Percussion Beats of Palu Salonde Percussion

10-14 Agustus 2018

Palu, Sulawesi Tengah

The Palu Salonde Percussion is an opening act of the Gaung Sintuvu Festivals. It will be held in Palu from 10 to 14 August 2018. The festival feature various art and cultural performances: Culture Carnaval, World Percussion, Nusantara Percussion, and Traditional Ritual Percussion.

In the opening, the Salonde Percussion Festival will present Komunitas Sangu Patuju, an ensemble of Central Sulawesi percussion groups, performing ethnic music with drums, flutes, and xylophones. Also on stage would be OCAS (Orquestra De Cámara De Siero) from Spain, with their 2018 Vinculos. Vinculos is OCAS’ project to promote social and cultural integration through music, to introduce cultural richness and a non-discriminatory way of life.

Four days of the Salonde Percussion Festival would feature many other percussion groups. Th e Perkusi Sulawesi and “Pakaroso Ada” colossal percussion group would be on stage in 11 August 2018. Javanese and Balinese percussion groups perform on the Kaombona urban forest stage in 12 and 13 August 2018.

Besides introducing percussion music by performances by national and foreign groups, the festival offers a percussion composition workshop entitled “Boundless Work” for those in the audience who want to learn. The workshop features mentors such as former God Bless drummer Gilang Ramadhan and international composer Dr. Sutrisno Hartana.

The Palu Salonde Percussion Festival will also include a cultural exhibition, which displays cultural artefacts, traditional musical instruments, and photos of Palu Ngataku throughout the times. The closing act would be a collaboration between a drum band and percussion group Perkusi Nusantara in the Kaombona forest on 14 August 2018.

At the heart of the festival is the Central Sulawesi concept of Sintuvu or collaboration. Sintuvu is derived from the local word tuvu (which means “life”) and si (“work”). The connecting letter “n” refers to a collaborative act. Therefore, the Palu Solende Percussion act is based on the collaboration of various art and culture activists in a network that spans Indonesia and the world.