During the early 1930s in the land of Parahiyangan in Indonesia, a young boy became fascinated with the hums of the angklung, a traditional musical instrument of the Sundanese made of bamboo. An angklung consists of one single note that creates a soothing cord; it then produces sound when being shaken rapidly. The angklung was not only an admired instrument of the young but a famous tool of adult musicians as well. The harmony and uniqueness of the sound of the angklung once escorted every child of the village to his circumcision, to his adulthood, to his marriage and even through celebrations during harvest time. The angklung was then the bringer of happiness and inspiration behind the Saung Angklung Udjo.
As the young boy who fell in love with that instrument grew up, he did not want his memories of the angklung to fade as he also wanted the next generation to feel the magic the angklung provided him. In the turn of 1955, that young boy then became mature enough to learn the angklung from the master of angklung himself, the late Daeng Soetigna, the founder of angklung music. Today, that little boy has turned into an old man with a long white beard that still puts on angklung performances to date. Udjo Ngalagena has been around the world to perform his much loved hobby and has been widely recognized and rewarded in his home country and abroad. [Read more…]