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Rumput plays kroncong (a string-band tradition from Indonesia) and explores parallel threads with other traditions, especially 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.

Danis Sugiyanto, Guest Artistic Director
instruments:
all of them

Mas Danis is a visiting Fulbright Scholar with dual appointments teaching Javanese gamelan at William & Mary and the University of Richmond. He has joined Rumput during his semester-long residency.

Born to a renowned family of musicians in Solo, Java, Mr. Sugiyanto has been an active performer of traditional gamelan, kroncong and experimental music since his early teens. He graduated in 1995 with a BA from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Solo, earning his MA there in 2003 and immediately joined the permanent faculty. He has performed extensively in Asia, Australia, America and Europe. He was a featured musician in Robert Wilson’s I La Galigo and has performed extensively with artists including I Wayan Sadra, Slamet Gundana, Dedek Wahyudi, Dedy Luthan, Enthus Susmana, Hajar Satoto, Yayat Suheryatna, Suprapto Suryodarmo, Bambang ‘Mbesur’ Suryono, Purwa Lelana, Wasi Bantolo, Sri Wardoyo, Anjarany, Ong Keng Sen, and Michi Tomioka.

Hannah Standiford, bandleader
(on leave)
instruments:
voice, cak

Hannah is a certified music therapist and singer-guitarist trained in jazz and classical music, with a lifelong interest in Americana. She spent 9 months in 2014-2015 studying and playing kroncong music in Indonesia on a Darmasiswa scholarship, and is currently in Java pursuing ethnomusicological research as a Fulbright student awardee.

Edward Breitner
(on leave)
role:
puppeteer

Edward is a writer and puppeteer based in Richmond. He has collaborated with various organizations around the city, including All the Saints Theater Company and WRIR-FM. Edward is currently studying Javanese wayang (shadow puppetry) under a Darmasiswa scholarship in Surakarta, Java.

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.

Greyson Goodenow
roles:
crankie operator, sound engineer, lighting designer

Greyson is a musician (Suneater) and freelance audio engineer and lighting designer based in Richmond.

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
web site:
University of Richmond Department of Music

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

instruments:
guitar, cak, 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
(on leave)
instruments:
bass, voice

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. She is currently studying gamelan music on a Darmasiswa scholarship in Surakarta, Java.

Beth Reid
roles:
visual artist, puppeteer

Beth is a visual artist based in Richmond. She completed a BFA in Painting and Printmaking at VCU. Beth is a museum professional working at the Valentine Museum, a figure art model, and is studying to be an art conservator.

person
instruments:
instrument
web site:
url

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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, voice
web site:
paulwillson.com

Paul Willson 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 and plays guitar, fiddle, sarod, and sarangi.

Jessica Zike
instruments:
voice, bass ukelele

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