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The Music of Cervantes

HIGHLIGHT on Culture: Celebrating the 400-year legacy of Spanish master author Miguel Cervantes, the pianist and composer Ananda Sukarlan will present his new works at the end of October 2016 at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF).

The Embassy of Spain in Jakarta and The Institute Cervantes participate in the Ubud Writers & Readers 2016 sponsoring a musical performance titled  “The Music of Cervantes” with the Indonesian artists Ananda Sukarlan and soprano Mariska Setiawan.

Spanish literature in Ananda’s music in Ubud
These works are based on the poetry of two great Spanish poets, Miguel de Cervantes and Federico García Lorca, who this year commemorated their 400 and 80 anniversaries of their death respectively.

Ananda Sukarlan
Ubud Writer Fest Ananda-Sukarlan 2Born in Jakarta, Ananda moved to Europe at the age of 17, graduating summa cum laude from the Royal Conservatory of Den Haag under the guidance of Naum Grubert. He has won prizes in a number of international competitions, including the Nadia Boulanger Award of Orleans. Critically-acclaimed, Ananda is “one of the world’s leading pianists at the forefront of championing new piano music” (Sydney Morning Herald).

Mariska Setiawan
Ubud Writer Fest mariska 2Mariska is a young Indonesian soprano from Surabaya. She has participated in masterclasses in Indonesia and abroad, working with Stella Zhou, Professor Renate Faltin, and Ildiko Raimondi from Hochschule für Music Hanns Eisler (Berlin) and the Mozarteum (Salzburg). Mariska has released two albums. The latest is titled An Essay on Love, based on the request of former-president of Indonesia Professor B.J. Habibie in memoriam of his late wife, Hj. Ainun.

Ananda came across Mariska Setiawan in a competition in 2011, and since then Mariska has continued her vocal training among others in Berlin or Salzburg. Apart from her experience in a variety of concerts, Mariska will be the main character in Ananda’s new opera next year.

Ananda Sukarlan lived in Spain for 20 years and closely cooperated with artists there. His new works for this UWRF have been ordered by the Embassy of Spain, mainly aimed at the cultural union of both countries. Besides his new works based on the poetry of Cervantes and García Lorca, Mariska and Ananda will also present some his works, already popular over the last few years in the classical music repertoire, based on the poetry of Adimas Immanuel and Hasan Aspahani, both greatly influenced by García Lorca (Aspahani has freely translated several of Lorca’s poems into Indonesian).

The concert will be held on October 28 at 6 pm in “Taman Baca”, Jl. Raya Sanggingan with the beautiful background of the sunset sky. Whereas on the previous day, October 27 at. 15:45 also in “Taman Baca”/ in the same location, Ananda will be the speaker at the seminar “La Lengua de Cervantes” (“The language of Cervantes”) together with the leading Mexican author, Juan Pablo Villalobos. Ananda will also focus his talk on the influence of the Spanish literature into the Indonesian literature and music.

This year UWRF will be opened on October 26, and will also feature Indonesian leading writers such as Seno Gumira Ajidarma (some of whose works, such as  Tumirah and CLARA, have been used as an opera by Ananda Sukarlan), Leila Chudori, Eka Kurniawan, Rio Haminoto and Dewi Lestari, the film director Joko Anwar, Slamet Rahardjo among dozens of other international writers.

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The sessions generally start at 9:00am and run until 5:00pm each day, with 15 minute breaks between each.

The Festival comes alive across Ubud and Bali. Full list of writers, speakers, artists and performers is now live. Find out who’ll be joining the 2016 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. Tickets must be purchased to enter these events and can be purchased at ticketing@ubudwritersfestival.com or call +62 361 977 408.

Supported by Embassy of Spain in Jakarta and Institute Cervantes.