This lecture on "Jaya Semara" Indonesian Gamelan (musical work), was recorded in November 2023. The lecture was designed for students and faculty in the First-Year Studies program. This program, a multidisciplinary introduction to the liberal arts, has been a cornerstone of the Lawrence curriculum since 1945.
The lecturer, Sonja Downing, is an ethnomusicologist and a member of the Musicology Department. Her research interests include Balinese gamelan music and dance, traditional music pedagogy, the intersection of gender and performance, and ecomusicology. Her book Gamelan Girls: Gender, Childhood, and Politics in Balinese Music Ensembles explores socio-musical and pedagogical changes due to the recent emergence of all-girls and mixed gender children’s traditional gamelan music ensembles in Bali, Indonesia.
Conservatory of Music
Downing, Sonja, "Jaya Semara" (2023). First-Year Studies Lectures. 245.