2018-03-07 / Arts & Entertainment

UMF hosts performance by Bates Gamelan Mawar Mekar


Bates Gamelan Mawar Mekar (“Blossom of Inspiration”) presents traditional music of central Java. Bates Gamelan Mawar Mekar (“Blossom of Inspiration”) presents traditional music of central Java. FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington will host a performance by the Bates Gamelan Mawar Mekar (“Blossom of Inspiration”) at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in UMF’s Emery Community Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Bates Gamelan Mawar Mekar, directed by Professor Gina Fatone, serves as an Indonesian music study group and performance ensemble, and provides ceremonial music for college events. A gamelan is a traditional Indonesian musical ensemble of Java and Bali composed of tuned gongs of various types and metal-keyed instruments. The ensemble is conducted by a drummer, and often includes voice, bamboo flute, xylophone and stringed instruments.

The UMF performance will be directed by celebrated Indonesian musician Darsono, Artist-n-Residence 2017-2018 in the Bates Music Department. Darsono comes from a prominent family of music and theatre traditions in Central Java, Indonesia.

Included in the UMF concert will be three selections of traditional Central Javanese court music, ja Javanese shadow-puppet demonstration by Darsono, and a performance of UMF Professor Emeritus Philip Carlsen’s “Snowleaf” (2005), composed for the Bates Gamelan. Carlsen will be performing with the orchestra on the slenthem, a type of metallophone (metal keyed instrument.)

This event is sponsored by the UMF Emery Community Arts Center.

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