Free Gamelan Workshop – October 27, 2018

Interested in gamelan? Learn the basics in a free workshop!

Saturday, October 27, 2018
3-4:30 p.m.
Location: Sumunar Studio, 512 N. Prior Avenue, St. Paul

Experience for yourself the excitement and fun of playing Javanese gamelan in this hands-on workshop. Even if you have never played a musical instrument before, by the end of the workshop, you will find yourself playing an ensemble piece with other participants.

Suitable for adults and children age 6 and older. No previous musical experience necessary.

Led by Joko Sutrisno, Sumunar Music Director

All participants must be registered in advance of the workshop. Register here. For further information contact the Sumunar Registrar. Please note the workshop needs a minimum of 6 people to run.

Free Javanese Dance Workshop – October 27

Interested in Indonesian dance? Learn the basics in a free Javanese dance workshop!

Saturday, October 27, 2018
1-2:30 p.m.
Location: Sumunar Studio, 512 N. Prior Avenue, St. Paul

Experience the grace and beauty of Javanese dance in this workshop. Participants will learn basic techniques and movement, and will be able to perform a short combination by the end of the workshop.

Suitable for adults and children age 6 and older. No previous dance experience necessary.

Led by Tri Sutrisno, Sumunar Dance Director

All participants must be registered in advance of the workshop. Register here. For further information contact the Sumunar Registrar. Please note the workshop needs a minimum of 6 people to run.

Endang Nawangsih: Thirst for Water + Javanese Classics

October 18-20, 2018
Southern Theater
1420 Washington Avenue South Minneapolis

Join us for two exceptional programs of Indonesian music and dance!

Sumunar and the Southern Theater proudly present the premiere of Endang Nawangsih: Thirst for Water, featuring guest dancers Wisnu Wicaksono and Baghawan Ciptoning. Follow the story of a young woman, Endang Nawangsih, as she persuades a prince to help her in her quest to secure fresh water for her village. Endang Nawangsih questions her own motives as the prince wages battle with an ogre on her behalf. Featuring choreography by Tri Sutrisno and music by Joko Sutrisno. The program also includes contemporary and traditional dances from Indonesia, performed by the Sumunar Dance Ensemble, joined by the guest artists. The Sumunar Gamelan Ensemble, with distinguished guest musicians, provides live gamelan music.
Thursday-Friday, October 18-19, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 20, 2 p.m.

An unprecedented gamelan and dance performance! Our Saturday evening show, Javanese Classics, showcases our guest musicians, four of the world’s most respected contemporary Javanese gamelan musicians: I.M. Harjito, Midiyanto, Djoko Walujo, and Darsono Hadiraharjo, in an evening of Javanese classical music and dance. Experience world-class artistry in a program featuring the meditative long-form gendhing, which will highlight the skills of our visiting musicians. This program will also feature classical dances, including the elegant court gambyong dance and the masked topeng dance, with distinguished guest dancers Wisnu Wicaksono and Tri Kumara as the epic character Klono and his impish antagonist. Never before has such an illustrious group of gamelan musicians been gathered on a Twin Cities stage. This is one concert not to miss!
Saturday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets
General admission: $20 in advance, $24 at the door
Students and seniors 65+: $12
ARTshare members: Free
Saturday matinee: Pay what you can
Reserve online

Don’t miss: free dance workshop led by Wisnu Wicaksono Tuesday, October 16, 5:30-7 p.m.

These activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

 

Dance Workshop with Wisnu Wicaksono

Free Javanese Dance Workshop with Wisnu Wicaksono • October 16, 2018

5:30-7 p.m. • Southern Theater 1420 Washington Avenue South Minneapolis

Join us for a workshop on classical Javanese dance, led by visiting artist Wisnu Wicaksono. Material is suitable for both male and female dancers. Some dance experience recommended, but not necessary. Participants will be working in bare feet.

Wisnu Wicaksono is a choreographer and dancer based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. A graduate of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta, he is the founder, director, and choreographer of Cakil Squad, a dance company that combines traditional Javanese dance forms with hip-hop, acrobatics, and other modern forms. His work has been performed at major international and Indonesian art festivals, including World Dance Day, the International Ramayana Festival, and the Asia Trianale Summer Arts Festival, Tokyo. He teaches and leads workshops on traditional Javanese dance as well as hip-hop and Latin dance throughout Indonesia.

Don’t miss Wisnu performing with Sumunar in Endang Nawangsih: Thirst for Water + Javanese Classics at the Southern October 18-20.

 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Free Gamelan Workshop – September 8, 2018

Interested in gamelan? Learn the basics in a free workshop!

Saturday, September 8, 2018
3-4:30 p.m.
Location: Sumunar Studio, 512 Prior Avenue N., St. Paul


Experience for yourself the excitement and fun of playing Javanese gamelan in this hands-on workshop. Even if you have never played a musical instrument before, by the end of the workshop, you will find yourself playing an ensemble piece with other participants.

Suitable for adults and children age 6 and older. No previous musical experience necessary.

Led by Joko Sutrisno, Sumunar Music Director

All participants must be registered in advance of the workshop. Register here. For further information contact the Sumunar Registrar.

Spring Concert: Sumunar and University of St. Thomas Gamelan Ensemble

Indonesian Music and Dance Performance

Presented by the Sumunar Gamelan and Dance Ensembles
with the University of St. Thomas Gamelan Ensemble

Free admission! Open to all!

Saturday, May 5, 7:00 PM
Baumgartner Auditorium
Brady Educational Center
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul

Click here for a map. Parking is available at the Anderson Parking Facility at the corner of Grand and Cretin Avenues.

Free Gamelan Workshop – March 17, 2018

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELED. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP ON APRIL 7.

Interested in gamelan? Learn the basics in a free workshop!

Saturday, March 17, 2018
3-4:30 p.m.
Location: Sumunar Studio in the Ashton Building, 1549 W. University Ave., St. Paul

Experience for yourself the excitement and fun of playing Javanese gamelan in this hands-on workshop. Even if you have never played a musical instrument before, by the end of the workshop, you will find yourself playing an ensemble piece with other participants.

Suitable for adults and children age 6 and older. No previous musical experience necessary.

Led by Joko Sutrisno, Sumunar Music Director

All participants must be registered in advance of the workshop. Register here. For further information contact the Sumunar Registrar. Please note the workshop needs a minimum of 6 people to run.

Free Gamelan Workshop – January 27

This workshop is full. Space is available in the February 24 workshop.

Interested in gamelan? Learn the basics in a free workshop!

Saturday, January 27, 2018
3-4:30 p.m.
Location: Sumunar Studio in the Ashton Building, 1549 W. University Ave., St. Paul

Experience for yourself the excitement and fun of playing Javanese gamelan in this hands-on workshop. Even if you have never played a musical instrument before, by the end of the workshop, you will find yourself playing an ensemble piece with other participants.

Suitable for adults and children age 6 and older. No previous musical experience necessary.

Led by Joko Sutrisno, Sumunar Music Director

This workshop is full. Please register for the workshop on February 24. For further information contact the Sumunar Registrar. Please note the workshop needs a minimum of 6 people to run.

Klenengan: Music for Contemplation

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. Come when you can and stay as long as you like. Bring your favorite pillow or your favorite book. Tea will be served.

KlenenganSunday, December 3, 6-9 p.m.
Sumunar Studio
Room 204, Ashton Building
1549 University Avenue, St. Paul

Free admission – contributions gratefully accepted.

Give to the Max Day 2017

Support Sumunar during Give to the Max Day on November 16, 2017. Give to the Max is an annual celebration of generosity organized by GiveMN.org. Launched in 2009, Give to the Max Day has become an annual tradition for thousands of Minnesotans to contribute to the nonprofit organizations and schools that do so much to improve the quality of life here. Minnesotans are a generous lot, but Give to the Max Day makes contributing even more fun with special prizes and other incentives.

Sumunar is looking forward to a busy 2018. We have received funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board Folk and Traditional Arts that will bring four master gamelan musicians to the Twin Cities in spring or early summer. In addition to giving a public concert with these musicians, we will record these master musicians playing some of the most common pieces in the gamelan repertoire on the more challenging elaborating instruments, to create a series of educational videos for gamelan students. These videos will be made freely available on the web. Then, on the weekend of October 19, 2017, we will be performing at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis as a part of the Southern’s curated 2018 season. These are wonderful opportunities, but we need your help to make them a reality. The Minnesota State Arts Board covers only 75% of the cost of the project, so Sumunar must raise 25% matching funds. Likewise, the Southern covers some, but not all costs of mounting our production. And Sumunar has the ongoing cost of rent, insurance, and so on.

Please consider giving a tax-deductible gift to Sumunar! Here’s how your contributions can help us make up the difference.
$500 – studio rent for a month
$300 – costumes for dancers
$250 – sound and lighting for performance
$200 – truck rental to move instruments
$150 – program and advertising printing
$100 – food for performers on concert day

Any amount helps! We are grateful for your support.