The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Tokyo introduced the first wooden Angklung in the world, created by Dhany Irfansyah. This event was held to commemorate World Angklung Day, November 16, 2021. This wooden Angklung is the latest innovation in the art of Angklung culture. Usually, Angklung is made of bamboo.
Dhany Irfansyah created the wooden Angklung by utilizing wood materials that can be easily found in every country. This is certainly a driving force for the spread of Angklung throughout the world. This was stated by Indonesian Ambassador to Japan and the Federated States of Micronesia, Heri Akhmadi in a press release received by ANTARA in Jakarta, on Tuesday (16/11).
The launch of the wooden Angklung was carried out at the ambassador's residence in Tokyo by Ambassador Heri Akhmadi, who was accompanied by Coordinator of the Social and Cultural Information Function, Meinarti Fauzie. According to Ambassador Heri Akhmadi, wood is an alternative material for making Angklung other than bamboo. The wooden Angklung is also promoted directly on the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo's Instagram account.
On that occasion, Dhany Irfansyah appreciated the support from the Indonesian Embassy for his work. He also said that this wooden Angklung was created solely to make it easier for other countries to make Angklung from wood. Therefore, the Angklung musical instrument can spread throughout the world. Previously, Dhany had tried to make Angklung from Japanese bamboo, but the bamboo was considered unsuitable for making Angklung.
Dhany’s contribution, who is a staff member of the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo, in the field of music is fairly good. The man who has lived in Japan for 16 years has also created Digital Angklung through a mobile application in 2010. The application was recorded as a record at the Indonesian Record Museum (MURI) which was registered by Indosat Ooredoo with Saung Udjo and Masagi Studio on November 20, 2016. MURI at that time noted that there were 3,218 people playing the Angklung Digital application via smartphones based on Android and iOS. The way to play the application is also similar to acoustic Angklung, namely by shaking it.