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Mon, Jan 15, 2018 18:00 – 19:30: Intro to Javanese Gamelan with Sutrisno Hartana @ Western Front

Introduction to Javanese Gamelan w/ Sutrisno Hartana
Mondays, January 15 – March 26  |  6-7:30pm
Cost: $150 General / $100 WF Members
Advance Registration required:

Join music, dance and shadow puppet master Sutrisno Hartana in hands-on workshops exploring the instruments of Alligator Joy, a bronze gamelan from Central Java. Discover the intricate layering of rhythmic patterns, improvisation and performance rules for each instrument to create ensemble-based music of infinite depth and shimmering beauty.

*Limited enrolment; to register, email


Artist Biography

Sutrisno Hartana is an arts educator, ethnomusicologist, researcher of shadow puppet theatre (Indonesian wayang kulit) in a global context, and a Javanese performing artist (dalang, gamelan musician/composer). He has completed his doctoral degree in Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Victoria and he holds an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of British Columbia. As a Javanese performing artist, he graduated with his bachelor degree from the Indonesian Institute of Arts in Yogyakarta, Java. In 2004, the King of Paku Alaman granted him the title “Mas Lurah Lebda Swara” making him a court musician at the Paku Alaman Palace in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He has toured, performed, and taught internationally in both traditional and contemporary performances throughout Asia, Europe and North America. Sutrisno has taught at the Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts, and the University of British Columbia. He has also taught at Ningbo University in China.

Western Front New Music gratefully acknowledges the support of our funders, sponsors and partners:

Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, SOCAN Foundation, and the Government of British Columbia.

(Western Front Society, 303 8 AVE E, Vancouver, BC V5T 1S1, Canada)