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Amsterdam, 8 November 2016: Rumah Gamelan di Negeri Belanda

Hujan rintik di malam dingin bulan November di Amsterdam. Tetapi itu tidak menyurutkan niat lima belas orang dari berbagai bangsa ini untuk berlatih memainkan orkestra tradisional Jawa. Di antara mereka ada Ivy, seorang perempuan paruh baya Cina Suriname yang telah bermain gamelan selama 20 tahun. Dia piawai memainkan slenthem, instrumen tetabuhan berupa barisan lembaran logam tipis yang menghasilkan dengungan rendah. Matanya setengah terpejam dan kepalanya bergoyang-goyang lambat, manakala tangan kanannya mengayunkan pemukul, dan tangan kirinya me-matet, atau menahan getaran lembaran perunggu agar suara yang dihasilkan tetap terkontrol. Sedangkan Ruth Jaeger yang berasal dari Köln di Jerman rela datang jauh-jauh ke Amsterdam setiap Selasa untuk berlatih gamelan. Di negaranya sendiri memang ada grup gamelan, tetapi dia menemukan permainan di Amsterdam ini lebih bervariasi dan menantang. Di sini, dimainkan gending yang cepat maupun lambat; yang mudah seperti Menthog-Menthog sampai yang sulit seperti Palaran, yang menuntut kerja sama tingkat tinggi antara vokal, kendang, ketuk kenong, dan gong. Ada pula Gabriela, yang kecintaannya terhadap gamelan berawal dari kebiasaan. Rumah wanita asli Belanda itu berada di dekat Het Gamelanhuis—tempat grup gamelan ini berlatih—dan sejak lama dia sering mendengar dengung alunan orang berlatih gamelan, yang begitu magis terus bergema sampai ke alam mimpinya. Itu membuatnya tertarik [...]

November 22, 2016 // 6 Comments

Surabaya Highlight (2013): How Much Are You Willing to Let Go?

19 April 2013 Surabaya Highlight   http://surabayahighlight.com/highlights-of-the-week/newcomers-in-town/third-cultured/how-much-are-you-willing-to-let-go How Much Are You Willing to Let Go? Surabaya – “There’s no end to traveling, it is all about how well we understand places that we have visited,” an afternoon talk during lunch with Agustinus Wibowo is such an eye opener for lucky Surabaya Highlight. Agustinus Wibowo is a travel writer and freelance journalist that was born and raised in Lumajang, East Java. In his short visit to Surabaya, he agreed to meet us and share his inspiring life to Surabaya Highlight’s readers. Coming from a small town of Lumajang, Agus had a dream to someday see the world outside his hometown. “Children would run around screaming to a plane passing by. I always watch Dunia Dalam Berita, because that was the only chance I had to see the world since there was no internet or other programs,” his vivid explanation made us picturing how it was back then when Agus was a child. Such limitation did not conquer his passion on the outside world because at his fifth grade of elementary school, he started exchanging letters to pen pal around the world. Amazingly, in his early age he made friends with 70 [...]

April 19, 2013 // 0 Comments