Hi! I'm Antonius. I like technology and the traditional arts.
I will be performing with Houses on the Moon Theater Company on their latest piece, “gUN COUNTRY,” on March 9, 7 pm at Dixon Place.
New Skins 3D Printed Dress
Francis Bitonti was the principal designer of the Dita von Teese fully articulated 3D printed gown.
The workshop, titled New Skins Winter 2014, is the second the studio has held. Last summer the designers created the Verlan dress, and I can’t wait to see what the designers come up with this time.
The 2013 Gamelan Kusuma Laras winter concert was excellent! I was very flattered to have the privilege of introducing the group to our audience as the emcee, and honored to speak before New York’s Konsulat Jenderal, Bp. Ghafur Dharmaputra. Here’s an excerpt of the pidato that I gave (minus the logistics):
Today we are celebrating two anniversaries: The 50th birthday of our instruments, brought fifty years ago to represent Indonesian culture at the 1964 World’s Fair. And we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of Gamelan Kusuma Laras, which started in 1983 by American musicians who continue to perform the classical repertoire of Central Java today. The orchestra has grown to 40+ members, led by our wonderful artistic director Pak Harjito.
This is also the final performance of our outgoing Executive Director, Ron Kienhuis. Thank you, Ronny, for your years of service. We will miss your dedication and although I know you enjoy playing with us, I’m sure you’re relieved to never have to squeeze in behind the gong again.
I often think about what happened fifty years ago, when these instruments were first introduced to New York. At that time, Beatlemania had just begun. Robert Moog demonstrated his first prototype of the moog synthesizer. And president John F Kennedy sold to the American public a dream to go to the moon. Not because it is easy, but because it is hard.
Flash forward to the present. The World’s Fair has been replaced by legions of citizens posting videos on the internet. Musical performances, revolutions, and cats doing cute all at the tip of our fingers. We have, in essence, made space travel easy thanks to the mobile devices in our pockets. The Beatles have retired. We can only hear their songs through our headphones. Synthesizers have been replaced by auto-tune. And although President Kennedy did not live to see it, we went to the moon and back.
In those fifty years, our Javanese gamelan instruments lived here in this building, and we continue to play them live to sold out audiences like today’s. I’d like to think that fifty years ago, when the first New Yorkers heard the tones of our instruments, the moon shot echoed in their ears. The musicians behind me decided that they would take on the task of preserving the classical repertoire of Central Java. Not because keeping this tradition alive is easy, but precisely because it is both fragile and hard. Thanks to your support, we will continue to preserve this musical tradition.
I am very proud to introduce to you Gamelan Kusuma Laras.
I will be performing with Gamelan Kusuma Laras for their 30th anniversary concert at the Consulate General of Indonesia in the Upper East Side. Saturday December 14 at 8 pm and Sunday December 15 at 3 pm. Come join us!