Musician. Saxophonist, Arranger, Writer, Mixing Engineer and Music Teacher
Devian Zikri was born in Jakarta, Januari 30’th 1970 from parents Zikri Nizak and Sri Hastuti. He learned music since 15 years old with guitar as an instrument. He joined high school band, and university band as a guitar player. They played Jazz Fusion music, such as GRP songs, Lee ritenour, Koinonia, etc. At the age 0f 23, he witnessed the great Sax player in Indonesia, Maryono (rip) playing at Jamz pub Blok M. Devian really moved by his playing, and become interested in saxophone. He bought his first sax and started to learn from books. He taught himself, and some with the help of Maryono and Embung Rahardjo (rip). They gave him some guidance and tips.
In the age of 26 and just graduated from Universitas Trisakti Fakultas Ekonomi Jakarta, Indonesia, he applied to Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA and got a scholarship award. While studying in Boston, he gained experience by playing with students from all around the world, and played with some local musicians in Boston. He graduated from Berklee in 1999 with the honorary Magna Cum Laude.
In 2000, at the age of 30, Devian came back to Indonesia and started playing in some cafe’s, pub and jam session among indonesia’s top musician. Ireng Maulana, one of senior Musician in Indonesia (founder of Jak Jazz), got an eye on him and recruit him to join his band. Playing with ireng Maulana several times, Devian gain more experiences in playing on stage. At the year of 2002, Chico Hindarto, one of jazz music producer at that time, recognize him, his talent and listen to some of his composition. Chico agree to join with Devian to finance and release his debut album, “Spring Time” on 2002. The album got well reviewed and nominated in Best Jazz Album of the year by AMI Awards (Anugerah Musik Indonesia).
Serious in his music career, Devian built his own recording studio, and began serious in composing, and also audio engineering. Throughout that time, he already played with a lot of top musician in Indonesia. In 2008, One of major label in Indonesia, Platinum Records, recruit devian and signing him as their artist and produce his second album, entitled “Freedom of a Dream” and featuring a lot of Indonesia’s top musicians and singers including Andien, Tohpati, Mawar, Nita Aartsen, Donny Suhendra, Glenn Dauna, Iwan wiradz, and many others. After just a year the album is becoming a number one selling of jazz instrumentalist artist in Indonesia at that time.
In 2011, Devian released his third album still under Platinum Records, entitled “Morning Glance” featuring three of some of Indonesian finest Singer, Eka Deli, Eka Meilianawati, and Matthew Sayers. This album receive nomination from AMI awards at the same year.
In early 2014, Devian released his third album under platinum records, entitled I Love You. This album gto well reviewed also, and featiuring three female artist, Bilanova, Eka meilianawati and Wina Nathalia.
Devian is already in the top of jazz musician in Indonesia and regularly invited to play in Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival, Jak Jaz Festival, and other Jaz Festival across Indonesia. His appearance is also seeing on TV, with his own band, and as featuring alongside other artist. Till now, Devian still still exist as a performer and a recording artist. His saxophone tracks already in several album like Lucky Idol, Sierra Sutedjo, Andezz, Vonny Sumlang, Dina Mariana, and many more