Tony Prabowo formed the New Jakarta Ensemble in July, 1996, to provide music for an Indonesian dance festival. The music is a blend of the Indonesian composer's Western classical background and the players' traditional Minang (Western Sumatran) approach. The group doesn't use sheet music, but instead Prabowo tells them his concepts, leaving it to to the musicians to interpret his compositions traditionally. The collaboration yields a music that is neither strictly Western nor traditional. The ensemble's music is performed on instruments from all over Indonesia, the Middle East, China, the Caribbean, South America, and Africa. They played London's Sufi Music Festival in 1997, and the Asia Society's Empty Tradition in 1998.
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