Gamelan Genta Kasturi, a community gamelan ensemble, has existed since its creation in the spring of 2003 by Balinese master musician I Ketút Gedé Asnawa and family in partnership with UMKC. Since his departure for a position at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – Center for World Music in 2006, the group has continued to retain repertoire taught by Mr. Asnawa, perform regularly and create/perform new work within the medium in collaboration with other musicians and choreographers. The groups intention is to continue in this vein; keeping repertoire taught to us up to speed, learning new traditional repertoire and to create our own original work in collaboration with other musicians, dancers and visual artists. We also retain the relationship with the Asnawa family, having performed together in Kansas City several times since their departure and in Chicago as part of the 9th Annual Ramayana Festival held at the University of Chicago in 2009. A 10th Anniversary Concert featuring collaboration with fellow resident artist Jennifer Williams and shadow artist Nihan Yesil is scheduled for Saturday May 18, 2013 in the Truman Forum of the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library.
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Gamelan Genta Kasturi ensemble members:
Patrick Alonzo Conway – director, kendang, composer
Bangkit – jublag
Berend Niehorster-Cook – jublag, pemade
Sascha Niehorster-Cook – jegogan
Malcolm Cook – penyacah, pemade
Shawn Hansen – jublag, pemade, suling, composer
Sam Hughes – ugal, pemade, suling, kendang, composer
Sara Koron – jegogan
Julian Schempf – jublag, pemade, suling
Thaylia Smith – gongs, jegogan
Wayne Yockey – pemade, suling leader
Allan Winkler – kajar, ceng ceng, gongs
Gamelan Genta Kasturi – Director BIO:
Patrick Alonzo Conway is a percussionist, wind player and composer. He has studied with ethnomusicologist David Locke and such noted Master Drummers as Abubakari Lunna-Wumbie (Dagomba), Frisner Augustín (Haitian), Felipe Garcia Villamil, Alejandro Carvajal (AfroCuban) and I Ketut Gedé Asnawa (Balinese). Mr. Conway has traveled to Cuba to research Afro-Cuban Folklore through the Escuela National de Arté in Santiago de Cuba and Havana, and also to Bali to research traditional and modern Balinese music where he had his composition Sekar Purwa Pascima read by Kaliungu Kaja Banjar Gamelan, in Denpasar.
He holds a Master of Music degree in Music Composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, was a founding member of the contemporary music ensemble newEar and has served as president and a member of the Board of Directors of the New Music Institute of Kansas City, Inc.. He has performed with the Gillham Park Orchtet, the Terrestrial Consort, Stimulus and Response Company, Grupo Aztlan, Mark Southerland’s Snuff Jazz/Wee Snuff, Mark Lowrey with Drums, Spoonbender Orchestra, and worked as performer and composer with Paul Mesner Puppets, Gorilla Theater the National Audio Theater Festivals, City in Motion, and the UMKC Theater Department. Mr. Conway works with several ensembles under the auspices of the Traditional Music Society in Kansas City, as conga player with Mambo DeLeon Orquesta/Carte Blanc, multi-instrumentalist with Brad Cox Ensemble/Owen Cox Dance Group and also plays percussion, saxophone and bassoon with BCR and the Peoples Liberation Big Band of Greater KC.
During two summers, he led Creative AfroCuban Projects as a part of the Studio150 arts-based youth job training program administered by the Arts Council of Metropolitan KC. He has been the director of Gamelan Genta Kasturi, a Balinese Gamelan Semaradana community ensemble, since the fall of 2006. Gamelan Genta Kasturi was awarded Studio Space under the Urban Culture Project Studio Residency Program in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
Projects of note include work as music director/performer on the UMKC Theater Department’s MFA production of Rita Dove’s The Darker Face of the Earth directed by Ricardo Kahn, Artistic Director of the famed Crossroads Theater and organizing the production of a large collaborative interdisciplinary work entitled Angels & Demons at Play which was premiered as part of the ArtSounds series at the Kansas City Art Institute in early February 2011 and then presented as part of the Urban Culture Project at La Esquina in three performances in late February 2011.
Mr. Conway was recipient of the Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Artist Award in 2012. As part of the celebratory event attached to this award, a new work was created in collaboration with the other recipient, Heidi Van. Voyeur: an Urban Rhapsody, a Van windowplay with original music by Conway premiered on Oct 5, 2012 at The Fishtank Theater in the Crossroads Art District of Kansas City, MO.
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During the month of February 2011, Gamelan Genta Kasturi was the featured musical ensemble in a large scale collaborative project entitled Angels & Demons at Play that was performed for the ArtSounds series at KCAI and three times at La Esquina as part of Urban Culture Project.
YouTube links to the La Esquina performance: