Fri 22 apr | + a performance from Frankie + an opening from Colossal Squid
Folkestone Quarterhouse
Start time: 21.15

Tickets: £15 per night // £22 for weekend ticket // Under 23's go free


Embodying the aural elements of traditional Indonesian music whilst exploring the framework of experimental music practice, Jogjakarta’s Senyawa is comprised of Rully Shabara’s deft extended vocal techniques punctuating the frenetic sounds of instrument builder, paired with Wukir Suryadi’s modern-primitive instrumentation.

Their music strikes a perfect balance between their avant-garde influences and cultural heritage to create truly contemporary Indonesian new music. Inventions like his handcrafted ‘Bamboo Spear’; a thick stem of bamboo strung up with percussive strips of the animal skin alongside steel strings, that when amplified, 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.

They have collaborated and performed with many notable musicians such Yoshida Tatsuya, Otomo Yoshide, Lucas Abela, KK Null, Keiji Haino, Rabih Beiani, Trevor Dunn, Greg Fox, Sophia Jernberg, Arrington De Dionysus, Melt Banana, Jon Sass, Damo Suzuki, Jerome Cooper, Oren Ambarchi, David Shea and Kazu Ushihashi.


22 April 2022

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Mixing metal and noise with ritualistic howls, the Indonesian duo’s seventh album is a thrilling, at times ecstatic serenade to the collapse of civilization. ~ Pitchfork By Marc Masters

Senyawa is an experimental music duo with Rully Shabara (extended vocal technique) and Wukir Suryadi (homemade instrument). The music that they create is a combination of extended vocal technique and a homemade instrument. ~ CAFE OTO

Senyawa – ‘Alkisah’ review: Indonesian avant-garde titans continue to evolve ~ NME by Azzief Khaliq

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