Gamelan Sari Raras
Ben Brinner, co-director
Javanese shadow play with gamelan accompaniment by Gamelan Sari Raras, featuring singer Heni Savitri
Gamelan Sari Raras is a performing ensemble in the Department of Music at UC Berkeley. Founded in 1988 under the leadership of Midiyanto and Ben Brinner it includes students and former students at Berkeley as well as musicians from surrounding communities, including ethnomusicologists Lisa Gold, Richard Wallis and Henry Spiller who specialize in various types of Indonesian music, as well as others who have trained in Indonesia.
Sari Raras has performed throughout Northern California with many distinguished Javanese guest artists, including Tristuti Rahmadi, Hardja Susilo, B. Subono, Sumarsam, I.M. Harjito, Djoko Walujo, Ben Soeharto, Nyoman Wenten, Nanik Wenten, Eko Supriyanto, Didik Nini Thowok, Sigit Soegito, and Darsono. The primary repertoire consists of traditional Javanese gamelan music, but sometimes includes contemporary works, too. Javanese shadow play (wayang) and dance are often featured.
$16 General Admission, $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+, $5 UCB students