Central Standard
2:53 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Composer Jeffrey Ruckman Knows His Tools, His Obsessions And His City

Jeffrey Ruckman's Kansas City home is full of instruments, familiar and unfamiliar.
Credit Paul Andrews

When Central Standard thought about asking Jeffrey Ruckman to create new theme music for the show, one of the things that made him appealing was his masterfully offbeat, genre-bending tendency.

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Central Standard
12:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

What is Gamelan Music?

Credit garrettc via Flickr

Gamelan music is the orchestral music of Indonesia which is primarily from the islands of Bali and Java. Over a decade ago, Kansas City became home to a hand crafted Gamelan from Indonesia that was fine tuned and given a blessing from a Balinese Hindu high priests. On this Central Standard the director of Kansas City's Gamelan group Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Patrick Alonzo Conway – he plays in the group and even composes pieces for the group, and is an eclectic composer and member of the People’s Liberation Big Band.

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8:42 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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Kansas City shifts strategies on how to deal with violent crime.  Missouri lawmakers take on everything from workers’ compensation to keeping the Jayhawk off of Missouri license plates.  That and more from KCUR.

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1:30 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

New Charlotte Street Award Fellows: Patrick Conway & Heidi Van

Charlotte Street Foundation recently announced two artists, Heidi Van and Patrick Alonzo Conway, were selected as this year's 2012 Generative Performing Artists Award Fellows.

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11:01 am
Thu February 24, 2011

"Angels & Demons at Play" Inspired by Sun Ra

Shadow puppet designed by artist Allan Winkler

A multimedia performance this weekend called "Angels & Demons at Play" takes its name from a song by Sun Ra, the avant-garde pianist and band leader - and combines live music with Balinese and masked dance, and electronic visual media.

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11:21 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Gamelan Creates Community of Performers

photo courtesy of Gamelan Genta Kasturi

Gamelan, the orchestral music of Indonesia, is praised for its color, rhythmic structure and lyrical melodies. And it's an important part of parades, festivals, and ceremonies.

Kansas City, MO – The largest Balinese ensemble in North America, Gamelan Genta Kasturi, is based in Kansas City, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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11:53 am
Thu October 16, 2008

Gamelan Genta Kasturi at la Esquina

Jeffrey Ruckman and Patrick Alonzo Conway in la Esquina, Urban Culture Project.
photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR

Gamelan is the orchestral tradition of Indonesia and incorporates bronze gongs, metallophones, cymbals, bamboo flutes, fiddles, and drums. The region's first gamelan orchestra, Gamelan Genta Kasturi got its start five years ago and it's based in Kansas City. The group performs traditional and contemporary Balinese music and dance this weekend.

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