7:00pm 7:00pm

Gamelan Pacifica, with Midiyanto and Heni Savitri

The Cornish Series presents Gamelan Pacifica in concert with special guests Javanese musicians Ki Midiyanto and Heni Savatri. Midiyanto is a renowned musician and dalang (puppet master) and Heni Savatri is an accomplished psindhen (female vocal soloist) making her first appearance in Seattle. 

Location: PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 E. Roy Street, at Kerry Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA  // details

Ki Midiyanto is a renowned Javanese musician and eleventh-generation dhalang (puppetmaster). He has performed for over twenty years in Indonesia, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. Born in Wonogiri, a rural district in the south central part of the island of Java in the nation of Indonesia, Midiyanto went on to study gamelan and shadow puppetry at the Sekolah Tinggi Seni Karawitan (Indonesian Academy of Musical Arts) in Surakarta, Java before venturing abroad to teach and perform. He is currently a Lecturer in Gamelan on the music faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Heni Savitri is a leading Javanese psindhen (singer) and graduate of the Indonesian Arts Academy in Central Java.


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Gamelan Pacifica: Pangkur
8:00pm 8:00pm

Gamelan Pacifica: Pangkur

With guest vocalist/pesindhèn Megan O’Donoghue-Williams
Directed by Jarrad Powell
$20 general; $15 seniors; $10 students; $5 TeenTix
Tickets: 800.838.3006;
The fundamental connection between sung poetry and instrumental composition is at the heart of gamelan music. The process of translating sung poetry into gamelan gendhing (structures used in Javanese gamelan music) can be complex and obscure. Yet the connections can be sensed and revealed. This concert features several manifestations of pangkur, an important Javanese poetic form, as an aspect of revealing and celebrating this truly universal connection between poetry and music.

Gamelan Pacifica is joined for this concert by Megan O’Donoghue-Williams as psindhen (female soloist who sings with the gamelan). A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, O’Donoghue-Williams trained as a classical vocalist before pursuing the art of psindhen and becoming a noted performer throughout Indonesia for her performances in wayang (shadow puppet theater).

Gamelan Performers: Maggie Brown; Michael Dorrity; Stephen Fandrich; Ted Gill; Sierra Klingele; Deena Manis; Anna McDermott; Jarrad Powell; Richard Robinson; Matt Shoemaker; Stephanie Shadbolt; Jesse Snyder; Astrid Vinje.

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