The Sound of Shadows: Sugar Coated

Sugar Coated


Juxtaposing the joy and the destruction that food can bring, this immersive concert celebrates endangered Indonesian instruments whose primary function is centred around food production.

Luqmanul Chakim’s performance of instruments of the working class – Bundengan (duck herder’s rain shield and zither) from Java, Rantok (polyrhythmic rice pounding), and Gule Gending (fairy floss street vendor’s steal pans) from Lombok, will be complemented and contrasted by the Sindhen vocals (Javanese Court style) of internationally acclaimed Peni Candrarini.

Artistic Director Bianca Gannon, performing post-minimalist piano and gamelan, propels this exchange into a contemporary art music context. This major work is further magnified by the digitally enhanced idiosyncratic shadow puppetry of Bungkus Art Collective. The result is a bilateral dialogue around timely issues.

Will the bittersweet impact of the food industry on societies, health and the environment be sugar coated? This farm-to-table narrative will indeed impart some food for thought…

The artist will contribute 50% of the proceeds of this show to earthquake relief charities in Lombok.

The Sound of Shadows: Sugar Coated was assisted by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and is presented in conjunction with Multicultural Arts Victoria and Mapping Melbourne.

Presented by Bianca Gannon and Mapping Melbourne


The Sugar Coated team invites you to attend a post-concert Q&A from 8.40pm – 9pm.


Bianca Gannon: Artistic Director, Composer-Pianist
Luqmanul Chakim: Bundengan, Suling, Rantok, Gule Gending
Peni Candra Rini: Sindhen/Vocals, Rebab
Bungkus Art Collective: Shadow Puppetry
Jean Poole, Robert Jarvis: Animation, Concert Visuals