PENI CANDRA RINI is an Indonesian composer, song writer and singer (traditional & contemporary). She is also a lecturer in the department of Karawitan at the Indonesian Institute of Arts (Institut Seni Indonesia – ISI ) in Surakarta, Central Java. This talented young singer has very rare talent as a “sindhen” (a female solo singer who sing with a Gamelan). Peni keeps showings, especially to the youth that it’s very important to keep the inheritance of our nation by performing from one festival to another festival. Peni received the best young sindhen in Surakarta in the event “Seleksi Pesindhen Remaja Se Karisidenan Surakarta” 19-20 March 2005 in Pendapi gedhe Balaikota Surakarta, She received the silver medal for the best vocal performance at the Spring Friendship Art Festival in Pyong Yang North Korea. Peni has participated in many festivals and collaborated with different artists from all over the world, such as: 

  • “Singing with your body and dance with your voice” – Ringling International Arts Festival 2015, Florida, USA.
  • Music Director “ONTOSOROH” for CINARS Biennale, November 22, 2014 at Montreal, Canada.
  • 50th Anniversary Asian Cultural Council New York, November 18 at the Mandarin Oriental NYC
  • OneBeat Fellows 2014 tour California-Arizona-New Mexico
  • Music Director “ONTOSOROH” for Ubud Writers & Readers festival 2014
  • “Persahabatan Project” with Gilles Saissi, May 17, 2014 at BetelNut Ubud
  • Gamelan performances at Wesleyan University, Brown University, and Tufts University
  • Collaboration with Jessika Kenney & CAGE (Cornell avant grade ensemble) May 4, 2014 at Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
  • Residence project 21 april to 4 May 2014 at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Music Director “ONTOSOROH” for Womadelaide Festival 2014 Adelaide
  • Music director “ONTOSOROH” for Australian Performing Arts Mart 2014 Brisbane
  • Peni Candrarini with Sentana Art Exhibition and Music Concert, 22-30 january 2014, Bentara Budaya Jakarta
  • “After Dream” World Premiere Project Indonesian-American Collaboration between Peni Candrarini and Jen Shyu at the Tembi, January 19 2014 Jogjakarta
  • Pekan Komponis Indonesia 2013
  • Ngayogjazz 2013
  • World Gamelan Festival Terengganu 2013
  • Composer for “Ratu Kalinyamat” Ziarah Bulan Purnama, director Sardono W.Kusuma at the Boko Temple 2013
  • Composer “Ontosoroh” at OzAsia Festival 2013 Adelaide
  • Spoleto56 Festival Dei Due Mondi 2013, Italy
  • ASEAN Enchanting Puppets Festival 2013, Chiangmai, Thailand
  • Korea 2012 Jeonju International Sori Festival, Korea
  • “Ontosoroh” Re-Imagining of Nyai Ontosoroh from Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s “This Earth of Mankind”, An Indonesian-Australian collaboration
  • HIFA 2012 Zimbabwe Africa
  • Residence and performance with Gamelan group at KBRI Washington DC
  • Performance with Gamelan Raga Kusuma at marshall st Richmond, Virginia
  • visiting artist at University of Richmond
  • Performance with American pianist and composer Kit Young at Washington DC. Residence
  • Residency and performance with Cornell Avant Garde Ensemble (CAGE) at Johnson Museum of Art January 29, 2012, 3:00 PM, Cornell University ITHACA, New York
  • Was in-residence at the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles on a grant from the Asian Cultural Council New York
  • Gamelan Concert at California Institute of the Arts, December 8, 2011
  • Gamelan Concert at San Diego Stage University, December 5, 2011
  • Visiting Artist at University of Washington November 30,2011, at Seattle, Washington
  • Gamelan Pasifica with Peni Candrarini in a concert of traditional Javanese Gamelan music as well as her original compositions, Saturday, December 3, 2011, 08.00 pm at PONCHO hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA
  • Gamelan music concert with Kusuma Laras and Rob Kapilow at Lincoln Center White Light Festival November 14 at 7:30 Walter Reade Theater
    165 West 65th Street New York
  • Improvisation Ensemble join with “Susan Allen & Roman Stolyar release their new duo album TOGETHER” concert, at Roy O Disney Hall California Institute of the Arts November 19 at 8 PM, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, California. 
    – Gamelan music concert with Kusuma Laras and Rob Kapilow at Lincoln Center White Light Festival November 14 at 7:30 Walter Reade Theater
    165 West 65th Street New York
  • Residency and performance with Venerable Showers of Beauty Gamelan at Lewis & Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, Portland, OREGON 97219
  • “Sumunar” Puppet shadow performance with Midiyanto October 22 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, October 23 at 2:30 PM at the Heart of the Beast Theater, 1500 E. Lake St. in Minneapolis
  • Collaboration with Suzanne Teng on 8 October 2011, in the “Full Moon Saturdays at Stonywood”, 1269 N. Mentor Ave in Pasadena
  • MEBARUNG with gamelan Burat Wangi and Sekar Jaya, October 8, 2011, A Part of Luckman’s World Arts Day at World Festival of Sacred Music
  • Collaboration with Los Angeles Electric 8 for the World Festival of Sacred Music performing rare selections by Charles T. Griffes, Mantel Hood, and Lou Harrison
  • “Kembang Kapas” composed by Peni Candra Rini with Thai choreographer Ronnarong Khampha 11 july 2011 at Theater Kecil ISI Surakarta
  • “Kembang Kapas Mariah” by Peni Candra Rini 9 June 2011 at Nderek Mariah 30 tahun Garin Nugroho berkarya at the Bentara Budaya Jakarta
  • “Bramara” Songs from the ring of fire by Peni Candra Rini, and “Mbiragamelandreaming” by Peni Candra Rini and Albert Chimedza 28 – 29 april 2011 at HIFA (Harare International Festival of the Arts) Africa
  • 23 and 24 april ILAGALIGO at Makassar
  • “Opera Jawa” with Garasi Seni Benawa september 2010 at Tropen Teater Amsterdam, 24 and 25 october at Grand Theater ISI Surakarta, 28 and 29 october at Jogjakarta, 3 and 4 november at Jakarta, and 18 – 28 march 2011 at Musse Quai Branly Paris
  • “Gamelan festival” with Garasi Seni Benawa at Trengganu Malaysia
  • APPEX (Asia Pasific Performance Exchange) Bali 2010 Bali
  • Bandung Jazz, Solo city jazz
  • Ngayogjazz Jogjakarta
  • 15 august “World Peace Orchestra” at jakarta
  • Music composing for “RUBIYAH”
  • 13 july “madusari” by Peni Candra Rini at Teater Besar ISI Surakarta, 29 july “madusari” by Peni Candra Rini at Sahid Jaya Jakarta Indonesia
  • 17 june Dwiki Dharmawan World Peace Orchestra GKJ jakarta
  • 1 June Widosari Tong2 Festival Den Haag
  • 21 May Tong2 Festival Den Haag
  • IGFA (International Gamelan Festival Amsterdam) 8 may Tropen Teather Amsterdam
  • 10-18 April Krakatau at The Spring Friendship Art Festival pyongyang KOREA, 4 may ADB Bali
  • “Festival Le Imaginaire” 24 march until 5 april 2009 at Paris France
  • Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2009
  • “Iron Bed” which directed by Garin Nugroho and composer by Rahayu Supanggah 2008 in Zurich Swetzerland
  • Voicing in “Laskar pelangi” the movie music illustration by Aksan Titi Sjuman and directed by Riri Riza 2008
  • “HIFA” Harare International Festival of the Arts collaborated with Albert the Mbira Centre Harare Zimbabwe Africa and Kumiko (koto) from Japan
  • “The Rhythm Of Indonesia” with Krakatau 2007 in Beijing Concert Hall China
  • “International New Jazz from Switzerland live at the temple” collaborated with Geisser mazzola Duo, Indonesia Performing arts Mart in Bali 2005 and Surakarta 2007
  • participated in Opera Jawa which directed by Garin Nugroho and composer by Rahayu Supanggah, “20 th Singapore International Film Festival” Singapore
  • I LAGALIGO by Robert Willson and Music composer by Rahayu Supanggah live concert in (TMII Jakarta; “Melbourne International Art Festival” at Art Center Melbourne Australia; Milano Italia; also Taipei International Art Festival” at Taipei Taiwan)
  • Jakarta International Jazz Festival 2006
  • Java Jazz Festival 2006
  • “Drama Topeng” collaborated with Widosari Gamelan Ensamble from Amsterdam concert in (Odion Zwolle; KIT Trophen theater Rotterdam de Evanaar Rotterdam; Rasa Utrech; Korzo Den Haag Netherland; and kreuzkirche Kassel Germany)
  • Megalitikum-kuantum in Jakarta and Bali 2005
  • Art Summit 2004
  • World Music Festival 2002, Indonesian Culture Promotion at Paris France and Greek 2003

Here is a music album that has been created by Peni Candra Rini
*BRAMARA* 2008
1. Mbrengengeng
2. Sekar
3. Madusari
4. Entup
5. Tilar

*RUBIAH* 2009
1. Rubiah
2. Manik Jejantung

1. “Lintang” inspired by Gamelan slendro
2. “Kidung” Inspired by the traditional chant of Bali
3. “An-Nahl” inspired by humming of bees
4. “Bire” Inspired by traditional music Kalimantan, Especially on Dayak type Lundaye
5. “Bramara” Inspired by various Indonesian vocals.



*SEKAR* 2012
1. Sekar
2. Kapang
3. Banyu
4. Kidung Asmarani
5. Anuraga
6. Talking Percussion
7. Sang Penari