In 2011 with the support of my Kickstarter community, I traveled throughout Java, Bali, and Lombok Islands. Receiving organizational support from Yes/No Wave Musik Klub and KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, I created a very special formation of my all-Indonesian language trance-punk band MALAIKAT DAN SINGA using musicians based in Yogyakarta. We performed numerous concerts in Java,including Jakarta Noise Fest and we were well received by local audiences everywhere we went. HERE is a clip from our concert in BANDUNG!
In addition to performing "my" music I found incredible opportunities to collaborate with some world-class Indonesian musicians everywhere I went, such as Wukir and Rully of SENYAWA, members of Karinding Attack, and traditional musicians such as Gombloh, a master of the "pereret" reed pipe on Lombok Island.
One of my favorite experiences was performing with JATHILAN, or "Kuda Lumping" groups in East Java. The music and dance of Kuda Lumping trance ceremonies have been a HUGE inspiration to me with the wild sounds and colorful costumes. Local audiences were dazzled by contributions I made to these performances with my bass clarinet taking on the tonal material normally performed by an instrument called a tarompet, finding an unusual harmony between traditional scales and my punk/experimental/"free jazz" background.
My primary objective in returning to Indonesia in November and December 2013 is to continue working with many of the musicians I met on my first trip while taking more time to create multifaceted collaborations including public performances, recording sessions and workshops. I have already been invited to perform in a variety of local festivities, including an invitation to present my contemporary work at events sponsored by Ruang Rupa in conjunction with the JAKARTA BIENNALE on December 8th, 2013. I will be learning and teaching as I go, not as an anthropologist or ethnologist but as a musician and an artist eager to explore the outer limits of our common human language, MUSIC (while definitely seeking to improve my fluency and understanding of Bahasa Indonesia and perhaps study some Javanese as well!). It should go without saying that some stunning recordings will result from this trip, to be edited and released in an album format soon after my return to the US. If you choose to support my project with ANY amount, you'll have first access to ALL recordings made during my trip, whether they appear as tracks on an officially released album or not!
I have already been in contact with concert promoters and cultural organizations such as Ruang Rupa in Jakarta, Antida Darsana in Bali, Common Room Bandung and Yes No Wave in Yogyakarta, along with the Jathilan group SINGO BUDOYO in Kampung Cempluk near Malang, all of whom are very excited to work with me again in promoting concerts and recordings that bring American and Indonesian experimentalism together to reach new vistas in ecstatic musical expression.
Risks and challenges
During my first trip to Indonesia, I became familiar with the wide variety of misunderstandings that can occur due to differences in language, cultural expectations, timing of schedules and issues with money. All of these challenges are to be met with patience and a good sense of humor.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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