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Cross-cultural exchange through music and mixing

  • Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan
    Queen's staff, students, and faculty listen to members of Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan speak during an informal talk ahead of the group's performance at The Isabel.
  • Provost, Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan
    Queen's Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon, second from left, chats with international and domestic students during the reception before Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan's performance.
  • Student, Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan
    International and domestic students mingle during the reception at The Isabel Feb. 7.

Queen's international and domestic students, along with staff, faculty, and senior administrators gathered at The Isabel earlier this week for an evening of music and intercultural exchange. The event was the third in the International at Home series, which aims to bring together international and domestic students at several cultural events throughout the year.

This week, the community heard the unique sounds of Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan, an ensemble of eight highly skilled Canadian musicians who perform and record using an assortment of bronze and wooden instruments from Indonesia. These intruments are collectively known as a gamelan, a traditional instrument ensemble that plays an important role in Indonesian culture.

Ahead of the performance Feb. 7, community members mingled during a reception and had the chance to hear from some of the evening's performers about their music and history.

The International at Home series is hosted by the Office of the Associate Vice-Principal (International) and the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. The next performance in the series will be held March 29, 2017, featuring Measha Brueggergosman.

Full details are available on the Queen’s International website. Faculties, departments, and units interested in sponsoring student tickets are asked to contact international@queensu.ca