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2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Come and try your hand at playing Indonesian gamelan! Sleeping Fox, an ensemble of instruments including gongs, metallophones and drums, traveled from Bali to the Upper Valley in 2003 and is now resident in Boston. These beautiful instruments will be making a return visit to Lebanon on January 18th for a workshop led by Emeric Viani, director of the Cambridge Youth Gamelan.
Gamelan playing is accessible to players (Ages 7+) with all levels of experience, including none at all. Observers also welcome.
Snow date January 25th.
What is the Gamelan?
The bright, percussive sounds of Indonesian gamelan orchestras reverberate throughout Southeast Asia, especially on the islands of Bali. Sleeping Fox is a Balinese gamelan angklung, including gongs, metallophones, and drums. The word gamelan refers to a family of instruments that are played with small hammers or mallets. The music is divided into parts that are performed by an ensemble, and music is typically passed down through oral tradition.
Read more about the instruments and culture on the Cambridge Youth Gamelan site.
Watch this example of a gamelan performance:
Emeric Viani is a music educator in the greater Boston area with special interests in non-traditional curriculum, world music, choral music, and Balinese gamelan. He is the Lower & Middle School Music Teacher at the Pike School in Andover, Massachusetts, as well as the Co-Founder and Artistic Director for the Cambridge Youth Gamelan, a Balinese gamelan open to students in Grades 2 – 12 in Cambridge, MA.
In addition to his work as an educator, Emeric was the Co-Founder of the Play On Music Festival in Boston, MA, an annual festival that brings together non-traditional and student-led ensembles across Massachusetts, and helped organize the festival from 2014-2017. He has presented workshops to music educators and students on Balinese gamelan music and bucket drumming at state conferences, and has led several bucket drumming and multicultural music residencies at schools in Boston and the greater Rochester area.
Emeric holds an M.A. in Music Education, M.A. in Ethnomusicology, B.M. in Music Education, and Certificate in World Music from the Eastman School of Music.