Arrival of the Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan
In Vermillion, July 15, 2000
The new gamelan arrived in Vermillion on July 15, 2000—the hottest day of the summer! Tri Sutrisno (seen here with the bedhug), Museum staff, and several volunteers unloaded and unpacked the numerous shipping crates and boxes containing the gamelan's 83 precious instruments and their accessories, which had successfully made the long trip to Vermillion by ship and railroad from Surakarta.
Images of the First Performance and Slametan Held in Vermillion
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A second selamatan (also known as a slametan) for the as yet unnamed gamelan was held at the NMM on July 15, 2000, immediately following the unpacking and set-up of the ensemble. Members of the Schubert Club gamelan ensemble (St. Paul, Minnesota) performed on the gamelan following a ritualistic blessing and welcoming ceremony that included the offering of flowers and incense to the gong ageng—the largest bronze gong in the gamelan. The ceremony concluded with the serving of the slametan, a Javanese ritual meal designed to mark many special occasions, including rites of passage, such as birth, marriage, and death, as well as other traditions, such as harvest, recovery from illness, and embarking on a journey.
Food that differs from everyday fare and has symbolic meanings was served. A yellow rice mountain symbolized success, high aspirations, and hope. At the peak were garlic, a red onion, and hot chili, all meant to ward off evil. Yellow rice stood for love and white for purity. At the base of the rice mountain, a whole chicken represented unity, while whole eggs meant new life. Long green beans signified long life; mixed vegetables meant diversity. The foods all rested on platters covered with folded banana leaves, which represented strength. The entire slametan meal was prepared by Tri Sutrisno, seen below with Claire Givens, a Museum Trustee, Minneapolis violin dealer, and active member of The Schubert Club gamelan ensemble.
What does the NMM's gamelan sound like? Listen to musical excerpts from the CD, Sayuk: Together in Harmony, recorded at the NMM in 2007 by The Sumunar Gamelan Ensemble of the Indonesian Performing Arts Association of Minnesota.
Ladrang, Sri Wibowo-Srepeg, Laras Slendro Pathet Songo (1904)
Lagu, Pemut, Laras Pelog Pathet Enem by Joko Sutrisno (2007)
Lancaran, Sayuk-Sampak, Laras Pelog Pathet Barang by Marto Pengrawit (1950), arr. by Joko Sutrisno
Go to The Naming Ceremony for the Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan, April 26, 2003
Go to Checklist of Musical Instruments from Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan
Go to Glossary of Terms Relating to the Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan
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