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Demonstration: Popular Music from Java - Keroncong

  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Level B1 Lobby) 1050 Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20560 (map)

Indonesian guest artists Danis Sugiyanto on violin and vocalist Endah Laras join the American keroncong band Rumput to demonstrate and discuss the traditional string band music of Indonesia and its connection to the arrival of Portuguese sailors and freed slaves to the archipelago in the sixteenth century. Keroncong’s mellow, jaunty tunes feature vocals, violin, flute, guitar, cello, string bass, and the ukulele-like instruments called cak and cuk. The Rumput band toured Indonesia in 2017 and 2018.

These performances are part of “Performing Indonesia” and are presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Indonesia.

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