$50 – $60

Building the Bundengan of Wonosobo

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Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation

806-814 Swanston Street

Carlton, VIC 3053

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Making Connections, in collaboration with the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Faculty of Arts of the University of Melbourne presents:

Instrument-building workshop:
Building the Bundengan of Wonosobo

A one-day workshop promoting hands-on exchanges of music and conservation knowledge between communities in Indonesia and Australia.

Join us to discover the bundengan, an endangered and unusual instrument from the mountains of Wonosobo, Central Java. Learn how to convert the traditional bamboo umbrella into an instrument varyingly described as “a musical cape”, “the poor man’s gamelan”, and “a bamboo prepared piano”. The unique organology of bundengan, a large instrument carried on the body and played by sitting within its confines, promotes an intimate sensory experience shared by the instrument-builder, musician and audience.

Musicians and instrument-makers from Wonosobo will teach participants to make the musical elements from bamboo materials, and then to assemble and tune the bundengan instrument.

Presenters:

Sa’id Abdulloh, Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI Solo)

Luqmanul Chakim, Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI Solo)

Mulyani, Ngesti Laras Foundation, Wonosobo

Programme:

Morning
Introduction to the music and acoustics of Bundengan
Introduction to the materials, components and techniques of Bundengan
Making and installation of the strings and stops

Lunch (included in ticket price)

Afternoon
Making and installation of the kendang (slim bamboo plucks that serve as drums)
Tuning the Bundengan
Introduction to Bundengan playing

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This workshop is part of the Making Connections festival of events in Sydney and Melbourne.

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PARTNERS + COLLABORATORS

This workshop is made possible through the generous contributions of the Faculty Indonesia Strategy Group and the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies of The University of Melbourne.

Making Connections gratefully acknowledge the support of our principal partner Helen Soemardjo Arts Fund; partners Monash University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney, Universitas Gadjah Mada, and Mosman Art Gallery; and collaborators Ngesti Laras Foundation and Aural Archipelago.

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806-814 Swanston Street

Carlton, VIC 3053

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