Focus on gamelan
It is impossible to approach Indonesian music without starting with the gamelan, its most emblematic ensemble. Composed of gongs, metallophones, drums and other percussive instruments of all genres to which flutes, stringed instruments and even voices can be added, the gamelan has had a huge influence on Western and international music.
Already a thousand-year tradition, the gamelan has lost none of its freshness or relevance: musicians continue to invent new instruments and the repertoire continues to evolve with contemporary and experimental compositions.
Four legendary names have accepted the invitation to demonstrate the immense diversity of the gamelan: A. L. Suwardi, I Wayan Gde Yudane, Rahayu Supanggah and Iwan Gunawan.
The latter is participating in a unique project organized by the festival: Moondog for Gamelan. In collaboration with Stefan Lakatos, he and his ensemble will play the music of Moondog on a gamelan especially built for the occasion.