A Wayang for Cirebon

A Wayang for Cirebon

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Event type: Music Events

30 June 2018 from 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm 30th Jun 2018 7:00pm 30th Jun 2018 8:30pm

Adam Concert Room

Tickets $30. School aged children are free.

Gamelan with puppet show

The New Zealand School of Music is pleased to support this fundraising event

In April 2018 a gamelan rehearsal in Gegesik village, Cirebon, NW Java, was struck by tragedy when a wall adjacent to the rehearsal space collapsed on top of the players, killing seven youngsters, aged between 12 –15 years, and their teacher, dhalang Mas Herman Basari.

Allan Thomas brought the first gamelan to New Zealand from Cirebon in 1974. Later named The First Smile, the ensemble is still played by a local Wellington group who are embarking on a fund-raising campaign to send support to Gegesik village and families affected by the tragedy. Plans are already underway there to purchase a new gamelan, and dedicate it to the memory of those who died.

The programme for this concert will include:
* A wayang kulit (shadow puppet show), The Fall of Gathutkaca, performed by dhalang Ki Joko Susilo, accompanied by Gamelan Padhang Moncar of the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington. Dr. Joko Susilo is a celebrated dhalang, Indonesian traditional shadow puppet-master, the eighth generation in his family. He has lived with his New Zealand family and taught gamelan in Dunedin for over 25 years, but is often in demand for wayang kulit performances and gamelan teaching abroad.
* Ambassador Bapak Tantowi Yahya will also perform as part of the event.
* Refreshments

You are invited to attend what promises to be a spirited occasion, and to contribute generously to the funds.

For further information contact
Jennifer Shennan jennifershennan@xtra.co.nz
Budi Putra budisputra@gmail.com
Jo Hilder hilderjom@gmail.com

Tickets are $30 per adult. School aged children are free.

To purchase tickets, please
1. Deposit $30 per ticket in Kiwibank account 38-9008-0423092-01
Please include your name and number of tickets required when making the deposit.
2. Email thefirstsmilegamelan@gmail.com 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