Gongs and drums will resound in Albany and Esperance in the coming weeks as Makukuhan takes its mini-Gamelan orchestra to some of the most remote schools in Western Australia.
Touring for Musica Viva In Schools, the Indonesian trio is celebrated for its pitch-bending drums, mesmerising masked dance and unbelievably rapid Javanese clapping. Thanks to the generous support ofRio Tinto and CBH Group, the group will cover thousands of kilometres, visiting towns from Babakin and Kondinin to Kronkup and Gnowangerup.
Starring Deva Permana, Murtala and Efiq Zulfiqar, every Makukuhan concert is a riot of colour and rhythm. Gamelan is integral to Indonesian culture and is renowned for its compelling, pattern-based sequences played on bronze gongs and metallaphones.
There is ample opportunity for the students to join in. Indeed, they have all been preparing for months, learning complex musical concepts through a mixture of dance, clapping, song and vocal percussion. Some classes also create colourful Indonesian masks for their Makukuhan visit. Through theMusica Viva In Schoolsprogram, each performance comes with digital learning resources that tie in with facets of the Australian curriculum ranging from maths and literacy to intercultural understanding.
In the coming fortnight, the trio will visit schools in Babakin, Wickepin, Yealering, Williams, Katanning, Kukerin, Broomehill, Albany, Gnowangerup, Kronkup, Denmark, Jerramungup, Ravensthorpe, Hyden, Kondinin, Kulin and Esperance.They’ll then continue on to the Perth metropolitan region, giving a total of59 concerts at 52 schools in August, as well as a range of showcase events and professional development workshops for teachers.