Shadow Ballads

In April 2016 we toured with Shadow Ballads — a collaborative music and shadow theater performance involving Balinese master puppeteer Gusti Sudarta, master Javanese kroncong musicians Peni Candrarini and Danis Sugiyanto, and old-time Appalachian balladeers Anna & Elizabeth. This production incorporated new arrangements of traditional Indonesian and Appalachian music as well as a newly produced crankie based on The Ramayana.  We performed at The University of Richmond, Cornell, Wake Forest, Bucknell, the Indonesian Consulate in NYC and the Indonesian Embassy in DC.

Photos, bios & tour/production blog

Live performance videos

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Photo by Ron Karnes. L-R: Jesse Wells – violin; Jessica Zike – voice; Brian Larson – percussion, hammered dulcimer; John Priestley – guitar, voice; Hannah Standiford – cak, voice; Andy McGraw – selo, guitar, pin-pia; Kyle Dosier – cuk, voice; Natalie Quick – bass ukelele.

 

We recorded a few demos and documented the process on video.