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2017 Resources

Dr. William Malm recalls the origins of the U-M Gamelan.

Ethnomusicologist, Dr. William P. Malm, recalls the background and origins of the University of Michigan Gamelan ensemble. Dr. Malm was the buyer of the U-M Gamelan in 1966, and he offers these remarks on the 50th anniversary of the ensemble's debut performance.

Dr. Mark Slobin greets the U-M Gamelan

Ethnomusicologist, Dr. Mark Slobin, greets the University of Michigan Gamelan ensemble and its audience at their special 50th anniversary performance in April 2017. Dr. Slobin is an alumnus of the U-M ethnomusicology Ph.D. program, and was a founding member of the Javanese gamelan ensemble.

Dr. Judith Becker reminisces about the early U-M Gamelan 

On the ensemble's 50th anniversary, Dr. Judith Becker, the U-M Gamelan's first faculty director, remembers its early days, recalls its key students, and looks to the future.

Sunan Kali Jaga

Wahyu Santoso Prabowo, instructor at Institut Seni Indonesia Surakarta, writes about the Islamic saint Sunan Kali Jaga and his involvement in the creation of Javanese arts.  This essay provides more background to Wahyu's new dance drama, "Sunan Kali Jaga," performed by the U-M gamelan ensemble in April 2017. View the pdf »