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, Ben williams, Joe Locke, Gary Husband, John Mc Laughlin, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jimmy Haslip, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Landau, Guthrie govan, Chad Wackerman, among others. His album mostly on Moonjune Records His previous album “Zentuary” released in October 2016 on Steve Vai’s Favored Nations Label with line up: Jack Dejohnette, Tony Levin, Gary Husband, Guthrie Govan. His latest album “Mahandini” released this year with the line up: Jordan Rudess, Mohini Dey, Marco Minnemann, John Frusciante, Showimah and Mike Stern.
Tohpati Ario Hutomo is an Indonesian jazz guitarist and songwriter. He is known as one of the most famous jazz guitarists in Indonesia. He has collaborated with many Indonesian musicians such as Glenn Fredly, Indro, Arie Ayunir and Shakila. Many of his work has traditional culture elements as he always try to combine both modern and traditional Indonesian music on his albums. The influence came from many different international jazz guitarists, but the most significant influence came from Pat Metheny. Tohpati mainly uses his Fender Stratocaster for recording and live performances. However, he has changed the pickups of the guitar, which are Seymour Duncan and DiMarzio X2N. Other guitars that he uses are Sadowsky and Takamine. The guitars are connected to Rocktron effects then to a Mesa Boogie amplifier.