Yennu Ariendra aka Y-DRA is a music composer, producer, musician, DJ and digital artist who works in the area of ​​music, performance and also visual. Almost all of his works depart from the values ​​of tradition and history in Indonesia, Java in particular. The methods of creation also involved a Javanese cultural approach, such embodiment, and instinctive expression, which intertwined between local and global, past and present, traditional and modern.

Besides as a solo artist, currently he working in the experimental duo “Raja Kirik”, the art collective “Teater Garasi / Garasi Performance Institute”, the rock band “Melancholic Bitch”, the music label “Trauma Rhythm Record”, the “WYST” sound laboratory and the puppet theater group “Papermoon Puppet Theater”. The music album “No-Brain Dance” (2019), the visual exhibition “Image of the Giant” (2019) and the music album “Raja Kirik” (2018) are his recent works.

I was trained mostly as a musician / composer. Along the time of my practice, I became more interested in interdisciplinary creation, with sound and music as my basic. I perceive sound as a way of working rather than merely a medium or product. In my previous works I departed from the strong practice of traditional art, range from music, dance, performance, visual, and rituals, and put them in a new critical narrative related to the history of my society, and then recreate them in contemporary forms.

“Menara Ingatan” Performance (2017). WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

My recent projects are focusing on how I found another side of the history, where resistance is not being seen as marginalized, but as a spirit of fighting. While this narrative strongly related to colonialism issue, for me it is more interesting to dig up into what happened in the contemporary life today. The story from colonial and war period had effected the identity of the society today, and this create a complex yet interesting political context. In realisation, I often use uncommon materials to build a music composition. Mainly, I use digital sampling to edit recorded material into instrument or sound effect. For example, in my previous work, in order to underline the violent issues, I use a lot of metal materials (metal junk, weapon, kitchenware, etc.) by digital sampling or make it as a live instrument. This was also influenced by “ordinary evil” idea, ordinary people could do something bad in their life. For example, the 1965 mass genocide in Indonesia, often did by ordinary people with anything they could found in their house (kitchen knife, fork, wire, etc. )

Live with the band “Melancholic Bitch”

Live with experimental music community