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Indonesia Spirit Festival
Friday, 16 Nov, 2012 – 12:12 | No Comment
Indonesia Spirit Festival

A weekend mini festival entitle Indonesia Spirit Festival will be held  December 7th to 9th, 2012 at The Yoga Barn, Ubud, Bali. The idea behind “Indonesia Spirit” is to attract social and …

A House in Bali
Monday, 27 Dec, 2010 – 8:54 | No Comment
A House in Bali

A House in Bali, Evan Ziporyn’s dense syncretic opera, regales you with sounds, moves, images, and contradictions. It’s a little like visiting Bali for the first time. The strangeness can be overwhelming, but you’ll never …

Colin McPhee
Saturday, 25 Dec, 2010 – 6:23 | No Comment
Colin McPhee

Colin McPhee (March 15, 1900, in Montreal – January 7, 1964, in Los Angeles) was a Canadian composer and musicologist. He is primarily known for being the first Western composer to make an ethnomusicological study …

Balinese gamelan : footage + music of I Wayan Lotring from 1972
Monday, 13 Sep, 2010 – 6:20 | Comments Off on Balinese gamelan : footage + music of I Wayan Lotring from 1972
Balinese gamelan : footage + music of I Wayan Lotring from 1972

PieterdeRooijHolland | August 29, 2010

I made this tribute to Lotring on the 30th of August, 2010. [PdR] The video contains segments of wonderful and unique footage – from a 20-minute documentary published onhttp://www.youtube.com/user/jackusful by ‘Jacques’ – …

Omed-omedan: A Unique Ritual Part 1
Thursday, 18 Mar, 2010 – 6:06 | 4 Comments
Omed-omedan: A Unique Ritual Part 1

So many people, young and old, men and women, natives and foreigners came in flocks to see a unique ritual in Banjar Kaja, Sesetan village, South Denpasar, a day after Nyepi. The old men from …

Suling (Balinese Flute)
Monday, 9 Nov, 2009 – 12:11 | No Comment
Suling (Balinese Flute)

When you hear Balinese gamelan and give an attention to the melody you will find the sound of suling (bamboo flute), the only wind instrument in the ensemble. Suling are made mainly of bamboo, a …

Bali 1928: Gamelan Gong Kebyar – Emergence of Kebyar – Part 2
Saturday, 5 Sep, 2009 – 10:31 | No Comment
Bali 1928: Gamelan Gong Kebyar – Emergence of Kebyar – Part 2

As twelve réyong are now omnipresent and taken for granted, the most common association with gamelan sekati is through the oncangan melodic figurations played by the gangsa section. Gamelan sekati is still performed in Bungkulan, …

Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s 30th Annniversary Season (2009)
Monday, 31 Aug, 2009 – 5:09 | No Comment
Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s 30th Annniversary Season (2009)

Composed by I Dewa Putu Berata and Choreographed by Emiko Saraswati Susilo for Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s 30th Annniversary Season (2009). Featuring 8 Dancers (Nyoman Wenten, Emiko Saraswati Susilo, Kompiang Metri-Davies, I Made Moja, Sean Aquino, …

Lelongoran: Old Gamelan Style from Buleleng
Wednesday, 26 Aug, 2009 – 16:05 | No Comment
Lelongoran: Old Gamelan Style from Buleleng

Buleleng regency is rich with gamelan repertoires, Lelengoran is one of them. Lelengoran is a gamelan style that is considered as the prototype of the popular Kebyar style. Lelegoran was introduced for the first time …

Mekar Bhuana Conservatory Performances in Singapore Rave Success
Tuesday, 7 Jul, 2009 – 16:00 | 3 Comments
Mekar Bhuana Conservatory Performances in Singapore Rave Success

Mekar Bhuana’s four-day tour to Singapore with performances at the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay was a resounding success. Over two nights, the 26-strong semar pegulingan troupe presented five performances of rare court repertoire to …

Music For Sri Tanjung : The Scent of Innocence Tactics of Innovation
Thursday, 5 Mar, 2009 – 10:33 | 3 Comments
Music For Sri Tanjung : The Scent of Innocence Tactics of Innovation

Essentially, music, or sound is untamed energy which is open to interpretation. However, through the formation of man’s culture and civilization, music has been given meaning, symbol, usage or function within the context of man’s …

Sri Tanjung : Audience’s Guide
Thursday, 5 Mar, 2009 – 10:17 | One Comment
Sri Tanjung : Audience’s Guide

Opening Music
To begin the performance, we present a small musical composition created by adopting characteristics of the music performed on the gamelan slonding.
Scene 1
Nakula’s son Sida Paksa meditates in the forest.

The scene is accompanied by …

Complete Collection of Balinese Gamelan Sets at ISI Denpasar
Friday, 13 Feb, 2009 – 16:40 | No Comment
Complete Collection of Balinese Gamelan Sets at ISI Denpasar

Indonesian Art Institute (ISI) Denpasar which is located at Jalan Nusa Indah Denpasar is not just a place to study the traditional or contemporary Balinese art. It also houses a complete collection of Balinese gamelan …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Legong Dance and Its Recent History
Wednesday, 26 Nov, 2008 – 16:21 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: Legong Dance and Its Recent History

Here is an interesting excerpt on legond dance and its recent history which is taken from a thesis entitled “Balinese Legong:Revival or Decline?” by Stephen Davies.
Legong is a genre of Balinese dance accompanied by gamelan. …

Tumpek Krulut
Saturday, 4 Oct, 2008 – 0:00 | 2 Comments
Tumpek Krulut

Today, Balinese celebrate a holyday for musical instrument. Musical instruments are sacred items for the Balinese, and a special day, known as Tumpek Krulut is dedicated for all musical instruments, mask, and other tool for …

A Sad News from Bali
Wednesday, 1 Oct, 2008 – 12:00 | No Comment
A Sad News from Bali

Kak Wayan Konolan, one of the greatest masters of gender wayang from Banjar Kayumas kaja Denpasar passed away last night. He was also known as the father of great musicians, Pk.Wayan Suweca, Pk.Nyoman Sudarna, Bu …

Kuningan Celebration and New Balinese Temple in Hamburg
Tuesday, 2 Sep, 2008 – 15:04 | One Comment
Kuningan Celebration and New Balinese Temple in Hamburg

On August 30th 2008, Balinese celebrated Kuningan holiday, a holiday to pay homage to ancestral spirits as they return to heaven after dwelling on earth for an extended period. However, on that day Kuningan holiday …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: The Impact of Tourism on Balinese Culture
Wednesday, 6 Aug, 2008 – 16:58 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: The Impact of Tourism on Balinese Culture

Here is an interesting article on the impact of tourism on Balinese culture, written by Stephanie A. Thullen. This article is apart of her writing entitled “Tourism and its Impacts on the Environment”

Even more than …

Female Gamelan Group
Monday, 30 Jun, 2008 – 16:05 | No Comment
Female Gamelan Group

When the gong kebyar composition first appeared in Northern Bali with the avant-garde villages such as Bungkulan, Jagaraga and villages at its vicinity in 1915, No one ever dreamed that this genre of Balinese gamelan …

Fate of Kulkul
Thursday, 26 Jun, 2008 – 20:15 | One Comment
Fate of Kulkul

Before we proceed to the fate of kulkul, in present days, it is better to shed some light on what the kulkul is. Kulkul is Balinese wooden slit gong. It is made of long, hollowed-out …

Frequently Asked Questions about Gamelan
Friday, 6 Jun, 2008 – 17:24 | No Comment
Frequently Asked Questions about Gamelan

Yesterday, I did my regular browsing activity on the net and stumbled across an interesting article entitled “Frequently Asked Questions about Gamelan” in www.dcgamelan.com, a site owned by Gamelan Mitra Kusuma, which is founded in …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Contrasts of Music Style between Java and Bali
Tuesday, 6 May, 2008 – 17:05 | One Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: Contrasts of Music Style between Java and Bali

Here is an interesting article on the contrast of Music style between Java and Bali from Fredric Lieberman.

Java and Bali share many basic music-style elements. The predominant instruments in both traditions are struck metal idiophones …

Dealing with the Painting
Friday, 2 May, 2008 – 16:26 | No Comment
Dealing with the Painting

Dealing with the painting in Bali is not a simple matter, if you a beginner in this area, your best choice is to acquire a paper booklet on painting. If you are seriously interested in …

“Night” in Balinese Point of View
Tuesday, 26 Feb, 2008 – 15:29 | No Comment
“Night” in Balinese Point of View

As the sun sets and darkness replaces the illumination of the sunlight, night makes its way to the earth. “Night” is a phenomenon that all nations in the world have their own point of view, …

People of Bali
Tuesday, 13 Nov, 2007 – 15:21 | No Comment
People of Bali

The Balinese are just one of Indonesia’s 250 ethnic groups. Like most Indonesians they are a blend of races, with the accent on the deutero-malayan race of Central and East Java, with traces, of Polynesian …

The Lively Kebyar Dance
Monday, 29 Oct, 2007 – 16:54 | No Comment
The Lively Kebyar Dance

In 1915, a new genre of Balinese Gamelan was introduced in North Bali. This new composition is called Kebyar, involving a mixture of old and new melodies with new variations syncopation, so that it forms …

Balinese Contemporary Dance
Friday, 17 Aug, 2007 – 16:49 | No Comment
Balinese Contemporary Dance

The religious function of art in Balinese culture plays important role in the daily life of Balinese and unity of art and religion can be clearly seen in every aspect of Balinese life. Considering this …

Topeng Pajegan: The Most Demanding Mask Performance
Wednesday, 15 Aug, 2007 – 17:13 | No Comment
Topeng Pajegan: The Most Demanding Mask Performance

It is not an exaggeration to state that Topeng Pajegan is the most demanding mask performance for an actor to stage. The distinguishing feature of Topeng Pajegan is that it is a monodrama in which …

Pamurtian: The Raging God
Saturday, 23 Jun, 2007 – 13:48 | No Comment
Pamurtian: The Raging God

Gods and goddesses in Balinese culture is not immune to the emotions, they can be happy sad or in rage, that is why Balinese strive in many ways to please them. Beautiful offerings, sacred ceremonies, …

Sekaa Teruna: Traditional Youth Organization
Friday, 8 Jun, 2007 – 17:21 | No Comment
Sekaa Teruna: Traditional Youth Organization

Almost all Balinese youths either live in the island of Bali or outside are belong to the traditional youth organizations. Every hamlet (banjar) in has its own traditional youth organization, well known in Bali as …

Balinese Drama: In Front and Behind The Scene
Wednesday, 16 May, 2007 – 17:15 | No Comment
Balinese Drama: In Front and Behind The Scene

The following is rough picture of how performance may originate in Bali. There is a temple feast coming on; what dancers shall be asked? “Let us fetch those good dancers from —.” Not all of …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Balinese Religion
Friday, 4 May, 2007 – 15:17 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: Balinese Religion

It is interesting to have a researchers view on Balinese Religion. Here are an excerpt taken from Hildred and Clifford Geertz’s “Kinship of Bali”. this excerpt gives their view on Balinese religion.
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In very general terms, …

Gambuh: Ancestor of Balinese Dances
Monday, 30 Apr, 2007 – 15:14 | 2 Comments
Gambuh: Ancestor of Balinese Dances

Gambuh, a classic dance drama that now is in the edge of extinction, is considered as the ancestor of all Balinese dances. All dance-technique originates in its movement, all scales and melodies from its peculiar …

On “Balinese are truly communal people”
Thursday, 8 Mar, 2007 – 15:39 | No Comment
On “Balinese are truly communal people”

“Balinese are truly communal people”, this claim, of course need to be supported with a fact, and here is the fact.
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If there is a work to be done by the Balinese, they will create a …

Bitterness Behind a Cremation Ceremony
Tuesday, 30 Jan, 2007 – 15:27 | No Comment
Bitterness Behind a Cremation Ceremony

A cremation ceremony is a joyful moment, full of happiness and festivity, with tons of offerings, lavishly decorated cremation tower, energetic sound of Gamelan Balaganjur, elegant procession, and flocks of family, relatives, and Banjar members.

Theoretically, …

Gamelan in Balinese Life
Thursday, 25 Jan, 2007 – 17:24 | 3 Comments
Gamelan in Balinese Life

Gamelan in Balinese life has many essential functions; the gamelan’s primary function is to assist in the myriad of ceremonies required during each 210-day cycle of the Balinese Pawukon cycle, as well as those involved …

Gamelan (Traditional Balinese Orchestra)
Wednesday, 24 Jan, 2007 – 15:37 | 2 Comments
Gamelan (Traditional Balinese Orchestra)

The word Gamelan is a Balinese term for “orchestra”; there are many types of Gamelan in Bali. Gamelan is a generic term, and there is dozen or more completely different kind of ensembles. Gamelan is …

Ngerebeg (Village Purification Ceremony)
Wednesday, 6 Dec, 2006 – 14:56 | No Comment
Ngerebeg (Village Purification Ceremony)

Ngerebeg is one of many kinds exorcism and purification ceremony that exist in Bali. The Ngerebeg ceremony is usually held in Kuningan day or before a temple festival especially in Gianyar regency. The Ngerebeg ceremony …

Concert Dec. 1 Gamelan Gita Sari Under the Direction of I Wayan Dibia
Thursday, 30 Nov, 2006 – 14:34 | No Comment
Concert Dec. 1 Gamelan Gita Sari Under the Direction of I Wayan Dibia

WORCESTER, Mass. The Holy Cross departments of theatre and music presents their famed Balinese gamelan orchestra, Gamelan Gita Sari, under the directorship of visiting fellow in Balinese performing arts, I Wayan Dibia, in concert …

Contemporary World Dance Came to Ubud
Tuesday, 15 Aug, 2006 – 9:23 | No Comment
Contemporary World Dance Came to Ubud

New York’s BALAM Dance Theatre & Bali’s Semara Ratih Gamelan Ensemble Join Forces for a collaborative performance Saturday, August 12, 2006 at Pura Dalem, Ubud.
BALAM Dance Theatre, a contemporary dance company inspired by Balinese theatre …