Free Gamelan Workshop – January 28

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

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Saturday, January 28, 2017
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 Javanese Dance Workshop – January 28

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

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Saturday, January 28, 2017
1-2:30 p.m.
Location: Sumunar Studio in the Ashton Building, 1549 W. University Ave., 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.

Give to the Max Day 2016

Support Sumunar during Give to the Max Day on November 17, 2016. 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.

The Scheduled Giving period for Give to the Max Day 2016 is already underway! All gifts made using GiveMN.org through November 16 will be scheduled to process on November 17, making those donations eligible for all Give to the Max Day prizes!

Free Gamelan Workshop – November 5

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

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Saturday, November 5, 2016
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. To register, contact the Sumunar Registrar or call 651-246-2235. Please note that the workshop will be cancelled if fewer than six people register.

Sumunar at Saint Paul Art Crawl

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The Sumunar chamber ensemble will be a featured quartet at the Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl!
Join us at Heartland Restaurant and Wine Bar, 289 East 5th Street, St. Paul, 2-4 p.m.

Sumunar annual picnic and meeting

Join us on Sunday, September 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m. for the annual Sumunar picnic and meeting.

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Entrance to the picnic site is at the intersection of West River Parkway and 46th Ave. S., just south of the intersection of 46th Ave. and 46th St.

Map of the park here

Bring a dish to share; we’ll provide barbecue and beverages.

We’ll have games and socializing, as well as a short report on what Sumunar has been up to in the past year and some of our upcoming plans.

We’ll also be voting for the new board of directors. To vote you must be a current member. Membership is $35 annually and fully tax deductible. We’ll have membership forms available at the picnic.

All are welcome! Please RSVP if you intend to come, so we know how much barbecue to make.

Bimo Gugah – All-Night Wayang Kulit show at Northern Spark 2016!

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Sumunar musicians and dancers will offer an all-night shadow-puppet (wayang kulit) performance at Northern Spark 2016, from sundown on Saturday, June 11 to sunrise on Sunday, June 12. The performance features master dhalang (puppeteer) Midiyanto, who has worked with Sumunar on several occasions, most recently in sold-out performances in October 2011. Guest musicians include I.M. Harjito on gender and rebab and pesinden (singer) Heni Savitri. The performance will also feature dancing by Javanese master dancer Wisnu Aji Settyo Wicaksonowith the Sumunar Dance ensemble.

The theme of Northern Spark 2016 and 2017 is Climate Chaos | Climate Rising. In keeping with the theme, Sumunar performs Bimo Gugah (Bimo Prevails). In this story, a hero discovers that the volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and drought destroying his country are the result of corrupt leaders. Amidst the climate chaos, people are hungry for change—can Bimo save the day? Midiyanto will serve up political commentary and social satire, along with fast action scenes, all to the accompaniment of a full gamelan orchestra. Join us under the stars for an Indonesian tradition you won’t want to miss!

Bimo Gugah will be performed in open air in the courtyard of the Mill City Museum. Check the Northern Spark site for information on the many other performances at or nearby the museum that night.

Here is a sample of Sumunar performing wayang kulit with master dalang Midiyanto in 2011. More information on wayang kulit.

Shadow Visitors: A Minnesota Adventure

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Shadow Visitors: A Minnesota Adventure, a collaborative work by Sumunar with Green T Productions, is featured at the Minnesota History Center’s Asia Pacific Heritage Day. Join two Javanese princesses on their amazing journey to Minnesota, where they meet many Minnesota luminaries, including the Prince of Minnesota.

Showings are at 1 and 2 p.m. in the 3M Auditorium, Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

This project funded by the Knight Foundation St. Paul Arts Challenge