Making Connections with the Music of Wonosobo in Java's Dieng Plateau: Interdisciplinary Insights around the Bundengan, a Duck-herd's Zither


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International Symposium: Bundengan Connections: Interdisciplinary Insights around a Rare Javanese Musical Instrument from Wonosobo

Date: Thursday 8 February 2018

Time: 8.30am - 4.30pm

Catering will be provided


  • 8.30     Registration and coffee ($22 adults, $11 concession)
  • 9.30     Welcome
  • 10.00   Keynote Address: “The Conservation Journey of a Rare Javanese Musical Instrument: from Kowangan to Bundengan”, Rosie Cook MA, (Cultural Conservator)
  • 10.45   Morning tea

Paper Session 

  • 11.15   “The Duck-herd’s Zither in the Music-Culture of the Dieng Plateau in the 1970s”, Prof Margaret Kartomi (Ethnomusicologist, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University)
  • 11.45   “The Bundengan 2.0: An Acoustic Study”, Dr Gea Parikesit and Dr Indraswari Kusumaningtyas (Engineering academics at Universitas Gajah Mada, Yogyakarta)
  • 12.15   “The Organology of the Bundengan”, Sa’id Abdullah and Luqmanul Chakim (from Wonosobo)
  • 12.45   Lunch (provided)

Paper Session

  • 2.00     “Bundengan Stories: Folk Zithers and Duck Herders in Wonosobo”, Palmer Keen (American ethnomusicologist and Java-resident creator of “Aural Archipelago”)
  • 2.30     “Conservation and Community: Problems and Techniques”, Dr Nicole Tse (Cultural Conservation academic at the Grimwade Centre of Cultural Materials Conservation, University of Melbourne)
  • 3.00     “Handmade, Improvised and Whimsical: the bundengan, the luri, and the jungga wingis”, Dr David Mitchell (Medical doctor)
  • 3.30     Guided tour of the Music Archive of Monash University, 4th Floor south,   Building 11

Exhibition: A Duck-herd’s Zither on Java’s Dieng Plateau and Other Rare Indonesian Musical Instruments. Includes Refreshments

Time: 5.30pm for 6.00pm

Launch and Guided tour of the MAMU Exhibition, “A Duck-herd’s Zither and Other Rare Indonesian Musical Instruments,” Music Auditorium and Foyer

Performances of Bundengan Music, Dances, Animation, and Short Films presented by Guest Artists from Wonosobo Regency in Dieng.

Time: 7.15pm - 8.30pm

Free Event

Registration is essential: Maximum 200


  1. Song of Welcome: bundengan and vocalist
  2. Dance based on the story of the ducks with bundengan music: Sontholoyo
  3. Animation: “Raining Situation”: farmer feels bored so sings a song in the field by Luk
  4. Bundengan play: “Rain Stops”: how the bundengan and the dance become a stage performance:  Solasih
  5. Siter and suling music: Kandek
  6. Contemporary dance with “Gondangkeh” song, siter and suling
  7.  Dancers: Bu Mui


  1. “Aura Magis Musik Bundengan (The Magical Aura of the Bundengan)”: documentary by Bambang Hengky
  2. “Music Dalat Tempurung (Music in the Shell)”: research project by Sa’id Abdulloh at Institut Seni Indonesia in Surakarta

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We are grateful for a generous donation towards this event by the Helen Soemardjo Arts Fund

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