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Jakarta Post

Midiyanto: Sharing gamelan, 'wayang' with the world

  • Moch. N. Kurniawan

    The Jakarta Post

Berkeley, California   /   Sat, November 22 2008   /  12:58 pm

MIDIYANTO: JP/Moch. N. Kurniawan Hundreds of music enthusiasts flocked the concert hall at the University of California, Berkeley to listen to a Javanese gamelan concert last month co-directed by Midiyanto and Ben Brinner. Entranced by the performance of three gendhing (musical pieces), the audience gave a standing ovation to the group at the end of the show. The concert was particularly exceptional as none of the musicians re-creating the traditional music -- except Midiyanto -- are actually Indonesian. Following the show, Midiyanto told The Jakarta Post that the Javanese gamelan show, performed regularly at UC Berkeley, always drew a big audience. He said in November or December, the show would deviate from its usual midday slot to an evening soiree performance. "Gamelan is often appreciated greater in countries like the United States, an...