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ade ishsHi-res version — photo by M. Revaldi


The smile that is across his solos, the sometimes pugilistic attack, the open-heartedness, never afraid to play pretty but also never afraid to drop a dissonance, sweet-and-sour ….

— John Hardaker, Australian Jazz.net

… I have become a great admirer of his approach and desire to succeed as a contemporary jazz pianist.

— Steve Sedergreen

ade ishs (/ʌdɛ ɪʃ/) is a composer, a pianist, and a bandleader residing in Melbourne, Australia. His musical style revolves around contemporary jazz, classical, folk, and meditational. With eight albums bearing his name, his music has been described as “strong … and beautiful” (Ivan Lloyd, ABC Jazz, November 2013), “sensational and colourful” (Angela Jones, Inner FM, August 2014), and “expressive” (Steve Sedergreen, October 2014).

After living his formative years in Indonesia, ade migrated to Australia. He has performed with Dung Nguyen (Way Out West — Australia), Geoff Kluke (Australia), Daigo Nakai (Germany), Benny Likumahuwa (Indonesia), Candra Malik (Indonesia), Reyharp (Germany), ​Zamil Idris (Malaysia), and many other musicians in Australia and Indonesia of various genres.

His versatility has made him a top choice in other bands, including The Jon Magill Jazz Orchestra (big band), GrooVe Congress (jazz and funk), Up Trio (bebop standards), and MOU Quintet (contemporary jazz cover).

He has been invited to play at such prestigious festivals as Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues, and St Kilda Festival.

Recently, he served as the musical director of Celebration of Indonesia 2017, a musical depicting various Eastern Indonesian cultures in the forms of music, dance, and drama showcased to a packed crowd at the Melbourne Town Hall. Melbourne’s Radio 3ZZZ Indonesian program currently has him as a regular guest music expert.

Up to this year, he led The ishs/Allen Project, who garnered critical acclaim from Australian and international media: “very accomplished” (Tom Tom, USA, April 2015), “cracking” (Eastside FM Sydney, Australia, April 2015), “very uplifting” (Jazzwise, UK, March 2015), and “life-affirming” (Loudmouth, Australia, September 2017). To further exhibit his finesse in composition and arrangement, he currently leads his trio and eMotion Band as well as directing The Bridge.

ade ishs is one of the most engaging live jazz performers I have encountered. There is no distance between ade and his audience. Everyone is invited in and embraced by the charm of his personality, the accessibility and richness of his music and the fluidity of his improvisation which seems to respond not only to what is happening in ade’s mind and heart but to what is happening in the audience’s heart.

— Simon Williams, Inner FM Melbourne

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