Rizal and The Rasendriya

World Music

Indonesia

Rizal Abdulhadi is a uniquely talented multi-instrumentalist, folk singer, song writer, instrument builder and social activist from West Java Indonesia, dedicating his music to struggle for real change towards a more creative Indonesia and world.

‘Rasendriya’ is a new instrument Rizal created from bamboo by combining guitar with didgeridoo and celempung (percussion); further exploring the use of bamboo for instruments, Rizal's latest project is his Bamboo Lapsteel Guitar & Strings instrument.

Since 2008, Rizal has toured extensively in Indonesia and played at major Indonesian festivals, including Bamboo Nusantara World Music Festival, Braga Festival, Festival Mata Air, Padi Nusantara Festival and Bali Spirit Festival 2015.also having the opportunity to collaborate with well known Indonesian musicians such as Iwan Fals, Franky Sahilatua, Sawung Jabo, Ully Sigar, Paramitha Rosadi, Dik Doank, Letto,Egi Fedly, Ras Muhamad, Kunokini any many more during that.

Late 2012 Rizal has made waves on the international music scene, taking his musical and instrument building talents to South-East Asia and Australia. He has twice toured Australia and was fortunate enough to collaborate with Andrew Clemoth at Woodford Folk Festival 2013/14. In September 2014, Rizal was invited to be a guest speaker and performer to TEDx Ubud. The video of his performance was selected as a TED Talks Global Editor's Pick and also featured as one of three “Weird and Wonderful TEDx Musical Performances” from TEDx conferences internationally.

2015 in Bali Rizal was chosen as one of Bali's 20 Inspirators by HelloBali Magazine in their 20th anniversary edition.