Javanese Gamelan Unveiling Event
members of the PSU community
and general public to attend
DATE: February 28, 2014
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Lincoln Hall, room 37
Beginning Spring 2014 the PSU School of Music will be offering a gamelan ensemble class, open to music majors and community members.
Robert Macht was born in 1958 and studied composition with Henry Brant and Gunnar Schonbeck at Bennington College in Vermont. He moved to Indonesia in 1980 and after an intense year of study, he returned to Baltimore with his first set of gamelan instruments. Macht taught gamelan at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Towson University, and has written numerous compositions for gamelan, often in combination with Western orchestral instruments, percussion, or synthesizers. He remains active as a composer and performer in the Baltimore area.
The PSU School of Music is recognized primarily for its creative endeavors in Western classical music and jazz. The addition of a taiko ensemble (formed in 2011) and a gamelan ensemble reflects the growth and international reach of Portland State University, the College of the Arts, and the School of Music.
Numerous faculty members, administrators, and community musicians were involved in the acquisition of the gamelan for Portland State University, including Bonnie Miksch (Professor of Music Composition), Bryan Johanson (Director, School of Music), Jonathan Fink (Vice President for Research and Strategic Partnerships), Brett Campbell (Classical Music Editor, Willamette Week), and Mindy Johnston (Director, The Venerable Showers of Beauty).
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