Indonesia’s Bagus Mazasupa is one of the most chameleon-like composers in the Asia-Pacific region today, working across genres and art forms. Hear how he applies his unique ear to the Đông Sơn drum with a composition especially created for the multi-faceted project that is RE:SOUNDING.
Created between 1000 and 3000 years ago, the Đông Sơn bronze drum is pivotal to the Vietnamese sense of identity. Across the centuries these artefacts made their way throughout Southeast Asia and eventually the world, as objects of trade, spoils of war and gifts of friendship. At the same time, they are a sonic echo of the patterns of migration, exile and return experienced by the people behind their creation.
Here artists James Nguyen and Victoria Pham seek to both reflect the lost voice of an ancient instrument and reveal its continuing evolution in the soundscape of contemporary life. Collaborating with the renowned Yojakarta-based musician Bagus Mazasupa, they have sculpted a performance of two works by Mazasupa and Victoria Pham that draw out the rich potential of the Đông Sơn drum.
This world premiere is performed by Salina Myat, Adam Cooper-Standbury and Hamish Upton, and will uncover the intricate and evocative layers of sound that are made possible by this 2,000-year-old instrument, guiding you on an aural voyage that spans millennia.
Integrated Audio Description
Lead Artists James Nguyen and Victoria Pham have produced the re:sounding Performance videos and Play app in collaboration with Audio Describer Imogen Yang to develop accessibility features for the project. As a work centred around RE:SOUNDING and voice, Nguyen and Pham have decided to incorporate audio description with diegetic sound, voiceover and the moving image as an artistic and functional intervention. The artists felt that it was important to use moving image in an experimental and considered way around the performance of music, narration, and audio description. This choice has enhanced how multiple audio components could sit together as a more integrated experience
- Presented by Arts House, City of Melbourne and Campbelltown Arts Centre as part of BLEED 2020
- Composition: Bagus Mazasupa, Victoria Pham
- Premiered and performed (separately) by: Salina Myat, Adam Cooper-Standbury and Hamish Upton
- Lead Artist: James Nguyen
- Lead Artist: Victoria Pham
- RE:SOUNDING is commissioned and presented by Arts House and Campbelltown Arts Centre as part of BLEED 2020.
- BLEED is conceived, produced and presented by City of Melbourne through Arts House and Campbelltown City Council through Campbelltown Arts Centre. BLEED has been assisted by the Federal Government through Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body.
- The RE:SOUNDING project has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and by the NSW Government through Create NSW.
ScheduleFrom 30 July
Duration: 30 mins
This is a free activity.
Born in Malang, Indonesia and has began to composer songs in 1994. He then played with the band Margosujono with his middle school teacher, and began to seriously learn keyboard instruments from Joko. He was then introduced to the piano by Soepardi, his history teacher in high school. In 1996, he moved to Togyakarta and continued to pursue music studies at the Indonesia Institute of the Arts, under the tutelage of Erita Sitorus, Josias Adriaan and Bambang Riyadi, and pianists from the Netherlands, Hellena MS, Martin VB and Anna Jaquin, and composer Charlos Michans who were brought to the institute by Karta Pustaka. In 2006, he joined Sirkus Barock – a group founded by Sawung Jabo in 1976- and was involved in the production and performance of four albums. Mazasupa then formed the instrumental band ‘Bulan Jingga’ in 2013 and released two albums for them, Melukis Sunyi and Rahasia Waktu.’ Selected as the Music Director at Saturday Acting Club (SAC), a theatre company founded in 2008, he is also a skilled sound designer for stage. Since 2017, Mazasupa has run a lecture recital-based touring concert series entitled ‘musikono’ as a means of hospitality and building pleasant sharing spaces between musical works, musicians and audiences by travelling from village to village.
Born and raised in Canberra, Adam Cooper-Stanbury started playing drum kit at the age of 10.Switching to percussion in 14, Adam finished a high school studies in Canberra before moving to Sydney to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Daryl Pratt and Shaun Trubiano. He is currently studying a Masters degree at the Sydney Conservatorium with Shaun Trubiano (principle percussion, Opera Australia Orchestra). In 2019, Adam was the Percussion Fellow with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Adam has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and has performed extensively with the Australian Youth Orchestra. Adam has also played in lessons and masterclasses for some of the top orchestral percussionists in the world including musicians from the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Paris Opera, Cleveland Orchestra and Los Angeles.
Salina is a NSW based percussionist and writer. She is currently in her final year of a Bachelor of Music Performance in Percussion at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She has engaged in various orchestral programs outside of the conservatorium such as Sydney Youth Orchestras and Australian Youth Orchestra. She has also been a contributor to Cut Common magazine for casual review work and enjoys writing in her spare time.
Hamish Upton is a percussionist who thrives on collaborating with chamber musicians. He is a percussionist in the BOLT ensemble, and has performed as an Argonaut at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, with Elision Ensemble, Speak Percussion and Ensemble Offspring. In February 2018, Hamish launched Ossicle Duo with Benjamin Anderson (Bass Trombone). Ossicle Duo are 2020 Local Heroes at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and won the contemporary masters prize for their performance of Mauricio Kagel’s L’art Bruit in 2019. Hamish is a member of Ad Lib Collective, working with fellow musicians on collaborative projects including educational outreach programs, and performances.