Last night’s concert at ARMA museum featuring Indonesian rock-fusion guitar icon Dewa Budjana and legendary guitarist John McLaughlin a.k.a. Mahavishnu of Shakti fame (and now with his current band 4th Dimension) sold out in a flash. Budjana, up first with his group of handpicked Indonesian musicians, had his Indonesian fans and expats on their feet.


Budjana and his band of hand picked Indonesian musicians

_RIO6088Dewa Budjana

_RLH2076Bora, second from right, Budjana’s loving wife

_RLH2060Flautist Saat plays one of his eclectic collection of flutes

_RIO6080Bass player Shadu thumps it out on his six string bass

_RIO604819 year old Yandi totally wowed the crowd

Then it was time for a break during which John McLaughlin presented Dewa Budjana with a guitar for Budjana’s upcoming guitar museum in Ubud.

_RIO6177John McLaughlin signing the guitar he presented to Budjana

Then it was 4th Dimension’s turn to totally blow the crowd away. What a concentrated super dose of talent they brought to the ARMA open stage.


_RIO6376Legendary maestro, John McLaughlin aka Mahavishnu still ripping at 73!!!

_RIO6499Ranjit Barot, percussionist and vocalist extraordinaire

_RIO6455Etienne Mbappe, described by McLaughlin as “The world’s best bassist”, hits it.

_RIO6604The maddeningly multi-talented keyboardist/percussionist/composer Gary Husband jumps on a second set of drums doubling up with Ranjit for a vocal-percussion duet that had the crowd on their feet.

_RLH2229And the final piece-de-resistance: a duet with Duaji (Budjana) and Guruji (McLAughlin) had the fans ectstatic.

What a night!


all photos ©Rio Helmi