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Joint Concert by
Tokyo College of Music and
International University of Japan
Date: Saturday, May 24th, 2014Doors open at 1.30 p.m.; performance starts at 2 p.m.
Venue: International University of Japan Multi-Purpose Hall
Gamelan EnsemblePerformed by the Gamelan orchestra of the Tokyo College of Music Institute of Ethnomusicology
-Program-1. Classic Instrumental Work (Roning Tawan)This classic instrumental work originated in the Royal Palace, situated in the old capital city of Jogjakarta, in central Java. Its powerful beat sounds by bronze percussion and drums are truly impressive. This is why this music is often used as the opening piece at concerts.
2. Classic Dance: Rantaya Beksan KemenakPeople in central Java use this music to practice their traditional dance, which originated in Surakarta Palace. The dancers' beautiful lithe movements added to the unison chorus, the bronze percussion and the sound of the kemenak, a musical instrument used only during royal ceremonies, make you feel as if you were actually watching a ritual ceremony in the royal palace.
3. Religious rituals: Kodhok NgorekIn Javanese palaces, people were using large musical instruments for their ritual ceremonies. One of them is called kodhok ngorek. Formerly, it was used only for marriage ceremonies of the royal family. Today it is used at ordinary people's weddings.The sound of this instrument has been modified for Gamelan ensemble. The kodhok ngorek creates a unique and intriguing vibration as it generates sounds of different musical scales at the same time.
4. Contemporary music: Swara SulingThis piece, composed in the 1970s, is noted for its up-tempo rhythm. The title means ““sound of flutes”” and the lyrics include the words: ““we are listening to the fun sounds of drums and flutes””. It is performed to the rhythm of dangdut, an Indonesian folk dance music.
5. Japanese Anime songs performed by Gamelan (Program to be announced later.)
6. Lady Dance: Gambyong Pare AnomGambyong is a folk dance that was originally performed for praying for bountiful harvests. Today it is considered as a welcome dance in the royal palace. It expresses the elegance and beauty of women. This traditional dance is very popular nowadays and is performed on various occasions. Pare Anom is the title of the song. It means: “young rice”.
Classic solo Performance
1. Violin solo: Fukuda Hiromi (third-year student at Tokyo College of Music)
Havanaise, Op.83 (Camille Saint-Saëns)
2. Voice solo:Yokoyama Kazumi (fourth-year student at Tokyo College of Music)
1. “Amazing Grace”(traditional); lyrics by John Newton
2. “Ave Maria” (Pietro Mascagni); lyrics by Pietro Mazzon
3. “Un bel dì vedremo”, from Madame Butterfly (Giacomo Puccini)
4. “O mio babbino caro”, from Gianni Schicchi (Giacomo Puccini)
3. Clarinet solo: Kohan Istvan (fist-year student at the Tokyo College of Music Graduate School)
1. Recruiting Song from Pereg (Leo Weiner)2. Carnival of Venice (Kovacs Bela)3. Sholem-alekhem, Rov Feidman! (Kovacs Bela)
Piano accompaniment by Koshizuka Kenji (Senior lecturer at Tokyo College of Music)