Sumunar invites you to experience the rich sounds, stories and traditions of Indonesia! Whether you come to a performance, take a class, join a performing ensemble, or volunteer, we look forward to seeing you!

 

Happy Holidays!

 

Best wishes from Sumunar to all our friends of gamelan music and Indonesian dance. We hope you have a happy and peaceful holiday season. Thanks for your support throughout the past year. Keep tuned ; we have a number of exciting performances and events coming up next year.


Sumunar wins Knight Foundation Grant

 

NEWS FLASH!! SUMUNAR is a winner of the Knight Foundation St. Paul Arts Challenge!! This grant, plus matching funds from other sources, will support a unique collaboration of Sumunar and Green T Productions in 2015. We will produce a "Minnesota Mini-Wayang," based on the traditional Indonesian shadow puppet play but with an original Minnesota story, played out by puppets, live actors, dancers, and a gamelan accompaniment. It will be entertainment for all ages, with an emphasis on fun-for those presenting and for those watching. We'll keep you informed as plans unfold after January 1.

Prince Rama's Journey a rousing success

  
In early November, Summunar in collaboration with with Green T productions presented a new production of stories from the Ramayana featuring actors and dancers accompanied by traditional gamelan at the Heart of the Beast Theater at 1500 E. Lake St. in Minneapolis. Enthusiastic audiences enjoyed the presentation, which included physical theater, Indonesian dance, and traditional gamelan music accompaning the entire show.

Synopsis: The evil Ravana kidnaps the virtuous Princess Sita, inciting an epic war between Ravana's legion of demons and Prince Rama's monkey army. In the end, honor and righteousness win out, Ravana is defeated, Rama and Sita are reunited, and peace is restored.

 

Here's a short video of highlights from the show:

 

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And here's a video of the entire 110-minute show:

 

 

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2014 Annual Meeting

 

Sumunar's annual membership meeting and picnic was held in Falcon Heights, MN on Sunday afternoon, September 14, 2014. It was a beautiful afternoon, and everyone had a great time. A new Board of Directors was elected, including Daniel Furuta and Aaron Victorin-Vangerud, who represent a valuable new perspective from the performing gamelan group.

The Friends of Sumunar award was presented to Vince Wharton and Anne von Bibra, who were among the charter members of the gamelan and dance ensembles, and who have supported Indonesian music and dance in Minnesota in many crucial ways including serving on the board of directors, hosting meetings in their home, providing financial support, and being leaders over the years.   



Como Park Concert

 On May 28, 2014, on a beautiful Spring evening, the Sumunar Dance and Gamelan Ensembles presented a concert at the outdoor pavillion on the shores of Como Lake. A large and enthusiastic crowd came to hear and see the free concert, which featured performances by both the youth and adult dancers. One of the crowd-pleasers was Pemut, a new piece composed by Joko Sutrisno and choreographed by Tri Sutrisno. This piece uses rhythms and movement from pop and rock music as well as traditional gamelan music and dance. Here's a short video of that piece:

 

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Spring Concert at Macalester a great success

 

On Sunday, May 4, Sumunar together with the Macalester Asian Music Ensemble gave a concert that offered music from India, China, Korea, Central Asia, and Indonesia in the beautiful, new Mairs Concert Hall at Macalester College.

Here's a clip from that event:

 

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Laughing Waters

Laughing Waters is a collaboration between Green T Productions and Summunar that was commissioned for the Minneapolis Mosaic show in 2011. 
Finally, we have audio and video files that match for this performance. The introduction by the MC gives more information about the origons and meaning of the story.

 

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Klenengan a success!

Klenengan: Music for Contemplation 
Sunday, January 26 
Sumunar Studio: 
Room 204, Ashton Building, 1549 University Avenue, St. Paul.
Time: 7-9 pm
Despite the arctic weather, a hardy audience enjoyed an 
informal evening of longer, meditative pieces for Javanese gamelan. They were immersed in the warm, rich textures of the gamelan while  relaxing from the extremely cold, busy world outside.

The Sumunar Gamelan Ensemble, directed by Joko Sutrisno, played traditional Javanese gendhing in an open and informal house concert. 

Everyone was welcome. They could come and go as they liked. Many brought a favorite pillow or book. They meditated, napped, knit, read, or just relaxed and envisioned the warm, tropical lands in which this music was invented.
Tea was served.

Free admission – but contributions were gratefully accepted.

Here's an excerpt from the Klenengan :

 

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Other recent concerts

Tengoro: I/We Identity in Community

Linwood/Monroe Arts Plus School

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Sumunar Indonesian Music and Dance
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013 

7:00 PM 
Linwood/Monroe Arts Plus
Upper School 
810 Palace Avenue, 
St. Paul, MN 55102

 

In November Sumunar provided an Indonesian music/ dance/culture residency at Linwood/Monroe Arts+ Upper School, funded by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. To culminate this experience, the Sumunar Gamelan and Dance Ensemble joined with Monroe students in a performance built on the theme of community as a joining of many identities. 

Performers:
Monroe 7th & 8th grade students
Sumunar Gamelan & Dance Ensemble

Artists Teachers
Joko Sutrisno, gamelan
Tri Sutrisno, dance
Eliza Rasheed, shadow puppetry

Program:

Pambuko – by Sumunar
Parisuko – gamelan by Sumunar
Gambyong Parianom – Dance by Sumunar
Merak- Dance by Sumunar
Wayang Kulit (shadow puppets) – Collaboration with Monroe
Ratnasari – Dance with Lcr. Sayuk – Collaboration with Monroe
Saman Dance – with Wong nDonyo - Collaboration with Monroe
Caping Dance - Collaboration with Monroe
Pangkur Pelog Barang – Music  by Sumunar Gamelan Ensemble

Admission free - Donations welcome
This event concluded an Indonesian arts/culture residency
funded by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
 



Open House

On Sunday, November 3, 2013, Sumunar, together with its new artistic partner, Green T Productions, held an open house to celebrate the grand opening  of its new studio in the Ashton Building at 1549 University Avenue in St. Paul. 

Here are some short video clips from the event. This video is also available on the Sumunar YouTube page at 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2JPTr3omdg&feature=youtu.be

The new location a little less than a block east of the corner of Snelling and University and across the street from the light rail station and McDonalds. There is public transit on both Snelling and University. The studio is about 1,000 square feet and has a storage room and office. Large windows overlooking University Ave. make it bright and inviting. Both gamelan and dance classes will take place in our new space. The main entrance is on University Ave. and there's also a door in the back to the parking lot. Check the class schedules on the Classes page to see when someone will be in the studio. 

Beginning in January, 2014, Sumunar will be sharing this space with Green T Productions, a theater group that uses traditional Asian performance styles as an inspiration to create a new approach. Its current show (a short excerpt of which is shown in our video) is a dance version of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which will be performed at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis November 15 through December 1. see http://www.greentproductions.org for more details.

 

Here are some photos taken during the move.  

 

Community Classes begin in October—check the “Classes” page. A Beginner’s Gamelan Class will be scheduled to start in January—please join us!