Bilawa Ade Respati performs on the Javanese gamelan and the guitar; recites song poem and moves performatively; writes words, as well as music for the guitar & gamelan.

Photo by Dico Baskoro, 2021

Selected Recent Projects

Sembilan Dropadi
Stipend project, researching implementation of algorithmic music composition for the gamelan instrument. The work is inspired by Triyanto Triwikromo's novel "Pertempuran Lain Dropadi". Funded by the Musikfonds.
Music, text
May-October 2022
Sound sketches

Keroncong Spektra
Research and development project on Keroncong music and minimalism, together with the musician Bintang Manira Manik, funded by Amarte Fonds.
June-August 2022

Tana Sadji
Durational performance on an imagined civilization with its myth and rites, with Jan K. Thedja, Rizki R. Utama, Nindya Nareswari, Ariel W. Orah, intervention on the exhibition Nation, Naration, & Narcose.
Concept, performance
Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 26.5.2022
Description | Link

Experimental music based on the group Senyawa's new album Alkisah, with Soydivision Ensemble and Rabih Beaini
Haus der Indonesischen Kulturen, Berlin, 17.4.2022

Music theater depicting the life of Aryati through the backdrop of Indonesian history and the development of Keroncong music, with Soydivision Ensemble
Musician, music composition (with Bintang Manira Manik), & direction
Uferstudios, Berlin, 19.3.2022 (Premiere)

Of Longing and Fear
Music / artistic research on the period of Japanese occupation from Indonesian, Japanese, & Dutch perspectives, with Soydivision Ensemble as part of the project T_akut. Stipend from Musikfonds.
Text and music
September-November 2022.

Lecture performance on Gamelan from the mythical time, through Indonesian modernism, its sound and expectations, with Ariel W. Orah
Text and music
Ballhaus Naunynstra├če, Berlin, 17.10.2021 (Premiere)
Description | Link

Requiem: Mangongkal Holi
Dance piece on the theme of death between Indonesian and European death ritual, with Rubarb Dance & Art
Music (with Konstantin Hauer & Biliana Voutchkova)
Dock11, Berlin, 23.9.2021 (Premiere)
Description - Rubarb | Video | Press

Experimental radionovela on collective practice, with Ariel W. Orah.
Research & Waves, Berlin, 11.9.2021

La Gran Drama-tisch
Performance as part of the grand processions of dance, music, food and installation, with Lalove's Kitchen, Nowhere Kitchen, & Soydivision.
Shillerkiez, Berlin, 3.9.2021
Description - Lalove's