Let’s Bring an Indonesian Gamelan Master to Emory
Established in 1997, The Emory Gamelan Ensemble (EGE) celebrates our cultural diversity by engaging the Emory campus and the Atlanta community through the study and performance of traditional Indonesian music. Our hope is that our performances—both on campus, and throughout Atlanta at venues like the High Museum of Art, churches, and festivals—will inspire cross-cultural understanding through the arts and that audiences will come away from these experiences with an affinity for a distant neighbor to whom they may not yet have been introduced. We collaborate with students, faculty, and artists from the Atlanta community to produce packed-house shows, requesting only a suggested donation at the door.
Your Support Matters
For the last four years, EGE has relied heavily on dedicated community members, Emory faculty, and PhD candidates for leadership and regular rehearsal instruction. Because gamelan music is traditionally not notated, we must maintain long-distance mentorships with Indonesian masters. Occasionally, we have been fortunate enough to bring an Indonesian master to Atlanta for a short workshop to continue passing on gamelan’s oral tradition.
In order to improve our musicianship, Emory Gamelan Ensemble is seeking funding to bring internationally renowned Indonesian musician Darsono—who has taught and trained countless musicians and puppeteers the world over—as an artist in residence for the 2019 spring semester at Emory.
With over 20 years of musicmaking and puppeteering experience, including studies at the Institute of Indonesian Arts Surakarta and service as a royal court musician at the Mangkunegaran Palace of Surakarta, Indonesia, Darsono will deepen EGE’s impact in the community.
During his residency, Darsono will:
- lead weekly group rehearsals for the ensemble.
- deliver one-on-one private lessons and small group lessons in various advanced gamelan instruments, especially rebab (Javanese string instrument), kendhang (drums), gendèr (suspended xylophone), and vocal technique.
- provide guidance in historical and cultural aspects of performing karawitan in Indonesia and abroad.
- host a student and community-focused introductory gamelan workshop to share the art and craft with curious members of the Emory and Atlanta community.
- direct the Emory Gamelan Ensemble in the production of a gamelan shadow puppet performance in April 2019 with Midiyanto (shadow puppet master).
The timing is perfect! We are at a unique juncture where Darsono is available for residency at the same time the EGE has a critical need for educational leadership from a gamelan master musician. Your gifts will support continued efforts to enhance EGE, and bring culture and the arts to our community.
Thank you for your support.