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Gamelan Kusuma Laras: Music and Dance of Central Java
Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia
New York, NY
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Gamelan Kusuma Laras: Music and Dance of Central Java
Travel Advisory for Sunday performance:

For those planning to attend the Sunday 4pm gamelan performance, please be aware that the Celebrate Israel Parade will be taking place from 11am to 4pm along Fifth Avenue. The parade route will cover Fifth Avenue from 57th to 74th Streets.

Please allow extra time to get to the Sunday concert and consider taking public transportation options in order to avoid road closures.

I.M. Harjito, Artistic Director
Anang Totok Dwiantoro, Special Guest Dancer

Gamelan Kusuma Laras is a classical Javanese gamelan orchestra based in New York City that performs music, dance, and theatre from the classical repertoire of the courts of Central Java. The orchestra was formed over 30 years ago to study and present Indonesian performing arts to American audiences. Kusuma Laras has entranced music and dance lovers a with their authentic performances on instruments created especially for the Indonesia Pavilion at the World's Fair of 1964-65 in New York.

The ensemble, led by artistic director I.M. Harjito, has been active in the New York City cultural scene since its inception. Over the years, the ensemble has performed at venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, Symphony Space, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bard College, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Lincoln Center, and the Jogjakarta International Gamelan Festival. Our 2015 spring concert will feature a dance performance by Anang Totok Dwiantoro.

I.M. Harjito is one of the finest Javanese musicians practicing today.  He is a graduate of Indonesia's state conservatory for the traditional performing arts, where he worked closely with one of the major figures of 20th-century Javanese music, R. Ng. Martopangrawit.  Harjito has directed gamelan ensembles in Indonesia, the United States, Canada, and Australia.  He is also a composer of traditional and innovative works for gamelan and other instruments.  For the past twenty-five years he has been a faculty member at Wesleyan University.  

Anang Totok Dwiantoro graduated from STSI, Indonesia's state conservatory for the traditional performing arts in Surakarta, Central Java. He is known for his mastery of the strong male style of Central Javanese court dance. He lives in Washington, D.C., where he is director and founder of a dance troupe. He has performed all over the U.S., both with his troupe and as a solo artist.


Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia (View)
5 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065
United States




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On BPT Since: Mar 22, 2015
Anne Stebinger

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