. simakDialog music is influenced mostly by the global jazz style with an exotic mixture of Indonesian environment. The instrumentations are a blend of acoustic and electric idioms. As the richest-land and culture state in the world, Indonesia treasures a vast variety of art and music forms that endures many new inspiration around the world. As for its music, the eastern - Indonesian music, rhythm and culture in particular - and the western idioms blend naturally in the exploration of simakDialog's creative works. The Band has released four albums entitled "lukisan", "baur" and "Trance/Mission" and "patahan/faults". simakDialog won 2 awards from Anugerah Musik Indonesia (Indonesian Music Awards 2003) – Best Jazz/Contemporary Jazz Album (Trance/Mission), and Best Jazz /Contemporary Jazz Producer (Riza Arshad – Trance/Mission). Recent formation – Riza Arshad on piano and synth, Tohpati Ario Hutomo on guitars Adhitya Pratama on fretless bass and Endang Ramdan on kendang and Erlan Swardana on kendang, toys – is carrying a new form of music in different textures, harmonies and sounds that could expectedly be heard on their latest album “Patahan” (=fault) And now in the process of completing its 5th. The band has performed extensively in its own country and various jazz and music festivals in Indonesia, Malaysia and Nepal. Concerts in Russia, Western Europe and Asia are planned in 2008.

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