Mar 30 2011
New Music in Southeast Asia: A Concert and Symposium

Barnes Hall and A.D. White House

New Music in Southeast Asia: A Concert and Symposium

The work of Southeast Asian composers of contemporary art music is overshadowed by the renowned traditional musics of the region and the better known work of their peers from East Asia. This concert and symposium serve as an introduction to composers who deserve to be better known, and to the scenes in which they work. The concert features music for Western strings, voices, and Indonesian gamelan instruments by Western-oriented and traditionally-based composers from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Cambodia. The symposium brings together performers, composers, and scholars to critically examine the project of new music in Southeast Asia.

Symposium at 4:30 PM, A.D. White House
Roundtable discussion with Nyak Ina Raseuki (Instructor, Institut Kesenian Jakarta), Stephanie Griffin (Violist, Momenta Quartet), Peiying Yuan (DMA Student in Music Composition, Cornell University), Christopher J. Miller (Lecturer in Music, Cornell University), and Andrew C. McGraw (Fellow, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, and Assistant Professor of Music, University of Richmond).

Concert at 8:00 PM, Barnes Hall
Works by Chinary Ung (Cambodia/USA), Kee Yong Chong (Malaysia), Wayan Gde Yudane (Indonesia/New Zealand), Tony Prabowo, Michael Asmara, and I Gusti Nyoman Darta (Indonesia). Performed by Momenta Quartet, with singers Nyak Ina Raseuki and Katharine Dain, pianist Xak Bjerken, Balinese musician I Gusti Nyoman Darta, and members of the Cornell Gamelan Ensemble.

For audio examples of the Momenta Quartet click here