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His band Gigi has been going strong for more than twenty five years now –packing out huge venues and selling millions of albums. In an historical context, Dewa Budjana is unquestionably one of his nation's well known, beloved musicians. But Gigi represents a fraction of his musical persona. A master composer, arranger and producer, Dewa Budjana has, in just a few short years, amassed a masterful collection of progressive music albums as a solo artist – work which transcends genre, in glorious fashion. He has recorded and performed with musicians such as Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Antonio Sanchez, Joe Locke, Gary Husband, Tony Levin, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jimmy Haslip, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Landau, Jack DeJohnette, Chad Wackerman, John Mc Laughlin, among others.

Dewa made 2015 a year to remember: realizing a dream, with the   "Duaji & Guruji" performance in Bali, together with his life-long  guitar idol, the great John McLaughlin ....The show concluded in soaring fashion, with Dewa joining John and his band on stage for a rousing climax to an incredible show!  

Although Dewa is a devout practicing Hindu, he has made albums of other religions that have been very well received, including an album of the Islam faith, Christmas, and Buddhist album

Dewa saw his audience grow from regional to worldwide, when he joined onto the MoonJune Records label in 2012, releasing four albums to date:  

  • "Dawai In Paradise" (2012) with Peter Erskine, The lateDaveCarpenter, Howard Levy  
  • "Joged Kahyangan" (2013)  with Peter Erskine, Jimmy Johnson, Larry Goldings, Bob Mintzer and Janis Siegel  
  •  "Surya Namaskar" (2014)  a power trio colaboration with greats Vinnie Colaiuta, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Landau and Gary Husband 
  •  "Hasta Karma"  (2015) supported by Pat Metheny Unity Band's  Ben Williams, Antonio Sanchez, and Joe Locke
  • "Zentuary" (2016)  (Favored Nations Records) with Jack Dejohnette, Tony Levin, Gary Husband, Guthrie Govan, Tim Garland  

His upcoming album "Mahandini"  will be release this year with the line up: Jordan Rudess, Mohini Dey, Marco Minneman, John Frusciante and Mike Stern

 

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