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Friday, June 5th, 2009
11:38 am
Concert tonight in southern California!
If any of you southern California gamelan enthusiasts are looking for a last-second thing to do tonight, you should come hear the UC Riverside Javanese gamelan's concert!

UC Riverside Javanese Gamelan
René T.A. Lysloff, director
Rasito Purwopangrawit, guest director

Friday, 5 June 2009 at 8 PM
University Theatre, UCR Campus
Tickets $10, $8 with UC ID

The program includes:
Gendhing Bonang Babar Layar
Gatotkoco Gandrung
Ayak-Ayakan Alas-Alasan + Kumudo
Lancaran Eling-Eling
Swara Suling
Lancaran Cithut
Langgam Dendang Pesisiran
Bubaran Kembang Pacar

Also featuring the UCR Keroncong Ensemble!

I hope some of you can make it!
Sunday, January 25th, 2009
3:14 pm
Gamelan on Ice
International Novelty Gamelan playing at the Art Shanties out in the middle of frozen Medicine Lake in Plymouth MN
Feb 1
1-3 PM

3:33 pm
Gamelan Concert
I am sure most of you aren't near Cleveland, Ohio, but if you are there is a Javanese (Solonese) gamelan concert on February 1st at 2:00PM. If you are at all interested, feel free to message me / leave a comment on my journal and I'll get you details.
Thursday, December 6th, 2007
12:26 pm
DC area - Balinese gamelan perfomance at the Embassy of Indonesia!
Come see Gamelan Mitra Kusuma perform the traditional music and dance of Bali with our wonderful guest instructors from the Arts Institute of Indonesia.

The event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve, RSVP-only basis. Seating is limited, so RSVP as soon as possible!

Here is the information from the Embassy:




In cooperation with

In the greater Washington, DC area

Cordially invite you to
PPTI Kick off celebration & Balinese music and dance performance

Music by:
I Nyoman Suadin with Gamelan Mitra Kusuma

Dance & music instructors:

I Made Kartawan
Ni Ketut Suryatini

Friday, December 14, 2007
7pm - 9pm

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
2020 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
(Metro: take the red line to Dupont Circle, Q Street exit, walk down 20th to Massachusetts)

RSVP is required.
Ms. Wanti Syarief: natindyasrachmat@aol.com (202-258-6172)
Ms. Maya Nurindah: achamaya@yahoo.com
Sunday, June 3rd, 2007
12:00 pm
Javanese concert in southern California
I kind of feel lame making my first post to this community a plug for a concert, but I have been lurking for a while, at least! So yes...

Kyai Telaga Semu, UC Riverside's Javanese gamelan, has its final concert of the school year on this Friday, 8 June, at 8 PM. We will be performing a program of pieces ranging from traditional to contemporary: these include ladrang Sumyar, ladrang Bribil, Swara Suling, two pieces by guest director Sapto Raharjo, an electro-acoustic collaboration between Mas Sapto and director René Lysloff, a piece by UCR faculty composer Renée Coulombe, and more.

Again, that's this Friday, 8 June, at 8 PM in UC Riverside's University Theatre.
Tickets are $10 regular admission, $8 students and seniors, and $6 for children 12 and under
You can order tickets at 951-827-4331 or get them from the box office, open Monday-Friday 10-4 and one hour before the performance.
Thursday, April 26th, 2007
11:43 pm
Javanese workshops and wayang in Kentucky
Gamelan: It's not just for city- and campus-dwellers!

Full info at Appalshop's website:

Appalshop, the media, arts, and education center in Whitesburg, Kentucky, will be host to thirteen Indonesians from Jakarta and Yogyakarta as part of a multi-phased, international exchange project made possible by a grant from the US Department of State, Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs.  The project pairs a growing network of Indonesian media organizations with Appalshop as an established US nonprofit with a commitment to cross cultural exchange in a process of shared learning. 

From April 20 – May 3, 2007, a range of activities will include workshops and collaborative production with Appalshop’s youth media program AMI, the Appalachian Media Institute; reciprocal screenings and discussions of films and videos; as well as exposure to the region’s history, culture, and social issues through community activities and conversations as part of a person-to-person exchange approach.  The program will also feature Javanese wayang (puppet) theater performed by master artists in public performances of this ancient tradition.  

Appalshop’s Indonesian partnering organization is Boemboe, founded in 2003 as a meeting point for the development, promotion, and distribution of Indonesian short film. Participants were selected from the following cooperating organizations: Etnoreflika, InDocs, Kampung Halaman, Komunitas Dokumenter, and Tembi.

Thursday, March 8th, 2007
10:55 am
javanese gamelan/dance + more in dc this sunday
kunstler89, jonsinger and i will be playing in the central javanese gamelan of the embassy of indonesia this weekend for a dance concert presented by santi budaya indonesian cultural and dance center.

we've been rehearsing a jaipong-style dance, a topeng dance, bayangkari (the female archer dance), and ricik-ricik (a social dance). we're also playing one instrumental piece, part of "gending hephaestus," a composition for javanese gamelan, violin and cello by lou harrison. this time it's actually going to be with violin, viola and cello (played by the calmes trio).

apparently there are also going to be a bunch of other dance acts from other countries, none of which we (the gamelan) have seen yet.

details are on the santi budaya website in the form of a .jpg flyer, but here they are again:

santi budaya presents dances from the orient: a journey from the near east to the far east
sunday, march 11
two shows: 12 PM and 4 PM
dorothy betts marvin theatre, marvin center
at the george washington university
800 21st street nw, 20052
near the foggy bottom/gwu metro (orange/blue lines)
tickets are $25 through ticketmaster.

please spread the word to anyone you know in the dc area who'd be interested! thanks!
Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
2:23 am
NYC: Balinese Gamelan on February 17
For anyone in the NYC metropolitan area:

Gamelan Dharma Swara, NYC's Balinese gamelan, will present RWA BHINEDA: The Sacred Balance, at 7:30 pm on February 17 2007 at Peter Norton Symphony Space (Broadway at 95th St).

Nearly fifteen dancers in traditional Balinese performance costume, backed by twenty-five musicians performing on bronze gamelan instruments, will appear onstage to bring Bali’s tradition of rwa bhineda to the American audience. The performance features guest artistic director I Wayan Dibia, former head of Bali's National Arts Institute (ISI), as the Barong.

The term ‘rwa bhineda’ refers to the Balinese Hindu religion's prolific use of music, dance, and drama as sacred mediators that negotiate harmony between the forces of good and evil. In the performance, these forces are personified by two brothers – one mild-mannered, one tough and coarse – who receive nearly untouchable powers from heaven. But when beautiful angels ignite their passions, jealousy transforms them into the gruesome witch Rangda and the Barong protector dragon, locked in a fight to the death.

**Gamelan Dharma Swara presents RWA BHINEDA: The Sacred Balance
**February 17, 2007
**7:30 pm
**Peter Norton Symphony Space (Broadway and 95th St, Manhattan. Take the 1,2,3 trains to 96 St)
**Tickets $22 general/ $17 students, children, seniors, Symphony Space members
To reserve tickets call 212.864.5400 or visit www.symphonyspace.org.

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006
10:19 am
chicago area! indonesian night at northeastern illinois university
saturday, october 28, 6:30 PM at northeastern illinois university, in the auditorium. tickets are $10.

the concert will feature gamelan mitra kusuma with dancers from indonesian performing arts of chicago, doing traditional balinese music and dance.
along with us:
the chicago javanese gamelan
members of the indonesian performing arts association of minnesota
angklung (bamboo shakers) performed by musicians from the indonesian consulate

the information is all here!

we are hearing through the grapevine that the event is sold out, and i'm really not sure about comps for the performers' friends. i think your best bet is to e-mail mirah_dream AT yahoo DOT com if you would like to go, and see if there are still tickets left.

GMK has been rehearsing for this program for months, but i didn't realize how big of a deal it's going to be until i did some poking around online. should be a lot of fun if you can make it!
Monday, October 16th, 2006
1:26 pm
semara dana workshop/concert at the university of richmond
is anyone else going to this? i am going to try to make it. some other folks from gamelan mitra kusuma will probably be there, too.

gamelan semara dana is the newest style of balinese gamelan, similar in style to gong kebyar, but with seven pelog tones instead of five, like semar pegulingan. i have never seen one before!
Saturday, September 23rd, 2006
10:40 am
fyi: kali yuga in berkeley
god, i wish i could be there to see this.

gamelan sekar jaya is the biggest balinese gamelan in america. this should be pretty awesome if you happen to be in the sf bay area.

here is the bulletin from gsj's myspace:

KALI YUGA: The Age of Chaos world premiere performed by Gamelan Sekar Jaya

presented by Cal Performances in cooperation with World Arts West Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
**Saturday, Oct. 14 at 2 pm and 8 pm
**Sightlines Event: Pre-performance talk at 7:00 pm tickets: $20 / $26 / $32 Call (510) 642-9988, or order online at: www.calperfs.berkeley.edu
Tickets also available at the door.

DRAWN from the ancient texts of the Mahabharata, this dazzling new dance drama is a deep artistic response to recent world conflicts, including those in Indonesia. Kali Yuga is the creation of an international team of artists who engaged in an intensive two-year interchange of ideas, historical perspectives, and modern dramatic techniques in exploring the last four Ages in Hindu philosophy. This performance by Gamelan Sekar Jaya features acclaimed Balinese and American dancers, a thirty-musician bronze gamelan orchestra, poetry, song, ambient sound, and video installations.
Director: Ellen Sebastian Chang
Choreographer: I Wayan Dibia, with I Ketut Rina and Tjokorda Istri Putra Padmini
Composers: Wayne Vitale, I Made Arnawa
Guest Music Directors: I Made Arnawa, I Dewa Putu Berata
Poet: Goenawan Mohamad
Visual design, sets, and lighting: Elaine Buckholtz, Jack Carpenter
Sound Design: Jay Cloidt

for more on the production, including artists' bios, see: www.calperfs.berkeley.edu/presents/season/2006/world_stage/gsj.php
Wednesday, September 20th, 2006
4:28 pm
Javanese Gamelan Performance, September 21, Virginia near DC --
The Arlington Arts Center is having an exhibition, and they have asked the Embassy gamelan to play for two hours during the reception for it, which is, as I write this, tomorrow evening. (Sorry about the late notice!)

Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

From their Web site: “AAC is located between Clarendon and Ballston at the corner of Wilson and Monroe, one block from the Virginia Square Metro station on the Orange Line.”

Cheers —
Thursday, August 10th, 2006
12:51 am
not at its permanent home yet but a website for my new music gamelan group.
audio clips up on recordings page.


have yet to succesfulyl upload radio interview.

note we are playing at the MN state fair :)
deep fried cheese curds and gamelan music finally brought together.
Thursday, June 1st, 2006
12:14 am
Upcoming Wayang Kulit Performances --
Ki Purbo Asmoro, a 14th-generation Javanese dhalang, will be touring the US starting in a little less than 2 weeks, and will perform in various cities: Seattle, Chicago, NY, DC, and Kalamazoo; also at Wesleyan University, in Middletown, CT. If you are interested, please see http://www.purboasmoro.com for information. (The only dates I remember off the top of my head are June 18th for NY, and July 6th for DC, which is a free evening performance at the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian.)

Cheers —
Saturday, May 27th, 2006
2:19 pm
next weekend in baltimore!
gamelan mitra kusuma (traditional balinese gong kebyar) is playing at the creative alliance for the third year in a row. we have fewer people this year, so we'll be doing pelegongan-style music, along with some topeng dances (topeng tua, topeng keras) and two women's dances (selisir, joged bumbung).

all the information, directions, and online ticket purchase are here. we'll be playing a saturday evening show and a sunday matinee. please pass this info on to any gamelan types in the baltimore-dc area!
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
12:08 pm
upcoming gamelan gong kebyar performances in maryland
two balinese gamelan shows coming up:

this thursday, may 4 at 8 PM
the university of maryland's student gamelan, gamelan saraswati, under the direction of i nyoman suadin
kay theatre, clarice smith performing arts center
FREE and open to the public!
information and directions here.
i started out playing with this group and i was with them for about three years, during which i also joined gamelan mitra kusuma. i have to miss this performance because of a work event, but i wish i could be there!

also, gamelan mitra kusuma will be returning to the creative alliance in baltimore in june for the third year in a row. there will be two shows; a saturday evening and a sunday matinee.
information and online ticket purchase are here.
at our largest, we are a 25-member gamelan gong kebyar, but our membership is currently at a low, so we've had to temporarily cut out some of the gong kebyar instruments and adjust our repertoire. as a result, most of the pieces we're preparing for the creative alliance are pelegongan-style.
Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
2:58 pm
update on wayang kulit in baltimore
more details have surfaced! we have flyers for our wayang kulit in black and white and color.

also, the 14karat cabaret has updated their website with the usual rambly, misspelled information we in baltimore have come to know and love.

apparently there will also be a performance on something called a chromaccord. i am intrigued.

anyway, see the flyers for more information, but the main update is that the show is at 9:30 (doors at 9) and it's $6 at the door. not bad for wayang kulit and chromaccord all in one night!

ETA: there is no date on those flyers. whoops! the date is friday, march 10. i'm going to ask my friend who made them if he can fix it.

ETA part 2: flyers have been fixed!
Wednesday, February 15th, 2006
1:35 pm
gamelan mitra kusuma - march performances
gamelan mitra kusuma, the dc metro area's independent balinese gamelan, has three performances coming up next month. we perform mainly in the gong kebyar style, as well as gender wayang/wayang kulit, and very occasionally, gamelan angklung.

wednesday, march 1, 7 - 11pm
CENTERSTAGE in baltimore (mt. vernon)
the 20-member gong kebyar will be providing musical and dance entertainment for project_one, a multimedia art event.
tickets are $25 and include food and wine. visit the website for more details.

friday, march 10, 8pm (i think; i will correct this later if i'm wrong)
the 14karat cabaret in baltimore (downtown)
selected members will perform our wayang kulit, arjuna tapa (the trial of arjuna). our director, i nyoman suadin, will be the dalang, accompanied by four GMK members on gender wayang.
i'm not sure about ticket prices yet, but i don't think it will be very much. i'll make another post once the date gets closer.

friday, march 17, 8pm
the embassy of indonesia in washington, dc
the gong kebyar will present a full-length concert of balinese music and dance as part of the embassy series. the featured guest dancer will be i gusti ngurah kertayuda, cultural education director at the indonesian consulate general in chicago, and an old friend of nyoman's from kerambitan, his home village in bali. indonesian food will follow the program.
tickets are $75 - this concert is a benefit for tsunami relief.

that's it for now - i'll keep you posted on our upcoming (and hopefully cheaper!) performances in may and june. there will likely be one or two in the dc area in may for asian pacific heritage month, and a two-night engagement at the creative alliance in baltimore in the late spring.

ETA: we will also be performing our wayang on sunday, april 9 at swarthmore college in pennsylvania, in collaboration with swarthmore's gamelan semara santi (co-directed by nyoman suadin and tom whitman). details are on the website, and i'll be posting about it later next month.
Monday, December 12th, 2005
10:55 am
Sadness --
Ibu Sri S. Kuhns, longtime member of the Javanese Gamelan Ensemble of the Indonesian Embassy, in Washington, DC, was killed yesterday morning, apparently by a hit-and-run driver.

Bu Sri was a wonderful crazy silly person, always laughing, remarkably generous with her time and energy. She was our regular gong/kempul player, taught Bahasa Indonesia, worked for Voice of America. She wanted to take our group to Indonesia.

There will probably be some sort of memorial for her, but I haven’t heard any of the details yet.

Don’t know what else to say...
jon singer
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