Indra Aziz is a vocalist, saxophonist, and composer from Jakarta, Indonesia. His first music experience as a child was from his mother, who was a singer, actress, painter, writer, and traditional west Javanese dancer, Rosita Sanusi.
Graduated from the Faculty of Arts of Trisakti in Jakarta, continued his music study in Farabi Music School (alto saxophone) and Institut Musik Daya (voice & tenor saxophone), Indra began singing and playing sax professionally in 2001, performing with his quintet. Since his early musical career, Indra sang and played with many Indonesian jazz greats, names like Deviana Daudsjah, Dwiki Dharmawan, Indra Lesmana, Benny Likumahuwa, Idang Rasjidi, Aksan Sjuman, Riza Arsyad, and Margie Segers. Playing in jazz festivals and concerts such as Java Jazz Festival (every single one), Jak Jazz Festivals, Pasar Jazz, Serambi Jazz, and many other jazz events throughout Indonesia.
Besides playing under his own name as a leader, also performed with many groups from different genres such as Brothers Of Revolution (Indra Lesmana, EQ Puradiredja, Glenn Fredly, Mike Mohede), Pitoelas Big Band, and Benny Likumahuwa Jazz Connection with Barry Likumahuwa. Recently Indra Aziz got featured in Indra Lesmana LLW’s debut album, “Love, Life, Wisdom” (2011) in the hit single “Stretch N’ Pause” which got nominated in AMI 2012.
As a composer and arranger, Indra wrote many original music both vocal and instrumental. He wrote several choir arrangements for his choir, and recently for the award winning Universitas Indonesia’s Paragita Choir. He also wrote a couple of big band arrangements, some are recorded and some written for live performances for artists like Shelomita, Dian Pisesha, and Ruth Sahanaya in her 2006 Christmas album “Joyful Christmas”.
In March 2006, Indra got nominated for AMI awards 2006, the Indonesian grammy, for “best production in jazz.” For his single “Jakarta City Blues”, an acapella arrangement using only Indra’s voice, layered, and improvised, about the big manggo, Jakarta. In November 2008, Indra was granted with “Jazz Rising Star” award from the Jazz Goes To Campuss Awards Comitee.
As a vocal coach Indra has helped train the voices of many celebrity singers in Indonesia’s music scene, some of them are Agnes Monica, Titi DJ, Afgan, Rossa, Angga (Maliq & D’Essentials), Titi Sjuman, Andien, Raisa, Nina Tamam, and Maylaffayza. He is also the vocal coach for the very successful reality show Indonesian Idol 7th 2012 on RCTI TV and Indonesia Mencari Bakat 3 2012 on Trans TV. Indra is active giving vocal and music workshops not just in Jakarta, but also in Surabaya, Jember, Bali, Semarang, and other cities. Most recently Indra gave a 4 weeks jazz vocal workshop series in @america (US Embassy’s cultural center in Jakarta), in Pacific Place Mall.
Indra with his company VokalPlus (VOX+) has released the popular vocal exercise CD “Bebaskan Suaramu” in January 2012, and are planning to release more materials such as vocal books, and DVDs.
Indra Aziz was invited to give a talk in TEDx conference in Ubud, Bali. The solo beatboxing, scat singing performance was a huge success. To view the video of the performance, YouTube search “TEDx Ubud Indra Aziz”.
Working in music education
Indra Aziz is a member of the Board of Advisors of Institut Musik Indonesia, IMI http://www.imimusik.com (since 2009). Indra Aziz is also a music lecturer at the prestigious Universitas Pelita Harapan Conservatory Of Music http://music.uph.ac.id (since 2007).
Currently Indra Aziz is working on his vocal training method VokalPlus. VokalPlus attracted many Twitter followers (30,000+ and counting). Check out Vokal Plus website www.vokalplus.com, Twitter @VokalPlus, and YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/vokalplus.
Indra Aziz is endorsed by AKG microphones and JBL speakers.