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Classes in Balinese Music, Dance, and Puppetry – Berkeley, Jan-May 2012

“Each season, Gamelan Sekar Jaya offers a series of classes & workshops in both music and dance at our banjar community center and studio. Master Balinese artists-in-residence and senior company members utilize traditional Balinese hands-on teaching methods. Bali’s core values of balance, harmony, and interdependence are evident in both music, dance, and theater, and in their close coordination. See what’s in store for this season!!”

Classes offered: Beginning Gamelan Workshop: Angklung, Gamelan Bamboo Jegog Class, Balinese Dance Classes , Bali Kids, Gamelan Gong Kebyar Class

  • WHERE: GSJ’s Banjar (Community Center)
    3023 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
  • WHEN: Jan-May 2012
  • HOW MUCH: $65-$95 (some offer drop ins)
  • MORE INFOhttp://gsj.org/classes

Balinese Music with Gamelan Kori Mas – SF, 7/30/11-7/31/11

Gamelan Kori Mas

“This San Francisco group presents Balinese gamelan music.”

Balinese Jazz Guitar – SF, 6/30/11

Balinese Jazz Guitar

“Often regarded as one of the fastest guitarists of Indonesia, Balawan and his band, Batuan Ethnic Fusion, combines the traditional Balinese gamelan music with jazz fusion. Well-known for his ability to play a double-neck guitar, Balawan has developed an eight-fingered-touch technique, also known as touch-tapping. Balawan has released three albums and tours internationally.”

Ongoing Bali exhibit at the Asian Art Museum, SF, 2/25/11 – 9/11/11

Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance brings the art and artists of this special Indonesian island to San Francisco so that you can experience firsthand its culture, beliefs, and practices. See not only artworks but explore the context in which they were made and used, as the museum comes alive with the kinds of music and performance that fill Balinese ritual life.

The 131 artworks on view—many borrowed from international collections and never before seen in the U.S.—range from simple, yet deftly woven images of the rice goddess to elaborately carved and gilded chairs. Shadow puppetry, gamelan performances, masked dances, and more provide a museum experience as unique and mesmerizing as Bali itself.”

Back to Bali Event #1: Special Screening at Asian Art Museum, tomorrow 6/19/11, SF

“Join us this Sunday for a screening of two films on modern Shadow Theater works by Larry Reed

Followed by a Q&A with Larry

This is our kickoff event for KEMBALI KE BALI (Back to Bali): A Series of Special Events Celebrating Our Roots, June – September, 2011. For details and a schedule of events, visit: www.ShadowLight.org.”

  • WHERE: Asian Art Museum, SF, Samsung Hall
  • WHEN: Sunday, 6/19/11, 1:30-3:30pm
  • HOW MUCH: free with museum admission
  • MORE INFOhttp://conta.cc/kCh7rO





Film Screening: My Rock & Roll School – SF, 6/23/11

My Rock & Roll School

“Young Balinese film director Agung Suecantara tells the story of a traditional rivalry between students from two schools in Denpasar, Bali. The headmasters of the schools, fed up, attempt to make peace and bring the students together with a rock concert. Directed by Agung Suecantara. 2011.”

Ambrosia of Immortality and Monkey King at Spider Cave – SF, 6/19/11

Ambrosia of Immortality

“Compare these two epic tales by Shadowlight Productions. Ambrosia of Immortality is a Balinese version of Churning the Milky Ocean, where gods and demons join forces to create ambrosia and then fight over possession of it. (40min.) Monkey King at Spider Cave is inspired by an episode from Journey to the West, the beloved 16th Century Chinese epic adventure of a Buddhist High Priest and his animal disciples in their quest to bring the Buddhist scriptures to China. Both screenings will include footage of both the full show and a behind-the-scenes documentary. Monkey King at Spider Cave is told in Mandarin with English narration. (48 min.)”

  • WHERE: Asian Art Museum
    200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
  • WHEN: Sunday, 6/19/11, 1:30-3:00pm
  • HOW MUCH: Free with museum admission; see museum website for admission prices
  • MORE INFO: http://www.asianart.org/bali/films.htm#ambrosia

Gamelan Music with Anak Swarsanti – SF, 6/11/11

Gamelan Music with Anak Swarsanti

“Enjoy this ensemble’s Balinese gamelan village music, with its fast interlocking rhythms and mesmerizing melodies. Anak Swarsanti also presents a fascinating talk on the background and meaning of Balinese music, which carries deep religious and ceremonial symbolism.”

Gamelan Jegog with Gamelan Sekar Jaya – SF, 6/5/11

Gamelon Jegog with Gamelan Sekar Jaya

“Internationally acclaimed Bay Area ensemble Gamelan Sekar Jaya presents a performance with jegogs, dramatic bamboo marimbas with tubes up to eight feet long. Noted for its rhythmic energy, unusual four-tone scale and powerful sound, the jegog originated in western Bali. Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s jegog ensemble is the only one of its kind in the Western hemisphere. Director I Dewa Putu Berata is a renowned composer and the director of Bali’s famed Çudamani ensemble. Gamelan Sekar Jaya is the only non-Balinese group to receive the Dharma Kusuma, Bali’s highest award for artistic achievement. In its music it explores a wide range of forms, from traditional Balinese pieces to cutting-edge compositions, and hosts long-term residencies by Bali’s finest musicians and dancers.”

Bamboo Music of Bali with Samuel Wantman – SF, 6/4/11

Bamboo Music of Bali with Samuel Wantman

“Watch as member of Gamelan Sekar Jaya and Balinese music expert Sam Wantman demonstrates how Balinese bamboo instruments are made and performed. Learn about different instruments, tunings, and scales, and the path that bamboo music has carved through Bali in the past 150 years. I Made Arnawa (Gamelan Sekar Jaya Guest Music Director), a prolific composer, performer, and teacher, joins Wantman for this interactive demonstration. Arnawa comes from the village of Tunjuk in West Bali, famed for its traditions in music, dance, and theater. He has performed and taught internationally, including tours to Australia, India, several European countries, and the U.S. He has composed extensively for gamelan, and has won numerous awards in the Bali Arts Festival.”