Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival versie ❖ Sep 2015 | Malaysia
January Low-Siva and Raziman Sarbini in Ketuk Tilu. A duet by Dutch-Indonesian choreographer Gerard Mosterd, exploring the underground and in recent years blacklisted, polyrhythmic Sundanese dance and music form “Jaipongan”. A popular, rebellious, Indonesian answer to Western rock and roll under president’s Soekarno’s decree in the sixties. This presidential law prohibited the copying of Western dance and music such as rock and jive. The dynamic, ecclectic duet captures the spirit of the controversial Bandung based and liberation craving style, based on the ronggeng performance, silat and rock and roll. Music by Bandung’s Jugala Orchestra and late singer Euis Komariah. Directed by Gugum Gumbira Tirasondaja.
In 1961, Indonesian President Sukarno prohibited rock and roll and other western genres of music, and challenged Indonesian musicians to revive the indigenous arts. The name jaipongan came from people mimicking of the sounds created by some of the drums in the ensemble. Audiences were often heard shouting jaipong after specific sections of rhythmic music were played. Jaipongan debuted in 1974 when Gugum Gumbira and his gamelan and dancers first performed in public.
The most widely available album of Jaipongan outside of Indonesia is Tonggeret by singer Idjah Hadidjah and Gugum Gumbira’s Jugala orchestra, released in 1987, and re-released as West Java: Sundanese Jaipong and other Popular Music by Nonesuch/Elektra Records.
Gugum Gumbira is a Sundanese composer, orchestra leader, choreographer, and entrepreneur from Bandung, Indonesia. After 1961, when the Indonesian President Sukarno banned all forms of western music and challenged his people to revive their cultural music, Gugum Gumbira made this task his own. In order to do this he studied the rural, festival dance music for twelve years. His result was jaipongan. He created his own recording studio in Indonesia called Jugala.
Gugum Gumbira was born in 1945 in Bandung, Indonesia. He attended college in Bandung where he majored in social and political UNPAD. Once he left college, he took up a position at the Ministry of Finance and later moved to Government Vehicles. He also lectured at the Academy of Finance until 1988.
He currently owns a recording studio called Jugala where he conducts his orchestra also called Jugala and a dance troupe that shares the same name. They travel around the world to perform. As the choreographer for Jugala, he met his wife, Euis Komariah, who was the singer for the orchestra and a dancer in the troupe.
*** Daily Seni (Malaysia)
“Dazzling … Ketuk Tilu was a mindblowingly sexy piece; .. Very satisfying piece of work, and audiences reacted strongly ”
*** The New Straits Times (Malaysia)
“Woke visceral emotions … Intoxicating … Exciting”