Java Tour, July 2018!

We’re launching our new project, Akar, with a tour of Java featuring crankies, storytelling, songs, and international collaborators.

Beyond the simple pleasure of of performing beautiful music and shadow theater, Rumput’s mission has been intercultural communion through study and collaboration. Last year we traveled to Java on the extraordinary opportunity of an invited 12-day residency. The timing lined up fortuitously with Andy’s academic research in Bali and the departure of three of our members for a year of intensive study in Java — Hannah on a Fulbright scholarship to study keroncong, Natalie on a Darmasiswa scholarship to study gamelan, and Edward on a Darmasiswa to study wayang (shadow puppetry). We got to escort them overseas, play music together, immerse ourselves in the local culture, and collaborate with enormously talented Javanese musicians.

This summer we’re mounting a similar journey on the other end of our scholars’ study year. But this time we’re traveling on our own steam, with our own agenda, rather than on a sponsored, curated, and all-expenses-paid trip. This will enable us to dig deeper into the highly localized cultures of several Indonesian cities.

Detail from Beth Reid’s “Brer Rabbit” crankie. Photo by Robert Parrish.

Rumput at InLight 2017

Rumput was featured in InLight 2017, a juried outdoor public festival of illuminated art with an international draw. Many thanks to our fabulous crankie artist Beth Reid for putting together the application, and to sound & vision designer Greyson Goodenow for making us look so spectacular the photographers couldn’t keep away. (Fully 28% of the 7 photos featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch gallery were of us!)

Thanks also to photographers Robert Parrish (freelance) and James H. Wallace (Richmond Times-Dispatch).

Grace Street Theater show with Gamelan Raga Kusuma, dancers, and more!

Poster by Lee Wall, raison

Come celebrate 10 years of Gamelan Raga Kusuma at the anniversary concert!  This show features a highly diverse survey of Indonesian arts, and is kid-friendly.  Get your tickets while you can!

Update 2017-03-20:

Fantastic show to a capacity crowd at GST!  Here we are performing in front of our beloved Javanese and Balinese gamelan instruments from Gamelan Raga Kusuma, and the public debut of the rabbit from our newest crankie, “Silver Dagger” by Hannah Marie Standiford:

Open call for crankie artists!

Rumput is seeking an artist to produce a crankie (panoramic scrolling artwork) to accompany a song for our live shows.  Submit a proposal including a brief outline of your concept and a miniature scroll as a work sample — any size or medium (receipt paper, electronic file, etc.)

One artist will be chosen to create a full-sized crankie to be used in live performance. We will provide a 36” tall roll of Tyvek for the final piece. (You’re free to use other materials too, but it must be as tough and translucent as Tyvek.)  If we use your work you will receive a percentage of the proceeds every time it is used.

Proposal Deadline: March 24th

Contact: info@rumputband.com
More info on crankies:  http://thecrankiefactory.com

Shadow Ballads

In April 2016 we toured with Shadow Ballads — a collaborative music and shadow theater performance involving Balinese master puppeteer Gusti Sudarta, master Javanese kroncong musicians Peni Candrarini and Danis Sugiyanto, and old-time Appalachian balladeers Anna & Elizabeth. This production incorporated new arrangements of traditional Indonesian and Appalachian music as well as a newly produced crankie based on The Ramayana.  We performed at The University of Richmond, Cornell, Wake Forest, Bucknell, the Indonesian Consulate in NYC and the Indonesian Embassy in DC.

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