Shadow Ballads

A wonderful collaboration by Indonesian and American performers explores the resonances between Indonesian and Appalachian cultures.
Elements of Javanese and Balinese gamelan, wayang and keroncong are combined with Appalachian music and crankie, an old story telling form, similar to Wayang Beber, where a long illustrated scroll is wound onto two spools and moved behind a viewing screen.

The narrative is from The Ramayana..

More information at (http://shadowballads.com)

Komunitas Keroncong Anak Jombang SKF 2015

Young musicians dominated this year’s keroncong festival. Many of the groups were made up of young players who presented their own versions of keroncong. They adapted modern musical sounds and incorporated different instruments to create lively, entertaining keroncong.
Hope you enjoy the talented Komunitas Keroncong Anak Jombang (KKAJ).

Keroncong Song Competition 2014

Solo has just hosted the second national keroncong song competition. The aims of the contest were to encourage keroncongers to create new arrangements of old songs and to compose new songs complete with instrumental accompaniment.
The three categories were:
* Sing a keroncong song
* Compose a keroncong asli song
* Compose a keroncong langgam song

Vocal applicants submitted a demo recording of themselves singing while accompanied by at least one instrument. Composers sent in a demo of their song being performed – the vocalist accompanied by at least one instrument; a copy of the lyrics and notation (balok or angka); proof that the work was original and hadn’t been previously published. All songs had to be in Indonesian language.

The finals were held on November 22. The jury of keroncong experts, Liliek Jasqee, Adit Kelana dan Tuti Maryati, assessed and gave feedback to all entrants.

Finalists in the vocal section Rizky Andhika (Karanganyar), Sheila Ayu Mustikarani (Klaten), Rizky Nurfazri (Jakarta), Reni Wulansari (Jakarta),and Panji Kusuma (Semarang) performed Keroncong Pejuang Sejati plus a song chosen by the jury.

Finalists in the keroncong asli section were Damai Negeriku by Purwanto (Sleman), Senandung Rindu by Adji Muska (Semarang), Pesona Keroncong by Reni Wulansari (Blora), Tumpah Darahku by Johnny Sulu (Jakarta), and Nusantaraku by Harry Yamba (Jakarta).

Finalists in keroncong langgam section were Gesang by Mamad S. Dahry (Jogja), Bintang Jadi Saksi by Darwati (Jogja), Kau Putus Harapanku by Anna Lidia (Solo), Kota Bandung Tanah Pasundan by Dwiono Hermantoro (Karanganyar), and Kenangan by Rini Sumardi (Bekasi).

Total prize money was Rp 67.500.000,00 and winning works were recorded in a compilation album with composer’s rights.

OK De Oemar Bakrie at SKF 2014

One of the liveliest groups at SKF 2014 was OK De Oemar Bakrie from Bandung. This large ensemble of mainly university students played violin, cak and cuk, guitars, cello, double bass, Sundanese flute and kecapi drums, guitars, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone and trombone. The characteristic sound of keroncong Bandung is in part due to the inclusion of regional instruments and a brass section.

OK De Oemar Bakrie incorporated elements of jazz and world music (eg Latin American) into their rhythms and melodies and featured extended instrumental solos. They obviously had fun while entertaining the very appreciative audience at the SKF.

Click below to sample the variety in their keroncong
Solo Kota Pusaka – D’Oemar Bakrie dalam SKF 2014 – YouTube.
(composer – a member of the group, singer – a compere of SKF 2014)
Mojang Priyangan D’Oemar Bakrie dalam SKF 2014 – YouTube.
(song from Sunda, West Java)
SKF 2014 – Kota Bandung [Keroncong] De Oemar Bakrie – YouTube.
(lively modern version of a regional song)