Date: November 25, 2009
Department: College of Visual & Performing Arts
Guest artists will include Srihadeni Harjito, Aji Harjito, Barry Drummond, Jospeh Getter, Philip Acimovic, and Marc Perlman. An original composition for gamelan and Chinese erhu, a two stringed violin, by Professor Harjito will feature UMass Dartmouth music Professor Jing Wang as soloist. The event is sponsored by the Music Department and the College of Visual and Performing Arts,
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in lots 8 and 9. Anyone interested in additional information about this special concert event can contact professor royal hartigan by telephone at (508) 999-8572.
About the Artists
Professor I. M. Harjito of Wesleyan University in Connecticut is acknowledged as one of the foremost musicians and composers of gamelan music in the world today. In addition to teaching at Wesleyan University, he is also a visiting professor of music at Brown University, the University of Chicago, the New York City Gamelan, as well as UMASS Dartmouth. He is also a regular guest artist at concerts of gamelan music throughout the United States and the world. He has composed many traditional and contemporary pieces for gamelan, including collaborations with tap dance, symphony and chamber orchestra, bagpipes, and jazz.
Srihadeni Harjito is a master dancer who also is a reknown vocalist in the Javanese tradition. She has taught at Wesleyan University and performed throughout the world.
Jing Wang currently teaches music technology, composition and theory at UMass Dartmouth. She is an accomplished erhu artist and performs concerts throughout the United States and the world.
Aji Harjito is an accomplished musician who will be performing with our gamelan in today's concert. He has performed at many venues throughout the United States and Indonesia.
Marc Perlman is a professor of World Music at Brown University where he teaches gamelan. He is an accomplished artist who has performed internationally with many Javanese gamelan ensembles and has lived, studied, and performed in Indonesia.
Barry Drummond teaches gamelan at Tufts University and directs the Boston Village gamelan. He ahs performed throughout the United States and Indonesia.
About Javanese gamelan
The Gamelan is an ancient orchestra from Indonesia dating back many centuries. It includes tuned gongs, metallophones, a wooden marimba, 2-string violin, bamboo flute, zither, and male and female singing. The instruments are played in a modal polyphony - many layers of sound - that function to outline structure, to control time and rhythm, and to state a basic melody known as the balungan ('skeleton'). The melody is then enhanced by recreating it in complex patterns of improvisation. It was traditionally played in villages and in the royal courts in Indonesia and is related to other gong chime ensembles of Southeast Asia, such as the Philippine kulintang. Gamelan music can accompany dance and drama -- such as the wayang kulit shadow puppet theater -- or be performed instrumentally, known as klenengan.
The program will include:
1. Ladrang Eling-Eling, sléndro pathet manyura.
2. Ketawang Sri Kacaryan, sléndro pathet manyura.
3. Ladrang Asmarandana, sléndro pathet manyura.
4. Lancaran Bindri, sléndro pathet sanga.
5. Piece for gamelan and erhu, sléndro pathet manyura.