American Gamelan
discover the contemporary side of the ancient gamelan
March 4th , 2016 | 8PM | @ Boston Court
70 N Mentor Ave | Pasadena, CA 91106 | FREE!
Works by
Lou Harrison
John Cage
Bill Alves
HMC American Gamelan
Shalini Vijayan - Violin
Alma Fernandez - Viola

Discover the contemporary side of the ancient gamelan in a concert of new music from the Claremont Colleges.

A gamelan is a traditional orchestra from the islands of Java and Bali, Indonesia, made up mostly of metallophones (instruments of metal bars) and gongs. For hundreds of years, its luminous, bell-like sonorities have accompanied dance and drama, ritual and ceremony in villages and royal courts.

Violinist Shalini Vijayan and violist Alma Fernandez join the radiantly ringing metallophones and gongs of the HMC American Gamelan, performing works of Lou Harrison, John Cage, and Bill Alves.