The Java New Year Concert 2012 will present a groundbreaking program in Indonesia : 2 operas in one show. Both operas are based on short stories by Indonesia's "father of short stories" Putu Wijaya who has written more than 1000 of them, and both are set to music by Indonesia's most prominent composer / pianist Ananda Sukarlan. The performers are the best classical singers Indonesia has at the moment, since they have been winners of all categories at the National Vocal Award "Tembang Puitik Ananda Sukarlan" 2011 held last April in Surabaya.
The first opera is "Laki-Laki Sejati" (A Real Man) which was a huge success during its World Premiere last September, featuring soprano coloratura Evelyn Merrelita and mezzosoprano Eriyani Tenga Lunga. Great reviews were written in Kompas, Jakarta Post, TEMPO (both newspaper and magazine), Femina and many others.
The second, presented for the first time, is "Mendadak Kaya" (Suddenly Rich), a "verbal slapstick" comedy about one's request to a witchdoctor to make him rich, but then he discovered the consequences of being a wealthy man. Performers will be 2 tenors, Adi "Didut" Nugroho and Pharel Silaban, plus an array of female dancers.
Both operas are directed and choreographed by Chendra Panatan.
Both operas are not only hilariously funny but also has a tragic and very profound element analyzing what is a real man (the first) and what one really wants in life (the second).
Jakarta New Year Concert : 2 Comedy Operas will be held at Auditorium Bank Indonesia, Jl. MH Thamrin no. 1 on Sunday January 8th at 4 p.m. For more info : Chendra at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0818 891038, or tweet @anandasukarlan .
Surabaya New Year Concert: Laki-Laki Sejati & young talents of Surabaya will be held on January 13th, 2012, 7 p.m. at Gedung Kesenian Cak Durasim. For more info: Amadeus Enterprise, 0816 5430630
Bandung New Year Concert: Mendadak Kaya & young talents of Bandung will be held on January 15th, 2012 at 4 p.m di Sasana Budaya Teater Tertutup, Dago Tea House. For more info: BIMA (Bandung International Music Academy), 0853 142 666 88 or 022 423 8962
ANANDA SUKARLAN AWARD 2012 : July9-14, 2012
Indonesia's most talented young pianists will be in this prestigious event. Now, Ananda Sukarlan Award will be added with a new category, the JUNIOR category for pianists born after August 4, 1996, so not only you will witness the virtuosos, but the young prodigies as well ! All data, conditions and infos can be found at http://asaward.blogspot.com
New publication of Ananda Sukarlan's music :
There are 2 scores available of music by Ananda Sukarlan :
1. "Alicia's Second Piano Book" contains 30 pieces for piano solo and duets by Ananda Sukarlan for beginners and young pianists. Some of them written originally for his daughter Alicia, these pieces are suitable for teaching purposes as well as for performance.
2. "Ananda Sukarlan's Vocal Works" contains 25 songs for all voices, including duets from his Cantata no. 1 "Ars Amatoria"
Those 2 books can be acquired through Chendra Panatan at email@example.com or (+62)818 891038.
NEW VIDEOS IN YOUTUBE !
We just uploaded some videos (done amateurly from the Java New Year Concerts in Magelang and Jogja) :
- Rescuing Ariadne, for flute & piano (Elizabeth Ashford, flute & Alfred Young Sugiri, piano) :
- Schumann's Psychosis, for 6 pianos (6 Indonesian best young pianists, winners of "Ananda Sukarlan Award) :
- "Kasih" for baritone & piano (Joseph Kristanto, bar & the composer at the piano)
Ananda's a Blogger now ! And he has a group at facebook !
Yeah, we have created a group for Ananda Sukarlan in facebook. Join us at "Ananda Sukarlan's friends" group, and you can get our regular newsletters to be updated.
And Ananda keeps writing his personal blog at : http://andystarblogger.blogspot.com .
To contact his management please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW CHORAL WORKS
World Premiere of "Jokpiniana no.1"
On July 29th Ananda Sukarlan's work for choir, orchestra & angklung "Stanza Suara" will be premiered by its commissioner, the Bandung Institute of Technology Choir (ITB Choir) and ITB Orchestra and its director Indra Listiyanto. It takes place at Sabuga, Bandung, for the opening of their International Choir Competition & Festival.
A HYMN FOR THE OLYMPIC SPORTSMEN broadcast in 200 TV stations in Asia
On June the 27th, Ananda's new choral work "A Hymn to the Olympic Sportsmen" to celebrate the Beijing Olympic Games will be premiered by its commissioner, Jakarta Children and Youth Choir and its director Rizal Tandrio. It is based on a poem by Pindar, a Greek poet lived hundreds of years before Christ. After the premiere at the Goethe Institute, Jakarta, they will bring the piece on tour to Bandung the next day, ESPLANADE (Singapore) on the 9th of July and then the Hongkong Choir Festival on the 16th of July. On the 18th it will be performed for Phoenix TV in Hongkong, which will be broadcast throughout Asia through 200 TV channels. In those concerts they will also perform Ananda Sukarlan older choir piece, now already very much popular, "Hei! Jangan Kaupatahkan" (based on a poem by Sapardi Djoko Damono). More info : www.jcyc.indonesianchoral.net
The CDs released recently.
Ananda Sukarlan has long been a huge fan of the great Australian contemporary composer Peter Sculthorpe, and Peter has also loved Ananda's interpretations of his works and dedicated his exquisite "Little Passacaglia" especially to Ananda. Now, Ananda has recorded his piano works as well as his "From Saibai" for violin and piano and two short trios (with Ema Alexeeva, violin & David Apellaniz, cello) . The CD has been released by Verso in Christmas 2006, entitled "Peter Sculthorpe : Spirits of Place" , which includes the world premiere recordings of Little Passacaglia and Sometimes when I am dreaming. A special & curious bonus in this CD is Ananda Sukarlan playing with himself through a multi-track recording in Sculthorpe's "Four Little Pieces" for piano duet !
Ananda Sukarlan's CD with the works by Jesus Rueda (National Music Award 2004) received high acclaim from critics. The double CD "Complete String Quartets and works for strings & piano", played by Ananda Sukarlan and the Arditti Quartet, has been chosen as the best CD of the month of July 2006 by the music magazine "Scherzo" in Spain. This CD is released by Fundacion Autor.
The premiere of David del Puerto's great Symphony no. 2 "Nusantara" for piano and orchestra by Ananda Sukarlan and the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid conducted by Jose Ramon Encinar in May 2006 proved to be not only highly successful, but also a historical event. The four most important Spanish newspapers (ABC, El Pais, El Mundo & La Razon) as well as an enthralled audience hailed it a masterpiece. It was also broadcasted live by the Radio Nacional de Espaņa . The piece now has been demanded by other orchestras and festivals around the world. Venice Bienale has programmed it for the inauguration evening on the 1st of October at the Teatro La Fenice with the same players, and the event was broadcast live by RAI -3, Italy. Ananda Sukarlan and Jose Ramon Encinar have recorded it for the Stradivarius recording company, who was so enthusiastic after its premiere to release it together with an earlier orchestral piece by David del Puerto, the Violin Concerto of 1999 . This long-awaited CD has been released .
All of these CDs can be obtained through Ananda Sukarlan's management office at email@example.com .