Arts Active, the education and community department of St David’s Hall, Cardiff, are pleased to offer this two day Javanese gamelan course. Working with highly trained gamelan tutors our regular gamelan courses offer those who have never played before, those with experience and those wishing to expand further into more complex instruments, the opportunity to develop and nurture their interest.
This March we are inviting you to come and spend the day in the heart of the city expanding your repertoire and knowledge of Javanese gamelan embellishing instruments.
For those of you wanting to get to grips with instruments like Gender Barung and Panerus, Gambang, Suling and Siter; this weekend will look to introduce you to and develop your current skills while looking at how to work these instrument into your current repertoire.
Tutor: Pete Smith
Pete Smith discovered gamelan as a music student at York University. He received a scholarship to continue his studies in Indonesia where he enrolled at STSI, the Academy of Indonesian Arts in Central Java from 1992 to 1995. During this time, Pete also worked independently as a professional gamelan performer with an extremely diverse range of groups including village wedding bands, all night puppet show backing groups, palace orchestras and night-time street buskers.
Since returning to the UK, Pete has taught at every level of the education system and has been instrumental in setting up many of the UK’s gamelan programmes. Pete has performed both Javanese and Balinese gamelan throughout the UK and Europe with the renowned Southbank Gamelan Players, and also plays regularly with Widosari Ensemble – the leading gamelan group in the Netherlands. He was invited in 2007 to join a group of performers from STSI for the International Gamelan Festival in Amsterdam. He is also a founder member of Laras Laris – the only group in Europe specialising in the lively tjokekan style of gamelan associated with celebrations and gatherings.
Based in Oxford where he teaches gamelan classes at the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Pete also teaches at Royal Festival Hall and Kingston University, and is guest tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Please note that this course will take place on the Pelog tuning of the Javanese Gamelan (future courses may vary) and it is essential that you have Javanese gamelan playing experience to take part
Do I have to have experience of playing Javanese Gamelan?
Yes, for this course it is essential to have experience of playing the Javanese gamelan as this course is designed to build on these skills
Do I need to attend the whole course?
Yes, this is to help provide the best experience for all those attending.
Will there be breaks throughout the course?
Yes. There will be regular tea breaks and lunch breaks. Light refreshments will be provided for your enjoyment.
Is there an age limit to this course?
Yes, this course is for 16 years and over.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, we will be able to check you in online at the event with the lead bookers name.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please send all queeries to: Rhian@artsactive.org.uk