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
Gamelan Raga Kusuma joins New York's Momenta String Quartet and Indonesia's leading experimental singer Ubiet Raseuki for an evening of contemporary music by Indonesian composers: featuring I Wayan Yudane's and Jack Body's "House in Bali" and Tony Prabowo's "Pastoral."
Members of Gamelan Raga Kusuma and Indonesian guest artists Danis Sugiyanto, Peni Candrarini and Gusti Sudarta join Richmond's most interesting musicians for a Cageian MUSICIRCUS following a performance by Eighth Blackbird and Matt Ullery.
An evening of Balinese mask dancing and shadow play recounting the reincarnation of the Buddha as Sutasoma, a prince who renounces his worldly wealth for a life of contemplation. The performance will open with an experimental collaboration between Sudarta and the renowned experimentalist Shahzad Ismaily. The shadow play will be accompanied by live gamelan music and the audience will be invited to try their hand at both the gamelan and the shadow puppets following the performance.
Members of Gamelan Raga Kusuma perform Balinese dance and shadow play with master artist Gusti Sudarta for a series of performances at Kampong Garden in Miami. Evening performances will take place on December 28, 29 and January 2, 3, 4 in addition to day-time workshops in music, dance and instrument making. More information coming soon @ http://ntbg.org/gardens/kampong.php
Following the Eighth Blackbird Concert will be a John Cage Musicircus staged throughout Booker Hall of Music. A small ensemble from Gamelan Raga Kusuma will perform Gender Wayang and/or experimental pieces.