Canyon Crest Academy and the Center for World Music are proud to present a very special performance of Javanese gamelan music and dance. Students from the Canyon Crest Academy gamelan program, directed by the Javanese master teacher Pak Djoko Walujo, will be accompanied by California Institute of the Arts singers and dancers in this end-of-year performance that will include an enchanting masked Topeng Panji dance. This free public performance will begin at 12:15 pm on Friday, June 3, in the Proscenium Theater at Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley. Please note: Originally planned for May 27, this event has been rescheduled for June 3.
Canyon Crest Academy is an outstanding learning community located in the North County region of San Diego. In 2011, it was one of only 27 schools nationwide to receive the prestigious Grammy Signature Schools Enterprise Award by the Grammy Foundation.
Canyon Crest is the first school anywhere that ever that applied to us (for funding) for a gamelan ensemble. Our screening panel and blue-ribbon committee—which includes the president of Disney Music and the chairmen of the music departments at USC and UCLA—thought that was really cool.
—David R. Sears, senior director of education at the Grammy Foundation (2011 SD Union Tribune article)
The Canyon Crest Academy Javanese gamelan program is directed by distinguished Javanese musician and composer Pak Djoko Walujo (who also teaches in the School of Music and Dance at San Diego State University), coordinated and administered through Canyon Crest Academy’s Director of Envision, Anne Whattoff, in partnership with the Center for World Music’s World Music in the Schools program. Financial support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation and community, and the generous donations of world music lovers nationwide.