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Taking gamelan music and Indonesian dance worldwide

  • Paul Sutaryono

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 2 2020   /  02:30 am

F.X. Widaryanto’s autobiography Catatan Tiada Henti (Endless Notes) features simple and flowing narratives, making it an interesting read.The author, who is a doctor of arts and a senior dance lecturer at Bandung’s Institute of Indonesian Arts and Culture (ISBI), formerly called the Indonesian/ASTI Academy of Dance, told his story when he was invited to share his knowledge with other academics at the Residential College of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the United States. The assignment lasted from Sept. 3, 2010, to April 30, 2011.One of the highlights in the book was the story of when he started a Javanese gamelan workshop during an ethnomusicology class at the University of Michigan’s North Campus.The gamelan rhythms are usually slow and gentle, which is very different from the fast-paced American music culture.But the difference is something that student participants, ...