03 April 2017 – 03 April 2017, 7:00pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Taught every spring semester at SFU since 1987 by Sutrisno Hartana, Gamelan offers students a unique opportunity to become familiar with the music of another culture, the chance to practice ensemble playing and performance skills, and the opportunity to acquire a practical understanding of new concepts of tuning, rhythm, and musical structure.
Originating from the islands of Java and Bali, Indonesia, Gamelan are ensembles consisting of gongs and keyed percussion instruments. Not only presented in terms of music alone, Gamelan can also be combined with theater perfromances, such as wayang Kulit (traditional Indonesian shadow puppetry), and dance dramas.
SFU acquired its Javanese Gamelan set after Expo 86, mainly through the efforts of professor Martin Bartlett, when the Indonesian government donated the now 100-year-old set. For more about Gamelan, please watch this video and follow this link.
Sutrisno Hartana is an interdisciplinary performer/composer of Javanese tradition, and master throughout the range of Gamelan orchestra, shadow puppet theatre (Wayang), and vocals. He graduated from the Indonesian Institute of Arts in Yogyakarta, Java. In 2004, the King of Paku Alaman garnered Mr. Hartana the title Mas Lurah Lebda Swara making him a court musician at the Paku Alaman Palace in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He holds a MA in Ethnomusicology from UBC, and is currently working on his PhD at the U of Victoria. He has performed internationally in both traditional and contemporary interdisciplinary performances throughout Asia, Europe, and North America.