Our first group tour to Indonesia was from December 1993 to January 1994 when the Gamelan Padhang Moncar spent six weeks in Java and Bali, led by Joko Sutrisno and Jack Body.
Traveling eastwards overland from Jakarta, the group stopped at cultural and historic centers to experience the culture from which gamelan originated.
Along the way we experienced all manner of social and cultural experiences, broadening our horizons and refreshing our way of seeing things. We were also lucky enough to catch performances, including: trance dance in Cirebon, an anklung village in Bandung, the Do-Lalak in Porworejo, lightbulb eating Reog Ponegoro in Surabaya, not to mention the more classical Klenengan, Wayang Kulit, Wayang Wong and Kethoprak in Central Java.
We were also involved in performances and media broadcasts, including numerous TV appearances and a radio broadcast.
There was quite some interest in there being a group of potato looking bules playing traditional music.