University Gamelan Ensemble

Bellefield Hall Auditorium, 8 p.m. gamelansp08.JPG General admission $10, student and senior admission $5, Pitt students free with ID. Tickets available at the door. Press Release: Pitt’s Gamelan Ensemble, directed by Andrew Weintraub and Indra Ridwan, will accompany some of Indonesia’s finest performing artists in a program of contemporary gamelan and popular music of Indonesia. Wahyu Roche (b. 1966) is a virtuoso percussionist who performs and teaches regularly in Europe, Australia, and Japan. His group opened for Mick Jagger when his band performed in Jakarta in 1989. Wahyu recently released his debut album as a featured vocalist. 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. The program will feature a variety of musical styles, including gamelan (bronze percussion orchestra), calung (tuned bamboo percussion instruments), rampak kendang (drum ensemble), as well as modern and traditional dance. Performances take place at Pitt’s Bellefield Hall Auditorium (315 S. Bellefield Ave.) on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, 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). Gamelan music is played as accompaniment to dance, drama, puppet theater, and martial arts, as well as for concerts of listening music. The University of Pittsburgh Gamelan Ensemble is a student group that studies, practices, and performs Sundanese music of West Java, Indonesia.