Join Us at Roulette in Brooklyn, Saturday, November 21 at 8pm

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We will be joined by Anang Totok Dwiantoro, a graduate of Indonesia’s STSI conservatory in Surakarta, who is known for his mastery of the strong male style of Central Javanese court dance and Triwik Harjito.

 

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.

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Join us for our MMNY Klenengan on June 21st!

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Gamelan Kusuma Laras will be holding our second (free!) annual outdoor klenengan as part of Make Music New York this year, and you’re invited!

Come drop by outside of the Indonesian Consulate on East 68th between Fifth and Madison anytime between 1pm and 6pm on Sunday, June 21st. We’ll be playing the traditional court music of Central Java, along with accompanying members of Saung Budhaya for a Solonese version of the Sundanese Tari Merak! We’ll also be playing a few gendhing from our recent concert, several recognizable favorites, and even more—all lead by our fantastic artistic director I.M. Harjito.

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May 2015 – Music & Dance of Java

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Music and Dance of Java

Directed by I.M. Harjito
with Anang Totok Dwiantoro, Guest Dancer

Saturday, May 30th at 8pm
Sunday, May 31st at 4pm

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

Welcoming music begins 15 minutes before the concert.

Tickets available at nygamelan.brownpapertickets.com

Please join us for our Spring concert, where we will be presenting a selection of pieces that illustrate the dynamic range and subtle complexity of Central Javanese gamelan music. We are honored to have accomplished dancer Anang Totok Dwiantoro join us for the dance piece, Menak Koncar, which originated in the Mangkunegaran court of Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the depth and beauty of this rich artistic tradition!

These performances are made possible by the support of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia.

 

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Thank You Donors | Klenengan 2014

Gamelan Kusuma Laras would like to thank the following for their contribution to the Klenengan 2014 fund. Thanks to their generous donations, we were able to share our music to NYC residents outdoors on the longest day of the year in 2014.

Miranda von Dornum
Ronald Kienhuis
Jan Berris
Tom Braden
Eduardo Padron
Sally Weinberg
Sara Tansari
Robin Davis
Marvin and Lynn Goldman
Susan Ngo
Nelson Harst
Valentina Camacho
Peggy Monastra
Iona Lutey
Aaron Sherwood
Benji Canning-Pereira
Mr Herschel G. Schlank and Ms Donna L.Schlank
And several anonymous donors.

Matur Nuwun!

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Outdoor Klenengan Performance June 21

Come to our Outdoor Klenengan Performance onJune 21!
As part of the Make Music NY Festival

We, the Gamelan Kusuma Laras orchestra, have performed the classical music of Indonesia at the Upper East Side Indonesian Consulate for the past thirty years and we would like to host a free concert on 68th between 5th and Madison as part of Make Music New York!

A klenengan is an informal gathering of gamelan musicians, often held in Java to ensure the success of an event like a wedding or circumcision. It’s not a performance, but the audience is an important component because the listeners and the musicians together make the event. We received a block party permit to set up the instruments outside of the exquisite Indonesian Consulate at 5 East 68th Street. The event is onJune 21, 2014, the summer solstice. The music will begin around 1 pm, and won’t end until 6 pm.

Please join us! And if you can make a donation at http://igg.me/at/gkl it would greatly help us produce this event. We can’t do it without your help! Thank you.

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Gamelan Kusuma Laras at the Riverside Church

Travel Advisory:

for those planning to attend the concert at Riverside Church this Sunday, please be aware that there is no 1 train service this weekend above 96th street. There will be a shuttle bus running up Broadway to the local stops. Alternatively, you can take the A to 125th and transfer to the M60 bus going west/south to Broadway and 120th.

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Christ Chapel Chamber Series: Gamelan Kusuma Laras

Date: Sunday, June 01, 2014
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: 10th Floor of the Tower (10T)

Gamelan Kusuma Laras, New York’s premier Javanese gamelan ensemble.

Be transported to Indonesia by this mystical Javanese orchestra as it takes you on a journey through central Java with classic works from the centuries-old traditional repertoire.

A free-will offering for the artists will be taken at the door.

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December 2013 – Music & Dance of Java

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Music and Dance of Java
Saturday, December 14th at 8pm
Sunday, December 15th at 3pm

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

Welcoming music begins 15 minutes before the concert.

Suggested Donation: $20.00
For reservations please contact nygamelan@gmail.com.

These performances are made possible in part by the support of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia and with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

 

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December Concert

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Wayang Kulit and Live Webcast via Asia Society March 16, 2012

Gamelan Kusuma Laras and Asia Society with Support from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Consulate General of Indonesia and Cakra Inc. presents

Déwa Ruci: Bima’s Spiritual Enlightenment
A Javanese Wayang Kulit
(shadow puppet theater)

Performed by Ki Purbo Asmoro, dhalang
Accompanied by members of Mayangkara (Solo, Java)
and Gamelan Kusuma Laras (NYC)
with English translations provided live by Kathryn Emerson

FRIDAY MARCH 16, 2012
8:00 p.m.
ASIA SOCIETY
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
(212) 288-6400

Can’t make it to this program? Tune into AsiaSociety.org/Live at 8:00 pm ET for a free live video webcast.

Co-sponsored with Asia Society, Cakra Inc. and the Consulate General of Indonesia, New York.

This program is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

This program is part of Asia Society’s ongoing initiative Creative Muslim Voices in Asia, supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

     

     

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Gamelan Kusuma Laras will perform with Ki Purbo Asmoro and members of his troupe, Mayangkara, on March 16, 2012, allowing New York City audiences the rare opportunity to experience a traditional Javanese shadow-puppet performance.

For more information, visit kusumalaras.org/wayang2012

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