Bamboo and Bronze: Flute and Gamelan Music of West Java


April 12, 2014 - 8:00pm

One Night Only! The University Gamelan, directed by Andrew Weintraub, performs Bamboo and Bronze: Flute and Gamelan Music of West Java. Special guest artist and bamboo flute virtuoso Burhan Sukarma will perform on suling/bamboo flute. Kaitlyn Myers will lead members of the ensemble as they perform on Pitt's Gamelan Degung Ligar Pasundan. Ligar Pasundan is the name of the gamelan used for this performance and means "Fragrance of Pasundan." Gamelan degung refers to Ligar Pasundan's five tone tuning made up of both large and small intervals.

Burhan Sukarma is first and foremost a virtuoso on the suling (the Sundanese bamboo flute). His ability to make this simple instrument produce soulful expressive melodic lines that speak across cultural boundaries has earned him an international reputation. During the 1970s and 1980s, he was the principal suling soloist for the prestigious national radio station, RRI Bandung. Burhan has played on hundreds of Indonesian recordings, many of which have been distributed internationally. He has participated in tours to France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and the United States.  Burhan currently records for MTR and Jugala recording companies in Indonesia and Sakti Records in the U.S. Since 1987, he has taught at the University of Washington, San Jose State University, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Berkeley, while continuously directing Pusaka Sunda, a gamelan group comprised of American musicians based in San Jose.

Tickets are available through the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office, by calling 412-624-7529, or visiting Tickets in advance: general admission is $8.50; non-Pitt students and seniors are $5. At the door: general admission is $12; non-Pitt students and seniors are $8. Pitt students: free with valid ID.

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gamelan 2014 poster