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Gamelan Ensemble Performs at Indonesian Embassy

Wesleyan's gamelan is an ensemble that consists of predominantly metallophone and gong type instruments. The instruments produce tones when struck with mallets.


Fresh off a performance at Crowell Concert Hall last week, Wesleyan’s Indonesian gamelan ensemble packed its gongs for Washington.

Led by Adjunct Professor of Music Sumarsam and artist in residence I.M. Harjito, the ensemble performed at the Indonesian Embassy March 4, in an opening event for a festival celebrating composer Lou Harrison (1917-2003). Harrison is the American composer credited with merging gamelan music and Western concert traditions.

Gamelan refers to several varieties of Indonesian ensemble music performed mainly with metallophone and bronze gong-type instruments played with mallets. (Listen to the Wesleyan gamelan ensemble perform “Ladrang Gegot laras pelog pathet nem” in this audio clip, courtesy of the World Music Archives.)

Wesleyan’s gamelan ensemble also played at The George Washington University on March 5.

“Diplomacy is not necessarily

Gale to Host Internet Radio Show on Reiki

Priscilla Gale (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

Priscilla Gale, private lessons teacher for jazz and voice in the Music Department, will host a show on “Sacred Song Reiki” for Internet Radio – VoiceAmerica.com. The show will be aired at noon on Saturday starting April 23.

VoiceAmerica features more than 200 hosts talking about a variety of  topics—from sports and finance to health, hobbies, pop culture and business. It has more than 2.5 million listeners.

Slobin Authors Book on Folk Music

Book by Mark Slobin.

Mark Slobin, professor of music, is the author of Folk Music: A Very Short Introduction, published by Oxford University Press, 2010.

According to the publisher, “This is the first compact introduction to folk music that offers a truly global perspective. Slobin offers an extraordinarily generous portrait of folk music, one that embraces a Russian wedding near the Arctic Circle, a group song in a small rainforest village in Brazil, and an Uzbek dance tune in Afghanistan.

He looks in detail at three poignant songs from three widely separated regions–northern Afghanistan, Jewish Eastern Europe, and the Anglo-American world–with musical notation and lyrics included. And he also describes the efforts of scholars who fanned out across the globe, to find and document this ever-changing music.”

Gil-Ordóñez’s Orchestra Receives Grant from Mellon Foundation



Angel Gil-Ordóñez



Post-Classical Ensemble, the Washington, D.C.-based orchestra co-founded by Angel Gil-Ordóñez, Wesleyan’s director of orchestra studies, has been awarded $200,000 by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  The ensemble plans to use the money for programming and touring programs through the 2012-2013 season, as well as a DVD.

At Wesleyan, Gil-Ordóñez is director of private lessons, chamber music and ensembles, music director of the Wesleyan Orchestra and Wesleyan Concert Choir, and adjunct professor of music.

Founded in 2003, the ensemble specializes in thematic programming involving film, theater, dance and vernacular music.

Braxton Honored at Tri-Centric Foundation Benefit Show

Anthony Braxton, professor of music was honored at the “Tri-Centric Modeling: Past, Present and Future” benefit concerts June 18-19 in Greenwich Village and Brooklyn, N.Y. Braxton joined the performance at points, playing with his former students Taylor Ho Bynum ’98, James Fei ’99, Mary Halvorson ’02, and Chris Jonas ’99. Proceeds from the concerts benefited the nonprofit Tri-Centric Foundation, set up to archive Braxton’s work and perpetuate his exuberant legacy.

Braxton performed excerpts from his new opera, “Trillium E,” which featured a cross-section of past and present collaborators, including pianist Marilyn Crispell, drummer Gerry Hemingway and cornetist Ho Bynum.

In a June 10 New York Times article, Braxton was described as “the indefatigably ambitious multireedist and composer (who) has exerted a powerful influence on the American avant-garde of the last 35 years.”