STAR CAVALIER/YEN ING TAWANG, 2018
Megan O’Donoghue’s first full-length recording, is a deeply personal work from the Feminine perspective. This work tells stories from personal experience and from the lives of female characters within the Hindu epic poems Mahabarata and Ramayana. “Peshawar” is greatly influenced by Megan’s life in Central Java, Indonesia, and from touring with wayang kulit (traditional shadow puppet theater) as a female singer (pesindhen). The pieces, accompanied by the cross-cultural music group Gemati, combine musical traditions such as the folk ballad, keroncong (Portuguese-influenced Indonesian folk music), karawitan (Javanese court music) and other traditions which naturally reflect Megan’s study and experience within these worlds. The lyrics also seamlessly change from English to Indonesian to Javanese languages.