Gamelan premiere

Last Wednesday I was honoured to be a part of the world premiere of a new Gamelan composition by Sutrisno Hartana (for beginner orchestra and guests) in honour of Pak Sus, a great teacher – in fact, the first Javanese gamelan teacher in the U.S.  – who recently passed away.  Although this event was tinged with sadness it was also celebratory.  An influential teacher like Pak Sus “lives on” in spirit through his teachings, which become the resultant practice of many devoted followers.  For me personally, I felt there was something special about being a part of this tribute at such an early stage of my gamelan career.

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