Balinese orchestra to wrap Oswego's Ke-Nekt series

Gamelan Lila MuniGamelan Lila Muni will present the sound of Balinese orchestra music at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall ballroom.

The group’s name translates as “heavenly sound,” and the concert wraps the SUNY Oswego Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series season.

The gamelan angklung orchestra is based at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, under the leadership of Sylvia Alajaji. Members of Gamelan Lila Muni include Eastman School students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Rochester community. The ensemble has toured and collaborated with artists ranging from Bobby McFerrin to the Paul Winter Consort.

Gamelan orchestras have performed for around 1,200 years, but have influenced more recent artists, from Claude Debussy to Benjamin Britten, Peter Gabriel to Mickey Hart. Groups tend to feature percussive instruments, including gongs, drums and metallophones, sometimes with flutes, string instruments and vocals. Despite the percussion emphasis, the aim is for a mellow, mesmerizing sound.

While Balinese gamelan angklung orchestras were once restricted to ritual and ceremonial functions, the Eastman ensemble also includes more modern and secular pieces alongside traditional compositions.

Alajaji will introduce and demonstrate the instruments of the Balinese gamelan angklung orchestra at a free lecture/demonstration at 5 p.m. April 16 in the Sheldon Hall ballroom.

Tickets to the full-length evening concert cost $15 ($10 for senior citizens and students, $5 for SUNY Oswego students).

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(Posted: Mar 26, 2008)