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University of Hawaiʻi Javanese Gamelan Concert

April 1, 7:30 pm

Javanese Gamelan, Dance and Puppetry

UH Javanese Gamelan Ensemble
with guest Javanese master artists Ki Midiyanto and Heni Savitri

Saturday April 1, 2023 – 7:30 p.m.

UHM Music Department, Barbara Smith Amphitheater

Two Javanese master artists join the UH Javanese Gamelan Ensemble for a residency that includes presentations, workshops and a concert.

The concert will include an excerpt of wayang kulit (shadow puppet theater) by dhalang Ki Midiyanto, the Gambyong Pangkur dance by Heni Savitri, and gamelan music for listening pleasure.

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KI MIDIYANTO is a musician and dhalang (puppet master) from Wonogiri, Central Java, coming from a family of artists. For over thirty years he has taught and performed extensively in Java, the U.S., Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada, including ten years in Portland as the gamelan director at Lewis & Clark College, where he earned an MA. He has been featured in several documentary films and directed the gamelan for the CD Shadow Music of Java, recorded at the Smithsonian. He has taught and directed gamelan at UC Berkeley since 2004, after an earlier stint from 1988 to 1992.

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 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. Since coming to the United States she has been in great demand for concerts by the leading gamelan ensembles in America.

UH Javanese Gamelan Ensemble (Byron Moon, director) performs on Gamelan Kyai Gandrung, a complete gamelan set from Central Java. The set is around one hundred years old and has been part of the UHM Music Department’s instrument collection since 1970. The ensemble consists of university students and community members.

Free Presentations & Workshops
Space is limited, please contact the event coordinators

Tuesday Mar 28
Beginning vocal technique for Javanese gamelan by Heni Savitri with Ki Midiyanto
12:30-1:30 p.m. Music Building 113 (gamelan room)
(contact: bmoon@hawaii.edu)

Wednesday Mar 29
“Roads Less Traveled” series presents Ki Midiyanto & Heni Savitri
10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon, Moore Hall 258 & live-streamed
(contact: pdunn@hawaii.edu)

Thursday Mar 30
An introduction to appreciating wayang kulit (Javanese shadow puppet theater) by Ki Midiyanto
12:30-1:30 p.m. Music Building 113 (gamelan room)
(contact: bmoon@hawaii.edu)

Fri Mar 31
Introductory Javanese dance workshop by Heni Savitri
12:30 – 1:50 p.m. UHM Dance Building
(contact: pdunn@hawaii.edu)

This residency is sponsored by the Hawaii Gamelan Society, the UHM Music Department and UHM Asian Studies, with support from UH Lyon Arboretum and UH Center for Southeast Asian Studies.



April 1
7:30 pm
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Barbara Smith Amphitheater at UH Mānoa
2411 Dole St
Honolulu, 96822 United States
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