Gamelan and Percussion Ensemble Concert

The Shepherd University Music Department will present a Percussion Ensemble and Gamelan concert on Monday, December 7th at 8:00 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 musicians Sayo Yamaguchi, Francine Liem, John Jeffery and Marja Vigorito. They will perform Jauk Manis dance, a traditional mask dance that portrays a giant king who is surveying his kingdom and hears strange noises; Kidang Kencana, composed by I G.A. Ngurah Supartha, this song illustrating the movement of a golden deer won first place in Indonesia in the early 80's. ; 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, one of the five Pandawa of the Hindu epic Mahabarata. Perhaps the most dynamic song in Bali. the latter has become very popular in Bali as well as internationally. The Iwo Jima Museum of Men in Japan requested the performance of this song to open a ceremony by Nagoya college musicians who were taught by Mr. Supartha, and it has enjoyed great success all over Europe during the 1986 tour of the Gamelan Wrhatnala of Bali.

The Shepherd University Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Michelle Humphries, will offer 4/4 for Four by Anthony Cirone; Gilded Cage by Susan Powell, an intricate percussion quartet for tom toms, brake drums (from automotive brakes), pedal bass drum and various cymbals; Scott Joplin's Palm Leaf Rag, featuring Blaine Gibson on lead marimba; Hoo Daiko by Robert J, Damm, a raucous piece for six bass drums, conga and cymbal, based on Japanese taiko drumming; Christmas Time is Here by Vince Guaraldi and Lee Mendelson; and duets for marimba featuring SU percussion students.

Admission and seating is first-come first-serve basis and advance reservations are not accepted. For more information call 304-876-5555 or visit