Album release!

Our self-titled debut album is available for streaming and FREE downloads on bandcamp!

Album artwork by Beth Reid

As we prepared to enter a new phase of intensive study of Indonesian music, we decided to document our progress so far by spending a few hours at Montrose Recording.  It turned out even better than we’d hoped, and we can’t wait for you to hear it!


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

More info on crankies:

Rumput live on WRIR

WRIR selfie

We dropped in to play a set for WRIR-LP-FM’s Fall Fund Drive.  Many thanks to Alan Coberly of The New Breakfast Snob!

00:32:00 — Introduction to kroncong
00:32:44 — Walang Kekek
00:38:15 — Jali-Jali
00:51:40 — Valley Forge / Walking Up Georgia Row
00:58:48 — Wedang Kacang
01:03:04 — Nyi Roro Kidul
01:09:00 — Band introduction
01:16:20 — How Come That Blood

Live performance videos

Photo by Ron Karnes. L-R: Jesse Wells – violin; Jessica Zike – voice; Brian Larson – percussion, hammered dulcimer; John Priestley – guitar, voice; Hannah Standiford – cak, voice; Andy McGraw – selo, guitar, pin-pia; Kyle Dosier – cuk, voice; Natalie Quick – bass ukelele.


We recorded a few demos and documented the process on video.

First gig: The Indonesian Embassy!

Our first gig was before a discerning audience — staff and guests of the Indonesian Embassy at the Ambassador’s residence in Washington D.C.

Indonesian Amabassador's residence, Spring 2015.
Indonesian Amabassador’s residence, Spring 2015. Photo by Nyoman Saptanyana. L-R: Paul Fleisher (bass), Andy McGraw (cello), Jesse Wells (violin), Jessica Zike (voice), Brian Larson (hammered dulcimer), Kyle Dosier (cuk), Hannah Standiford (voice, guitar), John Priestley (cak).

News article with many high-quality photos featuring Gamelan Raga Kusuma and various performers from the Indonesian community: Banjar Bali USA celebrates Dharma Shanti at Indonesian Embassy Residence