Gamelan, Son of Lion: Concert: Music Department

Start Date: April 10 2013 - 01:15 PM

End Date: April 10 2013 - 03:00 PM

Category: Community

Location: QPAC Theatre


Son of Lion – Gamelan Concert – free admission    Wednesday, April 10th, 1:15 PM Queensborough Performing Arts Center 

Experience the beautiful mallet-percussion music of Indonesia. 

Gamelan Son of Lion is a new music repertory ensemble based in downtown New York City specializing in contemporary pieces written for the instruments of the Javanese gamelan.

The ensemble was begun by a core group of composers: Barbara Benary, Daniel Goode, and Philip Corner. Its repertoire centers on new compositions by these and other American composers, both ensemble members and commissioned guests. The repertoire represents a variety of contemporary music styles. The gamelan has also performed experimental works by Indonesian composers, a number of pieces involving gamelan with electronic music, and several theatre works involving opera, wayang kulit, multimedia and dance. More than a hundred pieces have been premiered by the ensemble since its inception.

Gamelan Son of Lion performed as guests of the Government of Indonesia at Expo 86 in Vancouver, Canada, and toured Java in 1996, participating in the Jogjakarta Gamelan Festival and the Borobudur Festival. More recent tours have been to New Zealand and Estonia.

Gamelan Son of Lion's instruments were built in village style by Barbara Benary using steel keys, cans for resonators, hubcaps for kempul, etc. They are tuned in a typical central Javanese non-diatonic slendro and pelog. The initial instrument designs were provided by Dennis Murphy, an ethnomusicologist, multi-cultural musician and experimental instrument builder from Vermont.


Contact Name: Steven Dahlke

Contact Phone: 718-281-5531

Contact Email:

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