Grade Five Artist Residency, Joko Sutrisno | Music


Joko Sutrisno | Music "Joko was fantastic. He not only had engaging, challenging and well designed lessons, but he connected the experience with life lessons. His rapport with students was age appropriate, energized and he was consistent in communicating confidence in their ability to do the task at hand." -- Ms. Cruse, Hillcrest Community School As a boy in Central Java, Indonesia, I heard and participated in gamelan, an ancient, but vital tradition of Indonesian music. It reflects the complex rhythms of life and becomes a second language to all who know and perform it. I was professionally trained at the National Academy of Performing Arts (ASKI) in Surakarta, Java. My family and I came to Minnesota in 1995 to develop a gamelan program. In what is now twenty years of conducting residencies in the U.S., I have developed a pedagogical approach that engages students of all levels in playing music successfully from the very first session.