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Traditional Music in New Spaces: Promoting Indonesian Music in The United States

August 9, 2018 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Asia/Jakarta


Pacific Place Mall, Level 3 SCBD, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 52-53, Jakarta Selatan, 12190

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are pleased to invite you to an Open Forum on:


Traditional Music in New Spaces:

Promoting Indonesian Music in The United States




Thursday , August 9, 2018

17:00 19:00

(Featuring an Angklung Performance and discussion)



Pacific Place Mall, Level 3 SCBD Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Kav. 52-53 Jakarta Selatan


Revitalization is taking place for the often-overlooked traditional Indonesian music. It has become more popular as a cross-cultural tool for education and community-building. In the United States, many Americans’ first encounter with Indonesia is often through performance art, specifically music performance. There have been many examples of this – in Washington DC, the Freer – Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution has held the Performing Indonesia festival in multiple years, where Angklung, gamelan, and other Indonesian music communities perform in front of American audiences.

More than 100 Javanese and Balinese gamelan ensembles exist in the United States – many are even officially housed under universities’ music departments. Many ethnomusicologists from the U.S. lean towards Indonesian music as their research focus and expertise due to its artistic complexity, cultural and historical value, and scarcity of exposure abroad. And, to the wonderment of many Indonesians, genres such as keroncong and gambang kromong are popularized by Indonesians and Americans alike within the United States.

In this Open Forum, we will feature expert practitioners who are promoting traditional Indonesian music in the United States. They will discuss such questions as: How have American audiences responded to Indonesian traditional music in the U.S? What efforts have been made by institutions, community groups, and individuals to preserve and promote traditional Indonesian music in the U.S.? Why and how do traditional Indonesian music communities incorporate American culture in the United States? What is the impact of this cultural exchange for Americans and Indonesians? What are the potential ways the U.S. and Indonesia can increase cooperation through traditional music promotion and collaboration?

To discuss these questions, USINDO in cooperation with U.S. Embassy Jakarta—@america and AMINEF—Fulbright invites you for an afternoon of performance featuring Sanggarku children, an organization promoting and educating youth with creative activities, and discussion with experts on this field: Ms. Tricia Sumarijanto, a key Angklung promoter in the United States and conductor of House of Angklung and Ms. Hannah Standiford, Fulbright Scholarship recipient and US-based Orkes Keroncong Rumput singer.

To register, please kindly RSVP here, or email to no later than Wednesday, August 8 at 12.00 PM to attend this Open Forum.

Speakers’ Bio:

Tricia Sumarijanto is one of the only leading public figures in Angklung education in the United States, and is most well-known for her work with House of Angklung, a community performance group in Washington DC with an extensive performance portfolio. Previously, the group has performed in places including the World Bank, the Smithsonian, and the National Indonesian Diaspora Convention in New Orleans. She is one of the co-founders of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Rumah Indonesia, based in Washington, DC, United States. She is also the founder of the program Angklung Goes To School, implemented in schools around the Washington DC Metro Area, including the states of Maryland and Virginia. The program is listed in the Culture and Performance Arts Catalogue of Montgomery County Public Schools. Tricia completed her Master’s Degree in Organizational Science from George Washington University in 2010 and graduated as a Master of Management UI and Public Relations FISIP UI. Tricia is currently a board member of University of Indonesia Alumni Association (ILUNI) – USA Chapter.

Hannah Standiford is a performer, writer and arranger currently studying Indonesian keroncong music under a Fulbright Student Research Grant. Her interest in Indonesian music began when she joined Gamelan Raga Kusuma in 2013 under the direction of Dr. Andy McGraw. In 2014, Hannah was awarded a Darmasiswa scholarship to study karawitan at Institut Seni Indonesia in Solo, Java. Once she returned to America, she created a keroncong group called Rumput. Rumput explores the parallel string traditions of old-time Appalachian music and has collaborated with Gusti Sudarta, Anna & Elizabeth, Peni Candra Rini, Danis Sugiyanto and Ubiet Raseuki. Before Fulbright, Hannah taught private guitar lessons and became a Board Certified Music Therapist. In the Fall of 2018, Hannah will begin a PhD program in ethnomusicology at Pittsburgh University.