Acadia Gamelan Ensemble

2010 Artist Profiles, 2010 Deep Roots Music Festival

Acadia Gamelan Ensemble

Acadia Gamelan Ensemble

Gamelan: An Indonesian orchestra composed mainly of tuned bronze percussion instruments, including gongs, metallophones and gong-chimes.

Acadia Gamelan Ensemble: A group of Acadia Music Students, led by Ken Shorley, who perform traditional Sundanese music, on the instruments of Gamelan Puspa Galih (Mindful Flower), a Sundanese gamelan degung forged by Pak Tentrem (Java). In addition to their traditional repertoire, the ensemble premiered an exciting new work for gamelan and 6-voice choir by Nova Scotia composer Peter Togni in January 2010.

Ken Shorley: has been completely entranced by the sounds, rhythms and textures of Indonesian Gamelan. In 2007, he recorded the CD Sekar Alit – a selection of his own compositions for gamelan. In addition to performing with his own ensemble, he performed in 2008 at the Scotia Festival of Music with Toronto’s Evergreen Club Gamelan.

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