October 30, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Javanese Gamelan will give an informal performance Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m. in the Natalie Davis Rooke Recital Hall of the Sigfried Weis Music Building.

The performance is free to the public.

The Bucknell Gamelan (Gamelan Banteng Lembah) is an ensemble of 15 members who play Central Javanese instruments in the traditional Javanese "forceful" style in the pentatonic tuning known as Slendro.

The repertoire comprises songs and melodies from various parts of Indonesia, including pieces with titles such as Forest Echoes, Singing Turtledoves, Playing Pranks, A Gift of Love, and A Thousand Weaverbirds.

The program will include a brief introduction to the instruments and explanation of their performance patterns as well as a "hands-on" opportunity for audience members to examine the instruments after the performance.

One of three in Pennsylvania

The Bucknell Gamelan, one of only three in Pennsylvania, features percussion instruments, including the saron (xylophone), bonang (kettles), gongs, and tuned drums to create the unique sound.

The gamelan is an ideal instrument for students learning the basics of Eastern music. "It is a window into one non-Western tradition that is opened fairly quickly and easily," said Jackson Hill, professor of music at Bucknell who established the ensemble.

The instruments for Bucknell's Gamelan were obtained as the result of a gift from Bucknell alumna, Dorothy Seesholtz Mullestein, Class of '48. The instruments, comprising gongs, kettles, xylophones and drums, were made in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and shipped to Lewisburg in the summer of 2004. Listen to a sample

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Posted Oct. 30, 2007


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