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How Javanese music enchanted the West

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Story and video by Jeffrey Day

Those attending the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago could visit a faux Javanese village, sample tea and coffee from the Indonesian island, and hear music of the gamelan, a large percussion ensemble.

Listen to gamelan music

Hand near Javanese bells

The UC Davis community can hear gamelan music April 24 during its “Musics of the World” concert at 7 p.m. at the Mondavi Center for Performing Arts.

A seven-member ensemble including Spiller and violist Ellen Ruth Rose, an applied music faculty member, will perform Harrison’s Threnody for Carlos Chavez.

The world-music concert will also include performances by a larger student gamelan ensemble and the Indian, Brazilian and Korean ensembles.

The UC Davis group with Spiller will also perform the Harrison work for an Earplay: New Chamber Music concert May 28 at the ODC Theatre in San Francisco.

This story is the first in a series of chats with UC Davis authors who have written new books.

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