Jazz Goes To Campus: The Beginning
Started as a section in the art exhibition held by the students council, Jazz Goes to Campus has
grown to a scale that had never been imagined.
The idea of Jazz Goes to Campus was started by the plan of student council of FEUI to make an art
exhibition that involved students’ creativity and ability. The creativity to perform or the ability to plan
an event was welcomed by the student council. Then, there are three students named Candra
Darusman, Wismoyo, and Adi Padmadi, thought that it would be great if the exhibition could provide
an area to make a concert. A jazz concert. They could play the instruments, but they also invited some
other jazz musicians. Unexpectedly, it turned out to be bigger than they thought at first.
The vision was simply to change the paradigm of jazz music: they wanted it to be more inclusive. At
that time, only the elites and those who can afford going to hotels and bars are the one that able to
enjoy jazz music. Therefore, jazz music was considered to be an exclusive genre for the one that can
enjoy it had to pay at a high price.
The very first Jazz Goes to Campus was held in 1976 on a venue called Taman MIPA. Entertaining
roughly 3000 audiences the majority of which is students from Universitas Indonesia, Jazz Goes to
Campus has shown its potential since its first held. The very first line up included Indonesian jazz
legend such as Ireng Maulana, Jeffrey Tahalele, Oele Pattiselano, Barry Pattiselano, Benny Mustafa, and
Since then, Jazz Goes to Campus has been growing to be one of the jazz platform in Indonesia that has
proven to give huge contribution in Indonesian jazz industry. We have invited Bob James, Nouvelle
Vague, Depapepe, Dave Koz, and many other jazz musicians to play and to inspire jazz industry in
Indonesia, and will still be committed to be the platform of growth in Indonesian jazz industry.