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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 December we are inviting you to spend two days in the heart of the city expanding your repertoire and knowledge of pelog music along with the chance to learn new techniques on instruments such as bonangs, sarons and drums.
For those of you wanting to get to grips with instruments like Gender Barung, Gender Panerus, and Gambang; this weekend will touch on these instruments however; our Spring Gamelan course will focus in depth on these embellishing instruments. More information about our Spring course will be coming soon.
Tutor: Jonathan Roberts
Jonathan started playing gamelan whilst at university and went on to study Javanese music at one of Java’s most prestigious arts academies, STSI Surakarta, on a bursary from the Indonesian Government. He teaches gamelan for the Cardiff University School of Music, and for the Cheltenham Festivals and Southbank Centre gamelan programmes and taught for the Birmingham Conservatoire and Hertfordshire and Hampshire Music Services. He has just been awarded his PhD in ethnomusicology at the University of Oxford for a thesis on gamelan.
Jonathan also performs regularly with the Southbank Gamelan Players in London, Widosari in Amsterdam, and Surya Kencana A in Budapest. He is also a founder member of Laras Laris, a chamber gamelan ensemble which specialises in lighter, song-based repertoire.
Please note that this course will take place on the Pelog tuning of the Javanese Gamelan (future courses may vary).
Do I have to have experience of playing Javanese Gamelan?
Yes, for this course it is neccessary to have basic 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.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please send all queries to: Rhian@artsactive.org.uk