University Javanese Gamelan Ensemble
With funds provided by the Yale
Council on Southeast Asia Studies, and through the efforts of the
Yale Department of Music and Yale Gamelan founding director, Dr.
Sarah Weiss, this ensemble was purchased from Ki Midiyanto
- Central Javanese dhalang and long time teacher at UC-Berkeley.
They were shipped from Wonogiri, Indonesia where they had been used
regularly for wayang and klenengan performances over
the course of about four years. Shipped by sea, the instruments
arrived on campus in November 2006 and were unpacked by volunteers
in December. The ensemble was named Gamelan Suprabanggo,
a singkatan formed from the names of the sons of Ki
Midiyanto (Supraba and Anggo).
In spring semester 2007, Dr. Weiss began teaching Yale's first seminar
on the history, theory, aesthetics, cultural contexts and performance
of Javanese karawitan. The students in the seminar form the
core of the Javanese performance
ensemble which currently meets weekly (see Events,
on photos above for a closer look at the Suprabanggo instruments!
to gamelan music
(from a program of original compositions by Yale student
composers with links to mp3 uploads).
April 21, 2010
Music from Yale Composers
Hosted by Gamelan Suprabanggo and Yale College New Music
| New works by:
Nicholas Frankel, Ryan Harper, Rex Isenberg, JurajKojs,
and John Swisher;
Featuring members of Gamelan Supraganggo and Sarah
- A Javanese/Indonesian word
for ensemble. The word "gamel" means to hammer something.
A Central Javanese gamelan consists primarily of bronze instruments
- horizontal and vertical gongs and metallophones - but also
includes several stringed instruments, flutes, drums, and voices
in performance. Gamelan orchestras are the traditional accompaniment
to wayang shows, dances, feasts and ceremonies of Java, Indonesia.
Gamelan music consists of smooth, "impressionistic"
tone clusters and intensely complex intertwining rhythms and
wayang - Javanese wayang kulit or wayang purwa
- a dramatic form involving puppetry - derived from a Javanese
Hindu-Buddhist tradition, where hand-crafted leather puppets
are used to depict epic stories of the gods in shadow play.
dhalang The wayang puppeteer - in performance, employs
the combined arts of puppet movement, dialogue, songs and commentary.
klenengan - Javanese gamelan music,
played in soft and contemplative style, used for listening entertainment
rather than for the accompaniment of a dramatic theatrical event.