Established in 1980, Friends of the Gamelan is led by American Alex Yoffe, who spent several years studying in Solo, Indonesia Their grant will bring Darsono Hadiraharjo and Heni Savitri (Javanese professional musicians based in Connecticut and California) as well as experienced American musician Mark Benamou (Indiana) to amplify their annual Spring concert in 2021 and conduct workshops to improve the group's skills.
Based in New York, NY, Gamelan Kusuma Laras is a group formed at the Indonesian Consulate 37 years ago that seeks to foster the development and appreciation of traditional Javanese orchestral music across the country by private study, rehearsal, and public performance.
GKL's grant will be for the production and editing of video and audio based on a November 2011 performance, “What Makes It Great” with Rob Kapilow at Lincoln Center as part of the White Light Festival. The performance will be shared online and on social media. During that performance, Mr. Rob Kapilow, along with GKL's Artistic Director, Mr. I.M. Harjito, described the essence of a classical Javanese orchestral
(“gamelan”) musical composition in layman’s terms to an audience who had never heard classical Indonesian music before.