22 March, 2023
The KAUST Angklung Ensemble was recently invited to perform at an event celebrating Indonesian and Hijazi cultural traditions in Al-Balad, a historic district of Jeddah City.
Here, Dr. Perbawa, who curated the performance, shares his experience:
“We were so happy to be invited to perform Angklung, a traditional Indonesian bamboo musical instrument. It was the first time for the KAUST Ensemble under the KAUST Office of the Arts to play outside the campus. Moreover, we performed in Al-Ballad, the most iconic and historical spot in Jeddah.
We delivered a hybrid performance combining Angklung with guitar, bass, piano, cajon, saxophone, pandeiro or tambourine (from Brazil). We played two Indonesian songs (bengawan solo and karatagan pahlawan) and two western songs (starlight and viva la vida). The audience was captivated by the unique Angklung sounds. They sang along and complimented us on an exhilarating performance.”
The Arab News newspaper also ran a story about the event. Click here for more information.