Windows on the World: Johanes “Mo’ong” Santoso Pribadi – Indonesia

Born in Bangkok, raised in Jawa, Moong is a composer always looking for creative concepts and innovative music through research. His main area of study is the music of Indonesia, or music Nusantara as it is called by indonesians.
He started his studies in Western classical music with a major in double bass, but soon moved back to his roots to explore the wisdom of Javanese folklore, and continued master studies in Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Surakarta (Solo), with majoring in art creation of music.

At the same time Mo’ong has been involved with a variety of national and international projects in many different genres of music.
He has been involved with the musical side of different multi-disciplinary art projects such as modern dance, modern theater, contemporary puppet theater, installation art and performance art. Moong has also worked as a sound designer and written music for several independent films.


      Hidup Mati Hidup - Johanes “Mo’ong” Santoso Pribadi

This composition is about the politic situation in Indonesia where the characters of truth and honesty are living in a state filled with crush, pressure and resistance in voicing a truth and honesty itself.

Hidup is Life and Mati is Dead, so they are alive, but actually they are dead because they can’t speak about the truth and move for a change if they want to stay alive.