These performances are made possible by the support of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia.
Gamelan Kusuma Laras
New York City’s Premier Javanese Gamelan Ensemble
Presents Music and Dance of Central Java
Directed by I.M. Harjito
with Anang Totok Dwiantoro, Guest Dancer
Saturday, May 30 at 8 pm
Sunday, May 31 at 4 pm
Welcoming music begins 15 minutes before each performance.
Light refreshments will be served.
Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia
5 East 68th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues
Limited seating. Tickets available ONLINE. Feel free to contact with questions or for more information.
Please join us for our Spring concert, where we will be presenting a selection of pieces that illustrate the dynamic range and subtle complexity of Central Javanese gamelan music. We are honored to have accomplished dancer Anang Totok Dwiantoro join us for the dance piece, Menak Koncar, which originated in the Mangkunegaran court of Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the depth and beauty of this rich artistic tradition!
Originally formed over 30 years ago, Gamelan Kusuma Laras has entranced audiences in the United States and Indonesia with its authentic performances of music, dance and theater from the classical repertoire of the courts of Central Java. The ensemble has been active in the New York City cultural scene since its inception, performing on instruments created especially for the Indonesia Pavilion at the World’s Fair of 1964-65.
About the Artists
I.M. Harjito, artistic director of Gamelan Kusuma Laras, is one of the finest Javanese musicians practicing today. He is a graduate of Indonesia’s state conservatory for the traditional performing arts, where he worked closely with one of the major figures of 20th-century Javanese music, R. Ng. Martopangrawit. Harjito has directed gamelan ensembles in Indonesia, the United States, Canada, and Australia. He is also a composer of traditional and innovative works for gamelan and other instruments. For the past twenty-five years he has been a faculty member at Wesleyan University.
Anang Totok Dwiantoro, guest dancer, graduated from STSI, Indonesia’s state conservatory for the traditional performing arts in Surakarta, Central Java. He is known for his mastery of the strong male style of Central Javanese court dance. He lives in Washington, D.C., where he is director and founder of a dance troupe. He has performed all over the U.S., both with his troupe and as a solo artist.
“…shifting timbres that floated and surged in a mesmerizing flow”
-The New York Post
“…a skilled ensemble…a treat to watch.”
-The New York Times