Javanese Gamelan Music Featured At UMass Dartmouth

DARTMOUTH, MA. - A spectacular concert of Indonesian music directed by world renowned composer I. M. Harjito will take place at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 12 noon. In addition, special guest artists Denni Harjito, Joseph Getter, Chris Miller, and Marc Perlman will also perform in the concert. The event will be held in room 154 of the College of Visual and Performing Arts building, Group VI, on the main campus in Dartmouth.

DARTMOUTH, MA. - A spectacular concert of Indonesian music directed by world renowned composer I. M. Harjito will take place at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 12 noon. In addition, special guest artists Denni Harjito, Joseph Getter, Chris Miller, and Marc Perlman will also perform in the concert. The event will be held in room 154 of the College of Visual and Performing Arts building, Group VI, on the main campus in Dartmouth. 

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. 

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 many layers of sound that function to outline structure, to control time and rhythm, and to state a basic melody known as the balungan or 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. 

Other artists performing at the concert include Michael Paul, Crystal Brinson, Lee Kuczewski, Adam Porth, Michael Ward, Michael Bahmann, Elis Petersen, Emily Smith Ryan, Stan Moore, Jamie Eckert and royal hartigan. 

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. 


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