American Gamelan, Past and Present
Gamelan Pacifica in concert with special guest composer Daniel Schmidt.
Daniel Schmidt is a composer and builder of American Gamelan. He currently teaches Gamelan and instrument building at Mills College. He is also a long-time collaborator with the Paul Dresher Ensemble. Daniel has helped build many American gamelan, including Si Darius/Si Madeleine with the great American composer Lou Harrison and his partner Bill Colvig. He directed a workshop in gamelan building at Cornish College of the Arts that led to the establishment of the first gamelan there in 1979-80. He is currently working on an aluminum gamelan with the working name of "Gift" that is being built in collaboration with students at Mills College. Schmidt is one of the foremost composers of gamelan music among western composers and his music will be a featured part of this concert.
Gamelan Pacifica has performed extensively in the Pacific Northwest, as well as Canada and other parts of the U.S. Originally formed in 1980, Gamelan Pacifica is among the finest ensembles devoted to the performance of music for gamelan in the U.S. It is an active and adventurous ensemble, with a reputation for creating diverse productions merging traditional and contemporary musical forms with dance, theater, puppetry, and visual media. They have been guest performers on The Smithsonian Institute's Festival of Indonesia, New Music Across America Festival, Vancouver New Music Society, On the Boards, Walker Art Center, Performing Arts Chicago, many others. In the Northwest they perform regularly and have appeared at the University of Washington, Seattle University, Town Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, the Seattle Art Museum, Evergreen State College, Centrum, Bumbershoot Festival, Arts in Nature Festival, University of Orgeon, Whidbey Institute, CenterStage, and many, many others. Visiting artists have included some of the most notable artists of Indonesia, including Sutrisno Hartana, Wayan Sinti, Didik Nini Thowok, Sri Djoko Rahardja, I Made Sidia, Endo Suanda, Dedek Wahyudi, Goenawan Mohamad, and Tony Prabowo. Gamelan Pacifica's CD, "Trance Gong" has received international acclaim and is available from O.O. Discs. Gamelan Pacifica is directed by noted composer and Cornish College of the Arts Professor Jarrad Powell. In addition to sponsoring the Javanese gamelan ensemble, Gamelan Pacifica is a well-respected non-profit arts organization that supports various programs and special projects relating to music and dance, with a special emphasis on cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaboration. Gamelan Pacifica has been the recipient of numerous grants, including support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation and Arts International. Gamelan Pacifica is currently supported in part by sustaining funds from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and 4Culture.
PONCHO Concert Hall (Kerry Hall, Cornish College of the Arts) (View)
710 E. Roy Street
Seattle, WA 98102
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