A gamelan is a traditional metallophone-based ensemble of Indonesia, particularly prominent from the islands of Java and Bali. Though many different genres and subgenres exist, gamelan music can be divided into 3 primary geographic / cultural areas: Javanese, Sundanese & Balinese.

Since beginning my B.Mus. at Acadia University, gamelan has been an increasingly significant influence on my composing. I've been fortunate enough to have experienced playing and performing with both Sundanese and Balinese ensembles, and in the summer of 2014 I was invited to participate in two weeks of gamelan degung and kacapi suling workshops in Bandung, West Java.

Lucas performing on suling degung with renowned Sundanese vocalist Mamah Dasimah.

Lucas (far left) performing on suling degung with renowned Sundanese vocalist Mamah Dasimah at Padepokan Seni Mayang Sunda in Bandung, West Java, along with musicians from Kawistara Ensemble, Acadia University, and the Memorial University of Newfoundland. This concert was a result of two weeks of workshops with master Sundanese musician Ade Suparman in Bandung, organized by percussionist/composer Ken Shorley. 

 Relevant Experience

Present 

Gamelan Gita Asmara 

Vancouver, British Columbia 

2013-2014

Bandung Gamelan Degung Study Intensive 

Bandung, West Java, Indonesia (May 2014)

Gamelan Gita Asmara 

Vancouver, British Columbia (2013-14)

UBC Balinese Gamelan Class / Ensemble 

Vancouver, British Columbia (2013-14)

2012-2013 

Private Suling Lessons with Ade Suparman

Wolfville, Nova Scotia (Spring 2013)

Acadia Gamelan Ensemble 

Wolfville, Nova Scotia (2012-13)

2011-2012

Acadia Intro to Gamelan Class 

Wolfville, Nova Scotia (2011-12)

Composing for Gamelan 

Prelude and Soundscape (2013)

suling degung / violin / piano & wind chimes / Indonesian percussion [ c. 5'00" ]

Embat kuwi digawa mati (2012)

for Sundanese gamelan degung [ c. 9'30" ]

suling / peking / cempres / bonang / gambang / gong&pul / kendang

composed for and premiered by the Acadia Gamelan Ensemble