Over the next few days, I will be posting some photos (in no particular order) from different places around Yogya. Many were taken in the first few months of my stay, as I was exploring the city.
Today will be the Keraton Ngayogyakarta. The Kraton is open most days for public viewing, for a small fee (12,000 Rp if I remember correctly). On Sunday mornings, there is always a gamelan performance in one of the larger pavilions near the visitor entrance. This starts with a very slow, very long, and very loud gendhing. After that, there is a female group-dance (most often Ayun-Ayun), then a male dance, and finally a wayang wong excerpt of one kind or another. The gamelan here is not the ‘official’ Kraton troupe, but is made up of teachers from Institut Seni Indonesia, professional players from the local community, and advanced students.
My name is Ethan (also known as “Mas Bro,” “Hey look, a bule,” and very occasionally “Pak Guru”). I am an American currently studying at Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta. My hope is that this blog will be a place to showcase and explore Javanese culture, in particular gamelan Yogyakarta.
Some of the content here will be directly related to gamelan practice (recordings, notation, theory). The rest will be anything and everything related to life in Indonesia, Indonesian/Javanese language, people and places, food, Indonesian news, and possibly cats.