UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 5 | Mar.
Beat goes on all weeklong
Bring your bongos to the lunchtime `Jamarama'
A performance by UBC's Balinese Gamelan Ensemble and the chance
to come and bang your own gong are some of the highlights of the
School of Music's first festival of drumming taking place March
The weeklong celebration kicks off March 19 with an invitation
to bring your djembes, bongos and shakers to a lunchtime Jamarama
at the Student Union Building. The free two-hour jam session gets
underway at noon.
The following day, the Izume Taiko Ensemble brings the powerful
sound of Japanese drumming to the School of Music Recital Hall,
also at noon. Tickets are $4 at the door.
The festival concludes March 27 with a colourful noon-hour showcase
of Balinese dance and music. Led by dynamic young Indonesian artist
Dewa Ketut Alit, UBC's 27-member Gamelan Gita Asmara ensemble will
perform a free concert of traditional and new works that Alit has
composed for them.
Alit, who hails from a family of traditional Balinese musicians,
is on campus this year as a Faculty of Arts Andrew Fellow to share
his extensive knowledge of gamelan, a percussion ensemble common
on the Indonesian islands of Bali and Java.
Alit, Music Assoc. Prof. Michael Tenzer and the rest of the ensemble
will be playing on a hand-forged set of gongs, bronze kettles, metallophones,
bamboo flutes, drums, and cymbals that Tenzer brought back with
him from Bali.
For more information on times and, for some of the performances,
ticket prices, call the UBC School of Music at 604-822-5574 or visit
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