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Senyawa performing live with traditional Indonesian instruments

The experimental Indonesian duo perform their mix of traditional music and avant-garde influences in this intimate gig.

Embodying the aural elements of traditional Indonesian music whilst exploring the framework of experimental music practice, Senyawa push the boundaries of both traditions. Their music strikes a perfect balance between their experimental influences and cultural heritage to create new contemporary Indonesian music.

Rully Shabara’s deft extended vocal techniques punctuate the frenetic sounds of instrument builder Wukir Suryadi’s modern-primitive instrumentation. With inventions like his handcrafted ‘Bamboo Spear’ – a thick stem of bamboo strung up with percussive strips of animal skin alongside steel strings - they fuse traditional Indonesian instrumentation with sounds like electric guitar distortion, electronic drone and even elements of thrash metal.

Support comes from New York-based artist and multi-instrumentalist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe.

This performance will start at the advertised start time and running times will be confirmed closer to the event.

Produced by the Barbican in association with I-D.A Projects


Read the programme for this gig here.

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Photo of senyawa's sujud album cover

Listen: Senyawa - Sujud

Take a listen to contemporary duo Senyawa's album Sujud, which features a specially home-built guitar as well as Rully Shabara’s incredible vocals.

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