Contemporary Music for Javanese and Sundanese Gamelan
Sunday May 20, 2012, 8:00 pm
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodward’s – Wong Theatre
Part of Gong! The Gamelan Festival
Presented by SFUW and Vancouver Community Gamelan Society
Featuring Gamelan Alligator Joy, and Gamelan Si Pawit with choreography
by Henry Daniel
As part of Vancouver’s 2nd annual gamelan festival, Gamelan Alligator Joy (the chamber gamelan alter-ego of Gamelan Madu Sari) and Vancouver Community College’s Gamelan Si Pawit will present a joint concert of new music and dance in collaboration with SFU dance professor/choreographer Henry Daniel and his group Full Performing Bodies. Each gamelan ensemble will perform original compositions by prominent composers in their group. Also, marking the centenary of John Cage’s birth, Gamelan Si Pawit will perform Cage’s “Haikai”, a 20-minute work originally commissioned in the 1980s by Jon Siddall for Toronto’s Evergreen Club Gamelan, performed again on those very instruments by Siddall’s Vancouver group, with Daniel’s choreography taking it to another dimension.
There will be premieres of new pieces by Siddall and Damon Schwabach-Morris for the gamelan degung ensemble and by Sutrisno Hartana for Alligator Joy. To complete Alligator Joy’s program, Mark Parlett and Michael O’Neill are arranging and expanding works that were premiered last year on SFU’s Gamelan Madusari. O’Neill’s 20-minute work “Beledrone”, combining his interest in gamelan and highland pipes, features two pipers and vocalists Beverly Dobrinsky and Carmen Rosen of Zeellia; Parlett’s piece “Ismoyo in Samsara” features vocalist DB Boyko. Altogether the concert will offer a stimulating cross-cultural experience for fans of gamelan, new music and contemporary dance. Tasty Indonesian food will also be for sale.
Tickets $15/$12 students & seniors at Banyen and Highlife, online at sfuwoodwards.ca or at the door (cash only)
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This concert is made possible with support from the City of Vancouver, the Province of BC, and the Consulate-General of the Republic of Indonesia in Vancouver.