When an artist takes an unexpected turn into new musical directions, it may cause stirring among fans. This is not the case of the increasingly global fanbase of Indonesian progressive fusion maestro Dewa Budjana, who always come prepared to the perennial journeys through the world of their favored guitarist. For his 11th solo recording, Mahandini, Dewa brought his trademark melodic sound imbued of mystic and delicate south-east asian music through even harder edged-progressive flights and raw contemporary rock stirrings. Whether he is moving in the realm of contemporary prog, highly crafted electric jazz or south-east asian traditional music, he never holds any fear that the earth under his feet can turn marshes.
Mahandini follows the unanimously acclaimed release of double album Zentuary in 2016 and it was recorded in a one-day session in Los Angeles. It is getting the usual for the guitarist to change his line-up each time and masterfully write music that always seems to perfectly adapt each musician in charge. This time he leads a powerful sounding quartet comprising the keyboard wizard Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment), the widely recognized drummer Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani, Adrian Belew, Trey Gunn, The Mute Gods) and the bassist rising star Mohini Dey (Steve Vai). The record is gifted by the guest appearances of rock legend John Frusciante (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), fusion guitar veteran Mike Stern (Miles Davis, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Billy Cobham, Jaco Pastorius) and by the haunting voice of Indonesian singer Soimah.
Sonic Perspectives‘ own author and interviewer Austin Kokel had the pleasure of sitting down with Dewa to speak at length regarding Mahandini and all his musical endeavors. To make this chat even better they were joined by well-known entrepreneur, progressive rock and jazz-fusion connoisseur, and founder of MoonJune Records, Mr. Leonardo Pavkovic. Take a listen below and remember to subscribe to our Podcast in several platforms to listen and be notified about new interviews and contents we publish on daily basis.