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Yogyakarta part 3

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

kealiiWow, it’s been an amazing couple of days filled with great food and art!  Each of the four fellows on this program is teaching at a different school in the Yogyakarta area and we’ve been doing joint performances at these schools.  One of the fellows is kumu hula Keali’i Ceballos and my favorite part of the presentation is watching all the students and teachers squeal in delight as he makes his scantily clad entrance.  Then when the hips start swaying it’s sheer pandemonium…

Another fun part of the presentation is playing taiko for Viji Prakash’s dance as she tells the story of Arjuna and Krishna from the Mahabarata.  Every school we have gone to has gone out of their way to make us feel welcome and appreciated.  The performances have been packed and it’s been great sharing the stage with such a diverse group of artists and getting such positive feedback from the students we present to.

We’ve also been teaching everyday and I have a really great group of students.  They have been so eager to learn and it has been a real joy teaching them.  So far we’ve gotten through “Renshu Taiko” in just four days!  Of course I would be lost without my two new friends Tony and Sigit who have the job of translating for me and making sure I get from one place to the other.  All of our support staff here in Yogya has been so good to us and we would be so lost without them.

Yogyakarta part 2

Monday, January 26th, 2009

imogiri1Today was the first day of teaching of teaching at the schools we’ll be at for the next three weeks.  The school I’m teaching at is in Imogiri an area that was hit hard by the 2006 earthquake.

I had the students make practice taiko from tires and tape and had them sand and prepare their batchi.  I have 25 students from three schools in the area and they are a really great group of kids.

After dinner I went out with two new friends Toni and Sigit to check out the local jazz scene.  I didn’t know what to expect but it was really cool.  There is a whole community of young musicians in Yogya that are really into jazz.  Every Monday night they gather to play at this outdoor cafe and I had a lot of fun improvising and talking with some of the local musicians.  Yogya is one of the art centers of Java and It seems like everyone I meet here is into the arts in some way. The more I see of the music scene here the more I’m falling in love with this place.

Yogyakarta part 1

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

yogya_graffiti1Whew…  So the day that Kris and Maz got back to Los Angeles from the East Coast I headed to LAX for a red-eye flight..  Twenty some odd hours later Viji, Craig (two of the other fellows on this program) and I landed in Yogyakarta.  I’ll be spending the next three weeks here teaching middle school children taiko and giving performance, lecture demo and workshops with the three other fellows.  This program was put together by the amazing Judy Mitoma and the Center for Intercultural Performance, the same organization who organized the APPEX program that I was lucky enough be a part of back in 2006.

world_crossover_posterThis morning we met with Jeannie Park another of the organizers of this program and headed to the theater in order to prepare for tonight’s concert “World Crossover”.  The concert was hosted by ISI Yogakarta, this area’s performing arts college, and featured a folk dance group from Hungary, a contemporary dance troupe from Malaysia’s National Arts Academy, a tango duo from Argentina, a collaboration between four well known Indonesian musicians and a short performance by each of the Center for Intercultural Performance fellows.  It was a lot of fun to be a part of.

My favorite part of the concert was the improvisational piece featuring four well known Indonesian musicians: I Wayan Sadra, Trustho, Djaduk Ferianto and Sapto Raharjo.  Using a combination of traditional instruments, found objects, and samplers, they created these beautiful landscapes and scenes that flowed effortlessly from one to the other.  Each musician was so tasteful and sensitive it was the kind of music that musicians love.

It’s really great being back in Indonesia and I’ll post more soon!

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