Sumunar invites you to experience the rich sounds, stories and traditions of Indonesia! Whether you come to a performance, take a class, join a performing ensemble, or volunteer, we look forward to seeing you!

 

Como Park Concert

 On May 28, 2014, on a beautiful Spring evening, the Sumunar Dance and Gamelan Ensembles presented a concert at the outdoor pavillion on the shores of Como Lake. A large and enthusiastic crowd came to hear and see the free concert, which featured performances by both the youth and adult dancers. One of the crowd-pleasers was Pemut, a new piece composed by Joko Sutrisno and choreographed by Tri Sutrisno. This piece uses rhythms and movement from pop and rock music as well as traditional gamelan music and dance. Here's a short video of that piece:

 

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Spring Concert at Macalester a great success

 

On Sunday, May 4, Sumunar together with the Macalester Asian Music Ensemble gave a concert that offered music from India, China, Korea, Central Asia, and Indonesia in the beautiful, new Mairs Concert Hall at Macalester College.

Here's a clip from that event:

 

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Spring classes have started!

 Although it is not yet very springy outside, we have leapt into spring gamelan and dance classes.  The detailed schedules and registration sheets are available on the “Classes” page. Please note these changes:

1. Beginning gamelan class is moved to Wednesdays, starting at 6 p.m.  We will have an hour of beginning instruction, and then at 7 p.m. a joint class with continuing gamelan students. Beginning students are welcome to stay until 9 p.m. and students with more gamelan experience are welcome to come at 6.
2. Youth dance class will continue this semester in its temporary location at the Sutrisnos' house.
3. Gamelan ensemble rehearsals will be 5-7:30 p.m. starting next Sunday, March 30.
 

WORKSHOP: Debussy and Gamelan canceled

Unfortunately, this event has been canceled.

When: Wednesday, March 26, 2013, 10-12 AM

 

Klenengan a success!

Klenengan: Music for Contemplation 
Sunday, January 26 
Sumunar Studio: 
Room 204, Ashton Building, 1549 University Avenue, St. Paul.
Time: 7-9 pm
Despite the arctic weather, a hardy audience enjoyed an 
informal evening of longer, meditative pieces for Javanese gamelan. They were immersed in the warm, rich textures of the gamelan while  relaxing from the extremely cold, busy world outside.

The Sumunar Gamelan Ensemble, directed by Joko Sutrisno, played traditional Javanese gendhing in an open and informal house concert. 

Everyone was welcome. They could come and go as they liked. Many brought a favorite pillow or book. They meditated, napped, knit, read, or just relaxed and envisioned the warm, tropical lands in which this music was invented.
Tea was served.

Free admission – but contributions were gratefully accepted.

Here's an excerpt from the Klenengan :

 

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Other recent concerts

Tengoro: I/We Identity in Community

Linwood/Monroe Arts Plus School

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Sumunar Indonesian Music and Dance
presented a public concert on


  


Tuesday, November 26, 2013 

7:00 PM 
Linwood/Monroe Arts Plus
Upper School 
810 Palace Avenue, 
St. Paul, MN 55102

 

In November Sumunar provided an Indonesian music/ dance/culture residency at Linwood/Monroe Arts+ Upper School, funded by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. To culminate this experience, the Sumunar Gamelan and Dance Ensemble joined with Monroe students in a performance built on the theme of community as a joining of many identities. 

Performers:
Monroe 7th & 8th grade students
Sumunar Gamelan & Dance Ensemble

Artists Teachers
Joko Sutrisno, gamelan
Tri Sutrisno, dance
Eliza Rasheed, shadow puppetry

Program:

Pambuko – by Sumunar
Parisuko – gamelan by Sumunar
Gambyong Parianom – Dance by Sumunar
Merak- Dance by Sumunar
Wayang Kulit (shadow puppets) – Collaboration with Monroe
Ratnasari – Dance with Lcr. Sayuk – Collaboration with Monroe
Saman Dance – with Wong nDonyo - Collaboration with Monroe
Caping Dance - Collaboration with Monroe
Pangkur Pelog Barang – Music  by Sumunar Gamelan Ensemble

Admission free - Donations welcome
This event concluded an Indonesian arts/culture residency
funded by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
 



Open House

On Sunday, November 3, 2013, Sumunar, together with its new artistic partner, Green T Productions, held an open house to celebrate the grand opening  of its new studio in the Ashton Building at 1549 University Avenue in St. Paul. 

Here are some short video clips from the event. This video is also available on the Sumunar YouTube page at 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2JPTr3omdg&feature=youtu.be

The new location a little less than a block east of the corner of Snelling and University and across the street from the light rail station and McDonalds. There is public transit on both Snelling and University. The studio is about 1,000 square feet and has a storage room and office. Large windows overlooking University Ave. make it bright and inviting. Both gamelan and dance classes will take place in our new space. The main entrance is on University Ave. and there's also a door in the back to the parking lot. Check the class schedules on the Classes page to see when someone will be in the studio. 

Beginning in January, 2014, Sumunar will be sharing this space with Green T Productions, a theater group that uses traditional Asian performance styles as an inspiration to create a new approach. Its current show (a short excerpt of which is shown in our video) is a dance version of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which will be performed at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis November 15 through December 1. see http://www.greentproductions.org for more details.

 

Here are some photos taken during the move.  

 

Community Classes begin in October—check the “Classes” page. A Beginner’s Gamelan Class will be scheduled to start in January—please join us!

Previous Performances

 

 

 

 The Sublime and the Beautiful: Great Music Traditions of Indonesia

Here's a clip from that concert:

 

Sumunar Indonesian Music and Dance: The Many Faces of Tradition

Friday April 26, 8pm
Sundin Music Hall
Hamlin University
1531 Hewitt Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
Tickets: General admission $12, Students $8, Hamline faculty, staff, and students $5
for more information: Sundin Music Hall Box Office, 651-523-2459

 

7:15 pm Pre-concert talk "How to Listen to Gamelan Music"

This program will feature performances by dynamic guest dancer, Baghawan Ciptoning
A dancer and choreographer from Surakarta, Java, Baghawan Ciptoning has trained extensively with some of Indonesia’s finest artists. He graduated from ISI Surakarta (Indonesian Institute of Arts) and continues to serve on its faculty. He has toured his work extensively, performing in India, Japan, Thailand, Finland, and Malaysia, as well as in the USA from 2006 on. He draws inspiration and technique from ceremonial Javanese court dance and richly layers it with imagination and an intimate knowledge of martial arts. In 2006 he received the Best Dance on Screen Award for his production and choreography of “Tamansari.” Since 2008 he has been a staff member at the Indonesian Consulate General in Los Angeles, working in the areas of information, social and cultural affairs. 

 

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Philemon and Baukis by Lou Harrison

 Sumunar, joined by guest violinist, Stephanie Arado, performed music by Lou Harrison at a concert on February 24, 2013 at the MacPhail Center for Music. Harrison, who was a student of Arnold Schoenberg and a friend and collaborator with John Cage, Charles Ives, Alan Hovhaness, and Virgil Thomson, was at the forefront of experimental music in America in the 1930s and 40s. He built and maintained several sets of gamelan instruments for the colleges at which he taught during a long career, and he incorporated gamelan instruments, rhythm, and tuning in many of his compositions. He's considered by some to be the father of gamelan music in America. Here's a lovely piece by Harrison based on Ovid's tale "Philemon and Baukis" from our concert.

Turko/Arabic/ Indonesian fusion music

 On February 3, 2013, Sumunar together with Miriam Gerberg and her Ensemble Mezze presented an evening of music combining traditions from Turkey, Egypt, Greece, the Sephardic Jews, and Spain. Although the tunings and musicall scales of these varied cultures differ widely, the improvisational spirit is similar, and the two groups created a wonderful fusion and a fascinating sound. This event was organized by Miriam Gerberg, a Sumunar member and leader of Ensemble Mezze, who is an ethnomusicologist, composer, and founder of The Minnesota Global Arts Institute. Miriam teaches at Hamline University and has had her original music performed in many countries.

Here's a sample from the concert: Al Burtuqal is a fusion work collaboratively developed by Sumunar and Ensemble Mezze based on a popular composition by Egyptian composer, Mohammed Abdul Wahab.