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Rumput plays kroncong (a string-band tradition from Indonesia) and explores parallel threads with other traditions, notably old-time string-band music of the United States and British Isles, and Indonesian gamelan.

Most of us are also members of Gamelan Raga Kusuma.

In Spring 2016 we helped to produce Shadow Ballads, an intensively collaborative performance involving old-time music duo Anna & Elizabeth, Balinese wayang (shadow-puppet) master Gusti Sudarta, and Javanese musicians Peni Candrarini and Danis Sugiyanto.

All the hand-drawn images on our web site come from a cranky/wayang painted by Katarina Cakova, presented at Bukan Musik Biasa #45 in Java, Spring 2015.

Hannah Standiford, bandleader
instruments:
voice, cak
web site:
Hannah Marie and the Bearded Ladies

Hannah is a singer-guitarist trained in jazz and classical music, with a lifelong interest in Americana. Hannah spent 9 months in 2014-2015 studying and playing kroncong music in Indonesia on a Darmasiswa scholarship.

Edward Breitner
role:
puppeteer

Edward is a writer and puppeteer living in Richmond. He collaborates around the city, recently working with All the Saints Theater Company and WRIR.

Kyle Dosier
instruments:
cuk, voice

Kyle grows food; teaches gardening classes; helps run a farmer’s market; plays music; and works with large numbers of engaged adults, students, and artists around Richmond on various projects. He has played Indonesian music since 2009.

Brian Larson
instruments:
percussion

Brian studied music at James Madison University and has performed with Gamelan Raga Kusuma and Rumput since their inception. He works as an attorney in Richmond, Virginia.

instruments:
selo/cello, guitar, pin-pia, voice
web site:
University of Richmond Department of Music

Associate Professor, Music/Ethnomusicology, University of Richmond. Andy directs Gamelan Raga Kusuma.

John Priestley
instruments:
guitar, voice
web site:
johnpriestley.net

John is a musician (Gamelan Raga Kusuma, colectivo caliban), software developer (VCU School of Medicine) and graduate of the Media Art & Text interdisciplinary PhD program at VCU.

Natalie Quick
instruments:
bass

Natalie has been living and playing music in the Richmond area since 2004. She studied classical guitar and religion at Virginia Commonwealth University, and plays in various rock, folk and classical groups around the city. Nat teaches guitar, ukulele and bass at Fan Guitar and Ukulele.

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instruments:
instrument
web site:
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Brandon Simmons
instruments:
flute
web site:
brandon.si

Brandon is a musician, programmer, and photographer living in Richmond. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied flute under Joshua Smith.

instruments:
fiddle
web site:
paulwillson.com

Paul Willson is based in Richmond, Virginia. He has released one album and three double-albums as a leader/primary composer. His work has been reviewed in RVA Mag and RVA News. Paul’s compositions cross into several genres. He sings, plays guitar, fiddle, sarod, and sarangi.

Jessica Zike
instruments:
voice

Jessica has studied Indonesian music for over 15 years in the US and Indonesia.