On March 30th 2010, the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Toronto in cooperation with Canadian artist, Sandra Phillips, provided presentation about Indonesian traditional music: Javanese gamelan in University of Guelph, Ontario. Sandra Phillips is Canadian artist who has been long involved in Indonesian art and culture, especially Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppet) and Gamelan Jawa (Javanese Gamelan).
About sixty students of Music Department, University of Guelph attended the presentation with a topic of “Lecture of Javanese Gamelan”. This event consisted of two sessions, which the first session was explaining about the impact of nature to Javanese lifestyle, especially in Yogyakarta and Surakarta, which has big influences in art and cultures creation such as: music, dance, batik (traditional and special clothing designs), and wayang kulit. The sculptures on the gamelan frames indicate the close relationship between Javanese people and nature. To strengthen the explanation, there were slide and video show about the life of Javanese people living at the edge of Mt. Merapi and Javanese dance performance accompanied with gamelan.
The second session was talking about Javanese gamelan and its function to the people’s life. Various kinds of Javanese gamelan equipments shown up to all attendees, such as kendhang, bonang, demung, peking, and slenthem. At the end of the session, participants had the opportunity to try practising gamelan, guided by Consulate staff.
(Source: Consulate General of Republic of Indonesia Toronto)