HPRS 2004-2005 Music Workshop Series

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Two Hands-On Workshops in Gamelan

Nov. 21, 2004 and Jan. 16, 2005
By Dean Poulsen

Part I. Music of Bali, Indonesia. Classical and folk traditions.

Nov. 21, 2004
Bali girl
Balinese Gamelan: Indonesian percussion orchestra featuring metallophones, vertical and horizontal gongs, flutes, drums, and bamboo rattles. This will include an overview of the cultural context. Music and dance are used in all rites of passage ceremonies, and each one uses a different kind of gamelan. Participants will learn about various types of gamelan, how they are used, different tuning systems, and the proper performance technique. Every participant will sit at an instrument and play in a gamelan ensemble. The ensemble will learn to play excerpts from the folk repertoire and dance music. Mr. Poulsen will demonstrate Javanese and Balinese shadow puppets used in shadow puppet theater. Finally, participants will be given resources and materials for further study. Open to beginning and advanced musicians, non-musicians, teachers and music teachers. Everyone is welcome.

Part II. A Continuation of Hands-On Workshop in Gamelan. Balinese and Javanese Music in the Tradition of a Sultan's Court.

Jan. 16, 2005
In-depth study and performance of gamelan music, a classical tradition with improvisation. Continued focus on performance techniques, including ornamentation and improvisation within the Javanese gamelan tradition. Open to beginning and advanced musicians, non-musicians, teachers and music teachers. Everyone is welcome.

musicians in Bali, Indonesia

musical note See Workshops by Daphna Mor.

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