Wednesday 12 May 2010, 4.00PM
Speaker(s): Claire Stratford (University of York)
Whilst in Indonesia, it was clear to me that gamelan music is primarily a male dominated tradition in Java. There are however many women's groups but few of them perform in public on a regular basis.
Other than female vocalists it is rare to see a women perform with a male gamelan group. Here I will share some local thought from musicians in Java on this topic.
I will also briefly discuss the influential drummer and composer, Ki Nartosabdho (1925-1985) and share some thought from musicians in Central Java on why he remains so popular today.