Sinta Wullur

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time, she also developed an interest in Asian music, especially Indian and Indonesian song, and the gamelan traditions of Java and Bali. Wullur travelled to Indonesia to learn more about its musical traditions. She has played in various Dutch gamelan ensembles. She aims to combine European and Asian traditions in her music, in part by working with rhythmical structures derived from gamelan. In the mid-1990s, she had a gamelan orchestra built that was turned according the European twelve-tone system, as opposed to the Indonesian tuning in five and/or seven tones. She set up the Multifoon ensemble to play this gamelan, often in combination with European instruments such as a string quartet and a saxophone quartet. The ensemble played a role in Gamelan Symfonie by Peter Schat. She also used this gamelan in her opera Ramayana, on which she worked since 2001. She recently spent two years travelling around India and Indonesia. As a result, she started incorporating gamelan and Indian raga into her compositions. Her most recent work focuses on improvisation. In her concerts, she wants the audience to be able to share a ritualistic experience. Miranda Lakerveld creates innovative stagings for opera and classical music to build bridges between cultures, religions and artistic disciplines. For this purpose she has founded World Opera Lab. Recent works include Orfeo in India, an adaptation of Monteverdi’s  L’Orfeo, with Indian and European musicians in Ahmedabad, Erda a performance installation with music by Calliope Tsoupaki at Dutch National Opera, Het innerlijke landschap (‘The Inner Landscape’) at the Holland Festival in 2015, about the Sichuan Opera tradition, and Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, with communities in Amsterdam-West, combining Monteverdi with Arabic and Turkish traditional music. She made Majnun & Leyla fusing music and performance practices from India, Iran, Morocco and Turkey, and a series of opera/lectures about conflicts in the Middle East for De Balie, and Dance with the seven veils. To support her creative work she has done extensive research into traditional music-drama practices and religious ceremonies from India, Iran, Mexico, Japan, Guatemala and Tibet.