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Gamelan Pacifica with Ki Midiyanto & Heni Savitri: Vocal Music of Central Java—Pramugari

  • PONCHO Concert Hall at Cornish College of the Arts 710 E Roy Street Seattle, WA (map)

Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 seniors, $10 students, $5 Teen Tix


Free parking in the garage adjacent to Kerry Hall on Boylston St.

Gamelan Pacifica presents the second in a series of ongoing collaborations with two remarkable Javanese artists, Ki Midiyanto and Heni Savitri. Heni Savitri will be making her second appearance in Seattle as psindhen (solo female vocalist). Ki Midiyanto has collaborated several times with Gamelan Pacifica, including music performances and performances of Javanese wayang kulit (shadow puppet theater). This concert will showcase two gorgeous and renowned Javanese gendhing, Gendhing Pramugari and Gendhing Gambir Sawit, and will also feature original music by Ki Midiyanto.

Gamelan Performers: Noah Colbeck, Michael Dorrity, Stephen Fandrich, Ted Gill, Austin Larkin, Will Lone, Deena Manis, Anna McDermott, Richard Robinson, Sean Ryan, Troy Scheifelbein, Stephanie Shadbolt, Jesse Snyder, Jarrad Powell (Director).

Ki Midiyanto is a renowned Javanese musician and dhalang (puppet master). Born in Wonogiri, a rural district in the southern part of Central Java, Midiyanto comes from a family of many generations of gamelan musicians and puppeteers. He attended the Sekolah Menegah Karawitan Indonesia (Indonesian Academy of Musical Arts) and Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia, now known asInstitut Seni Indonesia (Indonesian Academy of Musical Arts) in Surakarta before going abroad to teach and perform. Over the last 30 years Midiyanto has taught and performed extensively in Indonesia, the U.S., Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada.  He has been featured in several documentary films and directed the gamelan for the Shadow Music of Java CD recorded at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. during a two-month residency in 1991. Currently Ki Midiyanto, teaches and performs as Lecturer and Co-Director of Gamelan Sari Raras at University of California, Berkeley, and as a guest artist and instructor throughout the U.S., Indonesia, and internationally.

Heni Savitri began to study sindhènan (Javanese singing with gamelan) in 2002. In 2003 she won the competition for best singer in her native district of Wonogiri, Central Java. She entered the Performing Arts Conservatory in Surakarta in 2004 and began representing the institution in competitions the following year, as well as performing in shadow plays. Upon enrolling in the Indonesian Arts Academy in Surakarta she was selected as the singer for many recordings of new faculty compositions and traditional works, representing the academy in the 2008 international vocal competition in Jakarta. She has recently been performing with gamelan groups in the U.S., including at the Indonesian Consulate in New York, Tufts University, Cornell University, Indonesian Embassy in DC, Earlham College, Friends of the Gamelan Chicago, Sumunar Gamelan, Minnesota.

A professional ensemble-in-residence at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Gamelan Pacifica is directed by noted composer and Cornish faculty member Jarrad Powell. This concert is a partnership with the Music Department at Cornish College of the Arts.

Gamelan Pacifica is currently supported in part by sustaining funds from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and 4Culture.

Earlier Event: August 25
Arts in Nature Festival