Gamelan and Percussion Ensemble Concert

The Shepherd University Music Department will present a Percussion Ensemble and Gamelan concert on Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Frank Arts Center Theater. The concert is free and open to the public.

The word "gamelan" comes from the Javanese word "gamel", meaning to strike or hammer, and the suffix "an", which makes the root a collective noun. A gamelan is a kind of musical ensemble of Indonesia typically featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, drums, and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings, and vocalists may also be included, but the term generally refers more to the set of instruments than the players of those instruments.

Led by Pratimawan Supartha, Shepherd University's Gamelan Ensemble, Gamelan Wrhatnala Gunung Blue Ridge, will feature Sekar Witalit Dance, specially composed and choreographed for the group by I G.A. Ngurah Supartha, and featuring dancer Riena Amalia-Supartha; Tabuh Bapang Selisir Musical; and Tabuh Bima Kroda, composed by I.G.A. Ngurah Supartha, an overture in the energetic kebyar style, perhaps the most dynamic song in Bali, portraying Wrekodara/Bimasena (Bhima), a powerful warrior, invincible in combat, and a great hero.

The Shepherd University Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Michelle Humphreys, will offer Behold a Host, Arrayed in White, a marimba quartet based on a traditional Norwegian folk tune; Gahu,traditional drumming for dance; For Alice by Rebecca Kite; Latino by David Eyler,an energetic interplay between the percussionists that features popular Latin-American rhythmic themes; Akadinda Trio by Emmanuel Sejourne, a marimba work inspired by the music of Uganda; and the 1st movement of Gainsborough by Thomas Gauger, based on the works of the celebrated 18th century painter Thomas Gainsborough. Performers include Ryan Clark, Payden Kimble, Michael Kincaid, Giovanni Masini-Larsen, Joseph Moucheron, Heather Nowell and Christina Oliver.

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