Who would have ever thought Buffalo would be home to one of the most impressive ensembles in Javanese Gamelan wayang kulit shadow puppets and instruments, outside indonesia? Through a Herculean effort of Nusantara Arts volunteers, board members and executive director Matt Dunning, a 7,000-pound shipment of bjavanese ronze Gamelan instruments and a collection of 207 wayang kulit shadow puppets, arrived in Buffalo, just in time to be unpacked and assembled for a highly anticipated performance.
“This is Nusantara Arts’ first major exhibition of Javanese gamelan music since before Covid began, and we are thrilled to be back in style, with bronze instruments, new compositions and a fantastic guest artist. We take this opportunity to honor our new gamelan in his new home with this “Selamatan” event which is a traditional celebration for friends and neighbors. Join us as we enter a new stage in our history and for a wonderful evening of music and culture.
As for the event itself, it includes a Gamelan music performance and a celebration of Selamatan, with special guest Pak Wakidi Dwidjomartono on Thursday, December 16 at 7 p.m. at St. John Grace Episcopal Church.
Pak Wakidi Dwidjomartono, one of the best living Javanese gamelan musicians – highly sought after for his amazing drumming throughout Central Java – will perform. The musician is in the United States on a rare visit from Indonesia. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a true master of gamelan and a living legend.
Nusantara Arts will perform compositions from the Central Javanese traditional repertoire, as well as a set of three new compositions (out of 12) commissioned by Nusantara Arts during Covid and written by some of the most exciting Javanese composers currently working including: IM Harjito, Pardiman Joyonegoro and Ki Jungkung Darmoyo
“Selamatan: tickets” and “housewarming tickets” include a special Indonesian snack box, sweet and savory pieces.
All spectators must be vaccinated and masked during the performance. Please be prepared to show proof of vaccination at the door. Seats will be distributed around the room. Unvaccinated children under the age of vaccine eligibility must be accompanied by their parents.
Pod seats: If you want to sit with your family and friends, buy your tickets together, tickets bought together will count as a “pod”.
Tickets available: nuantaraarts.networkforgood.com
Funding for this performance is generously sponsored by the Cullen Foundation