Making ​Connections ​with the Music and ​Culture ​of Wonosobo in J​ava’​s D​ieng P​lat​eau

Date/Time: Thu 08 Feb / 8:30 am - 8:30 pm

Location: Monash University, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Music Auditorium, Building 68, 55 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music / Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU) present

A One-Day Event in Three Parts: Symposium / Exhibition / Performance

Symposium: Bundengan Connections: Interdisciplinary Insights around a Rare Javanese Musical Instrument

Exhibition: A Duck-herd’s Zither on Java’s Dieng Plateau and Other Rare Indonesian Musical Instruments

Performances and Films: New and traditional music and dance, animation and short films from Wonosobo in Dieng, home of the Bundengan.

This one-day international symposium, exhibition, and concert of music, dance, animation and short films will explore the unique characteristics of the little-known culture of the Dieng Plateau in Central Java, Indonesia. It will focus on the socio-cultural, acoustic and instrument-building aspects of the Wonosobo Regency’s bundengan zither which is traditionally played by duck-herds in this beautiful mountainous area that is also famous for its 7th-8th century Shivaite temples. A team of expert musicians, instrument makers and scholars from Wonosobo will join some Australian and American ethnomusicologists and Indonesian engineers to tell stories and present papers on the socio-historical, functional, acoustic, timbral, dynamic, organological and ergological aspects of the instrument. There will also be live and recorded performances of the music, associated dances, short films, and discussions on the development of bundengan music by contemporary composers and choreographers.

Download the Program… (Word)
Rosie Cook MA, Cultural Conservator and keynote speaker

Sa’id Abdulloh, Bundengan specialist from Wonosobo
Luqmanul Chakim, Bundengan specialist from Wonosobo
Professor Margaret Kartomi, Ethnomusicologist & MAMU Director, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University

Palmer Keen, Java-resident American ethnomusicologist and creator of “Aural Archipelago”

Dr Indraswari Kusumaningtyas, Engineering academic from Gadjah Mada University

Dr David Mitchell, Medical doctor and Sumba scholar  

Dr Gea Parikesit, Engineering academic from Gadjah Mada University

Dr Nicole Tse, Cultural Conservator at Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials
Conservation, University of Melbourne


Thursday 8th February 2018

8:30am – 4:30pm
Exhibition, Refreshments 
5:30pm for 6:00pm Start
Performances & Films
7:15pm – 8:30pm

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music
Auditorium and Foyer
55 Scenic Boulevard
Monash University
VIC 3800

Postgraduate students will receive free admission, including free morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Additionally, you can request an official certificate of attendance from the event organisers.
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This symposium is part of the Making Connections festival of events in Sydney and Melbourne.  Find out more and see the full program:

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Partners + Collaborators

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our principal partner Helen Soemardjo Arts Fund and our generous partners and collaborators:


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