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Migrating Shadows: CU Music

Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 1:00pm

Johnson Museum of Art
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 114 Central Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Migrating Shadows is a multimedia production combining elements from Indonesian traditions of gamelan music, dance, and wayang (shadow puppetry) with computer graphics, sound-oriented free-improvisation, and contemporary performance aesthetics. The performers will literally migrate between different spaces in Cornell's Johnson Museum of Art, leading the audience on a journey through public spaces to virtual worlds. Thematically, the production draws upon the 14th century Javanese story of Sutasoma, an incarnation of the Buddha, and his encounters with the human-eating King Kalmasapada.

The production features two guest artists, I Gusti Putu Sudarta (Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Denpasar) and Darsono Hadiraharjo (SEAP Visiting Critic), joined by Christopher J. Miller, Kevin Ernste, and graduate student composers Sergio Cote Barco, Miles Jefferson Friday, and Piyawat Louilarpprasert, from Cornell's Department of Music.

On the preceding Thursday, November 21, Sudarta and Hadiraharjo will perform excerpts of traditional wayang, providing audiences a rare opportunity to experience both Balinese and Javanese forms of this vital art form. They will be accompanied, respectively, by guest musicians Gusti Komin and Bethany Collier, and the Cornell Gamelan Ensemble.



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Department of Music, Johnson Museum of Art, Southeast Asia Program, Cornell Council for the Arts, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, History of Art and Visual Studies



Free and open to the public; no tickets required

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Laurel Gilmer

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