born 1975, full name Achmad Ananda Indra Purnama, born in jakarta, capital of indonesia, is among the young guitarplayers in indonesia’s current jazzscene probably the most promising.

    He started playing guitar at the age of 12. 1997 at the age of 22 he discovered the challenge and the beauty of playing jazz, when he met the great indonesian jazzpianist Idang Rasjidi. Short after that he studied with the great Oele Pattiselano and Denny Tr, followed by taking classes from the german Jazzmaster

Günter Weiss, guestprofessor at jakarta’s

Institut Musik Daya, IMD.

    In 2000 Idang Rasjidi asked him to join his band which gave him the opportunity to get deeper into the music and to develope his own unique style.

Another milestone in his career was when he met

John Stowell and japanese guitarplayer Hideaki Tokunaga. John’s lessons had a major influence on his view on either playing guitar and music in general.

At present Nanda is a regular featured guest on many jazzfestivals in asia (Penang/Jakjazz/Javajazz/Singapore) and abroad. 2004 he was invited to perform at the indonesian embassy in Norway.

Besides Itmos he currently plays guitar as sideman of indonesians rising jazz icon Tompi

    ITMOS is his latest project, an acoustic collaboration with german pianist Stefan Thiele. Both players do not only appear as instrumentalists but also as composers.

  more to come.......

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