Balinese Gamelan Concert and Indonesian Fashion Show

Professor Elizabeth Macy speaks at the Balinese Gamelan Concert and Indonesian Fashion Show in Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science, Tang Teaching Museum, September 22, 2016, photo by Arthur Evans

Join us for a concert featuring visiting artist I Made Lasmawan and the Skidmore Gamelan Banyu Wali Ensemble with fashions by Professor Etin Anwar from Hobart and William Smith College, whose work focuses on Indonesian textiles. Professor Anwar will organize and present a fashion show based around songket, brocade fabric from Indonesia, and pattern.

This event is part of the exhibition Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science and is free and open to the public.

About I Made Lasmawan

Bapak I Made Lasmawan was born in the village of Bangah, in the Baturiti region of the regency of Tabanan, Bali in 1958. Strongly influenced by his family and involved in the arts since childhood, he entered KOKAR (Conservatory for Traditional Performing Arts) in Denpasar, Bali, and graduated in 1977. He continued his studies in 1978 at STSI (Indonesian College of the Arts) in Surakata (Solo), Central Java, and studied traditional Javanese music, receiving his Traditional Indonesian Music degree in 1983.

Pak Lasmawan has since traveled and performed throughout the world, including Belgium, France, England, Singapore, Japan, Canada, and Mexico. He is a prolific composer who taught Balinese music at STSI from 1983 until 1990, when he was invited to San Diego State University to teach Javanese and Balinese music. Living in Colorado since 1992 as Artist-in-Residence with Gamelan Tunas Mekar, Pak Lasmawan teaches Balinese gamelan at Colorado College, the University of Colorado, Boulder, Metro State in Denver, the University of Wyoming in Laramie, UCCS, and throughout the Rocky Mountains, and has helped found over 25 gamelans in the United States. Pak Lasmawan plays a leading role in both Bali and the US as the founder and director of Sanggar Manik Galih, developing community gamelan groups for Balinese, diasporic Indonesians, and Westerners.

About Etin Anwar

Etin Anwar is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York. She is the author of Gender and Self in Islam (Routledge, 2006). She has published several articles on Ibn Sina, Meister Eckhart, Ibn Arabi, Anti-Americanism, and women’s movements in Indonesia in various journals including Islamic Studies, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, and Hawwa. She is a contributor to Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, edited Richard Martin, ed. (New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004), on “The Public Role of Women” and “Harem”. She has also been featured in the XXI TV documentary called Muslim Women in our Midst: The Path to Understanding in conjunction with America at the Crossroads (2006). She is a co-founder of the One-on-One Friendship, a network for youth that promotes friendship with conscience for social justice, cultural exchange, and creative collaboration. Her current research include Ethics of community resilience and Islamic feminism in Indonesia.

Other Gamelan Events at the Tang

Open Rehearsals of the Skidmore Gamelan Banyu Wali Ensemble
- Thursday, October 6, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
- Thursday, November 3, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Banyu Wali Concert
- Thursday, December 8, 7:00 pm

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