(ICN Performance) – Indonesia Best Intangible Heritage: Angklung
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Have you ever heard the word ‘Angklung’? It might sounds strange to some of you, but it is definitely not a name of food or animal; it is one of the best Indonesian traditional instruments. Angklung word derived from two words; Angk and Lung which means Angka (tone –literally as number) and Lung (Lost). Roughly, it can be translated as ‘the lost tone’ (incomplete tone). Angklung originally comes from West Java and been played by Sundanese since the past.
Unlike the other instruments that need to be plucked (ukulele, guitar, or harp) or bow (violin or cello), Angklung might be the easiest and most fun instrument to play ever. What we really need to do is just shake it from right to left so that it made trembling and making a sound.
Because of its meaning and traditional values, Angklung has achieved the title ‘Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanit’y on November 18, 2010 by UNESCO.
Cited from UNESCO website:
“Angklung is an Indonesian musical instrument consisting of two to four bamboo tubes suspended in a bamboo frame, bound with rattan cords. The tubes are carefully whittled and cut by a master crafts-person to produce certain notes when the bamboo frame is shaken or tapped. Each Angklung produces a single note or chord, so several players must collaborate in order to play melodies. Traditional Angklungs use the pentatonic scale, but in 1938 musician Daeng Soetigna introduced Angklungs using the diatonic scale; these are known as angklung padaeng.
The Angklung is closely related to traditional customs, arts and cultural identity in Indonesia, played during ceremonies such as rice planting, harvest and circumcision. The special black bamboo for the Angklung is harvested during the two weeks a year when the cicadas sing, and is cut at least three segments above the ground, to ensure the root continues to propagate. Angklung education is transmitted orally from generation to generation, and increasingly in educational institutions. Because of the collaborative nature of Angklung music, playing promotes cooperation and mutual respect among the players, along with discipline, responsibility, concentration, development of imagination and memory, as well as artistic and musical feelings.”
In order to play the Angklung, a team must consists at least 3-4 people. It can be played by one person but it would be definitely less fun. One performer will hold 1 (one) up to 3 (three), or probably more, angklungs and harmonizing to each others. The melodies produced will make sound and complete a song.
In the 2016 Indonesian Cultural Night held in Higashi Kumin on August 20, 2016, Indonesian team would likely play three songs: Ibu Kita Kartini (Indonesian patriot song), Kolam Susu (Indonesian everlasting pop song), and Heavy Rotation (Japanese Hits Pop song).
In the performance later, some of Japanese friends join us to play the instruments. We’ve been working on it and hope to play our best on the show.
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To watch our Angklung Team performance at Indonesian Cultural Night 2014, please go check this link >>
See you on the show!