London Hosts Gamelan, Contemporary Music Collaboration

London Hosts Gamelan, Contemporary Music Collaboration

Four Indonesian traditional musicians from the Indonesian Arts Institute (ISI) Surakarta in Central Java have collaborated with British renowned musicians Susheela Raman and guitarist Sam Millis in the United Kingdom's capital.

For around a week, the musicians, namely Gondrong Gunarto, Agus Prasetyo, Angger Widhi Asmara and Rano Prasetyo, explored a part of London and combined Indonesian traditional music elements with British modern music, said Indonesian Embassy in London spokesperson Thomas Siregar on Tuesday. 

In addition to the two countries, musicians from India also joined in the collaboration.

Raman, who is into various music genres, including jazz, blues, folk and trance, and has conducted tours all around the globe, said he was fascinated with gamelan ever since he visited the country some time ago. It was his acquaintance with gamelan mastero Gondrong Gunarto at the time that initiated the idea to collaborate gamelan with contemporary music.

Thomas told Antara news agency that gamelan was not foreign to UK people since it had no less than 150 gamelan groups spread in many education institutions and art communities. The collaboration of gamelan with guitar, cello and Indian tabla is expected to present attractive performance for music lovers in the country.

"Hopefully this activity can boost cooperation in the development of art and culture between UK and Indonesia in the future," Thomas added.

Source : Jakarta Post

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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