Tickets: $12 in advance / $15 at the doorBurhan, an internationally renowned Sundanese gamelan artist, resides in San Jose, CA with his wife Rae Ann Stahl. Burhan was born and raised in the Sundanese city of Karawang in Western Java. He earned a reputation as a master suling player (the end-blown bamboo flute which characterizes degung music) and appeared on the majority of suling recordings produced in West Java in the 1970s and '80s. Burhan has toured France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and the United States
. Since moving to the U.S. in 1988, he has taught Sundanese music at the University of Washington, San Jose State University, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and UC Berkeley. He also established Pusaka Sunda, a Sundanese degung group based in San Jose, CA.
A gamelan is an orchestra of tuned metal percussion instruments from the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali, as well as other Southeast Asian cultures. Each gamelan has its own name and its own distinctive “personality.” Our gamelan's name Kyai Gunung Biru means “Venerable Blue Mountain,” which was selected as tribute to its new home: the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It was built in 2002 by Tentrem Sarwanto of Surakarta, Java.
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