2023 Update

We welcome you to Sumunar’s website and invite you to look around. We are currently not holding classes, but would love to hear of your interest in Javanese gamelan and/or dance; please look on the ‘Classes’ page to see how you can be in contact with us.

Be sure to check out a couple of YouTube channels that feature performances and educational videos:





KLENENGAN: Gamelan Music for Contemplation, October 9, 2022

Experience the relaxing, rich textures of gamelan music in an evening of longer, meditative pieces for Javanese gamelan.

The Sumunar Gamelan Ensemble, directed by Joko Sutrisno, will play traditional Javanese gendhing in an open, informal house concert. All are welcome, coming when you can and staying as long as you like, perhaps bringing a favorite pillow or your favorite book. Tea will be served, and masks are optional.

Sunday, October 9, 2022, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Sumunar Studio
512 North Prior Avenue, St. Paul 55104

Sumunar Performs at the National Music Museum

SUNDAY, June 5th, 2022, 2:00 p.m.

On Sunday afternoon, June 5th, Sumunar Gamelan and Dance Ensemble had the opportunity of playing on of the Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan at the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota. The nearly packed out and appreciative audience loved the sights, sounds, and movements of music from Java, and the ensemble thoroughly enjoyed playing on these beautiful sounding instruments. The museum has an exhibition entitled “Gamelan! A Way of Life,” on view through October 25, 2022 at the Groves Gallery for Special Exhibition.


In Indonesia, the word sumunar means a glowing, brilliant light–one that is radiant and beautiful, and one that illuminates and warms the soul.

Dedicated to teaching, performing and sharing the arts and culture of Indonesia, Sumunar invites you to be a part of the luminous light.

Whether you’re enjoying a concert, taking a gamelan or dance class, or learning more about Indonesia, our goal is to share the rich sounds, stories and traditions of Indonesia with you in an open and relaxed environment. Sumunar is among the Twin Cities’ cultural treasures that can be enjoyed by all ages.

Check out Sumunar’s newest resource, a series of instructional videos of gamelan instruments, played by master musicians.

Free admission – contributions gratefully accepted.