Sandy Winarta

Sandy Winarta Trio/ Indra Lesmana / Balawan Trio / Trisum

Upon graduation with a Bachelor in Music, Sandy proceeded to return to Indonesia and began professional work as a session and recording musician, performer with many regional and international artistes across a myriad of genres. He has been seen on sets of Indonesian Idol and Asian Show, performed with Balawan Trio in Quebec Music Festival (2007, Canada), and across continents throughout China, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam and most recently too in Singapore with multiple Grammy Award Winner, Charlie Haden (Jazz Legend) and his Liberation Music Orchestra.

Sandy also involved in educational project of teaching drums specifically jazz drumming through his website And he’s been invited to give workshops at many music institutes and music schools, such as IMI, IMDI, Farabi, etc.

Moving across festivals, Sandy has been a regular at regional events such as the JakJazz Festival, Java Jazz Festival, Kuala Lumpur International Jazz Festival, Ambon Jazz Festival, Mosaic Music Festival, Jazz Traffic Festival and has worked collaborations with many artistes such as Sadao Watanabe, Steven Thornton, Roger Burns, Andy Suzuki, Indra Lesmana, Barry Likumahuwa, to name a few. In December 2011, with his trio, LLW, they performed at Blue Note, Tokyo. It is one of the most famous and prestigious jazz club in the world. And later in June 2012, he performed again at Blue Note, Tokyo with Everette Harp.

It is not too far-fetched to consider Sandy as something of a musical virtuoso. The recognition of this very young drummer had began in recent years, with invitations to perform with the World Peace Orchestra (Java Jazz 2007), Tony Monaco Trio, Everette Harp, Maurice Brown, Oran Etkin, Dwiki Dharmawan, Toninho Horta, and all these with much favorable acclaim. And also in June 2013, Sandy got invited to participate in MasterJam Fest in Ukraine, its an international jazz festival. And Sandy is the only drummer representing Asia that got invited to participate in the festival.

And since September 2014 till April 2015, Sandy got a scholarship to study at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan, New York. During this time, he studied with so many legendary jazz musicians such as Reggie Workman (John Coltrane), Joe Martin (Gilad Hekselmann trio, Chris Potter, etc), Amir Ziv (Cyro Baptista, Billy Martin), Arman Donelian (Billy Harper), Charlie Persip (Dizzy Gillespie), Allison Miller (Kenny Baron, Dr. Lonnie Smith, etc), Ben Allison (Steve Cardenas), David Gibson (Count Basie Orchestra).

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