Gamelan Raga Kusuma is an open, community-based ensemble affiliated with the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. We rehearse 6-8 pm Sundays and Thursdays in our studio at the lower level of North Court, 426 Westhampton Way [map].

Sunday, November 19, 2023 - 3:00pm

Javanese master artist Peni Candra Rini leads GRK Student and Community members in a performance of traditional Javanese gamelan music, alongside performances of Japanese, Brazilian, and West African musics. Audience is invited to try the instruments after the show! Free and open to the public: Camp Concert Hall, Booker Building, University of Richmond.

Friday, October 27, 2023 - 7:30pm

GRK is led by Indonesian master artists I Gusti Putu Sudarta and Peni Candra Rini in a concert of traditional Balinese and Javanese gamelan. This concert will also include keroncong (stringband) music of Javanese and Balinese shadow theater. More information at:

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 - 7:00pm

GRK is lead by Balinese master artist I Gusti Putu Sudarta and Javanese master artist Peni Candrarini in a concert of traditional Indonesian gamelan music. Sudarta will perform an innovative shadow theater to accompany Justin Alexander's performance of Glenn Kotche's Monkey Chant for drumset. Free and Open to the Public.

Thursday, April 6, 2023 - 7:00pm

Join GRK and students from UR and VCU for a free, family friendly performance of traditional Balinese and Javanese music and dance, featuring master artists Peni Candra Rini and Gusti Sudarta!

Friday, March 31, 2023 - 8:00pm

GRK accompanies master artist Peni Candra Rini in a concert of traditional Javanese music, joined by the William and Mary Middle Eastern ensemble led by Dr. Anne Rasmussen. Part of the MACSEM regional ethnomusicology conference. Free and open to the public!

Sunday, April 2, 2023 - 3:00pm

Master artists Peni Candra Rini and Gusti Sudarta join Gamelan Raga Kusuma and student performers for the spring Global Sounds concert. Free, family friendly and laid back concert including performances by student and community West African, Japanese, Brazilian and Indonesian ensembles. Westhampton Green. (Camp Concert Hall, Rain Location).

Monday, April 10, 2023 - 8:00pm

Balinese shadow master Gusti Sudarta (Indonesian Institute of the Arts) presents a free, family friendly traditional shadow play, accompanied by live traditional gamelan music.

Peni Candra Rini will act as Gamelan Raga Kusuma's Artistic Director from January 9 - May 31, 2023.

A renowned Javanese singer and composer, Candra Rini (PhD) will be in residence at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University as a Fulbright Visiting Artist-Scholar during the Spring 2023 semester. Faculty at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Candra Rini is a recipient of grants from the Asian Cultural Council, a two-time grantee of the US State Department’s One Beat Program and in 2022 was named an Aga Khan Foundation laureate of the arts.


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