Philemon Mukarno is one of the most original composers of the young generation. His work is utterly uncompromising and characterized by a very strong sense of esthetics and individual style. His music is immediately recognizable, and no matter if he writes for traditional instruments or highly unusual setups, acoustic or electronic, and no matter if the composition is highly complex and virtuosic or carried by great simplicity.


‘very strong sense of esthetics and individual style’

Philemon is a composer of contemporary music. As someone who was born in Indonesia and studied western music and has a music career in the west, made Philemon as a unique composer in contemporary music. He has found his own musical language, as he claimed, Meaning and Form is to be the primary basis in its composition. Philemon’s works include a variety of media: electronic music, electro acoustic music, gamelan music, ensemble etc. An incredible composer!


‘An incredible composer!’

Ongoing projects


A sound experience for voice and (electro) acoustics A production for voice and electroacoustics performed by vocalist Janneke van der Putten(NL) with compositions by Werner Durand(DE), Chrs Galarreta (PE) and Philemon Mukarno(NL/ID). Interface-dress designed by Jesse Howard (US) & Arden Rzewnicki (US)

A sound experience for voice and (electro)acoustics’ presents a performance around the boundaries and possibilities of the human voice in interaction with the Voice-Skin, a wearable acoustic interface. Unconventional vocal techniques and spatial resonances are mixed with (electro-)acoustic sounds that are transmitted through the material surfaces and electronic components of the Voice-Skin. The movements of the vocalist will generate a spatial sound experience in which the listeners will immerse themselves.

Performances will take place between November 2020 and December 2021.
Contact: Janneke van der Putten
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +31 6 40465100

Janneke van der Putten with the Voice-Skin [6 tracks wearable sound device].

Surat-Surat Perang [2020] for voice and voice skin with 6 tracks electronics

Duration: 20 min

World première on 23 April 2021 at Hangar, Barcelona.

Composed on request of and dedicated to Janneke van der Putten

With the financial support by the Performing Arts Fund NL 

2 track version of the electronics of Surat-Surat Perang

For cello and voice

Duration: 40 min

Composed with the financial support by the Performing Arts Fund NL 

Composed on request of and dedicated to