Sumunar Gamelan Ensemble was established in 2002 to promote understanding of and appreciation for Indonesian music, dance, and culture through education and performance. Directed by Joko Sutrisno, Sumunar offers community classes in Javanese gamelan and dance; school residencies that teach traditional music, dance, and puppetry; and public performances of music, dance, and wayang kulit (shadow puppets).
Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, Sumunar is part of the Indonesian Performing Arts Association of Minnesota, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.
A graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts in Surakarta, Central Java, Joko is an accomplished Javanese gamelan performer, composer and teacher. He directed the gamelan ensemble at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, before coming to Minnesota in 1995. He has collaborated with Katha Dance Theater, Ragamala Music and Dance Theater, Zeitgeist and Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater. Joko is currently consulting director for the student gamelan ensembles at The University of South Dakota, Vermilion; Minnesota State University, Moorhead; Concordia College, Moorhead; and Hamilton College in New York.
Tri Sutrisno, a talented Indonesian dance performer, choreographer and teacher, began learning dance at the age of seven, continuing her formal training as a student of Bapak Mulyoni, Dance Master in the court of Java. Before coming to Minnesota, she taught and performed in Indonesia and New Zealand. She has collaborated with dance groups in the Twin Cities including CAAM Chinese Dance Theater, Opera Millennium and Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater.
This program is free of cost for NMM Members!
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