"Brilliant performers, stunning cohesion…a village awakens and our eyes open." —Los Angeles Times
Among the more surprising influences on American composers is the traditional Balinese art of gamelan. The gigantic ensemble of instruments’ resonating tones and rich sound have captivated composers like Canadian Colin McPhee and American composers Lou Harrison, Charles Ives, John Cage, and Steve Reich.
Experience this special performance by the musicians and dancers of Gamelan Çudamani, one of Bali’s most active and respected performing ensembles. Under the musical direction of Dewa Putu Berata and dance direction of Bapak Nyoman Cerita and Emiko Saraswati Susilo, the 24 member ensemble weaves layers of intricate sound from deep bronze gongs to the delicate sounds of the flute. For their Bing performance, the ensemble has prepared a compelling program featuring Çudamani classics as well as a new full-length work, Bhumi-Mother Earth, based on themes of nature.
Generously supported by the Western States Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts
The program will last approximately two hours and will be performed with one intermission.