West Java, Music school Pak Udjo
Music school Pak Udjo, Java
Deep in the kampungs off Jl. Padasuka in east Bandung lies Indonesia’s most renowned centre of Sundanese music and dance. The Saung Angklung Pak Udjo (Pak Udjo’s Angklung House) is a partially open air bamboo and thatch auditorium nestled within groves of tall, yellow and green bamboo plants.
“I began my Saung Angklung to develop and preserve Sundanese art, music and dance,” affirms Pak Udjo, a dignified patriarch in the midst of an elegant array of bronze and bamboo instruments. “Then comes Indonesian music; finally, Western music. My children do not perform just for the audiences – they play for themselves. I will make everybody happy for the future of our beautiful country.”
Ambitious as this claim may seem, experiencing the musical ensemble in all its rich colour is one of Bandung’s finest treats.