BARENG AMBARUNG—Together We Grow, A Tri-Culture Collaboration

SUNDAY, MARCH 20th, 2022, 3:00 p.m., at the Cedar Cultural Center.

Three extraordinary Twin Cities musical artists joined their talents to create this unique program. These include Joko Sutrisno, Sumunar’s artistic director, a performer, composer and teacher of Indonesian gamelan music; Hassan Shahid, an African-American singer, song writer and acoustic guitarist; and Maryam Yusefzadeh, vocalist who, along with multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Keefe, performs Persian musical traditions. Sumunar gamelan musicians and dancers will enhance this exceptional performance. 

The program began with repertoire selected by each participant to represent the essence of their own artistic tradition. It culminated in new compositions combining the three different styles of musical expression. Texts were based on Islamic tradition as practiced in Indonesia. The artistic result required considerable collaborative work by the artists, using each of their musics to support and complement the others. This represents the oneness of humanity, accentuating the beauty of differences while melding the musical experience to best represent a world community.

Tickets: $18 for adults, $12 for students and seniors; Call 612-338-2647

Date/time: Sunday, March 20, 3 pm

Where: Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis 55454

Videos from four of the pieces in this performance are available here.

This project was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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