Rully Shabara & Wukir Suryadi

Senyawa

Jogjakarta’s Senyawa uniquely manage to embody the aural flavours of Javanese music whilst exploring the framework of experimental music practice, pushing the boundaries of both traditions. In doing so their music strikes a perfect balance between their avant-garde influences and cultural heritage to create truly contemporary Indonesian music.

Their sound is comprised of Rully Shabara’s deft extended vocal techniques punctuating the frenetic neo-tribalism of instrument builder, Wukir Suryadi’s modern-primitive instrumentation. Inventions like his handcrafted ‘Bamboo Spear’; a thick stem of bamboo strung up with percussive strips of the plant’s skin along side steel strings. Amplified it fuses elements of traditional Indonesian instrumentation with garage guitar distortion. Sonically dynamic, the instrument can be rhythmically percussive on one side whilst being melodically bowed and plucked on the other.

As a duo they have been performing and playing together extensively for the last 3 years and have toured Indonesia several times over. In 2011 they were invited to perform internationally for the first time at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival sharing the stage with many great musicians such as Faust, Yoshida Tatsuya, Tony Conrad and Charlemagne Palestine.

Since then they have gone onto perform at MONA FOMA Festival in Tasmania, the Adelaide Festival with Korean singer Bae Il Dong, toured as special guests of Australian supergroup Regurgitator, performed at the Glatt und Verkert Festival in Austria along side Japanese guitar master Kazuhisa Uchihashi, as well as the Malmo Sommarscen Festival in Sweden, Salihara Literature Festival in Jakarta, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Clandestino Festival in Norway, CTM Festival in Berlin and Oct Loft Jazz Festival in China. Senyawa was awarded a 1 month residency at AIR Krems as part of the Krems city wide festival in Austria where they were the star guests of the city.

Wukir as a solo performer held a residency at the world famous STEIM in Amsterdam and also performed at the STEIM Festival. Rully Herman was for many years lead singer of legendary experimental Indonesian band ZOO and has also published two books of his written works.

In the past they have collaborated with many notable musicians such Lucas Abela, Yasuke Akai, Jon Sass, Damo Suzuki, Jerome Cooper, David Shea and Kazu Ushihashi. In 2012 they completed a film in collaboration with French filmmaker Vincent Moon.

Review by Mark Smith

The first appearance in Berlin from Indonesian duo Senyawa was the work of Rabih Beaini (AKA Morphosis), CTM and PAN label head Bill Kouligas. It took place on a warm Wednesday evening at Urban Spree. Sitting outdoors below the photo booths lining Warschauer Strasse, the sounds of Shackleton and Kouligas were a decidedly relaxed prelude to what was to come.

To paint Senyawa in the broadest strokes possible, they sound like a slab of abstracted death metal carved from the slopes of a Pacific volcano. After taking the stage at 1 AM, vocalist Rully Shabara oscillated between Freddie Mercury-esque wails, thoroughly menacing screams, solemn throat singing and a school of unnameable gulps, gasps and utterances. He was joined by Wukir Suryadi, who wields a homemade instrument known as the “Bamboo Spear.” The chunky high-gauge strings resonate so thoroughly in the instrument’s wooden body that for a good deal of Senyawa’s set I assumed these frequencies were coming from a bass-heavy backing track. If this all sounds a bit unreal, it was. 

Within a couple of tracks it was apparent they’d be leaving an indelible mark on their audience. One minute Suryadi was coaxing thunder and lightning out of a chiselled branch while Shabara rode the storm with a banshee’s yowl. In an instant, the dynamic dropped to a whisper, and the music became an ornate melange of wooden textures and earthen tones. At one stage Shabara explained how a track was inspired by memories of his village being destroyed by a volcano. This made perfect sense: generally speaking, Senyawa operate on a force-of-nature level. 

Though some members of the crowd at Urban Spree couldn’t handle the performance, most stood rapt to attention. There was a palpable sense of occasion in the room, and even an air of tutelage. The techno producers present learned the humbling lesson that a chunk of wood can bore deeper into the guts than an MS-20. The set concluded with Suryadi intoning on a suling (an Indonesian bamboo flute) and Shabara singing without a microphone to a pin-drop-silent audience. It was a spectacle delivered with true humility and unhinged virtuosity.

Europe 2014

S E N Y A W A
V I A L K A
26.06 | BRUXELLES (be) @ Magasin 4 | 19:00 • 8 €
30.06 | RIVIÈRES (fr) @ La Javanaise | 19:30 • free
01.07 | MARSEILLE (fr) @ L’Embobineuse | 20:30 • 6 €
02.07 | LAUSANNE (ch) @ Maison Du Désert | 19:00 • 5 chf
03.07 | GENÈVE (ch) @ Cave 12 | 21:00 • 10 chf
04.07 | ROYÈRE DE VASSIVIÈRE (fr) @ L’Atelier | 21:30 • free
05.07 | BLOIS (fr) @ Chez Matthieu | 20:30 • 5 €
06.07 | PARIS (fr) @ Cirque Électrique {Nouveau Tigre} | 18:00 • 5 €

S E N Y A W A
12.06 | COPENHAGEN @ Musketeer Festival • Free
29.06 | TOULOUSE (fr) @ Jardin Compans-Caffarelli
{Festival “Les Siestes Électroniques”} | 17:00 • free
07.07 | COPENHAGEN @ Copenhagen Jazz Festival • 122DKK
12.07 | PETIT-FAYS (be) @ Sous Chapiteau {“P’tit Faystival”} | 15:00 • 10 €
23.07 | ERQUERY (fr) @ Chez Christine {La Grange} | 21:00 • 5 €
26.07 | GÖTEBORG (se) @ Botnik {Festival “Clandestino”} | 17:00 • 700 sek

S E N Y A W A
V I A L K A
H A S S A N K .
09.07 | LILLE (fr) @ Ccl | 20:00 • donation
10.07 | AMSTERDAM (nl) @ Occii | 20:30 • 6 €
11.07 | ROTTERDAM (nl) @ foundation B.A.D {Festival “Vrooom”} | 17:00 • tbc
13.07 | MONTMARTIN-SUR-MER (fr) @ Scène 3ème Œil
{Festival “Chauffer Dans La Noirceur”} | 18:00 • 20 €

Senyawa with Kazuhasi UchihashiCD (Bomba Records)
内橋和久がコンテンポラリーとトラディショナルの内なる融合をテーマに立ち上げた新レーベル「コントラディスク」。記念すべき第一弾はインドネシアはジャワ出身の2人組、<センヤワ>。
ケチャを思わせるヴォーカルと竹で作った筒状の自作弦楽器、内橋のギターとダクソフォン。内面から来る伝統性とオリジナリティーが見事に融合。
2011 年シンガポールで運命的な出会いを果たした三人が、ジョクジャカルタにてレコーディングを敢行。奇跡の邂逅が一枚のアルバムに結実した。 アジア発、世界へ。
SENYAWA: 
Rully Shabara - VocalsWukir Suryadi - Bambuwukir, Bamboo fluteKazuhisa Uchihashi - Guitar, DaxophoneProduced by Kazuhisa UchihashiRecorded at Pengerat Studio, YogYakarta by Oki Gembus , 18th. Feburary. 2012Mixed and Mastered by Kazuhisa UchihashiAll music spontaneously composed by Rully Shabara, Wukir Suryadi and Kazuhisa Uchihashi except track 8 & 9 (by Senyawa)
収録曲1. Improvisation #1 2. Improvisation #23. Improvisation #3 4. Improvisation #45. Improvisation #56. Improvisation #67. Improvisation #78. Warna-Tanah Medley (senyawa)9. Abu (senyawa) 

Senyawa with Kazuhasi Uchihashi
CD (Bomba Records)

内橋和久がコンテンポラリーとトラディショナルの内なる融合をテーマに立ち上げた新レーベル「コントラディスク」。記念すべき第一弾はインドネシアはジャワ出身の2人組、<センヤワ>。

ケチャを思わせるヴォーカルと竹で作った筒状の自作弦楽器、内橋のギターとダクソフォン。内面から来る伝統性とオリジナリティーが見事に融合。

2011 年シンガポールで運命的な出会いを果たした三人が、ジョクジャカルタにてレコーディングを敢行。奇跡の邂逅が一枚のアルバムに結実した。 アジア発、世界へ。

SENYAWA: 

Rully Shabara - Vocals
Wukir Suryadi - Bambuwukir, Bamboo flute
Kazuhisa Uchihashi - Guitar, Daxophone
Produced by Kazuhisa Uchihashi
Recorded at Pengerat Studio, YogYakarta by Oki Gembus , 18th. Feburary. 2012
Mixed and Mastered by Kazuhisa Uchihashi
All music spontaneously composed by Rully Shabara, Wukir Suryadi and Kazuhisa Uchihashi except track 8 & 9 (by Senyawa)

収録曲
1. Improvisation #1 
2. Improvisation #2
3. Improvisation #3 
4. Improvisation #4
5. Improvisation #5
6. Improvisation #6
7. Improvisation #7
8. Warna-Tanah Medley (senyawa)
9. Abu (senyawa) 

Merchandise

For order please contact:
Rully Shabara +6281931712261
Wukir Suryadi +62087834693723

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