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Cornish Presents Jody Diamond and Gamelan Pacifica

November 23, 2009

Seattle, WA – Cornish College of the Arts presents a concert featuring compositions for gamelan by Jody Diamond (see bio below). Diamond will be in residence at Cornish from November 30 to December 5.

JODY DIAMOND AND GAMELAN PACIFICA
December 5, 8 pm

PONCHO Concert Hall
Kerry Hall
710 East Roy Street

Tickets: $18 general advance, $20 general at door, $10 students, alumni & seniors

For more information on how to purchase tickets please visit www.cornish.edu/events or call 206.726.5011.

About the artists

Jody Diamond is a composer, performer, and scholar who has been involved with Indonesian performing arts since 1970. She currently serves as an Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University with Gamelan Si Betty, a gamelan built by Lou Harrison and William Colvig, and as Senior Lecturer in Indonesian studies at Dartmouth College. In 1981, she founded the American Gamelan Institute (http://www.gamelan.org) and the journal Balungan to encourage an international exchange of scholarly and artistic perspectives on gamelan and related arts, and to publish gamelan compositions by artists from around the world. In 1989, she spent a year in Indonesia interviewing composers and researching new music for traditional instruments. From this work she published articles, arranged performances and recordings, and co-produced a three CD series New Music Indonesia (Lyrichord Records) with Larry Polansky, with whom she also cofounded Frog Peak Music (a composers’ collective).

Diamond is an active performer of traditional and new music for gamelan, and has worked in North America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia, with individuals and groups, including Rahayu Supanggah (Surakarta), I Wayan Sadra (Surakarta), Widosari (Amsterdam), and Gamelan Son of Lion (New York City). As the gamelan director for Lou Harrison for many years, she arranged and recorded premieres of many of his well-known works for gamelan. Her own compositions for gamelan have been performed widely. In That Bright World, a CD of her own compositions for Javanese gamelan, recorded by the musicians of the national arts academy in Surakarta, Java, with notes by Judith Becker, was just released earlier this year on New World Records.

Originally formed in 1980, Gamelan Pacifica is among the finest ensembles in the United States devoted to the performance of gamelan music. It is an active and adventurous ensemble, with a reputation for creating diverse productions merging traditional and contemporary musical forms with dance, theater, puppetry, and visual media. The ensemble has performed at the Smithsonian Institute’s Festival of Indonesia, New Music Across America Festival, Vancouver New Music Society, On the Boards, Walker Art Center, Performing Arts Chicago, and elsewhere.

In the Pacific Northwest, Gamelan Pacifica has performed at the University of Washington, Seattle University, Town Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, the Seattle Art Museum, Evergreen State College, Centrum, the Bumbershoot Festival, the University of Oregon, CenterStage, and many other venues. Visiting artists who have worked with Gamelan Pacifica include some of the most notable artists of Indonesia including Sutrisno Hartana, Wayan Sinti, Didik Nini Thowok, Sri Djoko Rahardja, I Made Sidia, Endo Suanda, Dedek Wahyudi, Goenawan Mohamad, and Tony Prabowo. Gamelan Pacifica’s CD, Trance Gong (O.O. Discs) has received international acclaim. Gamelan Pacifica has been the recipient of numerous grants, including support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation and Arts International. The ensemble is currently supported in part by sustaining funds from the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and 4Culture. Gamelan Pacifica is directed by noted composer and Cornish College Professor Jarrad Powell.

For additional information or to request images, please contact Meike Kaan or Beth Fleenor (see information above).

About Cornish College of the Arts

Cornish College of the Arts is nationally recognized as a premier college of the visual and performing arts offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in dance, theater, art, design and performance production, and a Bachelor of Music degree. A pioneer in arts education, Cornish College of the Arts sprang from the remarkable vision of Nellie Cornish, a woman determined to cultivate the arts in Seattle when it was scarcely more than a frontier town. Her philosophy of educating the artist through exposure to all the arts was progressive at the time, and continues to be innovative today.