Wesleyan University, Music Department I.M. Harjito & Sumarsam
Javanese Gamelan-Advanced Ellen Lueck
MUSC452, Spring 2012 M.Th.8:00-10:00PM, WMH
The gamelan study group at Wesleyan has been in existence since the late 1960s. The class focuses on direct, hand-on experience of performing Central Javanese gamelan, augmented by occasional discussions and showing documentary films.
Members of the advanced gamelan study group consist of gamelan students who have taken the beginning gamelan class, music graduate students, staff, and friends.
Individual lesson on elaborating instruments and singing can be arranged according to the need of the ensemble and the interest of the students.
Not all members taking the class for a grade. If you do, your grade will be based primarily on your participation in the class. This means that attendance at all classes is mandatory. If you miss more than two unexcused rehearsals, you’ll be asked to withdraw from the class.
Readings: Aside from rereading “Introduction to Javanese Gamelan.” http://gamelan.blogs.wesleyan.edu/, you should read the following literature on gamelan and wayang
Benamou, Mark. 2002. “Wayang Character Types, Musical Categories, and Reconsideration of the Alus-Kasar Dichotomy.” In Puppet Theater in Contemporary Indonesia. Jan Mrazek (ed.). Ann Arbor: Center for South and Southeast Studies University of Michigan (ch.18, pp.271-283).
Sumarsam. 1984. “Gamelan Music and the Javanese Wayang Kulit.” In Aesthetic Tradition and Cultural Transition in Java and Bali. Madison: University of Wisconsin Center for Southeast Asian Studies.
Friday, April 20: Shadow puppet play (wayang), 8:00 PM, with general rehearsal on Thursday April 19 at 7:00 PM, and additional rehearsals as needed. Dhalang (puppet master) and Professor of Music Sumarsam presents a Javanese shadow play accompanied by the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble under the direction of Artist-in-Residence I.M. Harjito and guest musicians.
Thursday, May 3: Javanese gamelan and dance, 7:00 PM. Experience the culture of Java with students of Wesleyan Javanese Gamelan and Dance under the direction of Professor of Music Sumarsam, Artist-in-Residence I.M. Harjito, and Dance Artist in Residence Urip Sri Maeny. The concert will include a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble directed by Joseph Getter.