2013.9.20 09:30 – 10:30pm
Venue: B10 Live, North District, OCT-LOFT
Wukir Suryadi – Homemade instrument
Rully Shabara -Extended vocal technique
Senyawa is an experimental music duo made up of Rully Shabara (extended vocal technique) and Wukir Suryadi (homemade instrument). The music that they create is a combination of extended vocal technique and a homemade instrument. The instrument was handcrafted by master instrument builder Wukir out of one long piece of bamboo, it is a string instrument with guitar pick-ups—it is amplified and processed through several effects pedals but at times is played as an acoustic instrument, percussion and string instrument.
They are located in the ancient city of Jogjakarta, Central Java, Indonesia and their music is a reflection of their traditional Javanese heritage filtered through a framework of contemporary experimental music practices. Senyawa try to push the boundaries of both traditions in an attempt to mix the music of the east and the west to create a new sound.
As a duo they have been performing and playing together extensively for the last 3 years and have toured Indonesia several times over. In 2011 they were invited to perform internationally for the first time at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival sharing the stage with many great musicians such as Faust, Yoshida Tatsuya, Tony Conrad and Charlemagne Palestine.
Since then they have performed at MONA FOMA in Tasmania, the Adelaide Festival with Korean singer Bae Il Dong, toured as special guests of Australian supergroup Regurgitator, performed at the Noe Festival-Austria along side Japanese guitar master Kazuhisa Uchihashi and Malmo Sommarscen Festival in Sweden. Senyawa was granted a 1 month residency AIR Krems as part of the a city wide Festival in Austria.
Wukir acted as a solo performer finished a residency at STEIM in Amsterdam and Rully Herman was for many years a leading singer of legendary experimental Indonesian band ZOO.
In the past they have collaborated with many notable musicians such as Lucas Abela, Yasuke Akai, Jon Sass, and Kazu Ushihashi. Most recently they completed a film in collaboration with French filmmaker Vincent Moon.