Archive for February, 2013

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Ramayana Under the Stars (2010)

February 6, 2013

In 2010, NUS Singa Nglaras collaborated with Gamelan Asmaradana and Gamelan Naga Kencana (Republic Polytechnic) to present Ramayana Under the Stars, a day long event of gamelan music, Javanese dance, and Wayang Kulit, organised by the Peranakan Museum. We were honoured to have as guest performers Pak Midiyanto, Mbak Heni and Mas Iswanto.

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Singa Nglaras at Tedja Timur’s 60th Anniversary (2008)

February 6, 2013

Singa Nglaras performing at Tedja Timur’s 60th Anniversary in 2008, accompanying dancers and a puppeteer from their group.

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Ramayana Comes Alive at ACM (2012)

February 3, 2013

In a collaboration with Soul Theory Studios, a small group of musicians accompanied a contemporary dance and hip hop reinterpretation of the Ramayana, as part of the Asian Civilisations Museum’s Children’s season 2012.

Photos by the Asian Civilisation Museum

The ensemble warming up

Rama v.s. Ravana, with Hanuman

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Panji: A Javanese Masked Dance Drama (2009)

February 3, 2013

In 2009, Singa Nglaras combined classical wayang topeng (masked dance drama) with wayang mbeling (‘naughty’ theatre) to produce a hilarious performance that combined Javanese, Thai, Balinese and Japanese influences. The story and music were conceptualised by Jan Mrazek, Nunuk Sri Rahayu and Pak Trustho, and the ensemble had the privilege of working together with guest artistes Didik Nini Thowok, Pak Sidek and Pak Slamet.

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Gd. Udan Martana – Ktw. Tarupala

February 1, 2013

Gendhing Udan Martana, Ketawang Tarupala
Audio Recording at Singapore Botanic Gardens, February 2012

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Beksan Gunungsari

February 1, 2013

In collaboration with the NAFA Gamelan Ensemble
Dancer: Nunuk Sri Rahayu

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Sekar Taji

February 1, 2013

Tari Sekar Taji, performed at An Evening of Southeast Asian Music and Dance, 2008
Danced by Nunuk Sri Rahayu

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Wednesday Rehearsals

February 1, 2013

Featuring our guest from Indonesia Mas Jarwo on Kendhang, and our Music Director Jan Mrazek on Rebab

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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 rehearsal is open to anyone keen to learn and enjoy this seriously relaxing music. Currently, it is on Tuesday, 7.00-9.30pm at the NUS Gamelan RoomPlease 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.

You can also send us a message using the contact form .

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Singa Nglaras at Esplanade Waterfront (2012)

February 1, 2013

A video by a member of the public featuring our ensemble playing at Esplanade Waterfront, April 2012, as part of Esplanade’s “What a Wonderful World” series.