“Tradition is something that is passed down through the generations and ties people together. Tradition is also a space where local identity and wisdom can grow,” said the ethnomusicologist Nursalim Yadi Anugerah.
Inspired by cosmology, sonology, and culture of indigenous people of West Kalimantan, Indonesia – Nursalim Yadi Anugerah is well known for his peculiar approach to instrumentation and composition.
He has an artistic and exceptional blending sound techniques between the traditional Kalimantan music and eclectic avant-garde. Yadi is one of the region’s up-and-coming stars. He utilizes unique instruments, like Kadede (the Dayak’s mouth organ) including traditional ones as well as tenor saxophone and contrabass.
With extensive collaboration with indigenous musician, the Pontianak-based composer and ethnomusicologist also have mission to preserve and reinterpret the traditional music of West Kalimantan through new compositions.
According to The Jakarta Post, in September 2020, the composer was once concerned that the West Kalimatan’s artistic scene was not often highlighted because of the Jakarta-centric bias where cultural centers are often only situated in major cities. But with the recent plans of Indonesian government’s plans to move the capital from Jakarta to the Kalimantan island means the decentralization is in sight.
Yadi also shares about his mission to represent the West Kalimatan Borneo tribe’s art and culture to the world: “Tradition is not merely objective; we also use traditional instruments alongside Western instruments. What’s sold in the end are the instruments, exotic aspects showcasing how a particular ethnic group can perform alongside ‘universal’ culture like Western music.”
For the last six years, he has also served as the music director for the Balaan Tumaan Ensemble, a group of West Kalimantan musicians.
His chamber opera works received a Kelola Foundation Indonesia “Innovative Work” grant in 2017 and with his work HNNUNG, a reflection of his self-processed closeness with the Kayān Mendalām from Kapuas Hulu regency in West Kalimantan – he was honored with a first prize commission from Orkest de Ereprijs at International Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn, Netherlands in 2019.
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