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Singa Nglaras Gamelan Ensemble

February 1, 2013

Singa Nglaras means “relaxing lion” (the word “nglaras” means both to “relax” and “to harmonize, tune”). Formed in January 2004, the ensemble is managed by Dr Jan Mrázek of the NUS Department of Southeast Asian Studies. The ensemble is made up of NUS students, alumni, and faculty, together with many non-NUS members of the public.

Our weekly rehearsals on Tuesday and Wednesday nights are open to anyone keen to learn and enjoy this seriously relaxing music. Please see this post for an FAQ and more details.

If you are using a laptop/desktop, please follow the links on the right for more information. On a mobile device, select “Profile and History” from the drop down menu, and scroll to the bottom to see it.

Of course, you could just send as a message using the contact form 😉

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Coming up: Lintas Nusantara 2017

October 6, 2017

Once again, we’re working together with Guntur Mataram Dance Company to accompany their Yogyanese dances at Lintas Nusantara! This year, it’s Beksan Lawung and Sekar Pudyastiuti.

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Besides the ever familiar zapin traditional dance genre as well as courtly dances from Yogyakarta, this year’s Lintas Nusantara will present the pride of Bugis performance arts – rarely witnessed out of Indonesia, brought to the audience by maestros from Sulawesi.

Performance Details:

Venue: Malay Heritage Centre

Date: 14 October (Saturday) and 15 October (Sunday)

Time: 8.30pm

For full details of this and other events at the MHC, you can visit [their facebook page].

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(Almost all of) 2017 at a glance

October 5, 2017

Turns out we’ve done quite a bit this year – so much so that with real life still lapping at our ankles, there’s been no time to write about it, until now 🙂

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Playing for the weddings for our members is the best kind of engagement 🙂 Here’s a short clip of us playing for Mas Mokhtar’s daughter.

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2017: We’re still alive!

August 30, 2017

A short note to apologise for the lack of updates (real life, alas) and to let people know that our ensemble is still alive and playing away. Do check out our recently updated rehearsal schedule: we’re back to the classic Wednesday evenings, as well as an additional Tuesday evening for more gamelan goodness 😀

Feel free to use the contact form to get in touch!

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Closing 2016

November 18, 2016

Grateful for a busy year full of exciting collaboratons with both old and new friends! Here’s some highlights from Lintas Nusantara, the Launch of the Contemporary Wayang Archive, and Vinayaka!

Lintas Nusantara (Photo Credits: Haiqal Tahir)

Snapshots of Arjuna Wiwaha, a Yogyakarta style Dance Drama

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Launch of Contemporary Wayang Archive

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Vinayaka

Our first time performing alongside Indian muscians and Dancers!

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A big thank you to all musicans, dancers, collaborators, movers and logistics guys, stage and sound crews and our supportive audiences who’ve accompanied us throughout our most hectic performance season ever!

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Upcoming Shows in October!

September 28, 2016
Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be involved in three exciting productions in collaboration with artistes from Indonesia:

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Lintas Nusantara 
September 30, Friday and October 1, Saturday (8.30 pm on both days)
Malay Heritage Centre
Free, but requires registration at: http://malayheritagecentre.peatix.com/

This performance features dances from different parts of Indonesia, Tari Saman from Aceh, Gending Sri Vijaya from Sumatra, and Arjuna Wiwaha, performed by dancers and musicians from ISI Jogjakarta, in collaboration with Singa Nglaras.

Launch of Contemporary Wayang Archive
7 October at 15:00–17:30
NUS Theatrette LT13
Free admission

WayangHip Hop from Yogyakarta and Singa Nglaras Gamelan Ensemble from NUS will collaborate in a joint performance. The event will also feature talks by NUS professors to launch the Contemporary Wayang Archive – CWA (cwa-web.org). Participants include Jan Mrázek, Sarah Weiss, Farah Wardani, Marianna Lis, Miguel Escobar Varela and Catur Benyek Kuncoro.
For more information, see: https://www.facebook.com/events/1774183482853697/

And also…

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Vinayaka
October 16, Sunday, 7.30pm
SOTA Drama Theatre
Tickets at $25 and $30 (Available at: http://www.bhaskarsartsacademy.com/2016/05/vinayaka/ )

This is a collaboration between Bhaskar Arts Academy and Jakarta based Sasana Budaya Art Troupe, and features Indian and Javanese dance and music (that’s us!).

See you there!
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Ramayana 2016

August 29, 2016

This year, we were fortunate to share the stage with really awesome musicans from Solo, to support a production of the Ramayana incorporating Javanese dance and contemporary shadow puppetry. This was staged as the closing of the Malay Heritage Centre’s Javanese Exhibition, presented in collaboration with the Javanese Association. Big shout out to our collaborators Gamelan Asmaradana and Gamelan Naga Kencana, as well as the tech, staging, and logistical crews that made the production possible.

The video, by Haiqal Tahir and Matin Haiqal is on youtube:

And here are some behind the scenes rehearsal shots, also taken by Haiqal:

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Southeast Asian Night 2016

March 21, 2016

For this year’s Southeast Asian Night, organised by NUS’s Department of Southeast Asian Studies, we featured a variety of bronze and bamboo music from Java, Sunda and Bali. A big thank you to our friends from the wider Singapore gamelan community who helped to make this a success, Mas Tommy and the Southeast Asian Students Society for the lovely photos, and kudos to our participants from the beginner’s workshop who gamely shared the stage with us!

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