(= human plays the Jew's harp)
The music of the ensemble Orang Génggong is concentrated on traditional music and dance from the Indonesian Archipelago. The musicians exclusively recite their compositions on traditional Indonesian musical instruments.
Hormat, the moment of spiritual salutation during the
naga pencak silat-warrior dance
naga pencak silat - kembangan
The represented dance is indigenous to Java and amplifies the old tradition of low combat positions. The cosmogony of the Naga Pencak Silat is centered into the kembangan, the cosmic flower. The kembangan is very important to the individual feigned combats. The dance may appear in the kembangan in a traditional or in a spiritual fashion.
Among the melody- and percussioninstruments we'll find the unique presence of the wooden Jew's harp of the Indonesian islands Bali and Lombok, thegénggong which gives the group its name. Beside this the susap will be played, an oblong bamboo wooden Jew's harp from Papua Niugini.
Orang Génggong makes use of windinstruments such as suling, a bamboo melodyflute from the Sunda lands, the Balinese one-tone-reed engung, the shawn from Java tarompet, and a hornpipe-looking reedinstrument that may be indigenous to the inlands of Sumatera.
Percussion can be heard on metallophones like bonang panerus (West-Java), hanging gongs for the metrical interpunction, and the saron (a seven keys metallophone). Percussion will also take place on drums: the čiblon, a belly-formed bilateral drum from West-Java, a kěndang from Bali and the tifa-drum from the Maluku Archipelago.
Dris Alexander (Sulawesi)
Kelas van de Gruiter(Java)
Phons Bakx (Netherlands)
Franky Berhitu (Maluku)
André Kleeman (Java)
dance forms: naga pencak silat∙kembangan
Foundation Ujung∙Foundation Antropodium
The music group Orang Génggong proceede from the colaboration between Foundation Ujung and Foundation Antropodium since the year 1993.
...is concentrating on the traditional backgrounds of Indonesian people living in Holland, specially on the experimental interpretation of music and dance.
...organizes events on selected themes and subjects of ethno-musicology, cultural history and cultural anthropology. Antropodium is publisher of literature and CD's on above-mentioned topics.
Information about performances of Orang Génggong is available at
tel. + +.31.118.624.934
e-mail: Orang Génggong