Chamber Music

Underway: to Indonesia

Due to illness, Roger Willemsen will unfortunately be unable to present the “Underway” concert series. Katty Salié has thankfully agreed to take over the role of presenter. For the first concert in the Underway series, we are taken to Indonesia, a country of more than 17,000 islands, to get to know the world of the Minangkabau and other Indonesian ethnic groups. Their music is very diverse, ranging from the melancholy and mystical tunes of the highlands to the lively, cheerful dances of the western coasts and Islamic religious chanting.

Katty Salié (replacing Roger Willemsen) Presentation

Talago Buni:

Muhammad Halim Saluang, Sarunai, Bansi and Vocals

Susandra Jaya Kacapi, Sarunai, Bansi and Vocals

Emri Gedang, Sarunai and Vocals

Febrianti Gong, Ganto and Vocals

Syafni Erianto Gedang, Canang, Sarunai and Vocals

Leva Khudri Balti Talempong, Jimbe, Sarunai and Vocals

Edy Utama Artistic Direction

Gamelan Taman Indah:

Elsje Plantema Kendang, Suling, Vocals and Artistic Direction

Martin Ehrhardt Demung, Kenong and Gong

Wulan Dumatubun Slenthem and Bonang barung

Irene Hammermayer Saron and Gong

Lilith Hammermayer Peking, Saron and Kenong

Ruth Jäger Demung and Bonang barung

Jos Janssen Gender

Michiel Niemantsverdriet Bonang panerus

Merel Plantema Saron and Demung

Wouter Scheen Gambang and Bonang panerus

Sabine Wagner Saron

Niels Walen Rebab, Suling and Vocals

Ruud Willems Demung and Gambang

Harry Willemsen Vocals, Rebab, Siter and Gong

Teil 1: Underway in the Land of the 17.000 Islands

Dates and Tickets

Programme

Indonesia is a country made up of more than 17,000 islands. Many different ethnic groups live on Sumatra, the second-largest of the Indonesian islands, where they cultivate their own culture and their own musical traditions. One of these groups is the Minangkabau in West Sumatra, with a matriarchal social structure and the Islamic faith. The Minangkabau developed their traditional music based on this faith, rooted for the most part in the chants of the Sufi. Typical musical instruments include kettle gong (talempong), zither (kacapi), flute (saluang) and drum.

In 1998 a group of musicians founded the ensemble Talago Buni, whose aim is to create contemporary music on the basis of the old music traditions. The melancholy and mystical tunes of the highlands serve as a source of inspiration, as do the lively, cheerful dances of the western coasts and Islamic religious chanting. The members of Talago Buni combine characteristic elements of their traditional music like special singing techniques, local dialects and certain formal structures with components of international pop music, and a new sound emerges: meditative, spiritual, otherworldly. For the first concert in the Underway series, we travel halfway around the globe to immerse ourselves in the world of the Minangkabau and other Indonesian ethnic groups unfamiliar to us so that we can get to know their culture.

(c) Edy Utama

(c) A.Cronshaw

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