Originally from Bali, Indonesia, pianist Zerlina Devi is also a vocalist, composer, and arranger. Born into a family with no musical background but a deep appreciation for music, she and her siblings tried to get their hands on instruments in their early childhood. At the age of four, she started learning piano and taking classical piano lessons. She also picked up the violin early on and loved to sing and accompany herself.
Eventually Devi started performing and discovered it is her true passion. Even though the jazz scene in her hometown was not thriving, she regularly found gigs in cafés and restaurants and capitalized on every chance she got to perform. Along with her band, Sailendra Sextet, Devi was the first place winner at Jazz Goes to Campus, the longest standing, most renowned jazz competition in Indonesia. She also received the award for best pianist there. Devi has had the pleasure of playing in the jam session held at the biggest Indonesian international jazz festival, Java Jazz Festival, and has collaborated with various remarkable musicians such as George Benson, Tony Monaco, Maurice Brown, Greg Fundis, and Michael Paulo, among others.