Student Ensembles > Asian Music
The World Music Ensembles (Music 165/565) usually focus on the instrumental music of China, folk percussion of Korea, the gamelan music of Bali (for which there are both beginning and intermediate ensembles) as well as African music and dance. Using traditional instruments, students are trained in numerous styles of performance practice, whenever possible under the guidance of musicians raised in the culture. Ensemble performances are held in the School of Music Recital Hall at the end of second term each year, as well as at other times and places throughout the year. Musicians from the greater Vancouver community are welcome to inquire about participating. Contact Michael Tenzer firstname.lastname@example.org or Nathan Hesselink email@example.com for further information.
Nathan Hesselink (Korea)
Alan Thrasher (China)
Wayan Sudirana and Michael Tenzer (Bali)
J.S. Kofi Gbolonyo (Africa)
We are pleased to announce the arrival of gifted dancer Dewa Ayu Eka Putri, from Pengosekan, Bali, the 2011 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts. This prestigious Fellowship is offered to an artist from a developing country, is funded out of an endowment established by the Andrew family and administered by the Dean of Arts Office at UBC. It enables visiting artists to spend a short time at the university, provides airfare and accommodation, and a stipend for living expenses.
Dewa Ayu Putri will be at UBC until April 28 and during her stay she will have the opportunity to perform with the UBC student gamelan and also the UBC-based community gamelan ensemble Gita Asmara. She can be seen on Wednesday April 6 at noon at the Roy Barnett Recital Hall with the student gamelan (outside on the plaza if it is sunny). This concert is free to all. She will also be seen in a four-concert series around BC with Gita Asmara, including a concert at SFU Woodward's on Friday April 15.
Details are at www.gitaasmara.ca.
Sekaha Gong Gita Asmara was formed in 1996 to explore and present Balinese arts in Vancouver, BC. The 25-member (plus dancers) orchestra has a partly rotating personnel made up of professional, amateur, and student musicians, centered around a strong core membership that has been performing in the ensemble for two or more years. Gita Asmara presents annual public performances, often with Balinese guest musicians and dancers, and has contributed to raising awareness of Balinese arts in Vancouver, actively supporting this international art form. Click here to view Gita Asmara's web page.