'India-Hawai'i Musical Connections'

East-West Center Gallery

John A. Burns Hall
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96848
United States

Join us for a panel titled, “India-Hawai‘i Musical Connections” with Teri Skillman, PhD, Associate Director, Hawai‘i Arts Alliance; Sai Bhatawadekar, PhD, Director, UHM Center for South Asian Studies, and UHM Associate Professor; and Nawahineokala‘i Lanzilotti, MFA, composer/performer.


This event is connected to the exhibition "SOUNDS OF THE ASIA PACIFIC" on view at the East-West Center Gallery until May 17th, 2020.


This exhibition features Asia Pacific musical instruments from the Ethnomusicology Instrument Collection at the University of Hawai‘i at M?noa. The collection has been acquired over the past 70 years, initially established by Professor Barbara B. Smith, and continues today under the supervision of Professor Ricardo D. Trimillos. This collection is an invaluable resource for the community because the instruments are meant to be utilized rather than to be displayed as museum pieces. Many of the instruments in the collection are used in the various musical ensembles at the university including Indonesian gamelan (traditional ensemble comprised primarily of metallophones and gongs) and Japanese gagaku (ancient court music), as well as Hawaiian and Tahitian dance, koto (Japanese zither), Chinese, Korean, Okinawan, and Philippine ensembles. The collection is comprised of nearly 2,500 instruments from across the globe.

The East-West Center has showcased many of the Music Department’s Asia Pacific ensembles and performers from the region. Many of the instruments displayed reflect performances presented by EWC or locally-based ensembles. Others are highlighted as unique and notable for their beautiful craftsmanship, history, or an interesting element of charm or surprise.

This exhibition also features costumes, masks, other performing arts materials, photographs, sound examples, and video to assist in understanding the fuller cultural context of the instruments. Music in the Asia Pacific region is closely associated with dance, theatre, and/or other cultural practices and this exhibition underscores these relationships. The instruments are displayed in three sections: Pacific Islands, East Asia, and South & Southeast Asia.


Gallery Hours: Open Weekdays 8:00 a.m.�"5:00 p.m. and Sundays Noon�"4:00 p.m. Closed Saturdays and April 12.

Gallery admission is free. Guided gallery tours will be offered Sundays at 3 p.m. Free school & group tours available.

The EWC Arts Program is supported in part by The Hawai‘i Pacific Rim Society Hideo Murakami Fund for the Arts, Friends of Hawai‘i Charities, Barbara B. Smith, Richard H. Cox, Jean E. Rolles, EWC Arts ‘Ohana members, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, The Arthur Goodfriend Intercultural Fund, and other generous donors.

Sunday, 01 March, 2020


Eric Chang

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