Jogjakarta’s Senyawa embodies the aural elements of traditional Indonesian music whilst exploring the framework of experimental music practice, pushing the boundaries of both traditions. Their music strikes a perfect balance between their avant-garde influences and cultural heritage to create truly contemporary Indonesian new music. Their sound is comprised of Rully Shabara’s deft extended vocal techniques punctuating the frenetic sounds of instrument builder, Wukir Suryadi’s modern-primitive instrumentation. Inventions like his handcrafted ‘Bamboo Spear’; a thick stem of bamboo strung up with percussive strips of the animal skin along side steel strings. Amplified it fuses elements of traditional Indonesian instrumentation with garage guitar distortion. Sonically dynamic, the instrument can be rhythmically percussive on one side whilst being melodically bowed and plucked on the other.

Senyawa have performed at many notable festivals and underground clubs such as MONA FOMA Festival in Tasmania, the Adelaide Festival with Korean singer Bae Il Dong, Malmo Sommarscen Festival in Sweden, Salihara Literature Festival in Jakarta, Art Basel Switzerland, Café Oto in London, Cyptic Festival Glasgow, Copenhagen Jazz House Denmark, Resonate Festival Belgrade Serbia, CTM Festival in Berlin, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, UNSOUND Festival Poland, Clandestino Festival in Norway, The Lab San Francisco, Eaux Claires Festival WA, Bridget Donoghue Gallery NYC, Pioneer Works NYC and Oct Loft Jazz Festival in China.

They have collaborated and performed with many notable musicians such Yoshida Tatsuya, Otomo Yoshide, Lucas Abela, KK Null, Keiji Haino, Rabih Beiani, Greg Fox, Arrington De Dionyso, Melt Banana, Jon Sass, Damo Suzuki, Jerome Cooper, Justin Vernon, Oren Ambarchi, David Shea, Trevor Dunn and Kazu Ushihashi. In 2012 they completed a film in collaboration with French filmmaker Vincent Moon.

Group/Artist name : Senyawa
Group members : Wukir Suryadi & Rully Shabara
Origin : Yogyakarta
Number of traveling members : 2 persons

Contact info:
Kristi Monfries
+62 812 3028 4164