Born in Denpasar, Bali, on June 25, 2003, this young Indonesian jazz pianist learnt by himself to play jazz at the age of six by listening to his father`s classic jazz albums.
Joey Alexander, a child prodigy, won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Master-Jam Fest when he was nine.
In 2014, Wynton Marsalis had invited him to play at Jazz at Lincoln Center, which, according to The New York Times, made him an “overnight sensation.”
Alexander released his first album, My Favorite Things, in 2015 at the age of 11 and played at the Montreal and Newport Jazz Festivals in 2015 and had performed for Herbie Hancock, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
Based on data compiled by the media from the Indonesian National Asian Games Organizing Committee in Jakarta on Tuesday, this young Indonesian musician, who has been able to compete with the world`s senior jazz musicians, will showcase his abilities with Raisa, Tulus, Edo Kondologit, Putri Ayu, Fatin, GAC, Anggun, Via Vallen, Rian D`Masiv, Cakra Khan, Rossa, Ariel, Wizzy, Maroli Tampubolon, Rinni Wulandari, Sheryl Sennafia, and Kamasean.
Together, they will enliven the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games in front of more than 42 thousand live spectators.
Creative Director for the Opening & Closing of the 2018 Asian Games Wishnutama noted that music and dance performances from various regions in Indonesia will be showcased by six thousand dancers and musicians, including Joey Alexander, and other supporting staff members.
“If I have to tell at a glance about the Opening Ceremony, then the element of surprise that we have prepared will be lost. Hence, in essence, we will raise the element of diversity, so that Indonesia can become a symbol of Energy of Asia,” Wishnutama stated.
According to Wishnutama, Joey Alexander is one of the proofs of Energy of Asia, especially Indonesia, for he can garner Grammy Awards nominations that have set high standards for every musician.
Reporting by Bayu Kuncahyo
Editing by Otniel Tamindael
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