Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gema Gamelan Bali di World Music Ensemble, Ontario

08 April 2014
Gamelan Bali berkumandang di pertunjukan budaya Indonesia oleh University of Waterloo (03/04). Pertunjukan dengan tema "World Music Ensemble: Gamelan Music of Bali" ini mengambil tempat di Luther Village Great Hall, Waterloo, Provinsi Ontario.
Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo tahun ini untuk pertama kalinya mengajarkan musik tradisional  Indonesia, yaitu gamelan Bali. Sebagai pengajar gamelan Bali adalah Maisie Sum, seorang etnomusikolog, pemain musik, dan Associate Editor of Analytic Approaches to World Music Journal.

Maisie Sum telah mempelajari kesenian musik Bali di Indonesia dan telah mengikuti beberapa pertunjukan lokal serta anggota beberapa grup gamelan Bali  di Kanada.
Di Conrad Grebel University, Maisie Sum mengajar mata kuliah World Music and Music Appreciation dan juga sebagai pimpinan Balinese Gamelan Ensemble University of Waterloo.

Acara diawali dengan tarian Puspa Mekar yang dibawakan oleh Keiko Ninomiya, seorang penari dari Toronto. Berturut-turut disajikan musik gamelan: Gilak Bebonangan, Pengecet Hujan, Gilak, Sari Anom serta diakhiri dengan Kecak. Pertunjukan yang melibatkan sekitar 20 mahasiswa sebagai pemain juga menghadirkan pemain gamelan dari Bali  I Dewa Made Suparta. (sumber: KJRI Toronto)

Monday, April 7, 2014

40 Tahun Selebrasi Gamelan Indonesia Di Selandia Baru

Selasa, 01 April 2014
Naga, Selebrasi 40 tahun Gamelan di Selandia Baru
​Buah karya grup gamelan Padhang Moncar dan Taniwha Jaya di Selandia Baru yang meluncurkan CD baru berjudul “NAGA” (30/03). Peluncuran CD baru tersebut sekaligus menandai rangkaian peringatan 40 tahun gamelan Jawa tiba dan dipelajari di Wellington, Selandia Baru. Acara tersebut berlangsung meriah di Adams Concert Room, New Zealand School of Music (NZSM).

Peluncuran CD "NAGA" dihadiri langsung oleh Duta Besar RI, Jose Tavares, Walikota Wellington, Celia Wade–Brown, serta Deputy Director NZSM, Associate Prof. Green Garden, Manajer Gamelan Padhang Moncar, Associate Prof. Jack Body, Direktur Gamelan Taniwha Jaya, Gareth Farr bersama sekitar 150 orang.


Karya-karya musik baru gamelan pada CD berjudul “NAGA” tersebut merupakan hasil karya terbaru para anggota kelompok Padhang Moncar dan Taniwha Jaya.

Dalam kesempatan peluncuran itu, ditampikan sejumlah karya baru gamelan Jawa seperti “Nusantara Indah” karya Dedek Wahyudi dan “De la Noche de la Muerte” karya Briar Prastiti, serta gamelan Bali “Sekar Gendot” dan “Tinggal” karya Dr. Megan Collin.

“Saya sangat terkesan dengan antusiasme dan keseriusan warga Selandia Baru dalam mempelajari budaya Indonesia, dan KBRI Wellington akan terus mendukung pengembangan gamelan di Selandia Baru” demikian disampaikan Duta Besar Jose Tavares dalam sambutannya.

Pada kesempatan tersebut, Duta Besar juga memberikan sumbangan 3 set angklung kepada New Zealand School of Music.

Gamelan di Selandia Baru

Gamelan pertama kali tiba di Selandia Baru pada akhir tahun 1974, ketika Dr. Allan Thomas membeli seperangkat alat gamelan dari Cirebon di pantai utara Jawa Barat. Bersama Associate Prof. Jack Body, Dr. Allan membawa gamelan tersebut dari Auckland ke Wellington sebagai bagian dari program musikologi di Victoria University.

Pada tahun 1977, Perdana Menteri Selandia Baru, Norman Kirk mengunjungi Indonesia untuk pertama kalinya. Pada saat itu, Ibu Negara Tien Soeharto, memberikan hadiah 12 set gamelan Jawa kepada berbagai institusi di seluruh dunia, termasuk Kedutaan Besar Republik Indonesia di Wellington.

Duta Besar Indonesia pada saat itu menjalin kerja sama dengan School of Music Victoria University dan meminjamkan secara permanen seperangkat gamelan ‘pelog’ untuk sarana belajar bagi staf dan mahasiswa.

Dalam mendukung pengembangan gamelan di Victoria University, KBRI Wellington telah menyediakan tenaga bantuan guru gamelan yang juga pegawai setempat Kedutaan antara lain Midiyanto (1983-1986), Joko Sutrisno (1988 hingga 1995) - keduanya pindah ke Amerika Serikat serta Budi S. Putra sejak tahun 1996 hingga saat ini untuk pengajaran Gamelan Jawa.

Gamelan Bali juga diajarkan sebagai mata kuliah (PERF250) bagian dari program musikologi di NZSM oleh salah satu komposer muda terbaik Selandia Baru, Gareth Farr.

Padhang Moncar, Gamelan Indonesia dan "The Hobbit"

Padhang Moncar didirikan pada masa Duta Besar Abdul Irsan dan telah melakukan tour ke Indonesia 4 kali termasuk pada Juli 2013, dengan mengunjungi dan melakukan kolaborasi gamelan di enam kota di Indonesia antara lain Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Magelang, Solo, Malang dan Bali.

Dalam kunjungan 21 hari tersebut Padhang Moncar dan Taniwha Jaya melakukan 14 kali pertunjukkan termasuk di TMMI, Festival Kesenian Yogyakarta, International Gamelan Festival Yogyakarta, kolaborasi dengan sekolah menengah dan umum serta  perguruan tinggi seperti Universitas Gajah Mada, dan Universitas Brawijaya. 

Padhang Moncar dan Taniwha Jaya juga telah  dua kali pada tahun 2002 dan 2013 terlibat dalam festival budaya tahunan terbesar di Selandia Baru yaitu “World Music and Dance (WOMAD)” yang digelar di kota New Plymouth dengan menampilkan kolaborasi wayang kulit dengan dalang Dr. Joko Susilo (University of Otago,Dunedin) dengan jumlah pengunjung lebih dari 25.000 per hari.

Prestasi terbaru gamelan Padhang Moncar adalah menjadi elemen penting dalam salah satu soundtrack film “Hobbit 2”, karya produser dan sutradara terkemuka Selandia Baru, Sir Peter Jackson. (Sumber: KBRI Wellington)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Indonesia is Wonderful: Bali Spirit Festival 2014



Bali Spirit Festival 2014
The tranquil town of Ubud in the cultural heartland of Bali will once again be filled with universal spirituality as the Bali Spirit Festival 2014 gets underway from 19th to 23rd March 2014. Now in its 7th edition, this annual spiritually charged event is projected to attract nearly 6,000 visitors to experience the synergy of global cultural collaboration through sacred arts: from yoga, healing, and meditation to diverse, creative expressions of music and other creative movements.

Set in the spectacular grounds of the Purnati Center for the Arts in Batuan, just 15 minutes south of Ubud, the daytime workshops and Dharma Fair along with rainbow kids, Camp Magic, and Wayang Kulit will enjoy a venue unmatched for its tropical beauty and gentle energy. The global music concerts will take place in Ubud, at the Agung Rai Museum of Arts (ARMA) outdoor stage, to allow easy access for visitors and locals.

Named one of the “Top Yoga Festivals Around the Globe” (Yahoo News), Bali Spirit Festival features over 150 daytime workshops set in the stunning, tropical surroundings of Bali, led by dozens of top international instructors, inspirational speakers, and holistic healers. Ranked among “Asia’s Top 6 Music Festivals” (Travel Wire), the Bali Spirit Festival’s nighttime festivities include a “Bhakti Series” of devotional music, as well as “One World One Stage” line-up of world class acts that encourage conscious living and well-being for individuals, communities, and the planet. The Festival also celebrates the lush beauty and creativity of its island-home with performances of traditional Balinese performing arts.

This year’s music and Bhakti music lineup include:  Fabian Asultany, Dustin Thomas, SusuIbu, KryastaGuna Gamelan, MekarBhuana, Cudamani, Kevin James, the Bloom Series, Daphne Tse and many more.  For the yoga sessions, the festival will feature some of world’s prominent names such as Tiffany Cruishank (USA), Janet Stone (USA), Deera (Indonesia), Simon Low (UK), Pete Guinosso (USA), Nadine Mc Neil (Jamaica), Genevieve Laquerre (CAN), Sarina Jain (India), Pau Castellsagu√© (Spain), Michiko Minegishi (Japan), Alexandra Ruiz (Mexico), Ronan Tang (China),Sumei Shum (SIN), Tara Judelle (USA), Julia Weis (Germany), Pimrat Swatewacharkul (Thai), Ng Wui Ching (Malaysia), Marcus Felsner (Aus), Les Leventhal (USA),and Anastasis (Greece).

Personalities leading meditation, conscious movement, and health &healing are: Lela Thomas, Elaine Grundy, Awahoshi Kavan, Shervin Boolorian, Ellen Watson, Igor Olivier Ezendam, Satya Burger, MichaleHalloc, Genevieve Laquerre, Kelsey Lawford, Indra Widjanarko, Gede Parma, Sheena Sarles, Hillary Hitt, Jamie Catto, Jeffrey Armstrong, and Frances Fuller.The festival will also feature the Brazilian martial arts of Capoeira by Graduado Nako, Masala Bhangra From Sarina Jain, Hoop Yogini of Jocelyn Gordon, and Art installations by Indonesia’s own Made Muliana Bayak, Pranoto, and Ni Nyoman Emy Agus.

Pass-holders can relish the beautiful surroundings of Bali and the excitement of this global gathering knowing that their participation supports the BaliSpirit Festival’s “Karma” initiatives. The Festival’s founders are committed to giving back to the local community and have raised more than $75,000 for local charities and outreach programs for Balinese performing arts, HIV & AIDS education, and reforestation in Bali.

Adhering to the spirit of ancient Balinese wisdom of Tri Hita Karana, meaning  harmony with God, harmony with the community, and harmony with nature, the Bali Spirit Festival awakens and nourishes each individual’s potential for positive change within, leading to positive change in homes, in communities, and ultimately in global societies around the world. The Bali Spirit Festival is indeed a celebration of the richness of culture, the sanctity of the environment and harmony between peoples of all nations. Be there! Take part in this special celebration and in doing so make the world a better place.

More Information available at:  http://www.balispiritfestival.com/

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Java Jazz Festival 2014

Java Jazz Festival 2014 : “Bringing the world To IndonesiaJava Jazz siap digelar kembali, event akbar ini akan digelar pada tanggal 28 Februari-2 Maret 2014 di Jakarta International Expo (JIExpo) Kemayoran, Jakarta.. Siapkan waktu dan semangat Anda untuk menyaksikan perhelatan musik jazz bergengsi di Tanah Air dan bahkan paling besar di dunia. Ya, Jakarta disemarakkan oleh musik Jazz International, Java Jazz Festival 2014 (JJF 2014) dalam penyelenggaraan yang ke-10 kalinya.



Sejak digelar pada tahun 2005, Java Jazz Festival selalu ditunggu-tunggu dan sukses menghadirkan festival musik jazz yang meriah dan memuaskan pengunjung. Saat pertama kali diadakan sekira 125 kelompok dan 1.045 seniman tampil disaksikan 47.500 pengunjung selama tiga hari penyelenggaraannya. Itu membuat festival ini menjadi salah satu event Jazz terbesar di dunia.

Penyelenggaraan JJF 2014 nantiya akan menyuguhkan banyak kejutan, mulai dari line up artis dalam maupun luar negeri, serta dalam rangkaian acaranya sendiri. Jumlah musisi yang hadir juga akan lebih banyak dibandingkan tahun-tahun sebelumnya. Presiden Direktur Java Festival Production, Peter Gontha, bahkan mengutarakan pihaknya akan mengundang Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) karena presiden pernah berkata bahwa musik bisa membangun indonesia.

Java Jazz Festival 2014 akan menghadirkan sejumlah musisi mancanegara, beberapa diantaranya adalah: Tania Maria, Sadao Watanabe, Ivan Lins, Roy Ayers, Lonnie Liston Smith, Allen Stone, Jamie Cullum, Robert Glasper, Thais Motta (Brazil), Joao Sabia (Brazil), Public Opinion Afro Orchestra dan Grumul (Australia), Nils Petter Molvaer dan Magnus Lindgren (Skandinavia), Gerald Albright, James Taylor Quartet, Norman Brown, Earth Wind and Fire Experience, Dave Koz, Mindi Abair, Richard Elliot, Jonathan Butler, dan Rick Braun.

Dari musisi nasional, akan tampil para legendaris seperti Deddy Dukun, Dian Pramana Putra dan Adie MS. Masih, serta banyak nama besar lainnya yang belum terkonfirmasi, termasuk Agnes Monica.

Harga tiket masuk JJF 2014 adalah berikut ini.
Daily Pass – Jumat, 28 Februari 2014 : Rp. 275.000,-
Daily Pass – Sabtu, 1 Maret 2014 : Rp. 275.000,-
Daily Pass – Minggu, 2 Maret 2014 : Rp. 275.000,-
3-Day Pass : Rp. 660.000,-
Untuk menyaksikan special show HARUS MEMILIKI tiket Daily Pass di hari yang sama, atau tiket 3-Day Pass), Jamie Cullum – Hari Jumat : Rp. 165.000,-

Acara musik yang menjadi kebanggaan indonesia ini didukung beberapa sponsor setia seperti First Media, Bank BNI, Garuda Indonesia, Kementrian Pariwisata dan Ekonomi Kreatif, Kementrian Perdagangan, dan masih lainnya.

Informasi dan keterangan lengkap silakan kunjungi laman berikut:

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Toraja International Festival 2013

Continuing the Lovely December series of events that are held yearly in Tana Toraja amidst stunningly beautiful South Sulawesi mountain landscapes, this year, the Toraja International Festival 2013 will again take place from 28th to 30th December 2013.

The Lovely December events have been held annually for four consecutive years taking turns between the Tana Toraja Regency and the North Toraja Regency.

Carrying the theme “Celebrate the Living Megalithic Culture in TORAJA”,  the event this year will be officially opened at the Pallawa Tourism Center in the North Toraja Regency and closed at the Ge’tengan Field, Mengkedek District, in the Tana Toraja Regency.

The Festival will be filled with a number of art and cultural performances, mountain bike event, sepak takrawtraditional ball game, traditional fishing competitions and more. The opening  will be highlighted with a handicraft and culinary exhibition, while the closing ceremony will feature Toraja’s distinct Art and cultural performances.

From 28th to 29th December in the village of Kete Kesu, in Rantepao, the Festival will feature Manimbong, Indonesian National Orchestra, Art and Culinary Exhibition, Toraja’s Carving Workshop, Toraja’s Textile Exhibition, Photography and Multimedia Workshop, and a Culture Seminar.

While from 29th to 30th December, the festival will shift to Bukit Ge’tengan Makale with the World Music Festival that will feature international musicians including:  Supa Kalulu from Zimbabwe, Vieux Cissokho from Senegal, Orchid House Orchestra from Italy, Jeannette Lambert from Canada, Gilles Saissi from France, Greg Scheimber form Australia, Aigul & Yedil from Kazakstan, Park Hye Ryun from Korea, and more. From Indonesia itself, the music camp festival will feature the  Indonesian National Orchestra, Debus from Banten, Modero from Palu, Saleum from Banda Aceh, Rebana Betawi from Jakarta, Kolintang from Manado, Bataroigawa from Makassar, and  Ma’Dan and Manimbong from Toraja.

The event will also feature Music Workshops by Annelo Capuano, Greg Schiemer, Yedil Khussinov, I Gusti Kompyang Raka, and Alfian.

TheToraja International Festival t aims to further promote and strengthen the position of Toraja as one of Indonesia’s top destinations . Aside from being attended by local communities, also present during the festival will be Torajans living overseas in addition to domestic and international tourists.

"Discovered" and opened to the world from their long isolation only since the beginning of the last century, the Toraja today still adhere to their age-old beliefs, rituals and traditions. Hemmed in by lofty mountains and cut by deep valleys, Toraja land is so far most well known for its elaborate funeral ceremonies that can take days and involve entire villages. These are not only moments for mourning but are moreover events to renew family ties and to ensure continued unity among villages and communities.
Toraja offers ideal landscapes for trekking and adrenaline pumping white water rafting. 


 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Guiness Arthur's Day: 5 Rock Bands Will be On In Jakarta, Medan, Makassar, Bali and Surabaya

Entering its 4th celebrations in Indonesia this year, the Guinness Arthur Day presents a special treat for rock music fans in Indonesia. This coming October, 5 renowned international bands: Steelheart, 
Firehouse, OneRepublic, Mew, and Club8 will quench the thirst of great rock music in 5 major cities. The Guinness Arthur's Day will be held in Medan on 12th October, Bali on15th October, Surabaya on 17th October, Makassar on 19th October, with pinnacle held in the metropolitan capital Jakarta on 26th October 2013.
The rock fiesta will kick off at the JW Marriot Hotel, Medan, North Sumatra, on 12th October 2013 featuring the two rock legends Steelheart and Firehouse, followed by a show at the Hard Rock Cafe, by Kuta Beach in Bali on 15th October 2013. In Surabaya, capital city of East Java, the show will be held at Grand City on 17th October, while in Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi, it will be held at the Celebes Convention Center on 19th October 2013.
First celebrated in Indonesia in 2010, the Guinness Arthur’s Day has brought many renowned international rock bands in its previous concerts such as Lifehouse, The Script, and Creed. Last year, the celebration managed to pull over 19,000 audiences in Jakarta, Medan, Makassar, and Surabaya.
In the international scene, Guinness Arthur's Day is an annual event that was first celebrated in 2009. The event commemorates the 250 years' signing of the 9,000 years lease of Arthur Guinness at St.James Gate Brewery in Dublin Ireland in September 1759. Last year 2012, celebrations of Arthur's Day took place in 55 countries worldwide, including Indonesia.
Tickets can be purchased at: Aquarius Mahakam, Disc Tarra, Panorama Tour - Travel, 7-Eleven, Circle-K, and online via www.ibudibjo.com and www.gad.loket.com

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Indonesia: People and Culture

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Living on more than 17,000 islands, the Indonesian nation today counts some 200 million population comprising more than 200 ethnic groups. After Independence in 1945 inter-marriages among people of different ethnic groups have welded the population into a more cohesive Indonesian nation.
The majority of the population embraces Islam, while in Bali the Hindu religion is predominant. Whereas in areas like the Minahasa in North Sulawesi, the Toraja highlands in South Sulawesi, in the East Nusatenggara islands and in large parts of Papua, in the Batak highlands as well as on Nias island in North Sumatra, the majority are either Catholics or Protestants. On the whole the Indonesian people are religious in nature.