I’ve now added video capability to my blog! (See below)
We’ve posted before on the Angklung School in Bandung. Angklung is a traditional Indonesian musical instrument made of bamboo. The school is dedicated to preserving traditional music and dance, but also to show that the angklung can be used for all music.
We brought the Kusumarmanto’s for their first visit since we thought it would be a great place to bring the BYU Singers (if they come). While we were waiting, one of the ticket people came out and started talking to us. Turns out Cathy (her brother’s name is Jerry!) was the emcee for 15 years and speaks excellent English. We had an extra hour to wait, so she gave us a behind-the-scenes tour and it was great! She also agrees it would be great to collaborate between the school and the BYU Singers to do something if they come.
In the little gift shop, there was a guitar set up, so I picked it up and one of the owners of the school (who developed the piano-like Angklung) started playing along with the blues riff I was playing.