Dance Workshop with Soeryo Soemirat

Explore classical Javanese dance alongside Indonesia’s finest dancers from the Soeryo Soemirat Dance Workshop, based at the Royal Mangkunegaran Palace in Surakarta, Central Java.

From intricate hand movements to subtle head turns and statuesque poses, discover the beauty of Javanese choreography and learn the stories behind these graceful, complex dances.

Comfortable clothing is advised, and participants are asked to remove their shoes during the workshop.

Vocal and Percussion Workshop with Kande

Hailed as one Indonesia’s most popular singers and having sold more than one million albums over the past five years, Kande’s moving and enchanting blend of world music mixes rich vocal texture with a distinctive combination of Acehnese traditional percussion and western instrumentation.

Join lead vocalist Rafly for an introduction to a different world of vocals and percussion. The rich texture of his vocal style derives from 16th century Sufi preaching.

Rafly and Kande musicians will also lead a rapa’i percussion workshop, using Acehnese percussion instruments made from jackfruit wood and goat skin.

Kande’s uplifting music combines traditional Islamic percussion and vocals with western guitars and bass. It expresses messages about peace, religion, and the environment.

Vocal Workshop with Rully Shubara, Senyawa

One-day vocal workshop with Indonesian vocal artist, Rully Shubara, at the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – a unique opportunity.

Rully embodies the aural elements of Javanese music whilst exploring the framework of experimental music practice, pushing the boundaries of both traditions. His extended vocal technique strikes a perfect balance between his avant-garde influences and cultural heritage to create truly contemporary Indonesian new music.

As one half of Senyawa, he has performed at Sydney Festival, MONA FOMA Festival in Tasmania, the Adelaide Festival with Korean singer Bae Il Dong, toured as special guests of Australian supergroup Regurgitator, performed at the Glatt und Verkert Festival in Austria alongside Kazuhisa Uchihashi, as well as the Malmo Sommarscen Festival in Sweden, Salihara Literature Festival in Jakarta, CTM Festival in Berlin, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Clandestino Festival in Norway and Oct Loft Jazz Festival in China.

Senyawa has also collaborated and performed with many notable musicians such Robin Fox, Yoshida Tatsuya, Lucas Abela, KK Null, Keiji Haino, Melt Banana, Jon Sass, Damo Suzuki, Jerome Cooper, David Shea and Kazu Ushihashi.