Rumput presents:


an evening of Indonesian music
Tues, Feb 18 @ 7:30pm


Rumput will be performing traditional and experimental music, including a new crankie art roll about the exploits of the tobacco industry from Virginia to Indonesia. Stu Kindle, Richmond ukulele artist, will be performing a 30 minute opening set.

When the American tobacco industry was hit with lawsuits in the late 90's, companies re-branded and reoriented towards international markets such as Southeast Asia. In Indonesia, tobacco is poorly regulated, ads regularly target children (remember the “smoking baby” on Youtube?), and lung cancer deaths have gone through the roof. Cigarette taxes are now an important source of national income and politicians receive regular kickbacks from the industry.  The story of tobacco is a tale of global exploitation in which American capitalists have benefited wildly from the suffering of Native Americans, African American slaves, blue-collar labor, and the engineered addiction of billions of smokers across the globe. We will be performing a new “crankie” and shadow play about the story of tobacco, in which Richmond, Virginia and, today, Indonesia are two of the most important chapters.   


This performance will include several traditional and new works for keroncong, including several crankies, featuring our new work on tobacco. Stu Kindle and friends will perform short arrangements of several old tobacco jingles.



Rumput plays keroncong (a string-band tradition from Indonesia) and explores parallel threads with other traditions, especially old-time string-band music of the United States and British Isles, and Indonesian gamelan.


We produce multimedia performances involving traditional and original music paired with shadow theater comprising elements of American and Indonesian traditions  crankies (scrolling panoramas) and wayang (shadow puppets). We have performed internationally, including tours and residencies in Java in 2017 and 2018, performing with local artists at each stop, and collaborating with Indonesian master artists.


Stu Kindle: Ukulele phenom Stu Kindles virtuosity, playful spontaneity and massive chops have earned him a reputation in the Richmond music scene as a force to be reckoned with. Unbound by genre, Kindle delivers a lively set imbued with panache, humor and effortless musicality.