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Beginners Javanese Gamelan

Randi Plake writes in:

Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble. The concert will include a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble.

Date: Thursday, May 4th
Time: 7 PM
Place: World Music Hall

Beginners Javanese Gamelan

gamelan_eventFrom the CFA:

Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble. The concert will include a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble.

Date: Saturday, December 5
Time: 8-9:30 PM
Place: World Music Hall

Call for Davison Art Center Student Docents

R. Luke DuBois "A More Perfect Union" 2011

R. Luke DuBois “A More Perfect Union” 2011

From our friends at the Davison Art Center:

Introduce 4th-grade students to the world of the arts!
The Friends of the Davison Art Center (FDAC) are looking for volunteer docents or tour guides for their school tours program this Fall. Docents introduce over 400 Middletown fourth graders to art, music, and architecture through annual tours of Wesleyan arts, including the Zilkha GalleryMansfield Freeman Gallery, and Gamelan orchestra.  Docents will lead tours, assist in creating lesson plans, meet with curators, and stimulate connections and a dialogue about the works of art. Tours run the dates of October 6-8, 13-15, and 21-22 from 9:15am-12:30pm. All docents will be required to attend the training session and commit to one (or more!) shifts. The FDAC has a history of over 40 years of engaging with Middletown’s students and we couldn’t do it without the tremendous support of our volunteers.

Contact Info: Rosemary Lennox, rosemary.lennox.wesleyan[at]gmail[dot]com

Gamelan Concert

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sarah Bartholomew writes in—concisely—to entice you to see a 5 1/2 hour long Gamelan concert.  I don’t know about you, but I think this event has “perfect procrastination method” scrawled all over it:

Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of Javanese
gamelan. The concert will include a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth
Gamelan Ensemble.

Where: World Music Hall
Date: TONIGHT May 1, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM – 1 AM
Cost: $2 at box office

Javanese Gamelan Music with Guest Singer Peni Candra Rini

You’re invited to an exciting performance of Javanese gamelan music:

Experience the culture of Java with advanced students of Javanese gamelan, who perform with special guest singer Peni Candra Rini from The Institute Seni Indonesia in Surakarta.

Date: Thursday, April 24th
Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: World Music Hall (CFA)
Cost: FREE

American Balungan: A Senior Recital

Madi Holland ’13 wants to take you to GAMELAND!:

It’s that time! Come to my senior recital for a night of gamelan.

Four manipulations of traditional central Javanese gamelan pieces will be performed. Two will feature instrumental reassignments in the traditional framework, and the second two will be regular balungans with bonang barung (played by Madi) and guitar improvisations (played by Henry Robertson) over them.

It would mean the world to me if you could attend. Really.

Interlocking: Balinese Kotekan Outside the Gamelan

Come check out Ian Coss ’11‘s senior recital this weekend:

The concert will present a combination of traditional Gamelan music and original pieces inspired by Balinese compositional practice. My focus is on the use of interlocking patterns that create fluid melodies out of fragmented parts. I am exploring how this technique can be translated to new musical settings outside the traditional instrumentation and repertoire of Balinese Gamelan. The program will last one hour.

  • Date: Saturday, April 16
  • Time: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Place: World Music Hall
  • Cost: Free!

Lou Harrison Celebration, TONIGHT

Submitted by Naakai Addy ’12:

Come and see the Wesleyan University Gamelan, Orchestra, and Ensemble Singers perform the beautiful music of Lou Harrison tonight at 8:00 PM in Crowell Concert Hall. Admission is free, and all are welcome!

More about the event:

The Lou Harrison celebration will be put on tonight with the participation of the Wesleyan University Gamelan (Sumarsam and I.M. Harjito, directors), the Wesleyan Ensemble Singers, the Wesleyan University Orchestra (Angel Gil-Ordóñez, music director) and Lisa Moore, piano. A singular figure in 20th-century American music, Lou Harrison pioneered in absorbing the fragrance of Indonesian gamelan into Western formats and genres, achieving a seamless cultural synthesis many attempt but few attain. His Piano Concerto is a little-known American masterpiece (it has been called the “great American concerto” by Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed). His Strict Songs celebrate the spiritual wholeness he discovered on the West Coast upon leaving the stress and noise of Manhattan.

This concert is part of a larger collection of concerts put on by the Post-Classical Ensemble, a group based in Washington D.C. for which Angel Gil-Ordóñez is the musical director. He will be bringing the Wesleyan Gamelan to Washington D.C. to perform in the festival Sublime Confluence: The Music of Lou Harrison! Be sure to get out to Crowell tonight to see this performance. It will certainly be one of the few times that the Gamelan, Orchestra, and Ensemble Singers will occupy the same stage.

  • Date: Today, Saturday, February 26
  • Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Place: Crowell Concert Hall
  • Cost: Free

New Works for Indonesian Instruments

It’s time to take a break from examining Old Plays by Canadian Instrumentalists and try something different. Ian Coss ’11 is here to help:

New compositions for Gamelan instruments by Wesleyan students Peter Steele (grad), Eion Callery (grad), Taylor Burton (grad) and Ian Coss ’11. The concert features dance, electronics, bird noises, coordinated winter wear and much much more.

Date: Feb. 12
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: World Music Hall
Cost: Ain’ nuttin’ but a G[amelan] thang
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Javanese Gamelan and Dance Performance

Ever walk through the CFA at night and glance at the lit-up red and gold instruments in the World Music Hall? Here’s your chance to see the gamelan in action, along with some sweet Javanese dance:

Tonight, the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, directed by I.M. Harjito and Sumarsam, presents classical Javanese music and dance drama directed by Urip Sri Maeny.

Date: Saturday, April 24
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: Wesleyan’s World Music Hall
Cost: $3 General, $2 Wesleyan Student