Giant Step

Giant Step were an Indonesian symphonic/hard-rock band that released a string of albums on Irama Tara and other labels between 1975 and 1985. The band was led by ex-Shark Move guitarist/vocalist Benny Soebardja, who had fronted local beat sensation The Peels during the 1960s. Members: Benny Soebardja (guitar), Dedy Stanzah [Deddy Sutansyah] (bass, 1971-72), Sammy […]

Guruh Gipsy

Guruh Gipsy were an Indonesian symphonic/gamelan band that self-released an eponymous cassette-album in 1977. The band featured prolific Jakarta bassist Chrisye — aka Christian Rahadi — who featured on the soundtrack to the Teguh Karya dramatic feature Badai pasti berlalu, released on Irama Mas that same year. Members: Guruh Soekarnoputra (gamelan, gentorak, percussion, vocals), Chrisye (bass, vocals, […]


Garuda was a jazz-rock studio project comprised of English library musicians led by Indonesian bassist Toni Campo. The project was named after the bird-like national symbol of the bandleader’s home country. A self-titled album borne from the venture appeared in 1977 on EMI. Members: Toni Campo, Tony Coe, Henry Lowther, Frank Ricotti, Jeff Daley, Zack […]


Abbhama were an Indonesian symphonic/art-pop band that released the cassette-album Alam Raya on Tala & Co Record in 1978. The band was led by pianist Iwan Madjid, who also headed the Jakarta acts Cynomadeus and WOW! during the 1980s. Members: Iwan Madjid (vocals, piano), Oni (keyboards) Darwin B. Rachman (bass), Robin (drums), Dharma (flute), Cok […]