MUS 13
Play Javanese Gamelan! Winter 2023

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Javanese Gamelan is a vibrant, living tradition of gong-chime music from Central Java, Indonesia. Gamelan music features unique tuning systems, intricate melodies, lively rhythms, and a strong sense of communal music-making. Students have the opportunity to learn several instruments over the winter term. Audio recordings and short readings supplement the hands-on learning. The group will play on a beautiful gamelan set crafted by Tentrem Sarwanto, a renowned Javanese gong-smith. The course culminates in a final performance and a brief essay on Javanese music.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 13
Expected: NA
Class#: 1217
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: final public performance and short essay
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: preference will be given to graduating seniors and upperclass students
Unit Notes: Phil Acimovic studied Javanese Gamelan in Surakarta, Indonesia for two years with master musicians Bp. Wakidi Dwidjomartono and Bp. Darsono Hadiraharjo. He has directed gamelans at Tufts University, Smith College, UC Davis, and UC Santa Cruz.
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression

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