Night of Gamelan at the Museum

October 7, 2014 | News

Thursday night, the Yale Suprabanggo Gamelan (“Indonesian Orchestra”) enchanted crowds of visitors to the Yale Art Gallery with a performance of traditional music from Central Java, Indonesia. Led by Maho Ishiguro, the group of Yale undergraduate and graduate students, community members, and visitors from nearby Wesleyan University played several pieces, including with vocal accompaniment, that are meant to welcome people to events and also meant to accompany traditional Javanese dance performances. Curator of the Indo-Pacific Art CollectionRuth Barnes, gave a brief introduction and after an initial selection of music, led the audience through the Indo-Pacific gallery and the special exhibit focusing on monumental art from “East of the Wallace Line.”

Special guest Bapak Sumarsam from Wesleyan joined the ensemble, as did Indriyo Sukmono, Senior Lector of Indonesian Language Studies in the Yale Council for Southeast Asia Studies.  The Wesleyan Gamelan also has several upcoming performances, including on November 22 and December 4, both to be held in the World Music Hall on campus in Middletown.

Please browse the images below for pictures of the musical event, the audience filling the Indo-Pacific Art Collection to hear about the works, and photos of Bapak Waleed in attendance, congratulating both Bapak Sumarsam and Indriyo Sukmono.


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