An evening of the sonorous gamelan music of Java
The Western Front and the Vancouver Community Gamelan present an evening of dance and gamelan music from Central Java, Indonesia. Both traditional pieces for court gamelan and new music for gamelan will be featured, as well as shadow play music from Bali. Special guests for this event include dancer Aya Sakuma, and musicians Ann Hepper, Kenneth Newby, Michael O’Neill and guest artist I Wayan Sadra on Balinese gender wayang. Proceeds from the concert will go towards the purchase of new gamelan instruments.
Gamelan is an ensemble of bronze and wood percussion instruments, such as gongs, chimes, xylophones and drums. It also includes singers, flutes, and stringed instruments. The instruments are visually beautiful, while the music features interlocking melodies that create a shimmering and often haunting soundscape.
Gamelan Kyai Madu Sari, which means the Venerable Essence of Honey, was brought to Vancouver for the 1986 World Exposition, then donated to SFU by the Indonesian government. The Vancouver Community Gamelan ensemble was founded the same year.
I Wayan Sadra
Artist in Residence New works for percussion, gamelan and live sampling
Residency and concert series with Vancouver musicians
Jonathan Bernard, Colin MacDonald, Danny Tones, Martin Fisk
Kenneth Newby, Dewa Alit, Sutrisno Hartana, Mark Parlett, Ben Rogalsky February 13 & 14, 8 PM
Tickets $15/12/10 students
Western Front 303 East 8th Avenue