NEWS   11/25/10 - Riwin is invited as a guest performer for Ayu Laksmi's Official Album Launch in Jakarta.

7/1/10 - Riwin and members of his band Tropical Transit are performing in Jakarta at Beni Hana (Grand Indonesia) every Thursday through Sunday.

6/1/10 - We are proud to introduce Riwin's first solo album "My Sexy Life" - a beautiful mix of soothing New Age guitar based tracks and nu-jazz oriented groove tunes - combined with unique ethnical vocal performances by Ayu Laksmi, Ami Rosady and Al Ismono, which perfectly bridge his Balinese musical heritage and traditions with modern western music influences. All songs from the new album "My Sexy Life" have been uploaded here and the full 15 track album is available as immediate download in your choice of FLAC, Wav or just about any other format you could possibly desire at:

4/1/10 - Riwin is performing at Bali Spirit Festival 4/1/10 together with Ayu Laksmi and Tropical Transit and on 4/4/10 with Afro Moses, Mamadou Diabate, and Silvia. 3/1/10 - Riwin is performing at the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta on Sunday March 7th together with Ayu Laksmi and Tropical Transit.
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KETUT RIWIYANA, known as Riwin, was born on December 6, 1956, in Denpasar, Bali. As he was growing up, he was introduced to Latin music via cassettes his father brought home from study sojourns in the United States. Riwin learnt to play guitar from a London hippy he met on the beach. This Londoner was on his was to Spain to study Flamenco, and taught Riwin all he knew.

As a teenager, Riwin played in various bands with his two brothers. Then, in 1976, while studying Biology at the university, Riwin joined one of Indonesia's most famous groups at that time, the Bandung-based Pahama.

He never finished the biology studies, instead, from the late 1970s on, Riwin played guitar - performing a diverse range of musical styles, including Jazz and Blue Grass with national and international musicians at one of Bal's early live music venues, Kayu Api.

He formed Tropical Transit on August 5, 1990, and named the group for its tropical environs and the transitory people who made up its audience.

Today, when he is not creating music with the band, Riwin mixes electronic music at his home studio. He is also a spiritual healer and for the past two years with Tropical Transit, he presides as a "Pemangku" ("priest") for the "Tirta" ("Holy Water") sprinkling ceremony which is part of "Kidung Wirama Totaka". Riwin is a truly enigmatic character - on one hand, he provides spiritual support to the group members and on the other, he can bewitch his audience.... especially women.

Riwin's first full solo album "My Sexy Life" has been released March 1st, 2010 and is now available as immediate download (15-track album) in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire:

Do you play live?
Langkawi Island, Malaysia, 1992
MSC Bremen Tour, 1994
Grand Opening Hard Rock Hotel, Bali (with Rick Price), 1996
Pan-Americana Tour to Miami, Cancun, Honduras, Costa Rica & Panama, 1997
Kuta Festival, Bali, 2004
World Music Festival, Bali, 2004
Nusa Dua Jazz Festival, Bali, 2004
Jazz For Aceh, Bali, 2005
Sound of Peace Concert, Bali, 2005
Bandung Guitar Concert, Java, 2006
Bentara Budaya Gedung Kompas, Jakarta, June 2006
North Bali Festival, Lovina-Singaraja, Bali, August 2006
Sanur Village Festival, Bali, August 2006
Jazz Merah Putih, Bali, October 2006
Star Accor Track - Appreciation Night Planet Hollywood, Bali, 2006
Love & Peace Concert, Bali, October 12, 2006 (Bali Bombing Memorial Concert)
Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta, April 2009
Sanur Village Festival, Bali, August 2009
Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta, March 7, 2010
Bali Spirit Festival, Ubud, Bali, April 1-4, 2010
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