About the Javanese Gamelan


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Brown University's gamelan is named Sekar Setaman (literally, a garden of flowers). It was made by the Solonese gongsmith Tentrem Sawwanto in 1997-98, especially for Brown. Its name can be symbolically interpreted to mean the harmonious coexistence of different people and different opinions in tolerance and unity. 


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For those registering to take Javanese Gamelan as a course, there is no prerequisite and the course may be repeated once for credit. [Half-course credit - S/NC] Enrollment is limited. 



I. M. Harjito is one of the finest living Javanese musicians. A graduate of Indonesia's state conservatory for the traditional performing arts, he worked closely with one of the major figures of 20th-C Javanese music, Martopangrawit. He has directed gamalen ensembles in Indonesia, the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

Professor Perlman's research interests include Indonesian music, the psychology of music, the history and ethnography of music theory, intellectual property law, the variety of musical taste cultures, the cultural impact of music technology, the social history of American music education, the Historical Performance movement in Western art music, Irish music, and Burmese music.

For more information contact Marc Perlman
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(401) 863-3764
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