Win Tickets ($20): March Music Moderne w/ Venerable Showers of Beauty Gamelan @ Lewis & Clark College | Contemporary Works for Gamelan & Western Instruments

We are giving away a pair of tickets to March Music Moderne with Venerable Showers of Beauty Gamelan at Lewis & Clark College on Sunday, March 17, 2013. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, March 15.

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Venerable Showers of Beauty Gamelan Modern Metal: Contemporary Music for Gamelan w/ Venerable Showers of Beauty Gamelan
March 17, 2013
7:30 p.m. | $10-$15 | All Ages
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Lewis & Clark College, Evans Auditorium
0615 SW Palatine Hill Road
Portland, OR 97219

For its concert in Portland’s annual March Music Moderne festival, Lewis & Clark College’s Venerable Showers of Beauty Gamelan will perform contemporary works for Javanese gamelan and western instruments by Portland, Seattle and Javanese composers at Lewis & Clark College’s Evans Hall.

The March 17 “Modern Metal: Contemporary Music for Gamelan” concert features works for the Indonesian percussion ensemble and Western solo instruments such as trumpet and cello by Portland-born American composer Lou Harrison (1917-2003), one of the 20th century’s greatest composers and a major force in creating music and instruments for American gamelan ensembles.

In keeping with the citywide festival’s focus, VSB’s concert includes four 21st century works, two by esteemed Javanese composer Aloysius Suwardi (who worked with the group during his residency last fall funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council) and two more by Seattle-based composer and singer Jessika Kenney, who will sing them and other works in this concert. Kenney, who studied singing in Java, is also renowned for performances of contemporary postclassical music and Persian music, and her “Baz Amadam” is her setting of a classical Persian tune, with lyrics by Rumi, for Javanese gamelan.

The performance includes a 1970s pro-environment work by one of Java’s greatest composers, Nardosabdo: “Ibu Pertiwi” (“Mother Earth”).

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11 Responses to Win Tickets ($20): March Music Moderne w/ Venerable Showers of Beauty Gamelan @ Lewis & Clark College | Contemporary Works for Gamelan & Western Instruments

  1. Tim Ulrey March 12, 2013 at 12:51 am #

    I would love to experience this fusion of Eastern and Western classical forms. The Gamelon is enchanting and trance inducing, while the cello is one of my favorite instruments. So I find the combination intriguing. Thank you.

  2. Ben March 14, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    I’m a master at listening to all kinds of music but this genre seems to have skipped past. Anything at a college is usually smart.

  3. Miranda T. March 14, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Very interested in hearing a combination of gamelan and *Persian* music; already sounds like something to do that night that’s cooler than the usual St. Patrick’s Day static.

  4. Anne March 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    Shower me with music, pretty please.

  5. patty March 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    gotta have a back up plan in case i don’t win the brew contest!

  6. Erin March 14, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    gamelan feels like a secret language, it communicates from a realm not accessible in my everyday experience, we are fortunate to have Venerable Showers of Beauty to share the key

  7. erica March 14, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

    because the ring of fire encircles java and portland in a warm embrace
    because jessika kenney is the bird that sings at dawn
    because the volcanic soil under our feet vibrates through the gongs
    as the gamelan selflessly gives voice to the rain and thunder

  8. Chandra March 15, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    I’d love to go because I have not heard Javanese gamelan played outside of Indonesia. The thought of its collaboration with Persian music along with trumpet and cello would be really incredible!

  9. Rachel March 15, 2013 at 1:56 am #

    I have never heard a Javanese Gamelan.

  10. Pete and Repete March 15, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Bang a gong meets mystical middle eastern winds! Please consider me in the running to visit this deeelightful idea gratis!

  11. Eric March 27, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    It was an awesome show! Thanks to everyone who attended-I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! Even the moving instruments part.

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