The Eastman School of Music concludes its 2006-07 World Music Series on Thursday, May 3 at 8 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall, with a performance by the School’s own Gamelan Lila Muni (“orchestra of heavenly sound”), a traditional percussion orchestra of gongs, drums, metallophones, and flutes from the Indonesian island of Bali.
The concert will feature a variety of music, as well as elements of traditional Balinese ceremony and dance. I Nyoman Suadin, Visiting Associate Professor of Gamelan and guest dancer Latifah Alsegaf will perform two traditional dances — a welcoming dance and a masked dance. The sonorous music, expressive movement, and colorful costumes make for an exciting performance.
The Eastman School of Music Musicology Department initiated a Master of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology in the fall of 2005. This degree exposes students to the history and methodology of the discipline, and also offers performance opportunities with two gamelans (including Lila Muni) and an African mbira ensemble. The program draws on faculty members from several departments of the Eastman School and the University of Rochester.
Tickets for the Gamelan Lila Muni concert range from $8 to $18 (with discounts for UofR ID holders), and are available by phone at 454-2100, online at www.esm.rochester.edu/concerts, or at the RPO Box Office (108 East Avenue).
Gamelan Lila Muni