June Klenengan

GAMELAN KUSUMA LARAS 

and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia present

KLENENGAN: A  SINGULAR EXPERIENCE OF JAVANESE MUSIC

I.M. HARJITO, Artistic Director

with Special Guests

DARSONO HADIRAHARJO

HENI SAVITRI

SATURDAY, June 29, 2019

5 P.M. TO 11 P.M.

(45-minute intermission approximately at 7:30)

Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, 5 East 68th Street, New York City

Admission is free and open to all

Donations gratefully accepted

Come and go as you wish

Gamelan Kusuma Laras presents an evening of Javanese music for the public in the klenengan format – an emblematic type of performance in Java where gamelan concerts on a stage are rare.  Klenengan are musical events featuring musicians who gather for a kind of Javanese jam session often arranged by a family for a special event, and which typically go until late at night.  Audience members are intimately involved in what is a lively musical and social event; all participants are seated at the same level, in a conspicuous demonstration of mutual exchange and egalitarianism.  Guests are invited to come and go as they wish, move around the space, quietly chat with other audience members, enjoy Indonesian snacks, and immerse themselves in a transporting evening of music that draws deeply from the classical repertoire.

Made possible in part with public funding provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State legislature. And, with support from the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia.

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