Archive for the ‘General’ Category

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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 ūüėÄ

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‚Äď17:30
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 Mr√°zek, 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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Beginners Workshop in Javanese Gamelan

January 24, 2016

Once again, we’re happy to¬†organise a 4 session beginner’s workshop for Javanese Gamelan. No musical experience necessary!

Dates   : 12, 19, 26 February; 4 March. (Friday Evenings)

Time ¬† ¬†: 7.30 ‚Äď 9.30pm

Venue : NUS Gamelan Room (AS2 #02-01, besides LT11 and Humble Origins Cafe)

Fee        : $60 for 4 sessions

For full details, please see our flyer: Javanese Gamelan Course 2016

All participants will be invited to perform at the Department‚Äôs annual South-East Asian Night, held this year on 11 March. To register, please use the contact form (click here)¬†to¬†indicate your interest. We’ll get in touch with you as soon as possible ūüôā

Here’s some photographs from our previous workshop and Southeast Asian Night 2015:

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Adventures in Solo

January 12, 2016

Last December, we packed up and went over to Solo for a week of rehearsals, private lessons, jalan-jalan, and food:

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Hoping 2016 will be another awesome year! As always, if you’re curious to see what we’re up to, our regular rehearsals are always free and open to the public. More information on the sidebar at the right (if you’re using a computer), or (if you’re on a mobile device), select ‚ÄúProfile and History‚ÄĚ from the drop down menu, and scroll to the bottom of the page to see¬†it..

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Rehearsals during Ramadan

July 1, 2015

We usually continue with latihan (‘practices’/’rehearsals’)¬†through ramadan, but¬†with the addition of a “Bukber”, or “Buka Bersama” before the rehearsal proper. Add this to our regular mid-rehearsal snack, and you get…

We’re hard at work preparing¬†for upcoming performances – but our rehearsals are still always open for anyone who wants to join in to listen, play along, or¬†‘nglaras’ with us ūüôā