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  • a word from jonah | Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Music and Dance of Bali
    are playing music I play games with them One morning I banged around on the huge jegogs in the back of the stage outside with the Indonesian kids When the adults aren t playing we sit out on a bale chat and eat really good food we hired a cook to make for us Lexi Brayton s blog Upcoming Events Balinese Dance Intensive Technique and Choreography of North Balinese Kebyar Dance with I Made Keranca Date April 30 2016 10 00am May 1 2016 3 30pm GSJ Presents the Spring Festival in Berkeley May 14th Date May 14 2016 12 00pm Yerba Buena Gardens Fest JUNE 4 Date June 4 2016 1 00pm 2 30pm Support Us Join Gamelan Sekar Jaya s community of friends and supporters make a tax deductible contribution You can also support GSJ by shopping Click gsj org amazon then click the big amazon button GSJ will receive 4 6 of your purchase Follow Us Subscribe to our RSS Feed Follow us on Facebook Twitter Vimeo You Tube Affiliates Program How it works You click one of the links below and do your shopping as usual and GSJ will receive 4 5 of your purchase Shop

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  • Chapter 2: in which we get whipped into shape | Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Music and Dance of Bali
    ve had to make have been a shock and a challenge The first thing you notice when you step up to Suar Agung s instruments is that you stand instead of sitting yes it s more tiring in the Balinese heat but it also lets you sway and move more freely The next thing you notice is that everything is BIGGER This includes the mallets which are heavier than ours significantly so It takes about ten minutes for your fresh soft American hands to start blistering By the middle of day one everyone s raw hands were wrapped up in bandages and medical tape Our schedule has called for about six hours of practice per day in the heat and humidity of Jembrana successfully getting to the end of one piece has about the same effect on the body as a five hour sauna And so you strip off as much clothing as you can Streams of sweat pour down your elbows Your fingers swell up from the whacking After a day or two all of your muscles ache The endurance required is sometimes exhilarating and sometimes demoralizing Then on Sunday as we collapsed into an exhausted sprawl after our morning practice Suar Agung began their own practice It was a breathtaking thing to watch their exuberance as sweat literally sprayed off of their faces their gaya and precision their superhuman speed and the way they handled those mallets that were turning our forearms to rubber as lightly if they were toothpicks We must consider ourselves schooled Matt Gleeson s blog Upcoming Events Balinese Dance Intensive Technique and Choreography of North Balinese Kebyar Dance with I Made Keranca Date April 30 2016 10 00am May 1 2016 3 30pm GSJ Presents the Spring Festival in Berkeley May 14th Date May

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  • We're here! | Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Music and Dance of Bali
    Agung greeted us with a major feast including a roasted suckling pig and they regaled us with a performance of several thunderous pieces of gamelan jegog And then it was our turn Now you play something insisted Pak Oka If you ve been to Bali before you may know just how terrifying it is to be asked to demonstrate your skills for a Balinese audience given the fact that even the nine year olds here are serious wizards who could easily battle us to a standstill But we launched cold into our version of Jaran Dauh and gave them our best With the friendship between Suar Agung and Sekar Jaya acknowledged we settled into Sangkar Agung and got ready for three days of intense band practice Incidentally over the next couple of days we attracted the attention of the kepala desa village head of Negara another government official on the level of kabupaten and a representative from the army As Sam points out if an army officer shows up and the proper response is to play music for him you must be in Bali We ll try to post some video from the welcome party as well as more images soon depending on the vagaries of local internet Stay tuned Matt Gleeson s blog Upcoming Events Balinese Dance Intensive Technique and Choreography of North Balinese Kebyar Dance with I Made Keranca Date April 30 2016 10 00am May 1 2016 3 30pm GSJ Presents the Spring Festival in Berkeley May 14th Date May 14 2016 12 00pm Yerba Buena Gardens Fest JUNE 4 Date June 4 2016 1 00pm 2 30pm Support Us Join Gamelan Sekar Jaya s community of friends and supporters make a tax deductible contribution You can also support GSJ by shopping Click gsj org amazon then

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