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USINDO Jakarta Open Forum September 7 2017 – “The Internationalization of Indonesian Arts and Gamelan in the U.S. and Other Countries”

USINDO and Jakarta Institute of Arts (IKJ) are pleased to announce an Open Forum on

The Internationalization of Indonesian Arts and Gamelan in the U.S. and Other Countries


Thursday, September 7, 2017

09:30 – 11:30
(Registration starts at 9:00)


Ruang Recital, Jakarta Institute of Arts (IKJ)
Gedung Musik Lt. 4, Fakultas Seni Pertunjukan
Kompleks Taman Ismail Marzuki No. 73
Jalan Cikini Raya, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat
(IKJ Campus and room entrance is located
on the narrow road left side of the XXI CinePlex TIM)

Globalization brought forth many opportunities for Indonesia, including the unanticipated prospect of cultural influence abroad through performance arts. The internationalization of Indonesian arts, either musical instruments, dance and visual arts, have been well-accepted by many countries including in the U.S.

For musical instruments, the gamelan specifically, there are close to two hundred sets of the instruments in the United States as of 2017, many of which maintain consistent performing groups. Furthermore, gamelan and its related arts now enjoy healthy affinity groups around the world, in places such Australia, the British Isles, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and New Zealand, to name a few. As gamelan has traveled to different parts of the world, it simultaneously carries with it parts of its cultural heritage from Indonesia and acquires new meaning overseas.

This forum explores some of the characteristics of the presence of gamelan in the United States, as well as the intersections of gamelan music and experimental composition. Using the case study of Gamelan Son of Lion, founded in 1976 and still active today, Mr. Jay M. Arms displays how they helped lead the way in developing a repertoire of American music for gamelan that draws on elements of Javanese and Balinese gamelan with American experimental music. Gamelan Son of Lion is among the oldest and longest running gamelan ensembles to champion new composition for gamelan in the United States.

Dr. Julianti Parani and Mr. Jay M. Arms will also cover central questions regarding the future of the Indonesian performance arts abroad: What are the forces shaping the future of Indonesian cultural presence in the international world? What kind of push and pull exists in creating gamelan and other Indonesian arts as global art forms? What kinds of artistic and cultural practices are shared across different communities in the U.S. and Indonesia? How will performance art serve and contribute towards the strengthening of Indonesia’s bilateral relationship with the United States?

For those who are interested in academic journal writing, please join us for a short and collaborative workshop session subsequently (10:30 – 11:30) on Tips and Techniques for Academic Journal Writing.*

*E-certificates are available and will be provided for attendees upon request.

To register, please kindly RSVP here, email to, or contact +62 813 1129 8780 no later than September 4, 2017, at 5:00 PM to attend this forum.