Friday, July 1, 2022 - 7:00pm

Join members of GRK for a set of traditional Javanese gamelan music as part of First Fridays at Richmond's Gallery 5.

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 7:30pm

Richmond's own Gamelan Raga Kusuma will play a concert of traditional and contemporary music for Javanese and Balinese gamelan (Indonesian gong orchestra). Works by Astita, Lucier, Lotring, Reich, Windha and others. Guest appearance by Rumput. Audience will be invited to try the instruments after the show. $8 advance, $10 at doors. Ticket link: https://www.firehousetheatre.org/gamelan-ensemble

Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 11:00am

GRK plays Balinese processional music (beleganjur) at the 24th annual Richmond Asia Festival.

Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 3:00pm

Join GRK for a free performance of Javanese gadhon (chamber) gamelan music. Audience will be invited to try the instruments after the performance.

Our founding and purpose

Gamelan Raga Kusuma was founded in 2007 By Andy McGraw (Associate Professor. University of Richmond) and I Gusti Putu Sudarta (Associate Professor, Indonesian Institute of the Arts). We are a community ensemble. Participation is free and open to the public. Our members come from a variety of backgrounds and we regularly work with and study under master artists from Indonesia.

In 2003 the Balinese composer I Wayan Sadra (a mentor to both McGraw and Sudarta) told McGraw: “Western classical music is now completely globalized. But aren’t other orchestral traditions equally deserving of study outside their original cultural context? Is it really the case that only Western music can speak to humanity-in-general?” Since the 1980s gamelan has become an increasingly global phenomenon, appreciated and studied throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Gamelan is engineered to be highly inclusive. If you can count to eight and hit a gong (you can), there is a place for you. From there, students can take the tradition to infinite levels of expression and virtuosity. Participation does not require purchasing your own instrument or paying for expensive private lessons. If you can show up to rehearsal, there is a place for you. But gamelan is not just about music; it is a combination of sound, theater, dance and—just as important—snacks! Gamelan bring people together in face-to-face interactions that build up the social and civic infrastructure of their communities.

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Friday, March 13, 2020 - 7:00pm

Short traditional shadow theater with Gusti Sudarta, and set of collaborative keroncong and crankies with Rumput and Gusti Sudarta.
2 Shows! 7:00 and 9:00

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 10:00am

GRK accompanies Balinese shadow master Gusti Sudarta in two performances for the kids at John B Cary elementary. These will probably mostly be fart jokes and fight scenes!

Saturday, April 9, 2022 - 3:00pm

Join GRK for a family-friendly Cage-ian Musicircus, organized by Brian Jones and including: No BS Brass, River City Taiko, Ezibu Muntu Drummers, Schoolwork, Tim Turner, Jones/Whitaker/Hawkins/Pollard, Wrong Worshippers, Tommy Birchett Duo, Elliot Shelton, Paul Hansen, Tom Stevens, David Esleck, Prabir Metha, and Jennifer Cable.

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 7:30pm

Join GRK for a free performance at VCU's Singleton Center! We will be performing traditional Javanese and Balinese gamelan music, and will be joined by students from VCU's percussion ensemble. The audience will be invited to try out the instruments after the performance!

Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 6:00pm

Interested in trying gamelan music? Join us for a free community workshop! No prior experience required. (Vaccination and masking are required.) Participants must RSVP in advance to amcgraw@richmond.edu

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