Friday, 4 November 2011

Angklung : Indonesian Music Traditional with Saung Mang Udjo Theater

Angklung, these names may seem strange in your ears. For those of you who do not known, Angklung is Indonesian traditional musical instrument which comes from the Land of Sunda (West Java), made from bamboo, which sounded shaken by the way (the sound caused by impact bodies of bamboo pipes) thus producing sounds that vibrate in the arrangement of tone 2, 3, to 4 tones in every size, both large and small. Playing a musical instrument angklung not as easy as imagined. Need to sensitivities to shake a sense of angklung in order to soft pitched noises.

Indonesia has successfully promoted the angklung in the event that was held the First Festival of Indonesia Embassy in Washington DC at the foot of pride in the U.S.National Monument and simultaneously make the 'Guinness Book of Records' to play angklung with most participants 5102 people. Recorded more than five thousand people were able to play the song "We Are the World" in Washington DC, United States, Saturday, July 9, 2011. This success did not escape from the roles and activities that run continuously and hereditary committed by family descendants Udjo Ngalagena in Bandung West Java.

Saung Mang Udjo.located on Jl. Padasuka 118, Bandung . It was founded in 1966 by Udjo Ngalagena and his wife UUM Sumiyati as art galleries, theaters, places of cultural education as well as the flagship attraction of West Java. In Saung Mang Udjo, there is a studio that teaches about the Sundanese culture itself, many children who are members of the studio Bandung to study Sundanese culture and performing arts.

This Saung is open to visitors from 15:30 hours until 17:30 pm, with the entrance fee of Rp 50,000, -. After paying the ticket, we'll get a brochure / catalog that describes the show will be seen, a necklace with a pendant Angklung, and a bottle of soft drink. Attendance at SAMU (Saung Mang Udjo) is always a lot, and sometimes filled one auditorium. Most tourists are from abroad, including from Europe, America, or Australia.

Often also from Japan and Korea. The cultures which are displayed in a professional, will surely invite admiration.Saung Angklung Mang Udjo not only performs angklung shows and children dances but there is also a souvenir shop which provides many handmade goods. Moreover there are courses for children (school age) who wants to know how to make and how to play angklung.

Performance arts in the auditorium

1. Performing puppet.
So there is a puppet show which made a Sundanese folklore by a puppeteer. The story is not important, but that Western tourists really amazed to see a show puppet show can be excited and moved plus a mastermind who can change the sound of himself according to the puppet role play it.

2. Circumcision ceremony.
That is the celebration of a simulated new-boy in circumcision, plus songs of joy from the children of the neighborhood ... accompaniment angklung. Each child brings an angklung. They sing out loud while playing angklung in his hand. The result? compact and amazing views.

3. Mask dance.
The dancers brought by two women who young (14 years), with musical accompaniment for a dance on the spot (not music recordings).

4. Sarumba.
Namely "Voice of a bamboo grove" (meaning angklung). It's like 2 songs mat classic folk songs around the world (who adapted the lyrics with each country), followed archipelago songs as much as five songs in a row. Interesting ... the song was sung with all the main musical instrument: angklung. Among other musical instruments accompanying drums, bass, Sundanese gamelan, and drums. Players sarumba consists of children from 4 years to 15 years. Most age 5-7 years, they morning school, and the afternoon learning to play at Saung Angklung Mang Udjo.

5. Learn angklung.
Finally ....! We, who had just cool to watch, now can learn angklung at the seat. Cute kids who had it all spread out and lend an angklung to us. We are taught by a trained guide who already speak English. So the audience was taught to ring a one angklung in our hands. And the children were still sitting spread .... Teach us with their cute style to ring the angklung. Exclamation.

6. Angklung Orchestra.
Already know how to play angklung? Well, then we are all spectators, without exception, are taught to play several songs with the angklung. Various kinds of songs approximately about 6 songs

7. Dance together.
This is actually closing event. Travellers invited to 'floor' and dancing

How to get there

Can be achieved by using public transport from the Cicaheum terminal and stop at the junction on Suci Road, then ride down the road Padasuka by ojeg ( a rented motorcycle).
Location : Jl. Padasuka. No 118, Bandung 40192
Coordinates : 6 ° 53 '48 "S, 107 ° 39' 17" E
Phone : (022) 7271714
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