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from THE JAKARTA POST -- SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2009 -- PAGE 32 On a relaxed autumn afternoon in London, art lovers warmed themselves up inside the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre. In the foyer, musicians, mostly from the UK but from other countries as well, set themselves up cross-legged to play the resident Javanese gamelan.
Soothing melodies soon wafted across the open hall. The informal concert kicked off the second year of residency for Rahayu Supanggah, arguably the most internationally renowned Indonesian composer.
Supanggah sat in the middle, playing alternately the kendang (drum) and the rebab (bowed Asian fiddle).
The master musician has been visiting the Southbank twice a year since 2007, leading master classes or workshops at this major arts center in one of the …