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Get your gamelan on tonight @ Central


Thursday, May 29, 2014, 7 – 8 p.m.    Level 1 – Microsoft Auditorium.

Immerse yourself in the contemplative sound of the gamelan at a performance of contemporary and classical Indonesian music by Seattle ensemble Gamelan Pacifica.

Gamelan Pacifica will perform traditional and contemporary music for the Javanese gamelan. The performance will feature examples of classical “gending” (compositions) from the central Javanese repertoire associated with the cities of Surakarta and Yogyakarta in Indonesia.

The gamelan is a gong-chime percussion orchestra that originated in Indonesia.  The instruments — which include a variety of drums, winds and strings — create both rich and dramatic resonance and contemplative beauty.

Composer and Cornish College professor Jarrad Powell directs Gamelan Pacifica.  Joining the ensemble for this show will be Seattle vocalist Jessika Kenney and a special guest from Indonesia, Harry Purwanto, a respected musician of the Javanese gamelan.

Music of the Gamelan you can borrow from the Library.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome!

Call Central Library (206.386.4636) or Ask a Librarian for more info.

What's Going on @ Your Library!

Hello SummerSunday, August 18, 2013

  •  Teen Space presents: End of Summer Pizza Party Ballard 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Need a space to be creative and have fun? Come to Teen Space at the Ballard Branch — it’s a place to meet up and hang out! Join us for an end of summer pizza party. For ages 12-18.
  • Africa Sing! Africa Dance! @ NewHolly 1:30 – 2:30pm. Join Etienne Cakpo for an interactive performance of singing, clapping and dancing. Everyone will enjoy songs and dances from Africa. For all ages.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Teen Space presents: Cutielicious Felt Creatures @ Delridge 2 – 4 pm. The world’s cutest miniature felt creatures are coming to the Delridge Branch! All materials supplied, join us to put them together. For ages 12-18. Continue reading

Try Something New @ Your Library!

Looking for a fun activity this weekend?  Come to the library, we’ve got it going on!  🙂
Remember, you can earn a TSRP badge for attending a program until the end of Aug.

Friday, August 9, 2013

African HeartbeatAfrician Heartbeat: Intro to Drumming @ Yesler Community Center 1 – 2:30 pm. Learn to play traditional drums from Guinea, West Africia, with local teaching artist Abdoulaye Sylla. For tweens and teens.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Fan Art 1Fan Art @ West Seattle 11 am – 12 pm. Calling all sketchbook warriors! Do you have a stash of awesome fan art that’s itching to be shared? Come to the Library to show off your artistic creations. For tweens and teens.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

SupersonesSouth Park Rocks! Supersones @ South Park  2 – 3 pm.  Swing to the rhythms of son, the acoustic dance music of the Cuban countryside that inspired modern salsa.  For teens and adults.

Make some noise!

One of my favorite only-in-Seattle events is happening this weekend at the Seattle Center: the 15th annual World Rhythm Festival.  Hundreds, maybe thousands, of people from around the area and around the world come together for a weekend of drumming and dancing.  Don’t know how to drum or dance?  Join one of the free classes (instruments are usually provided, or you can borrow some from your neighbors). Guest musicians from Cuba, Senegal, Brazil, Israel, Paraguay, Nigeria and elsewhere come to teach and play.

It’s totally free, although there’s a marketplace where you can purchase drums and other percussion instruments. If you can get out of school on Friday (or better yet, convince your music teacher to arrange a field trip), you can enjoy a full day of dance and drum workshops designed specifically for youth, although the weekend is open to everyone.

One of my favorite aspects of the weekend is seeing people young and old and of all different backgrounds getting together to make some music and make some community. No one leaves without a smile.  This is a great energizer and an immensely fun way to celebrate spring. Hope to see you there!

For a detailed look at the events, check out the Seattle World Percussion Society website.