Klenengan – an informal performance of music from Java

 

This December, Gamelan Kusuma Laras will present an informal musical event, klenengan, where musicians play throughout the night with the audience coming and going.  This event is free and open to all.

The klenengan will take place at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia on Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 4 p.m. until midnight.   Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

Feel free to bring a pillow or mat to sit on.  Though rsvps are not required, we encourage you to let us know if you are planning to attend.

Seating is open.  Seats can not be reserved.  

 

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Nov 11, 2018 – Asia Society – Music and Dance of Yogyakarta

This November, Gamelan Kusuma Laras is performing with the Keraton of Yogyakarta to bring to New York a rare performance of two classical Javanese dances that were once limited to only within palace walls. This collaboration has been made possible thanks in part to our renowned musical Director, I.M. Harjito.

The concert will be at Asia Society in the Upper East Side of Manhattan on Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Tickets can are available for sale here.

In conjunction with a visit from Hamengkubuwono X, the Sultan of Yogyakarta in Indonesia, Asia Society hosts a performance by the court dancers and musicians of Yogyakarta.

The Keraton of Yogyakarta brings a rare performance of two classical Javanese dance forms performed by some of the finest dancers from Java: the Wayang Topeng, a masked dance for two dancers and the exquisite sacred Bedhoyo, performed by nine female dancers who symbolically balance the universe through the patterns created with the dance. The live Javanese gamelan will feature the musicians from the Court of Yogyakarta joined by members of Gamelan Kusuma Laras.

Co-presented with Yale University, Wesleyan University, and the American Indonesian Cultural and Educationoundation.

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Dec 2, 2017 — Roulette — Gamelan Kusuma Laras with I.M. Harjito

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This December, Gamelan Kusuma Laras is partnering with Roulette to present a concert of court music and dance from Central Java, featuring our renowned musical director I. M. Harjito, and special guests Darsono Hadiraharjo, Midiyanto, Heni Savitri, and dancer Anang Totok Dwiantoro.

The concert will be at Roulette in downtown Brookyn on Saturday December 2nd at 8:00pm. Tickets and more information are available online through Roulette’s website.

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December 17-18, 2016 — Music & Dance of Java

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Save the date! This December, Gamelan Kusuma Laras will be presenting two concerts of the court music and dance of Central Java.

Dates:
Saturday, December 17th, 8:00pm
Sunday, December 18th, 3:00pm

Tickets are $20, available in advance online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2707414.

Featuring our esteemed guests Anang Totok Dwiantoro (dancer), Heni Savitri (singer) and master musician and our artistic director, I.M. Harjito.

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Archived Webcast of the Wayang Kulit Performance at Asia Society, May 14, 2016

 

 

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The complete webcast can be viewed here

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Join us at Asia Society for a Javanese Wayang Kulit Performance May 14 & 15

Javanese Wayang Kulit: Déwa Ruci (Bima’s Spiritual Enlightenment)

 Shadow Puppet Theater of Indonesia

Ki Midiyanto, dhalang, in performance
With guest artist Heni Savitri

Accompanied by Gamelan Kusuma Laras
Directed by I.M. Harjito

Musical overture begins 30 minutes before show time

Déwa Ruci (Bima’s Spiritual Enlightenment)

Wayang kulit, one of the world’s great dramatic art forms, is a complete theatric experience, a visual and aural artistic spectacle. Based on the stories of the ancient epic, the Mahabharata, wayang performance can be counted on to range from the highest expression of classical performance to slapstick comedy, including sly political commentary on the news of the day.

All components of the wayang, from deft and often thrilling manipulation of intricately carved and painted flat leather puppets, to cueing the gamelan musicians who accompany the play is directed by one individual, the dhalang. This artistic polymath speaks in the voices of all the puppet characters, often 25-50 in one story, recites ancient poetry, sings in the characters’ voices, provides musical direction to the musicians via sung cues or knocks using a mallet clasped between his/her toes on the wooden puppet box, and sets the pace of the unfolding story. Ki Midiyanto performs in several languages, Javanese, Kawi, an ancient Javanese poetic language, and English.

 On Sunday, May 15th we will host a special one-hour Javanese wayang kulit for families and children.

Click here for details.

Co-presented with the Indonesian Consulate New York.  Part of Asia Society’s Citi Series on Arts and Culture

 

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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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