Kedai Kebun Forum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
January 2020 I was the artist-in-residence at Kedai Kebun Forum (KKF) in Yogyakarta on the Indonesian island Java. KKF is an initiative of artist Agung Kurniawan. In the residency I did the first research for a performance project with the working title 'Parade Pedagang Keliling' ('Parade of ambulant street vendors'). I was assisted by Uniph Kahfi and mas Komar from KKF.
I collected the various sounds of the street vendors ("pedagang") that go around ("keliling"). In Indonesia these sellers use 'instruments' to get attention from potential customers: bowl or plate and fork, glass and spoon, wooden stick and bamboo or a slit drum etc. All sounds mean a certain food or drink, and there are local differences.
The plan is to write music compositions with those sounds of the various pedagang. The compositions will be based on gamelan music: traditional ensemble music in Indonesia, made up predominantly of percussive instruments. Therefore I have also started, already in October 2019, to play gamelan at the Gamelanhuis in Amsterdam.