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Jennings to Perform as Soloist at Payangan Festival in Bali

IUP Music Department faculty member Dr. Linda Jennings has been invited to perform the Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Javanese Gamelan by American composer Lou Harrison at the Payangan Festival at Flower Mountain in central Bali in July 2010.

The Payangan Festival, now in its ninth season, is a unique and significant ethnomusicological forum for preserving and disseminating the musical arts of Indonesia. The four-day festival features the many distinctive and often rare dialects of Balinese and Javanese gamelan ensembles (percussion ensembles) alongside performances of leading professional musicians, dancers, and puppeteers from Bali, Java, and Sunda.

The Lou Harrison Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Javanese Gamelan, the only work written for this combination of instruments, is a unique synthesis of western and Indonesian musical styles. Dr. Jennings will collaborate with the music faculty of the Flower Mountain Music Center as well as Deborah Greitzer, violinist of the Buffalo Philhamonic Orchestra, in presenting a performance of this work. Due to its unique instrumentation, this work is rarely performed today. This presentation will be the premiere performance at Flower Mountain, which has hosted Indonesian music programs over the past thirty-nine years.

In addition, Dr. Jennings will continue her scholarship and research of Indonesian music through study at the World Music Workshop also held at the Flower Mountain Music Center and sponsored by the Center for World Music, a nonprofit organization based in San Diego. During this two-week workshop, Dr. Jennings will study instruments of the Balinese and Javanese gamelan ensembles as well as two string instruments, the rebab and the very ancient and rare tarawangsa.

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