On March 11, 2012, the East Metro Symphony Orchestra (EMSO) and Sumunar Gamelan and Dance Ensemble presented a collaborative concert titled “Meeting of Two Spirits”. Here’s an excerpt from that concert.
This unusual program combining Indonesian and Western classical music traditions included
1) Traditional gamelan/dance pieces by the Sumunar Ensemble;
2) Orchestral works influenced by Indonesian tradition;
3) Several pieces arranged for combined orchestra and gamelan/dance.
Combining Indonesian and Western music making systems is not easy—they are very different, and it isn’t often attempted. Musical directors Elizabeth Preilozny Barnes (EMSO) and Joko Sutrisno (Sumunar) found ways to blend these very different traditions.