A monthly klenengan held in Surakarta, Central Java, sponsored by members of the North American gamelan community
|Reports -- archive of detailed reports on each klenengan
Dates of upcoming klenengan
About the Klenengan
How it Started...
In the Spring of 2001, members of the North American gamelan community based in the northeast decided to organize and raise funds to sponsor a monthly klenengan in Solo. The purpose of the klenengan is two-fold: to help musician friends who continue to suffer financially from the economic crisis, and to promote classical music activity in Solo, where campursari and Sragenan are so dominant. The klenengan is fashioned after the "Minggu Wagen" that was started by Anne Stebinger in 1999 and run by Kitsie Emerson and Bp. Wakidi.
The Fundraising Concept
The concept used in fundraising is one of subscription. One time donations are, of course, welcome, but donors were encouraged to think of the project as ongoing. The initial response to the call for support exceeded expectations. The $6200 from more than 35 supporters is well beyond the target of $4800 for a year's worth of klenengan budgeted at $400 each.
While the funds raised are more than enough for this inaugural year, certain donations were intended to be one-time rather than ongoing. New donors are thus always encouraged. Given a number of factors - among them variance in the actual expense for each klenengan and fluctuations in the exchange rate - the organizers are waiting for the first year to pass before suggesting how the surplus might be used. Two possibilities are to save the money to cover shortages in upcoming years, or to sponsor additional events.
Who Started it
The key organizers (in alphabetical order) are Barry Drummond, Kitsie Emerson, Chris Miller, Marc Perlman and Anne Stebinger. The initial meetings were also witnessed by our teachers, Bp. Harjito, Sumarsam, and Wakidi. Kitsie must be credited with promoting the concept and spearheading the initiative to realize it. She and Bp. Wakidi continue to oversee the running of the klenengan itself.
Characteristics of the Klenengan
The organizers of the klenengan decided that it should have the following characteristics. Further explanation of some of these points is covered in the notes on budgeting.
Klenengan take place factory/house of Bp. Mulyadi, in the Lojiwetan neighborhood of Solo, and usually begin around 8 pm. For more information on the events themselves, contact Kitsie Emerson.
Event Planning: Kitsie Emerson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Contributions: Barry Drummond <email@example.com>
CD Dubbing Tree: Anne Stebinger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Website: Chris Miller <email@example.com>