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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 – 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’s 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 🙂

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 “Profile and History” from the drop down menu, and scroll to the bottom of the page to see it..

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Barong: The Tale of Kunti Sraya

October 18, 2015

If you’re free on the very auspicious 13 November (Friday), do come and support Barong: The Tale of Kunti Sraya, a production featuring the students from the Department of South East Asian Studies who have taken a module in Balinese Performing Arts and have spent time learning Balinese dances in Bali. Also featuring guest performers from Bali!

If you’re interested in a brief overview of the Barong mythology, Mr Wikipedia is happy to help.

You can also check out their facebook page [at this link] for more details and updates on ticketing.

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Soerya Soemirat Mangkunegaran at Esplanade Rasas 2015

October 18, 2015

Honoured to have had a chance to support Sanggar Tari Soerya Soemirat in their recent performance at the Esplanade by lending them part of our gamelan and providing other logistical and language assistance 😀

In case you missed them – or want to re-live the magic – here are the videos, generously taken and uploaded to youtube by the awesome team of Haiqal Tahir and Matin Haiqal.

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Wrapping up our August Excitement

October 17, 2015

So August turned out to be really exciting, with 3 performances featuring our full ensemble: the Javanese Fiesta, the World Cultures Festival at library@esplanade, and “Crossing Borders” at the Esplanade Waterfront. All these featured dances, performed by Ms Nunuk Sri Rahayu, and Ms Rizky Indraswari, and were filmed and generously uploaded by Haiqal Tahir, Matin and Nayli.

Thanks to everyone who came down to support our shows! Looking forward to Lintas Nusantara, happening from the 16-21 November, with a 2 night showcase on the 20th and 21st. Watch our site or facebook for more details!

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Singa Nglaras on the Waterfront 2015

August 25, 2015

We’re back at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre on the 5th of September! As always, we’re honoured to be collaborating with friends from Gamelan Asmaradana and BronzAge Gamelan, in the spirit of building a community where everyone can appreciate and explore Javanese gamelan together.

Date: Saturday, 5 September

Time: 3 half hour sets, at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm.

Venue and Admission: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, free and open to the public.

As a sneak preview, here’s a clip from one of our previous shows at the theatre. See you there!

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“Puspawarna” with Gamelan Sekar Sersan

August 11, 2015

If you’re free this Saturday evening (15 August), why not stop to smell the Myriad of Flowers at the Esplanade Concourse (click link for official webpage). There are two slots – 8.15 – 8.45pm and 9.15-9.45pm, and will feature a gadhon ensemble that focuses on the “softer” elaborating instruments and vocals.

If you’ve been following Singa Nglaras, you might see some familiar faces performing – here’s a little preview 😉