Music has become an important part of human life. Since humans find a tool that can make sounds, the music has to express a variety of human emotion. Passing through a long span of time, music used to express the emotions of love, hate, anger, sadness, hope, dreams, happiness written in verses and stairs with a beautiful tone that united in a harmonious composition.

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As one of the traditional arts of the Indonesian nation that has harmony and symphony music is unparalleled, a cultural heritage of the Indonesian Nation, Angklung has become a unifying symbol of a nation that has symphony from generation to generation from the various tribes in Indonesia. Its long journey of cultural diplomacy in the meetings between the nations, education and indigenous ceremony to entertainment events in the mass media make angklung deserve a connecting bridge between peoples and cultures.

On Saturday night, dated May 29, 2010 at 19:00, we were invited by the organizers of Keluarga Paduan Angklung 3 SMAN 3 Bandung in a single concert event that will present an angklung-playing of Keluarga Paduan Angklung 3 (KPA3) SMAN 3 Bandung, and collaborated with soprano and tenor singers Indonesia’s leading. Concerts held on the cooperation and consent of Bandung Government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and several representatives of Foreign Affairs of the Embassy is running successfully and extraordinary.

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KPA3 solo concert, entitled Preliminary Concert Expand the Sound of Angklung 2010 – The Golden Sound of Musical Heritage: Bridging the Treasure of the Legacy was dedicated to angklung lovers as well accompany their departure to a number of European countries to show the angklung as Indonesia’s cultural heritage. In this concert KPA3 presented world music from music maestro from various periods.

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The concert that will be history for Indonesia was held in the historic building, Gedung Merdeka in Bandung, the building that was once used to hold the first Asian-African Conference in 1955. Accompanied by a buzzing sound of angklung, KPA3 welcomed the enthusiastic audience with musical accompaniment Palladio, 1st Movement, Allegretto which was composed by Karl Jenkins. Arrangement angklung music was so beautiful and had a strong culture of privilege. The result of Widyasari Ismail’s arrangement angklung successfully enthralled the audience at first sight. Rise and fall tone angklung make the audience applauded with great fanfare at the end of the show.

In the first type of composition, The Western Legacy, KPA3 presented some romantic era music by the world musicians with the theme In the mood of Romantic Time. With the second symphony, we are invited to appreciate the arts of the famous Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.5 Op.67, 1st Movement, Allegro con Brio. Arrangement angklung this symphony conducted by Arman Furqon and again bring click amazed for spectators in attendance. Symphony that was taken further by KPA3: Humoresque No.7 in F Sharp major, Op.101 which was composed by Antonin Dvorak. This angklung music rearranged by Febi Rhiana and produced a distinctive tone of angklung music without losing its F-sharp major. Then it was followed by Wiener Blut Waltzer, Op.354 which was composed by Johann Strauss II and arrangement angklung by Putrikinasih.

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The next symphony had a little scary, but with deep appreciation, Orpheus in the Underworld: Infernal Galop the art of Jacques Offenbach became a music that deserve to be internalized. Radetzky March, Op.228 by Johann Strauss I was present as the last symphony on this theme and provides exceptional cover for spectators. Witty style of music that entertain the audience at the end of the first half of this concert. Both classical music is rearranged in a tone angklung by Heru Hermawan.

The entire symphony on the theme In the mood of Romantic Time was hosted by 32 people KPA3 angklung players and conducted by Djiwa Margono, MD. He is a chief conductor for KPA3 since 2005 and is head of technical development in KPA3.

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Still on the composition of The Western Legacy, KPA3 bring some music and modern songs are themed From Stage to Screen: Musical Masterpieces. Symphony Suite of William’s score from John Williams Music Scores attend the third part of the evening:
– Part I Olympic Flame: Summon the Heroes and the Olympic Spirit, which can make the heart excited when absorbing solemn music of this Greek holy mountain.
– Part II Magical World: Harry Potter theme, Jurassic Park, E.T., Home Alone (somewhere in Memory), which makes hair stand to hear the sound drubbing cello and played bamboo angklung.
– Part III Adventure and Beyond: Superman, StarWars, Indiana Jones theme, make us recollect those times the film’s triumph on the big screen.
The entire symphony was re-arranged in the form of tone angklung by Hari Kusharwanto, Arman Furqon and Widyasari Ismail. Special conductor on the musical accompaniment is Andina Permatawaty, one of the master conductor in KPA3.

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The song Viva la Vida popularized by Coldplay attending and conducted by Andina Permatawaty. Music the work of Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin are arranged in angklung by Putrikinasih. Distinctive sound combined angklung by Arnaud Arindra’s double bass, a graduate student at SMAN 3 Bandung and Electrical Engineering Institut Teknologi Bandung, makes Viva la Vida enjoyed more comfortable at late-night.

Following that song The Prayer (from Quest for Camelot) sang at Gedung Merdeka with full appreciation. Songs that got popularized by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli was sung back in this building by-soprano soloist Evita Al-Azka, graduated from SMAN 3 Bandung, Sekolah Tinggi Musik Bandung and Elfa Music Studio Bandung. The Prayer was Carole Bayer Sager’s work and David Foster, while the arrangement angklung made by Hari Kusharwanto.

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Latest offerings at the first session of this is the song from the opera La Traviata, “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” (The Drinking Song), which represents the work of Giuseppe Verdi and re-arranged in angklung by Putrikinasih, Arman Furqon, and Widyasari Ismail. The song was presented by KPA3 with collaborated with classical tenor singer Christopher Abhimanyu Sastrodihardjo and soprano singer Binu D. Sukaman. Collaboration of all three makes the stage Gedung Merdeka echoed as if to show the world that Indonesia is still there and angklung still pitched.

The first session is completed and the committee provides an opportunity to rest for 15 minutes. On this occasion, we tried to interview Christopher Sastrodihardjo Abhimanyu. Follow our interview with him …

Performing that night was reopened by the appearance of Angklung Buncis. Angklung Buncis is a Sundanese traditional ceremonies to welcome harvest season. In appearance, the players bring angklung as a musical instrument in the ceremony. Sundanese tradition said, angklung was used to invite the Goddess Sri, who will fertilize their crops. Currently Angklung Buncis appear to show us that the unity between people can be well maintained.

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After performing Angklung Buncis, the show continued with joint intermezo by the Chairman of Alumni Association SMAN 3 Bandung, Mr. Arif. He mentioned that KPA3 is currently in the process of going to Europe and introduced to the world of culture angklung. He also wished the audience to provide financial support for KPA3 who will travel to Europe. This support will be used entirely as an administrative fee KPA3 leave on June 26, 2010.

In addition, the committee Expand the Sound of Angklung 2010 also auctioning songs to raise funds. Songs that are auctioned Badai Pasti Berlalu composed by Eros Djarot and re-arranged in angklung by Arman Furqon After a lengthy auction process, Mr Arif and his wife bought the song for Rp 2,500,000 and plus Rp 500 000 by the Chairman of the Alumni Association SMAN 3 Bandung. Even more amazing, a boy 14 years old, Mulky, and his family bought a song of their own choice for Rp 3,000,000. These songs will be played at the end of the show to appreciate those who have purchased the song.

The second session on the show tonight will feature a variety of Indonesian culture are summarized in the composition of The Eastern Treasure. These cultural performances to show the world that the culture of Indonesia is fulfilled by the spirit of humanity, peace and love. Stretched from Sabang to Merauke, culture and tradition is widespread and shows us the beauty, togetherness, unity and identity of Nusantara. A small portion of Indonesia’s wealth is reflected in this session, an extraordinary collaboration of angklung-play, dance and sing.

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The next appearance is Saman Dance from Aceh, Sumatra. This dance is known as a dance that collaborate between dance, sing and uniformity of motion. Saman Dance Nation Indonesia symbolize hospitality in welcoming foreign visitors.

Followed by Giring-Giring Dance which is coming from Central Kalimantan. This dance is a social dance Dayak tribe of Manya’an. With a dance full of fun, this dance symbolizes the icon of the tribe of Borneo as a depiction of the world.

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Tari Piring from Solok West Sumatra, appear full of energy in the middle of the night. Tari Piring is one of the famous dance in Indonesia and also symbolizes joy farmers will harvest abundant.

Lalayaran – Hariring Haleuang Tembang appear with joy that makes us chuckle awe staring at the players. Collaboration between the singing, dance, and play angklung that called maedley are derived from the Sundanese arts. From this song we can take the lessons that the music can become part of our lives, filled with peace and happiness.

Followed by the appearance of Jali-Jali with strong elements of Betawi culture. Jali-Jali is a humorous song which is identical with the friendliness of the people of Indonesia.

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This session was closed by the appearance of a mystical dance Janger. This famous dance that originated on the island of Gods, Bali. This becomes painfully mystical dance when the angklung-play accompany Janger dancers in the middle of the stage.

The event which lasted nearly four hours the concert was finally closed by angklung KPA3 with the song Badai Pasti Berlalu. An extraordinary appreciation for the Bandung particular and Indonesia in general. This concert is the first step KPA3 on its way to Europe on 26 June. We hope this is proof that Bandung is still able to maintain their culture, which is a priceless treasure.

If you wish to participate in supporting KPA3 angklung introduced in the international sphere, contact us and we will help you distribute your participation.

Reporter : Pramukti AB
Photographer : Rovindo Maisya
Editor : andHa kp