The Istamuzika Music Group consists of two groups of professional traditional musicians; Traditional Music Group and Combo Music Group. The former focuses on traditional music like ‘asli’, ‘gamelan’, caklempong’, ‘wayang kulit’, ‘paluan’ and ‘ghazal’ whereas the latter is more focussing on producing creative or contemporary music by uniting with traditional musicians. Istamuzika has 25 permanent and contract basis musicians. Major successes includes the winning of 13 gold medals in World Championship of Performing Art in Hollywood, Los Angeles in July 2008. Today, Istamuzika is administered under the Music Department of Istana Budaya.
The objective of establishment of this musicians group is to accompany the dancing and Aristana performances locally and internationally and to be part of performances in government official functions attended by world dignitaries. The group is also promoting Malaysia through its traditional music while performing in official functions.
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