Tohpati is a renowned guitarist in his native Indonesia, although considered to be one of the finest guitarists in the world among those familiar with his body of work. With influences ranging from John Scofield to Robert Fripp, and Terje Rypdal to Pat Metheny, Tohpati's guitar work is always fresh, compelling and unpredictable. His playing is stellar, and his technique, flawless. He is equally at home in a variety of diverse musical settings, as his extensive body of recorded and live performance work will attest.
Tohpati began playing classical guitar at the age of ten, and his talents and reputation quickly blossomed. While in his early twenties, he joined the Indonesian jazz band, simakDialog, in 1994. The move helped further expand and define his musical identity, as the Jakarta-based outfit is well known for their intuitive musical interplay and uninhibited, expansive solos.
Tohpati recorded three solo albums with Sony Music and played on three simakDialog albums prior to becoming a MoonJune artist. Since that time he has played on two more simakDialog releases, on MoonJune Records -- 2007's Patahan (MJR015), and '09's Demi Masa (MJR024) -- and released his first international album as a leader and featured artist, Tohpati Ethnomission's "Save The Planet".
He stays constantly in demand as a band leader, support musician, performer, composer and creative collaborator -- and in many different musical situations. Tohpati has performed all over the globe, remaining a very busy musician who rarely sits still.
MoonJune is pleased and very proud to produce this outstanding guitarist. We are as eager as his continually-growing legion of worldwide fans to hear what will be coming next from this brilliant rising star on the world progressive music scene.