Director, Music of Java Ensemble
Djoko Walujo Wimboprasetyo, respectfully addressed by his professional colleagues and his students as “Pak Djoko” (Father Djoko), is one of the most highly regarded senior performers of Javanese classical music. He is a performer and composer of the music of the Central Javanese gamelan, a percussion-dominated musical ensemble featuring tuned bronze gongs, bronze metallophones, and drums, along with flutes, zither, vocals, and spiked fiddle.
Pak Djoko studied music at the Indonesian Arts Institute and law at the University of Gajah Mada in Yogyakarta, Java. He studied gamelan music from an early age with many well-known teachers, including Raden Lurah Dhamowijoyo, Raden Ngabehi Prawira Pangrawit, Bapak Sunardi Wisnubrata, Bapak Promono, Bapak Hadi Sumarta, and K.R.T. Wasitodiningrat. He has performed widely, composed music for dance and drama, and received awards from the Javanese Ministry of Education, Governor of the Special Region of Yogyakarta, and The Radio Republic of Indonesia.