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.

Sumunar annual picnic and meeting

Join us on Saturday, September 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m. for the annual Sumunar picnic and meeting.

At the home of Joko and Tri Sutrisnopicnic
St. Paul

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.

Free Gamelan Workshop – August 26

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

Saturday, August 26, 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 – August 26

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

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Saturday, August 26, 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.

Sumunar at the Minnesota Capitol Grand Opening!

Sumunar joins the celebration to “commemorate the completion of the $310 million historic restoration of the State Capitol, the Minnesotans who made it possible, our rich diversity, and our shared future.” Please join us as we showcase a wide variety of gamelan and dance styles, sounds and traditions.

Sunday, August 13, 5-6 p.m. at the Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul

More information coming soon from COMPAS, which is coordinating the schedule of performers for the day – see more at http://www.compas.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/COMPASMN/

Free Javanese Dance Workshop – April 29

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

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Saturday, April 29, 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.

Free Gamelan Workshop – April 29

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

Saturday, April  29, 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.

Indonesian Music and Dance concert

Join us for a FREE Program of Indonesian Music and Dance

Presented by the Sumunar Gamelan and Dance Ensemble

Featuring guest dance artists
Wahyu Santoso Prabowo • Maharani Luthvinda Dewi • Tri Kumara

And introducing the St. Thomas Gamelan Ensemble

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 7:30 PM
Baumgartner Auditorium
Brady Educational Center
St. Thomas University
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.

This concert 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. Additional support from the Asian Pacific Endowment of the St. Paul Foundation.