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Ensemble History: Music of Java Ensemble

The Music of Java Performance Group was formed in the mid 1950s when Mantle Hood began teaching gamelan in his home.  In May 1960, they performed in the “Festival of Oriental Music and the Related Arts,” presented by the UCLA Music Department, with Mantle Hood as director and Hardja Susilo as dancer. The group remained an extra-curricular “study group” until the 1964-65 academic year, when the course Music 45H/145H (Music and Dance of Java) was offered for the first time. Instructors of the Music of Java Ensemble include: Mantle Hood (1960-74); Hardja Susilo (1967-71); KRT Wasitodipuro (1977-79); Nanik Wenten (77-79); Sue Carole De Vale (1983-93); I Nyoman Wenten (1998-01); Djoko Walujo (1993-95 and 2004-05).

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Hardja Susilo playing Javanese rebab
Photo: Courtesy Ethnomusicology Archive
Mantle Hood standing in front of Javanese gamelan
Photo: Courtesy Ethnomusicology Archive

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Sue Carole De Vale with students on the Javanese gamelan.
Photo: Courtesy Ethnomusicology Archive
Hardja Susilo teaching Javanese gamelan
Photo: Courtesy Ethnomusicology Archive
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Mantle Hood teaching Javanese rebab
Photo: Courtesy Ethnomusicology Archive
Ann Briegleb playing Javanese gamelan
Photo: Courtesy Ethnomusicology Archive
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Javanese gamelan student with Mantle Hood
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Music of Java Ensemble
Photo: Courtesy Ethnomusicology Archive
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Djoko Walujo (2004)
Photo: Donna Armstrong
Music of Java Ensemble at the Hammer Museum
(2005) Photo: Donna Armstrong
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