The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito and Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam, presents classical music and dance of Central Java, Indonesian wayang puppet play, and gamelan – a magnificent orchestra of bronze gongs, xylophones, drums, and string instruments.
Perhaps new to many, these classical Indonesian arts have long fascinated the American public. Astounding audiences, gamelan debuted in America at the 1893 Columbian Exhibition in Chicago. Since then, countless Indonesian performances have been staged throughout North America, such as the 1952 tours of Balinese dance and gamelan, Indonesian performances in the 1964 New York World’s Fair, the 1986 World’s Fair in Vancouver, and many others.
The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble and Prof. Sumarsam offer this afternoon of wayang and gamelan as part of the Williams College Department of Music Ernest Brown World Music Series.