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date: 18 August 2019

Subono, Blacius locked

  • Jody Diamond

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(b Klaten, Java, Feb 3, 1954). Indonesian composer . The son of the dhalang (shadow puppet master) Yusuf Kiyatdiharjo, his music studies began at the age of six. In 1966 Subono began to perform as a dhalang; at the high school conservatory in Surakarta he helped to create wayang kancil, a new form of puppet theatre featuring animal characters and new musical arrangements. After encouragement by S.D. Humardani, the director of the Indonesian Academy for the Performing Arts in Surakarta, he composed several new works and created another new form, wayang sandosa (widescreen shadow puppet theatre). In 1983 he was invited to the national composers' festival in Jakarta. Subono often performs the nine-hour wayang kulit (shadow puppet theatre). He has taught at many institutions including Simon Fraser University in Vancouver in 1990. In the late 1990s he began to concentrate on training other dhalang as part of his teaching work at the Indonesian Academy for the Performing Arts. He has received many awards and commissions; his writings mainly concern the musical accompaniment for the new style of ...

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