Surely what drew me to Indonesia was the gamelan. A connection through years of practice with the New York new-music group “Son Of Lion.” And there I met three marvelous musicians and played with them, drawn together by shared mind-in-the-moment music making – the only way it becomes an “universal language.”
ears/bodies in surakarta
yasudah s. – on his home-made percussion instruments (yasfon and yastick) and kitchen implements
susana miranti kroeber and phoebe neville – dancing
april 18, 1997
01. april 18, 1997 02. may 3, 1997
He first found me… moving with his drums across the pendopo at the Arts Academy in Surakarta to where I was with my gongs – a little private duo in the mass movement of a session with Suprapto. We continued, of course. And still do (over the distance). Luckily we had our wives to dance with – musicians of the body. At-home performances just-for-us. Preserved miraculously.
gong/body/voice in jakarta with restu
restu kusumaningrum – dancing and singing
philip corner – gongs (collection of tony prabowo)
july 12-16, 1996
01. july 12, 1996 part 1 02. july 12, 1996 part 2 03. july 12, 1996 part 3 04. july 13, 1996 part 1 05. july 13, 1996 part 2 06. july 15, 1996 07. july 16, 1996
As you can hear, she sings too as she moves. Imagine her dance as beautiful as her voice… and as she is.
The benefit of a week of friendship which included the visit to her uncle Ari and his fields of red bamboo!
jakarta and jalu, plus phoebe
jalu pratidina – percussion
phoebe neville – dancing
philip corner – percussion
april 22-23, 1996
01. april 22, 1996 – percussion and rain 02. april 23, 1996 – percussion, voicings, ankle bells, leaves
He was well-known as a rock drummer so he set down the groove for my fellows of the workshop at the Jakarta Academy when we played at that pop festival. I see that he continues (he should! being so much younger than I).