What is IYSOWith the vision of educating young musicians and developing the ecosystem of art music in Indonesia, Indonesian Youth Symphony Orchestra was founded in June 2014 by our Music Director, Maestro Kanako Abe. This student-run orchestra was initiated when the founding members of IYSO begged the Paris-based conductor, Kanako Abe, to help them create a “real” orchestra in Indonesia. It was their passion and desperation to save the musical art of the country that started this national educational project.
Along with the quality traditional arts and the history of colonization, Indonesia is gifted with abundant musical talents in various genres. Especially in Yogyakarta, where IYSO is based, we witness the cutting-edge creative activities in any kind of music one can think of. However, the harsh reality is that, to make a living, those artists have no choice but to play in pop-orchestra and back-band for pop-music, or, to give up on music. We don’t have the platform for musicians to develop the very best standard of their artistic creations, the eco-system of art industry. For classical music, youth musicians are practicing etudes and concertos hours after hours every day. Only one out of a thousand can survive as a classical musician by leaving the country. We have seen so many talents “exploited” for the sake of popular music industries and even worst, giving up totally from music.
IYSO was initiated by the very students whose hearts were in pain to see such reality, which they, themselves, experienced since the beginning of their musical education. Setting an age limit of 27 for the members, we dedicate our artistic pursuit to education of the next generation. For the future of the industry, we devote our performance opportunities for building appreciation toward orchestra music in the country. Every commitment we make is for the future of Indonesian musical arts.
IYSO is not just a youth orchestra. This is not even only an artistic educational project. This is the embryo of the change for the future ecosystem of musical art in our country, together with every single person involved in this movement, for the sake of the next generation.
Message from Music Director, Kanako Abe
Provided there is life, future is something that "just happens". But opportunity, development and harmony is always the fruit of strong will, dedication, collaboration as well as an environment and resources to support it.
Despite of our great passion, we don't yet have the environment to learn and play our beloved classical music in Indonesia. To fulfill our dream, we decided to stand up and establish the new music education as well as ecosystem in Indonesia.
Through the music making process in the orchestra (which is like a miniature of the human society), we experiment a true teamwork, investment and sharing of each other. Music is the most powerful tool of communication which can pass across all kinds of borders and barriers. We believe that with our activity, the orchestra can contribute to develop a society filled with love and joy making the world a better place. We are ready to brace ourselves for our dream, hoping that our efforts will support the next generation in pursuing this long road. Please support us !! We would truly appreciate your assistance for our activity.
Music Director of IYSO
Our goal is to “institute a center of knowledge, education, and development of musical arts which is dedicated to contribute to the artistic community of Indonesia, Asia, and the world” (IYSO website).
In our short history, with the members residing around Yogyakarta, we have successfully been establishing our artistic quality and educating the audience in our community. Now, we are aiming at inclusion of more artists outside of Yogyakarta, and beyond the border of country.
For our first annual concert, we were able to invite youth musicians from around the country from Jakarta, Surabaya, Malang and Kalimantan island. We aspire to continue expanding the sharing of our mission to the whole country. This year, we were selected to perform for the national Independence Day celebration concert (“Ode to August #2” August 26 2016, Jakarta) as a representative of youth classical musicians of Indonesia. We are gradually, but firmly, receiving a recognition at the national level. As a result, we are currently able to communicate with the national institutions for funding supports. With our entitlement, we commit ourselves to continue solidifying our artistic level to strongly guide the youth musicians of the country.
We believe that international interactions raise the quality of IYSO’s education by learning skills and knowledges we do not yet have in Indonesia. For the coming up 2nd annual concert, we are fortunate to welcome five students from Malaysia, Japan and the US as members of IYSO. With the help of our internationally recognized Music Director, Maestro Abe, we have strong foresights to expand interactions with the musicians and support systems outside of the country. As one of the attempts, we are expecting to have soloists/teachers from outside of Indonesia with the artistic quality that is yet hard to find in our country.
Orchestra Academy & Symphonic Concert 2016 contents
1. Open Rehearsal Series
Open Rehearsal is going to be the chance for audience to take a closer look at the orchestral music making process. In this session, they can also ask directly to conductor, concert master, principals and all orchestra players about orchestra aspects. This series will be the beginning of our final program, the 2016 Symphonic Concert.
2. Orchestra Guidance for Public
Educational performance session for audience is focusing to give informations and knowledge for audience about what to listens and to enjoy in an orchestral music. This session will be open to public and will have two-ways communications between orchestra and audience regarding the discussions. In this session will be with Maestro Kanako Abe on the conductor podium.
3. Symphonic Concert 2016
In the occasion of the National Oath of the Youth Day, IYSO would like to celebrate this moment with a symphonic concert on October 9th in Auditorium Universitas Sanata Dharma Yogyakarta.
Repertoire will be played are:
i. Tanah Airku - Ibu Sud, arrangement by Addie M.S.
ii. Cello Concerto in B Minor - Antonin Dvorak (cello solo: Alfian Emir Adytia)
iii. Symphony No. 4 in F Minor - Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky
What Do We Need the Money for?
*Flight ticket for the Music Director (€1700) is already covered by a private donor.
*The rehearsal venue charge (€272) is already covered by Tembi Rumah Sejarah dan Budaya.
*Exchange rate from Rupiah (the original currency of the budget) to € was decided at the point of September 11 2016.
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Risks and challenges
Potential and talents in the young generations of Indonesia have grown enormously in the past 10 years. But lack of support from the adults and the institutions/government for classical music is still severely minimum. For our project as well, financial need is the main challenge.
We have the concert venue reserved. Our musical techniques have been practiced and warmed up every day. The 70 members of the IYSO have marked the calendar for the rehearsals and the concert. The concert repertoires in the full-orchestra rehearsal every week keep growing. Our Maestro is ready to fly in Indonesia from France.
Only money can possibly stop us from succeeding in this concert. There is no risk otherwise.
Realizing the 2nd Annual Concert is a necessary step for the continuation of our project. With the help from you, we can continue growing and achieve our primary goal, not just for the coming up concert, but for the further future.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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