Rumput with Endah Laras and Danis Sugiyanto at Richmond Folk Festival

Endah Laras and Danis Sugiyanto
Endah Laras and Danis Sugiyanto

Rumput is honored to support keroncong royalty Endah Laras and Danis Sugiyanto for a concert of keroncong classics on the CarMax Family Stage at The Richmond Folk Festival, sponsored by JAMinc.

https://www.richmondfolkfestival.org/schedule

Endah Laras is a renowned keroncong performer with an equally robust background in traditional Javanese arts. Her father was a dalang (shadow puppeteer), her mother a dancer, and they taught her karawitan, sindhenan, and Javanese dance. This foundation in traditional Javanese arts laid the groundwork for her studies and collaborations in contemporary and experimental music. Laras has performed with acclaimed dalang Ki Enthus Susmono in the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Korea. She collaborated with Japanese choreographer Akiko Kitamura on “To Belong”, which appeared in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia. She routinely gives dance and music workshops at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and UWCSEA, an international school in Singapore. Her mellifluous and versatile voice lends itself well to keroncong, as heard on recordings with keroncong maestros Andjar Any and Mus Mulyadi.

Danis Sugiyanto is a professor of karawitan at Institut Seni Indonesia Solo (Indonesian Arts University of Solo) and a master keroncong musician. Born in Surakarta, Sugiyanto has appeared in musical and theatrical productions throughout the world. In 1997, he performed in a production of “King Lear” in Japan under the direction of Ong Ken Seng and Rahayu Supanggah. He also performed karawitan in a production of “I Lagaligo” by acclaimed director Robert Wilson and Rahayu Supanggah in New York (2005), Jakarta (2006), Melbourne (2006), Milan, and Taipei (2008). He is an accomplished composer and contributed music for a production with Wayang Keroncong Gendut at the Malay Festival of Singapore, 2016. With the support of a Fulbright fellowship, Sugiyanto taught at the University of Richmond and the College of William & Mary as a scholar-in-residence during the Spring semester of 2018.

Rumput with Endah Laras and Danis Sugiyanto at University of Richmond

Endah Laras and Danis Sugiyanto
Endah Laras and Danis Sugiyanto

Rumput is honored to support keroncong royalty Endah Laras and Danis Sugiyanto for a concert of keroncong classics at Perkinson Recital Hall, University of Richmond.

Endah Laras is a renowned keroncong performer with an equally robust background in traditional Javanese arts. Her father was a dalang (shadow puppeteer), her mother a dancer, and they taught her karawitan, sindhenan, and Javanese dance. This foundation in traditional Javanese arts laid the groundwork for her studies and collaborations in contemporary and experimental music. Laras has performed with acclaimed dalang Ki Enthus Susmono in the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Korea. She collaborated with Japanese choreographer Akiko Kitamura on “To Belong”, which appeared in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia. She routinely gives dance and music workshops at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and UWCSEA, an international school in Singapore. Her mellifluous and versatile voice lends itself well to keroncong, as heard on recordings with keroncong maestros Andjar Any and Mus Mulyadi.

Danis Sugiyanto is a professor of karawitan at Institut Seni Indonesia Solo (Indonesian Arts University of Solo) and a master keroncong musician. Born in Surakarta, Sugiyanto has appeared in musical and theatrical productions throughout the world. In 1997, he performed in a production of “King Lear” in Japan under the direction of Ong Ken Seng and Rahayu Supanggah. He also performed karawitan in a production of “I Lagaligo” by acclaimed director Robert Wilson and Rahayu Supanggah in New York (2005), Jakarta (2006), Melbourne (2006), Milan, and Taipei (2008). He is an accomplished composer and contributed music for a production with Wayang Keroncong Gendut at the Malay Festival of Singapore, 2016. With the support of a Fulbright fellowship, Sugiyanto taught at the University of Richmond and the College of William & Mary as a scholar-in-residence during the Spring semester of 2018.

Rumput with Endah Laras and Danis Sugiyanto at the Smithsonian

Keroncong musicians Danis Sugiyanto and Endah Laras Rumput is honored to support keroncong royalty Endah Laras and Danis Sugiyanto for a concert of keroncong classics, plus workshops at the Freer Gallery of Art at the Smithsonian Institution.

Concert:
Saturday October 5, 7:30pm, Meyer Hall, Freer Gallery
http://events.si.edu/133840605/

Workshops:
Sunday October 6, 1pm and 4pm, Freer Gallery 5
Lecture/demonstration on the history and fundamentals of keroncong. Bring a stringed instrument to play along!
http://events.si.edu/133840708

Endah Laras is a renowned keroncong performer with an equally robust background in traditional Javanese arts. Her father was a dalang (shadow puppeteer), her mother a dancer, and they taught her karawitan, sindhenan, and Javanese dance. This foundation in traditional Javanese arts laid the groundwork for her studies and collaborations in contemporary and experimental music. Laras has performed with acclaimed dalang Ki Enthus Susmono in the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Korea. She collaborated with Japanese choreographer Akiko Kitamura on “To Belong”, which appeared in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia. She routinely gives dance and music workshops at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and UWCSEA, an international school in Singapore. Her mellifluous and versatile voice lends itself well to keroncong, as heard on recordings with keroncong maestros Andjar Any and Mus Mulyadi.

Danis Sugiyanto is a professor of karawitan at Institut Seni Indonesia Solo (Indonesian Arts University of Solo) and a master keroncong musician. Born in Surakarta, Sugiyanto has appeared in musical and theatrical productions throughout the world. In 1997, he performed in a production of “King Lear” in Japan under the direction of Ong Ken Seng and Rahayu Supanggah. He also performed karawitan in a production of “I Lagaligo” by acclaimed director Robert Wilson and Rahayu Supanggah in New York (2005), Jakarta (2006), Melbourne (2006), Milan, and Taipei (2008). He is an accomplished composer who contributed music for a production with “Wayang Keroncong Gendut” at the Malay Festival of Singapore, 2016. With the support of a Fulbright fellowship, Danis Sugiyanto taught at the University of Richmond and the College of William & Mary as a scholar-in-residence during the Spring semester of 2018.

Sounding Out Indonesian Music conference @ Cornell University

Kroncong by Rumput, plus music composed and improvised by Andrew Timar, CAGE, and Szkieve.

The Cornell Modern Indonesia Project brings together some forty participants from the US, Canada, and Indonesia, to sound out the state of Indonesian music, both as a subject of scholarly inquiry, and as an artistic practice pursued within and beyond Indonesia. Those who work primarily as scholars of Indonesian music, mostly within the field of ethnomusicology, will be joined by others from in, around, and outside academia who work primarily as practitioners: as performers, composers, ensemble directors, and promoters. The mix of paper presentations, roundtables, and performances will build on the overlap and connections between these constituencies, whose priorities and attentions may differ but who fundamentally share a common cause.

Rumput, Gamelan Kusuma Laras, and Boxcutter Collective at Jalopy

Doors at 7, Boxcutter Collective 7:30-8:00, Gamelan Kusuma Laras Small Ensemble 8:00-8:30 Rumput 8:30-9:30. $10.

Rumput plays a style of Indonesian street music called keroncong which they blend with old time Appalachian music. They use shadow theater and a style of scrolling artwork called a cranky to accompany their music. http://rumput.org/

Gamelan Kusuma Laras will be bringing a small ensemble to perform classical Javanese gamelan. They are based in NYC and have performed at Wesleyan, Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and more. http://kusumalaras.org

Members of Bread and Puppet form the Boxcutter Collective, a Brooklyn based puppet troop, to present: “The Banks are Made of Marble.” A 25 Minute hand puppet show starring the great Judy as she navigates solutions for being poor, evicted, and dealing with dental problems in NYC. Desperate times call for desperate measures! What will Judy learn about the banking system and the relationship between debt and money, consumption and growth? Classic puppetry in our modern times. http://breadandpuppet.org/

Rumput + Benjamin Vaudeville et André Daneau + Molly Bower + Jesse Orr at La Plante, Montréal

Rumput plays a style of Indonesian street music called keroncong, often blended with old-time Appalachian music, and accompanied by shadow theater and crankies (scrolling panoramic artwork).

Benjamin Vaudeville et André Daneau harmonica Duo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dzTkIzy1a4

Jesse Orr will be performing crankies at various locations within the venue through the night.

Molly Bower will warm up our eyes with a few shorts from the roots of cinema – early “movies” that experiment with rhythm, motion, and storytelling. Technological contemporaries of the “cranky” and ancestors of cinema.

House in Bali and Kroncong Concert featuring Momenta Quartet, Ubiet Raseuki, Gamelan Raga Kusuma

This concert will be part of “Performing Indonesia”, an annual event presented by the Smithsonian Institute. Members of Gamelan Raga Kusuma will join New York’s Momenta String Quartet and Ubiet Raesuki for an evening of contemporary music by Indonesian composers: featuring I Wayan Yudane’s and Jack Body’s setting of Colin McPhee’s memoir “House in Bali” and Tony Prabowo’s “Pastoral.” Rumput will accompany Ubiet Raseuki for some traditional kroncong pieces. Tickets to this concert go on sale September 6, through gwutickets.com

Postscript: Listen to the podcast recording via The Smithsonian web site: