The Catskill Mountain Gamelan presents a concert of Indonesian music, drumming and dance with guest artists Ageng Yustisiani Putri, a Sundanese classical dancer, and her husband Edward Garcia (drummer), who is recently returned from a music fellowship studying in West Java. Together with the Catskill Mountain Gamelan, they will be performing Indonesian classical dance, including tari topeng (masked dance) and song, featuring female singers and dancers. A gamelan is a West Javanese percussion ensemble, decoratively designed and made of bronze hanging and potted gongs and metallophones. Led by Dr. Dorcinda Knauth, an ethnomusicologist specializing in Indonesian music, the group consists of talented musicians, composers and dancers from the Hudson Valley.
Date: March 13, starting at 8pm at the Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), 97 Broadway, Kingston. Cost: $15.
The Catskill Mountain Gamelan brings Indonesian music to the Hudson Valley through song and dance. The group plays on the instruments entitled, Sekar Mawar, the “Rose Blossom” gamelan, a bronze degung set built in 2012 by the Bandung builder, Asep Ahum. Named after the rose, the state flower of New York, the instruments are unified by their red and gold coloring. The group also performs on Gamelan Geduh, a slendro ensemble designed and built by instrument builder Chris Andersen and named after a river in Bali. Their repertoire consists mainly of Sundanese (West Javanese) classical and popular music, with original compositions and arrangements.
Dorcinda Knauth is the founder and director of the ensemble. She has a BA in Music Performance, an MA and Ph.D in ethnomusicology, and is a Fulbright grantee for music research in Indonesia, specifically studying contemporary Islamic music. She also directs the choral ensembles Kingston Maennerchor and Damenchor, the Woodland Pondeliers and the Mount Academy High School chorus. When she is not making music, you may find her hiking in the Catskill Mountains or spending time with her toddler boy.
Find out more at www.catskillgamelan.org or on facebook.