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Distant Roots, Local Flowers: New Music for Gamelan in America - A June 25th, 7 PM ET zoom webinar
Friday, June 25, 2021, 07:00pm
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Zoom Webinar: “Distant Roots, Local Flowers: New Music for Gamelan in America.”

June 25.  7 p.m.  Eastern Time 

In Partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.  

Will include an introduction by the Indonesian Embassy, description of gamelan, performance of gamelan followed by questions and answers.

“Distant Roots, Local Flowers: New Music for Gamelan in America.”

Jody Diamond, director of the American Gamelan Institute, will discuss how Indonesian gamelan music and the creative work of Indonesian composers and teachers has inspired artists in America to both build instruments and compose new music. Beginning in the 1950s, the number of gamelan ensembles in artistic and educational settings in the United States has grown to nearly 200. The gamelan, with roots in Indonesia, is a vibrant resource for new American music. In this presentation we will look at some of the “flowers” that have blossomed from this interaction.

Jody Diamond Biography

Jody Diamond is a composer, performer, and scholar known for her research in contemporary music for all forms of gamelan. She began studying Javanese and Balinese gamelan in 1970, at the California Institute of the Arts. Diamond founded the American Gamelan Institute ( in 1981, and is the editor and publisher of Balungan, an international journal on Indonesian performing arts. Her compositions for gamelan, voice, and other instruments have been performed internationally.  At SUNY New Paltz (State University of New York) she teaches gamelan music and Indonesian history and culture.

Zoom Details: 

You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 

When: June 25, 2021, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Zoom Webinar ID:  822 7664 9568.  Passcode:  712565

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