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SUMARSAM. Indonesian, b. 1944. Genres: Cultural/Ethnic topics. Career: Indonesian National Conservatory of Music, Surakarta, teacher, 1966-71; Indonesian Embassy, Canberra, Australia, instructor in Gamelan, 1971-72; Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, visiting artist and instructor, 1972-76, artist in residence and lecturer, 1976-90, director of Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, 1972-90, member of committees, 1974-, adjunct associate professor, 1990-92, adjunct professor of music, 1992-. Kasatriyan Junior High School, Surakarta, Indonesia, Gamelan instructor, 1965-69; Indonesian National Academy of Music, Surakarta, Indonesia, assistant lecturer, 1967- 71; University of Wisconsin-Madison, director of Gamelan Ensemble, summers, 1977, 1979; Brown University, Providence, RI, visiting instructor of Javanese music, 1980; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, consultant on exhibition of Javanese puppet at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum, 1980-88, co- director of Gamelan Ensemble, 1983-84, director, 1984; consultant for documentary film Art of Indonesia: Tales from the Shadow World, 1990; Williams College, Williamstown, MA, visiting instructor of Javanese music, 1991; Smith College, Northampton, MA, visiting instructor of Javanese music, 1995-97; speaker at colleges and universities worldwide; performer as gamelan director and musician and Javanese puppeteer; musical composer. Publications: Kendhangan Gaya Sala: Kendag Kalih & Setunggal Dengan Selintas Pengetahuan Gamelan, 1976; (trans.) Menakjingga Lena (title means: The Death of Menakjingga), 1981; Introduction to Javanese Gamelan (monograph), 1988; Gamelan: Cultural Interaction and Musical Development in Central Java, 1995. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals and books. Address: 576 Millbrook Rd., Middletown, CT 06457, U.S.A.