Gamelan Pacifica

4 Apr

Maggie Brown recital program

The Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle hosts a student gamelan class and a seasoned community group, Gamelan Pacifica.

The ensemble includes the standard Javanese instruments made of bronze, but I first learned of them through a recording at KDVS using an aluminum gamelan!

So when my fellow Davis gamelan expat Mike joined Gamelan Pacifica, and my trip to Seattle coincided with his first performance with them, I was quite excited.

The show was Maggie Brown’s senior composition recital, featuring also complex and moving pieces for various Western instrumentations. She composed both the music — alas, on the bronze set — and lyrics for the gamelan song, “Sun Time in Slendro.”

Things I realized after writing and uploading this:
1) The vocalist Jessika Kenney has collaborated with Sun O))), Sun City Girls and the Black Cat Orchestra, among others.
2) Cornish College already uploaded the entire recital on Soundcloud.


One Response to “Gamelan Pacifica”


  1. Gamelan Pandan Arum | Adventures in Audio - November 6, 2013

    […] Los Angeles, Seattle and D.C. The two directors of the UC Davis gamelan played with Pusaka Sunda, Jessika Kenney performed as her duo, and a singer from the L.A. consulate group sang with the embassy […]

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