June in Bronze

The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. VII, no. 5, p. 10, Summer 1996:

– Gamelan Madu Sari presents an evening of Javanese Gamelan 06/01/96
with guest artists from Java, Widiyanto and Sutrisno

This concert is a kickoff to the annual Summer Workshop In Central Javanese Gamelan, as well as a 10th anniversary celebration of the inception of the Javanese Gamelan Madu Sari in Vancouver.

The concert will feature compositions of court gamelan music from Central Java performed by senior members of the group and guest Javanese artists on the beautiful instruments of Gamelan Madu Sari.

– Summer Workshop in Central Javanese Gamelan 06/02/96 – 06/15/96

Vancouver Community Gamelan and The Western Front are pleased to offer the 5th annual summer workshop in the gamelan music of Central Java. This percussion ensemble is comprised of bronze gongs, drums, metal and wooden keyed instruments, strings, voices, flutes and zithers, creating a music of stunning timbral beauty. The course is suitable both as an introduction for beginners and as a chance for those familiar with this tradition to deepen their knowledge practice, as participants will be learning and playing the instruments of Kyai Madu Sari (The Venerable Essence of Honey), a complete court style gamelan from Central Java. The course will be augmented by lecture-demonstrations, listening and video sessions, as well as a library of recordings, readings on music and performance practice, social/cultural theory, and musical notation.

We are fortunate to have as guest artist, Widiyanto, from Solo, Java. He was born into a family of artists, his father is a renowned dalang (shadow puppet), of Central Java. Widiyanto is accomplished on all the instruments of the gamelan as well as being a shadow puppeteer and has taught and performed Javanese shadow play internationally. He has taught at many universities in the U.S. and abroad, and is currently completing his Master’s degree at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Widiyanto’s assistant this year will be Sutrisno, a musician and dancer from Yogya, Java, currently living and teaching the Javanese performing arts in Vancouver.