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Press Release: Javanese Gamelan music featured at UMass Dartmouth

Javanese Gamelan music featured at UMass Dartmouth

Concert of Indonesian music directed by world renowned composer I. M. Harjito scheduled for 7 p.m., Dec. 5

Author:  Jarrad Nunes
Date:  November 28, 2007
Department:   College of Visual & Performing Arts
A concert of Indonesian music directed by world renowned composer I. M. Harjito will take place at the UMass Dartmouth on Wednesday, December 5, 2007, at 7pm. Guest artists will include vocalist Srihadeni Harjito and dancer Triwik Harjito. The event, which is sponsored by the UMass Dartmouth Percussion Studio, will be held in Room 104 at the Visual and Performing Arts building on the main campus in North Dartmouth.

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 as the wayang kulit shadow puppet theater ­ or be performed instrumentally, known as klenengan.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Lot 7. Anyone interested in additional information about this special concert event can contact Professor royal hartigan by telephone at (508) 999-8572.





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