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Joko Susilo, Gamelan Padhang Moncar

Sat Jun 30th, 2018

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Indonesian tragedy inspires local performers

A tragedy this year in Cirebon Indonesia has brought together local Indonesian ensemble, Gamelan Padhang Moncar, and master shadow puppeteer, Joko Susilo, for a special fundraising performance for a small village in North West Java.
In April at a children's gamelan rehearsal in Gegesik Village a wall collapsed on the players, tragically killing seven children and their famous teacher dhalang (puppeteer) Mas Herman Basaril. Gamelan is a traditional music of Indonesia that is based on ensembles of bronze percussion instruments and gongs and is used to accompany shadow theatre shows that are a sophisticated high art form.
Local composer and gamelan enthusiast, Gareth Farr, is among the artists donating their services to raise money for this cause: This sad event has had a traumatic effect on this small village and has also been felt by gamelan players around the world.
Wellington's connection with Cirebon dates back to 1974 when Allan Thomas visited the region and returned with the first gamelan instruments to New Zealand, named 'The First Smile'.
This ensemble is still played today by a local Wellington group who have embarked on a fund-raising campaign to send support and aid to Gegesik village and the families affected by the tragedy. Plans are already underway in the village to purchase a new gamelan and dedicate it to the memory of those who died.
The main entertainment at this fundraiser event will be a wayang kulit (shadow theatre show) telling the story of 'The Fall of Gathutkaca' from the Indian epic Mahabharata. A war is raging between the royal cousins Pandawa and Korawa and Prince Abimanyo is killed. Furious, Gathutkaca heads into battle, bidding his pregnant wife Pergiwa farewell. Gathutkaca is tragically slain by the magic arrow called Wijayan Danu.
It will be performed by dhalang Ki Joko Susilo, an 8th generation shadow puppeteer now resident in Dunedin with live music from the local group, Gamelan Padhang Moncar of the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington. The story will be presented in English, and with a wicked sense of humour, and is suitable for all ages.
This fundraising event is supported by the New Zealand School of Music. All proceeds will be sent directly to Cirebon.
You are invited to attend what promises to be a spirited occasion, and to contribute generously to the funds.
A Wayang for Cirebon, Saturday 30 June, 7pm
Adam Concert Room, NZ School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington.

$30 per adult. School aged children are free.
To purchase tickets, please:
• Deposit $30 per ticket in Kiwibank account 38-9008-0423092-01
Please include your name and number of tickets required when making the deposit.
• Email to make the booking and confirm the deposit has been lodged. You will receive an email reply of confirmation, and this will function as an entry ticket.
Door sales are strictly limited.
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Joko Susilo, Gamelan Padhang Moncar

Louis Baker

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