on 25th of June 1959 in Solo, Indonesia (Indonesian Nationality)
Aysha Gani, classical vocalist -coloratura soprano - professor of music
and Director of School of Music (retired), Medan, Indonesia.
Father: Julian Purwanto, Classical vocalist - tenor - and Specialist in
piano building -repair and tuning for Steinway and Sons, Hamburg.
(pendidikan khusus di Steinway & Sons)
classical studies with Karnaji Kristanto & Nicolay Varfolomeyef
Conservatorium of Music, Australia (scholarship).
private class. studies with Harry Curby
of the 'Australian Youth Orchestra' - tour of America
Medan, Indonesia, School of Music
Medan, Academy of foreign language ( Major in English )
participation: 'Asia - , Australian - , and Asean Youth Music- Camp',
Jakarta, Hong Kong, Manilla, Singapore and Melbourne.
of Art, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
experience and engagements
professional performance as a jazz violinist with the Abadi Soesman
group At the 'Bandung Jazz Masa Bodo festival' and at: "Jazz at
Adopted as member of the 'Ireng Maulana All Stars', and participation
at the 2nd Singapore International Jazz Festival. Until today (2000)
Luluk still performs with Ireng Maulana and his group.
for RCA Indonesia: 'Luluk Purwanto & Ireng Maulana'. (cassette)
Joined the fusion group 'Bhaskara 85' for the North Sea Jazz Festival,
for Relukreul records: 'Impressions of Indonesia' (LP: RLIxU000),
featuring René van Helsdingen, Brian Batie, Rodney Mecks.
Formation of the 'The Filtra Quartet' ( featuring: Rodney Mecks,
Brian Batie, René van Helsdingen ) sponsored by PT. Djarum.
15 concerts Tour- Indonesia and India with the 'Quartet', including
performances at the Jazz-Yatra in Bombay & New Delhi.
Recording for Granada records, Indonesia : 'Luluk' (cassette)
Recording for Aquarius records, Indonesia : 'Bhaskara 86'. (cassette)
Performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Holland, with 'Bhaskara'
for Aquarius records, Indonesia : 'Bhaskara 87'. (cassette)
A new release in China on which Chinese national tunes were converted
into New Age Music. " Spirit Of Spring" (LP/CD Pacific Music; Tao
Label') featuring: René van Helsdingen, Ben v/d Dungen, Evert Hekkema,
Stefan Lievestro, E. van Gruythuyzen.
2-months Fusion project : recording in Jakarta with mainly Indonesian
musicians playing compositions of Luluk Purwanto and René van Helsdingen
featuring: Udin Zach, John Phillips, Margie Seegers, Happy Pretty,
Embong Rahardjo, Kiboud Maulana, Ireng Maulana, and others. - the
latter has never been completed.
On the 11th of July Luluk got married with René van Helsdingen in
Arrangements and recordings for Asai Harum. A project at the Farmsound
studio's in Holland featuring: Ben van den Dungen, Jarmo Hoogendijk,
Collin Scott, Peter Guidi, Marcel Schimscheimer, Egbert van Gruythuyzen,
Leen Barbier, Ernst Reiziger, Stefan Lievestro, Mark Mommaas, Eddie
Conard, Joost Timp, Jacques Koopmanschap, Janice Lakers, René van
Helsdingen and others. The recordings where never released.
of the goup: 'Luluk Purwanto & the Helsdingen Trio' featuring: Egbert
Van Gruythuyzen, Trevor Ware, 10 concerts- Holland.
Luluk Purwanto and René van Helsdingen started their own company
: Helsdingen Music BV. Through the emission of certificate of shares
the company presently has over 350 Share- holders.
promotion the quartet was engaged in a TV Film / CD production:
-'Live' Luluk Purwanto & the Helsdingen Trio'. (directed and produced
by Theo Ordeman/ Frans Mijts) This production was financed by Helsdingen
Music BV and released by Dureco (CD: 'The Walz' , Dureco 1151512)
To celibrate their company's first year, a performance was organized
with The Metropole Orchestra conducted by Rob Pronk at the Concertgebouw,
Amsterdam. Featuring: Ira Coleman & Gene Jackson. (all songs for
orchestra arranged by Luluk & René)
Purwanto & the Helsdingen Trio', 15 concerts- Holland, Denmark,
Sweden, featuring: René van Helsdingen, Marcel Serierse, Wiro Mahieu.
The TV Film production, -'Live' Luluk Purwanto & the Helsdingen
trio- was purchased and broadcasted by TV2, Denmark
Formation of the 'The Super Band', 7 concerts - Holland Indonesia.
featuring: Billy Cobham, Wolfgang Schmid, René van Helsdingen, Steven
Kelly, Deborah Robinson, Nippy & Shana Noya. During this tour, compositions
of all individual members were performed.
'Luluk Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio', ( Marcel Serierse, Wiro
15 Concert tour - Holland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.
40 min. Broadcast, Denmark TV 2. ; 'Live 'Luluk Purwanto & The Helsdingen
Luluk became member of the Dutch folk group: 'Flairck' for a 70
concert/ theater tour- Holland, Belgium, including a performance
at the Unicef gala 1990.
Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio', 25 concerts- Holland, Denmark,
Sweden, France, Belgium, including live broadcast Denmark TV 1.
featuring: Don Mumford, Wiro Mahieu.
Recording of 'Ojongono' (CD. Helsdingen Music, HM001) featuring
Wiro Mahieu and Egbert van Gruythuyzen. (released in 1992)
2nd tour with 'Flairck', tour-Holland, New York Walldorf Astoria
Hotel, Greece and Germany including live recording for TV - Saarbrucken.
Featured guest artist with 'Wolfgang Schmid's 'Kick' , jazz rock
formation, concert tour - Germany, feayuring Billy Cobham, Wolfgang
Schmid, Kay Rigter, Rick Keller, Peter Wölpl. (including a performance
of a rock version of Stravinsky's 'Fire Bird' at the München Jazz
'Luluk Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio', ( Benny Mustafa van Diest,
Yance Manusama, René van Helsdingen ) at the Jakarta International
Jazz Festival, Indonesia ( JakJazz'91 ).
Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio', spring tour, 25 concerts- Scandinavië,
Benelux. featuring: Marcello Pellitteri, Wiro Mahieu, René
'Luluk Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio': Autumn tour, 'Agenda', 40
concerts- Europe. featuring: René van Helsdingen, Belinda Moody,
of CD/Cassette : 'Ojongono' , South East Asia, WEA Hong Kong
Duo concert at the Jakarta International Jazz Festival with René
Setting up a cultural program at a restaurant in Jakarta: The Stage.
Combinations of different art-forms in a daily program.
'Luluk Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio', ( Donald Dean, Henry Franklin,
Kent Brinkley, René van Helsdingen) 10 Concert tour- Los Angeles,
co-operation with The Stage, Jakarta, a bus was purchased and rebuild
by visual artist: Aart Marcus. The side of the Stage Bus can be
lowered to form a stage. (equiped with grand piano, sound system
etc.) for outdoor performances.
During the rebuilding of the bus a CD was recorded : 'The Stage'
(CD, Helsdingen Music HM 002) featuring: René van Helsdingen, Donald
Dean, Kent Brinkley, Erik Visser.
THE STAGE BUS 94', 100 concerts- Europe featuring: Donald Dean,
Kent Brinkley, Wiro Mahieu, René van Helsdingen, including: Estival
Jazz Lugano, North Sea jazz Fest., Kristianstad Jazz - fest., Århus
Int. Jazz Fest., Couleur Café Brussels, Festival de Musique du Touquet.
||THE STAGE BUS 95,
Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio' 60 concerts- Europe featuring: Donald Dean, Henry
Franklin, Kent Brinkley, Henk Zomer, René van Helsdingen, including:
Nice Jazz fest., Jazz à Vienne, Warsaw Jazz Days, Marlborough Int.
Jazz Fest., JVC Jazz Fest. Torino, Festival des Cropettes/Geneva.
Performance at the Jakarta Int. Jazz festival (JAKJAZZ 95), featuring
Henk Zomer, Jos Machtel, René van Helsdingen.
STAGE BUS' 96, 'Luluk
Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio' 100 Concerts tour - Europe featuring: Donald Dean,
Marcello Pellitteri, Henry Franklin, Kent Brinkley, René van Helsdingen
, including: Jazz Fest. Vienna, Impuls Fest. Bregenz (Austria),
400 Days of Gorzow (Poland), Kristianstad Jazz Fest., Falkenberg
Jazz Dahar (Sweden), Jazz Fest.Antibes Juan-les-pins, Jazz à Nice
(France), Jazz no Jazz Zürich, Wintherthurermusikwochen (Suisse),
Natt Jazz Fest. Bergen (Norway), Voices Kassel, Worms Jazz Fest.
(Germany), Chard Fest. Of Women in Music (UK), Aalborg Jazz & Blues
Fest. (Denmark) etc. Including a performance for His Majesty King
Harald the Vth of Norway (for the opening of the Bergen International
In Oktober 96 the Stage Bus was shipped from Rotterdam to Melbourne.
THE STAGE BUS' Australia 'Luluk
Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio', 25 Concerts tour - with the Stage Bus
featuring: Victor de Boo, Belinda Moody, René van Helsdingen: Australian -
Dutch - Indonesian Cultural- Promotion tour incl. Melbourne Art
Festival, Adelaide, Albury, Canberra, The Rocks - Sydney Brisbane,
Kuranda, Mount Isa, Tunarama Art Fest. - Port Lincoln, Darwin. This
tour was organized in Co-operation with Australia Northern Europe
Liaisons, Henk van Leeuwen.
'THE STAGE BUS' 'Luluk
Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio', Indonesia, (LA Lights Tour) 35 Concert tour Java
and Bali, Indonesia, with The Stage Bus: Australian - Dutch - Indonesian
Cultural Promotion tour sponsored by PT. Djarum, Co- sponsored by
National TV and Radio and press (Jakarta-Jakarta). featuring: René
van Helsdingen, Victor de Boo, Belinda Moody. Including Concerts
at Universities, Art Centers,a performance at the Borobudur Temple,
The Sultan's - Palace in Yogyakarta, Denpasar Art Centre, Solo Art
Centre, Bandung, Cirebon, Bogor, Jakarta, Surabaya, Malang, Purwokerto,
Salatiga, Semarang, Nusa Dua etc.
with Dieter Ilg ('folk songs') featuring Wolfgang Muthspiel, Steve
Argüelles, Dieter Ilg, Howard Levy. at Vilshofen "Jazz a/d Donau
Festival" & for the SüdwestFunk, Germany.
Recording for new release: 'Born Free' (CD/ with CD-Rom Bonus track,
Munich Records BMMCD296) featuring: René van Helsdingen, Essiet
Okon Essiet, Marcello Pellitteri. Recorded in New York and Amsterdam.
The recording includes an 8 minute music video (CDRom Bonus Track)
with: 'Hans Visser and Friends' 40 concerts, 'The Club' - performances
at Dutch Theaters- including a performance on Dutch TV, "Paul the
Leeuw". Featuring Marion Rolle, Barbara Stromberger, Marta Contreras.
Official release of the CD: Born Free. (Munich records, BMMCD296)
'BORN FREE' 99 'Luluk Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio', ( Donald
Dean, Henry Franklin, René van Helsdingen) 120 Concerts tour - Europe
: including Jazz à Ramatuelle (France) Montreux Jazz Fest. (Suisse),
Copenhagen Jazz Fest. (Denmark), Arhus Jazz Fest. (Denmark), Ålandia
Jazz Fest. (Finland), Edinburg Jazz Fest. (Scotland), Sandviken
Jazz Fest. (Sweden), Rottweil Jazz Fest. (Germany), and Django Reindhardt
Jazz Fest. (France), Jazz a Mulhouse (France), A-Trane Jazz Club
in Berlin, Domicil Jazz Club in Dortmund.
'BORN FREE' Australia 'Luluk Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio', (
Victor de Boo, Belinda Moody, René van Helsdingen) 20 Concerts tour
- Australia: including The Basement in Sydney, Adelaide Jazz Fest.,
Darwin, Katherine, Port Hedland, Perth, Albany, Melbourne, Euroa,
Canberra, Kiama, Tamworth, Toowooba. (Australia tour organized by
Australia Northern Europe Liaisons, Henk van Leeuwen) Supported
by the Dutch Fonds voor Podiumkunsten.
of the New Stage Bus by visual artist Aart Marcus. For the promotion
of the CD, Born Free, and the new Stage Bus a music video was produced
on CD-Rom Film 2000 - live recording in front of the Eiffel tower
- ('4 Musicians in Paris', Spring 2000 and Lir-ilir video-clip)
Munich Records BMWCD296 featuring: Marcello Pellitteri, Essiet Okon
Essiet, René van Helsdingen. Camera: Martijn van Beenen.
tour 2001, 'Luluk
Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio', 24 concerts- Europe featuring:
Marcello Pellitteri, Essiet Okon Essiet, Billy Cobham and René van Helsdingen,
including Germany, Holland, Suisse, Poland.
Festival Management, JakArt @ 2001 , International Arts Cultural
& Educational Festival in commemoration of the birthday of
FREE USA tour 2002, Indonesian American Dutch Cross cultural
promotion tour, 'Luluk
Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio', 70 concerts- USA featuring:
Marcello Pellitteri, Essiet Okon Essiet and René van Helsdingen.
Performances at 45 Universities in 24 States of America. Supported
by JakArt @2002, UNESCO, US Embassy Jakarta, NL EMbassy Jakarta,
Indonesian Embassy, to the Holy See Rome.
World release by ZEBRA
'Luluk' - Born Free
Distributed by Warner/ Elektra/ Atlantic Corporation,
an AOL-Time Warner Company
Recordings for new release and production of a Video Clip: 'Brushes' (CD/
and CD- Brushes The Clip,
Munich Records BMECD368) featuring: René van Helsdingen, Essiet
Okon Essiet, Marcello Pellitteri. Recorded in New York and the
The recording includes an 6 minute music video (CDRom, Brushes the
February 1: the spirit of peace / Performance at the Prambanan
Temple, Yogyakarta with the Indonesian Art Orchestra, conducted by
Dwiki Dharmawan and Singgih Sanjaya featuring vocalists Anggun, Trie
Utami, Edo Kondolit, Luluk Purwanto, the Paduan Suara Mahasiswa
Universitas Gajahmada choire, ISI Ethnic Ensemble -gamelan
- Festival Management, JakArt @ 2003 , International Arts Cultural &
Educational Festival in commemoration of the birthday of Jakarta.
600 events at over 200 locations in Jakarta, Indonesia.
JAZZ AND WAYANG tour 2003, Indonesian American Dutch Cross
cultural promotion tour, 'Luluk
Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio', 20 concerts in Jawa and Bali in
combination with Indonesian Shadow Puppets featuring: Marcello
Pellitteri, Essiet Okon Essiet and Luluk Purwanto, Nanang HaPe,
Kiki Dunung, Soled Saryanto, I ketut Budiyasa, Aart Marcus,
Martijn van Beenen. Performances at Universities, Cultural
Heritage Sites and Village centers. Sponsored by Djarum Super and
Supported by ,US Embassy Jakarta, NL EMbassy Jakarta, Indonesian
Embassy, The Hague. and JakArt @2003
- Production and Editing of a
Film and DVD, Mahabharata Jazz and Wayang. Camera: Martijn van
Beenen. Duration 150 Minutes. for Indonesian Television sponsored
by Djarum Super.
- March 19: Performances at the Pattaya Music Festival,
Thailand: Luluk Purwanto & the Helsdingen Trio featuring, Benny
Mustafa van Diest and Benny Likumahuwa
- Production of DVD
'Impressions of a Tour' / Mahabharata Jazz & Wayang
(editing / mixing/ production) released by Munich Records: MRDVD6002
- Festival à la Carte / May 20 – June 20, 2004
(150 events throughout 14 cities in Java and Bali – Indonesia)
Management, coordination of The Stage Bus I, and performances.
Organized by JakArt @ 2004 International Arts Cultural and
- Aug 14 - 25 Jazz from Holland / The Stage Bus at the Olympics. Luluk
Purwanto _ the Helsdingen Trio
featuring Essiet Okon Essiet, Marcello Pellitteri and Jesse van
Ruller . 14 concerts during the Olympic games in Athens, Greece
- Aug 11 - Sept 11: The Stage Bus from Indonesia - Festival
à la Carte - 40 artists, 110 performances, touring 13 cities in the
Peloponese in the framework of the Cultural Olympiad / Greece 2004
- Sep 19-26 Jazz from Holland / The Stage Bus in Greenwich. /4
performances at the Riverfront Jazz Festival: Luluk Purwanto & the
Helsdingen Trio featuring Essiet Okon Essiet and Marcello
Pellitteri. a Dutch Cultural Presentation
||- May 1 - Sept 25:
“TULIPS 2005” …. 60TH ANNIVERSARY FRIENDSHIP TOUR - 100 performances
in 76 cities throughout 10 provinces and 3 territories of Canada,
offered in the spirit of peace and international friendship as a
tribute to Canadian veterans on the sixtieth anniversary of the
Netherlands’ liberation. Luluk Purwanto & the Helsdingen Trio
featuring Essiet Okon Essiet , Marcello Pellitteri and Sylvia
Cuenca. Organized in cooperation with the Canadian Tulip Festival,
Ottawa, The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Ottawa and JakArt @ 2005 International Arts Cultural and