Indonesian jazz fusion outfit SIMAKDIALOG (previously as simakDialog) were formed in Jakarta in 1993 by Riza Arshad, a mainly self-taught keyboardist skilled in a variety of styles including jazz, prog rock, and global traditional musics, along with drummer/percussionist Arie Ayunir and electric bassist Indro Hardjodikoro. Tohpati Ario Hutomo, a classical and jazz guitarist, also joined SIMAKDIALOG that year -- transforming the group from a trio to a quartet -- and like Arshad became a key member of the ensemble over the next two decades. While the influences of such jazz and fusion pioneers as Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, and Weather Report can be readily discerned in the music of SIMAKDIALOG, the group's unique stylistic meld also draws from Indonesian gamelan music, and the Sundanese kendang, a two-headed drum used in gamelan ensembles, is a key component of SIMAKDIALOG's sound.
Currently SIMAKDIALOG members are Cucu Kurnia (Sundanese kendang), Rudy Zulkarnaen (upright bass), Mian Tiara (voices & metal toys), and Sri Hanuraga (piano, - replacing Riza who passed away in 2017). This early 2019, they are releasing SIMAKDIALOG's eighth album entitled GONG - consisting the late Riza Arshad’s latest compositions and recordings.