Pantropical x Indonesia: Karinding Attack + Uwalmassa + Madrotter + Le Romph
Pantropical and WORM’s Avantgarde State are proud to present an all-Indonesian music event that fuses both traditional and modern Indonesian music explorations, featuring exclusive live shows by Karinding Attack from Bandung and Uwalmassa from Jakarta. This Pantropical event is co-organised in close collaboration with EUROPALIA INDONESIA (Europalia Arts Festival Indonesia).
Kandiring Attack (Bandung)
The karinding is a kind of bamboo Jew’s harp. In 2009, nine musicians from the underground collectives Bandoong Sindekeit and Ujungberung Rebels got together to learn to play it, as well as many other sorts of bamboo instruments such as flutes, xylophones, and unconventional percussion. Adding a hefty portion of metal and punk-inspired elements to the sound, things quickly developed under the name Karinding Attack. The group achieved success throughout Indonesia and abroad, and performed with the likes of traditional Japanese music ensembles, Blues, Beatbox and Hip Hop bands and DJs.
Uwalmassa (Jakarta | DIVISI62)
Uwalmassa can be seen as a fusion of international arts (both traditional and modern) translated through an Indonesian lens. By incorporating elements from a broad musical spectrum and using elaborate production techniques and nonconventional composition methods, Uwalmassa takes on the initiative in bringing Indonesian arts and culture into a more explorative and imaginative field of work. Uwalmassa is an integral part of DIVISI62 a sound and visual arts label concerned with the on-going construction of the Indonesian identity. Next to performing live as Uwalmassa, Divisi62 will also DJ at this event.
Madrotter (Rotterdam, Bandung)
Originally from Rotterdam, Madrotter aka Henk den Toom is an devoted crate digger who has been living in a village just outside Bandung in Indonesia for the last twenty years. He is widely known as the curator of the amazing Madrotter music blog which is chock-full of great music from across Indonesia. Madrotter will spin many of his found treasures, including Jaipong (popular Indonesian dance music), pergosi odong odong, tayuban, and other styles.
Le Romph (Rotterdam)
DJ who has fallen victim to contemporary cultural and musical omnivorism, which is reflected in his mixes. Proto-techno? Check. Oriental synth experiments? Included. Industrial balearics? There. At this event Le Romph will take yet another turn as Pantropical’s resident DJ.
Since 1969, EUROPALIA has been organising arts biennales, each focusing on a different guest country. Its four-month multidisciplinary programme comprises hundreds of events throughout Belgium and in other European countries. EUROPALIA enthralls a broad European audience not only with exhibitions, but also with performing arts, music, literature, conferences and film. Heritage plays a significant part, but the contemporary scene is also generously covered; new creations and interaction between artists from the guest country and from Europe receive particular attention. EUROPALIA provides insights that avoid Eurocentrism. It stimulates open dialogue between cultures in an atmosphere of trust.