Gamelan Kusuma Laras: Music and Dance of Central Java
I.M. Harjito, Artistic Director
Tri Kumara, Special Guest Dancer
Heni Savitri, Guest Singer
Gamelan Kusuma Laras is a classical Javanese gamelan orchestra based in New York City that performs music, dance, and theatre from the classical repertoire of the courts of Central Java. The orchestra was formed over 30 years ago to study and present Indonesian performing arts to American audiences. Kusuma Laras has entranced music and dance lovers a with their authentic performances on instruments created especially for the Indonesia Pavilion at the World's Fair of 1964-65 in New York.
The ensemble, led by artistic director I.M. Harjito, has been active in the New York City cultural scene since its inception. Over the years, the ensemble has performed at venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, Symphony Space, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bard College, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Lincoln Center, and the Jogjakarta International Gamelan Festival. Our 2016 winter concert will feature a dance performance by Tri Kumara.
I.M. Harjito is one of the finest Javanese musicians practicing today. He is a graduate of Indonesia's state conservatory for the traditional performing arts, where he worked closely with one of the major figures of 20th-century Javanese music, R. Ng. Martopangrawit. Harjito has directed gamelan ensembles in Indonesia, the United States, Canada, and Australia. He is also a composer of traditional and innovative works for gamelan and other instruments. For the past twenty-five years he has been a faculty member at Wesleyan University.
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