Steve Laronga, Winter 2018
Steve Laronga was the guest gamelan director at U-M during the Winter 2018 semester, one of the program's busiest, with three performances within a few weeks of each other. He directed the gamelan at the University of Wisconsin-Madison 2007-2016, where he is also a doctoral candidate. His research is on the working lives of professional gamelan musicians in the East Javanese port city of Surabaya. He is especially interested in popular traditions of gamelan music and in the shaping influence that relationships between performers and performance sponsors may exert upon musical repertroires and conventions.