Gamelan Angklung Project

Ensemble Schedule

Wednesdays starting on October 2nd at 6PM at IBC – 1619 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

About the Project

The Philadelphia Folklore Project has recently identified the Indonesian community – concentrated in South Philadelphia – as a community with which we would like to develop deeper relationships and establish some collaborative programs. PFP, along with Modero and Company is holding a ten-week series of lessons in Balinese gamelan angklung (percussion orchestra) in the fall of 2019. This will be the first opportunity ever for this eight-year-old dance company to nurture local live musical accompaniment, which is so central to the traditional performance practice. 

This ten-week series will be taught by Tom Whitman. Composer and musician Thomas Whitman first studied Indonesian music as a Luce Scholar in Bali in 1986-7 under Balinese master musician I Madé Gerindem. Whitman subsequently earned a Ph.D. in Music from the University of Pennsylvania, and has continued to study Balinese music on numerous research trips to Indonesia as well as with his current teacher in the United States, I Nyoman Suadin. Whitman has taught at Swarthmore College since 1990. There he founded Gamelan Semara Santi, the Philadelphia area’s only Indonesian gamelan in 1997, and he has co-directed it ever since. He has also served as a volunteer music teacher in elementary schools in underserved communities.

Performances in Public Spaces

The 2018 season of Performances in Public Spaces presents, Modero & Company. Modero is a community based traditional Indonesian and fusion dance company.

This performance will be part of a cultural preservation effort and an invitation for all to enjoy the beauty of traditional dances, customs and to get to know the Indonesian community. Modero will lead the audience in a simple Indonesian dance, their namesake, “Modero,” which is a social dance circle.

From June through October, the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) presents Performances in Public Spaces, a free series of family-friendly, cultural performances in parks and plazas throughout Philadelphia neighborhoods. The series is part of OACCE’s Arts in Action initiative that regularly brings quality arts programming to communities across Philadelphia and supports local, creative talent. For more,

Food Festival – Winter Edition

Modero’s first Food Festival of the year, featuring Indonesian cuisines was a successful community gathering.  As always, people form within and beyond the community came to enjoy the authentic food and traditional performances.  The event was also filled with giveaways and door prizes from community businesses such as D’Jakarta Cafe, Cargo M Plus M and music was provided by Lee Junior Entertainment.


Philadelphia, Udara dingin dan angin kencang yang menerpa kawasan east coast Sabtu 3 Maret 2018 tidak menghalangi diaspora Indonesia untuk hadir dan menikmati aneka kuliner nusantara dalam Indonesian Food Festival. Dari cita rasa Madura, Surabaya, Banjar, Solo, Jakarta, Palembang hingga Padang. Dari baso campur, nasi jagung, sate, bebek goreng, mie ayam, pecel, soto, semur jengkol, kikil, cilok hingga pempek.


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