FGD with Indonesian Jazz Gunung Management

On 22-23 July 2022, a Jazz Gunung Cultural Event will be held at the Jiwa Jawa Hotel, Bromo. According to the Manager of PT. Jazz Gunung Indonesia, Bagas Indyatmono, this event is an annual event held as part of a support form for the sustainability of Mount Bromo tourism.

“This event was started in 2009 as a reaction to the bad impact of the Bali Bombing on Indonesian tourism. The goal is simple, tourists can get additional destinations other than sunrise destinations at Mount Bromo. So that, tourists can spend a minimum of 2-3 days at Bromo,” he explained.

In the context of tourism development and its impact on the community’s economy, one of the collaborative studies of the Faculty of Cultural Studies Universitas Brawijaya (FCS UB) chaired by Dr. Hipolitus Kristoforus Kewuel, M.Hum., built this collaboration with Jazz Gunung Indonesia.

“In the context of Anthropology studies, this collaboration is very relevant to see the impact of Mount Bromo Jazz on the community’s economy. The focus is on the community around the venue. What do local people get? What is Jazz Gunung’s contribution to their economic development? Is there a role that the organizers give to the community and what are the benefits for them? These questions are important to ensure that this prestigious event has a practical impact on small communities,” said Dr. Hipo.

A research member, Nindyo Budi Kumoro, M.A., added that this research is also essential to see the circulation of money during this event.

“This is important because everything that is done in the context of tourism development needs to have a measurable impact on the community. If there is no impact on the community, this event doesn’t need to be held. This event is considered successful and dignified if it has a substantial impact on the community, at least in the short term,” said Nindyo.

Another member, Mayang Anggrian, M.Pd., said that the jazz genre chosen in this event is expected to have an elaboration impact on other music genres.

“This may be due to the flexible nature of jazz music so that it can accommodate other types of music in this event. It is especially desirable to involve the traditional music of the local community,” suggested Mayang. [dts/msh/PR FCS]