Emory Gamelan Ensemble (credit: Mark Gresham)

NEWS BRIEFS: May 28, 2020

EarRelevant Staft | 28 MAY 2020

Atlanta, GA Several timely local news items of the day:

State officials to offer pandemic update today

Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp is scheduled to will give an update on the COVID-19 pandemic from the North Wing of the State Capitol this afternoonat 4pm. Joining Gove. Kemp will be Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health; Homer Bryson, Director, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency; Adjutant General Tom Carden, Georgia National Guard. The briefing will be live streamed at facebook.com/GovKemp or gpb.org/coronavirus.

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Atlanta Jazz Festival goes from postponed to canceled

Earler today the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs announced that the 43rd annual Atlanta Jazz Festival will not take place this year. Although earlier plans had been for postponement to a later date, the decision to cancel this year’s Festival entirely was based on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the City of Atlanta, and the CDC and Georgia State guidelines limiting gatherings to 10 or less individuals.

Organizers quickly pivoted to create and produce the nightly Atlanta Jazz Festival Sessions to celebrate the 31 Days of Jazz for the month of May. The nightly sessions, which have been airing on the Atlanta Jazz Festival’s Facebook page at 9pm, have garnered thousands of views. The final night of the series will conclude with an encore performance from the duo Joe Gransden and Kenny Banks, Sr. on Sunday, May 31.

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Get your gamelan fix online

Word comes from Robert Tauxe of the Emory Gamelan Ensemble sends word that although all of the group’s spring activities had to be canceled/postponed, that resources are available online for fans and pactitioners of the exotic Indonesian music genre.

“Nusantra Arts, an offshoot of the Buffalo Gamelan Club has been hosting a series of remarkable lectures by the masters of gamelan in the US, starting with our friend and teacher, Midiyanto,” Tauxe writes in an e-mail. “ It is two per week, on Wednesdays and Sundays, and you can watch them here: https://nusantaraarts.com/guest-lecture-series/. (Scroll past the donation site down to the list of lhe adds ectures).”

The same group is also offering a great opportunity to learn Javanese dance online (for men and women) in a five -class series on Thursdays at 7:30pm ET – so the next class will take place tonight. Although the classes began last week, May 21, past lessons are captured and reviewable via recorded videos so you can catch up. These dfance classes an be found at nusantaraarts.com/dance-classes

Tauxe says that Emory University is anticipated to be providing an update by the end of June regarding plans for the fall semester, at which time the Emory Gamelan will know more about its plans for next season’s performances.  ■