University Gamelan Ensemble

gam07.JPG General admission $10, student/senior admission $5, Pitt students free with I.D. Tickets available at the door. Bellefield Hall Auditorium Pitt’s Gamelan Ensemble will celebrate several significant milestones during their upcoming performance. The concert will mark the tenth anniversary of the founding of the ensemble by Professor of ethnomusicology Andrew Weintraub. Voice of America will broadcast segments of the program on Indonesian T.V., highlighting Pitt’s creative engagement with Indonesian music and culture. The program will explore a variety of musical styles, from the powerful sound of the gamelan to the contemplative strains of zither and flute. Featured guest artists include contemproary composer Nano Suratno, dancer Ening Rumbini, singer Rita Tila, and Pitt’s very own Indonesian rock band the Dangdut Cowboys. Nano Suratno (b. 1944) [Na-no Soo-rot-no] has received numerous awards as a composer of popular music as well as experimental and traditionally-oriented new music, opera, and choral music. In a career spanning over 40 years, Nano Suratno has performed and taught abroad 27 times. Ening Rumbini (b. 1969) is considered one of today’s leading professional dancers in a modern popular form of dance based on village dances and martial arts movements. Rita Tila (b. 1980), a rising star singer in both the contemporary gamelan music and pop music scenes, performs in costume and dances while singing. Pitt’s latest contribution to intercultural music making, the Dangdut Cowboys, features music department faculty members Andrew Weintraub (vocals, guitar) and Mathew Rosenblum (soprano saxophone). The band will play dangdut [dahng-doot], an amalgamation of Malay, Indian, middle Eastern, and western pop music styles. Performances take place at Pitt’s Bellefield Hall Auditorium (315 S. Bellefield Ave.) on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12, 2008, at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. General Admission is $10, student/senior admission in $5, and Pitt students are admitted free. Gamelan refers to a set of predominantly percussion instruments including tuned gongs, metal-keyed instruments, and drums (as well as bowed lute and voice). Both sets will be used in the performance, as well as other instruments from West Java. Gamelan music is played as accompaniment to dance, drama, puppet theater, and martial arts, as well as for concerts of listening music. Gamelan is performed for special occasions and to mark important life cycle events. The University of Pittsburgh Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Andrew Weintraub, is a student group that studies, practices, and performs Sundanese [SOON-DAH-NEES] music of West Java, Indonesia. This concert marks the tenth anniversary of Sundanese gamelan at Pitt.