Har­mony in Di­ver­sity by Ed­win Ra­hardjo

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The younger gen­er­a­tion’s in­ter­est to­wards their cul­tural her­itage is di­min­ish­ing, es­pe­cially to­wards tra­di­tional dances and mu­sic, there­fore they are least likely to learn the some­what out­dated dy­ing her­itage.

We of­ten see many tra­di­tional in­stru­ments - such as the game­lan - be­ing played at ho­tels where tourists usu­ally visit in In­done­sia. The game­lan is of­ten played with un­der­whelm­ing and ex­pres­sion­less per­for­mance; its voice drown­ing in a busy crowd.

Over the years, this con­tin­u­ous phe­nom­e­non builds up a neg­a­tive im­age to­wards tra­di­tional mu­sic, es­pe­cially to the young gen­er­a­tion. They feel it is out­dated and its im­por­tance be­comes for­got­ten; less and less young­sters take in­ter­est, lis­ten to or even learn the legacy that has been passed on by their an­ces­tors.

ki­netic piece called Har­mony in Di­ver­sity. It is pack­aged in a con­tem­po­rary ap­proach that is not en­tirely in ac­cor­dance to the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of typ­i­cal game­lan and wayang kulit, whilst still pro­ject­ing a mys­ti­cal and mag­i­cal nu­anses. Ed­win Ra­hardjo hopes his works would in­spire the younger gen­er­a­tion to fur­ther un­der­stand and take in­ter­est to­wards tra­di­tional art.

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