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  • Yerba Buena Gardens Fest - JUNE 4 | Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Music and Dance of Bali
    of small bronze metallophones drums and flutes with a delicate and refined sound often associated with cremations and temple ceremonies and gamelan jegog Bali s energetic bamboo ensemble with marimbas up to 10 feet long with a vibrant and intoxicating resonance Traditional works such as north Balinese kebyar dance Panji Semirang invite the audience to sink in to the tradition with one of the great dance masters who helped define the genre In the next breath Sekar Jaya serves up a fresh collaboration between Sekar Jaya s jegog ensemble and local japanese taiko drumming ensemble Jiten Daiko Settle in and catch this music the way it s meant to be heard outside on the green Date June 4 2016 1 00pm 2 30pm 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

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  • Amazon | Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Music and Dance of Bali
    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

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  • User account | Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Music and Dance of Bali
    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

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  • User account | Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Music and Dance of Bali
    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

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  • Gamelan Angklung | Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Music and Dance of Bali
    the limitations of its narrow four tone scale There are many thousands of angklung compositions owing to the sheer number of orchestras on the island and the fact that each group evolves its own variants of regional works or unique compositions However the instrumentation is fairly uniform comprising twelve 4 keyed metallophones a reong of eight gong chimes kendang drums ceng ceng cymbals kempur suspended gong various small hand held bronze pots and suling bamboo flutes In recent decades gamelan angklung is sometimes used to play popular tari lepas the free standing that is unallied to dramatic performance dance compositions normally played on a gamelan gong kebyar This transferal is accomplished by rearranging the kebyar melodies to fit within the restricted four note ambitus of angklung and making a few minor adjustments in instrumentation Additional gongs both larger and smaller are added as well as heavier drums Modern composers sometimes create new and experimental instrumental pieces for angklung as well Originally the word angklung referred to a set of hand held bamboo rattles which were played with the bronze ensemble Each rattle is played by a one musician producing a single scale tone or pitch class e g a tone with it s octave in a sustained tremolo By hocketing and alternating their parts a complete melody can be created These type of angklung are now rare in Bali Also uncommon are angklung orchestras that use a scale of five rather than four tones the full slendro scale There are several five tone angklung in North Bali But the fifth tone has a potential presence even in four tone angklung group the flute player s will occasionally touch upon it Upcoming Events Balinese Dance Intensive Technique and Choreography of North Balinese Kebyar Dance with I Made Keranca Date April 30

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  • Gamelan Gong Kebyar | Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Music and Dance of Bali
    fourth jublag tone The reong is a row of tuned gong chimes played by four musicians adding another layer of figuration or melodic doubling parallel to the gangsa at other moments it joins the drums in non pitched rhythmic accents Various small gongs are used to punctuate the phrases in regular fashion The kajar for example keeps the beat a difficult task in this syncopated and rhythmically complex style The medium sized gongs called kempur kemong and kempli punctuate the phrases at important junctures while the largest gong is reserved to mark the phrase endings the period at the end of the sentence Last but certainly not least a pair of drummers accompanied by the cymbal or cengceng player directs the entire group in accents dynamics and changes in tempo In Balinese dance performance the drums are the link between the dancers and other musicians The lead drummer provides signals to other musicians that translate the detailed cues of the dancer s movements into musical gestures A lead drummer s intimate knowledge of dance and music is critical to a good dance performance The repertoire of the gong kebyar is enormous It includes classical instrumental works lelambatan heard in the middle courtyard of the Balinese temple as the ceremonies take place a large repertoire of tari lepas free standing through composed and fully choreographed dance works such as Taruna Jaya or Oleg Tamulilingan that are a common feature of concert programs various sacred dances such as the gentle rejang for women or ritual Baris warrior dance for rows of men many short forms to accompany masked dance topeng and the highly intricate new works known as tabuh kreasi baru new creations Upcoming Events Balinese Dance Intensive Technique and Choreography of North Balinese Kebyar Dance with I Made Keranca Date April

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  • Dance Ensemble | Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Music and Dance of Bali
    to show a gentle feeling of movement or send bolts of lightening from their eyes to convey a strong or aggressive mood A good dancer must develop a deep understanding of the form of the music and be able to cue the musicians to start and stop speed up or make an accent As they train students dance teachers sing a kind of vocal gamelan a reduction of an entire phrase or piece that includes all the essential musical features gong strokes sirrr pong drum accents ka pak ka pak DET and melodies that animate or organize the dance composition In that way teachers continually relate dance movements to the music that accompanies them so that they are fused in the dancer s minds and bodies Balinese dance tells a story but not by literally miming it A dancer s skill lies in how well she or he can portray a character or a character type from a particular or archetypal story found in Balinese legends mythology or folklore A masked dancer portraying a prime minister for example might appear in many stories Everything about the dance supports the portrayal of this character the movement the costume the facial statement or mask as well as the musical accompaniment Even before someone starts dance study his or her teacher will look at the body to decide what character this person should portray Perhaps this person is suited in face and body to become a classical refined legong dancer Another dancer s body and attitude might be ideal for the dramatic and flashy Kebyar Duduk Characters are considered either halus refined or kasar coarse or something in between Likewise there are distinct female and male postures and movement vocabularies which can be taught and performed by either men or women as well as androgynous forms that combine both male and female aspects Sacred and Secular Contexts Dance and music are performed in a variety of sacred and secular contexts During ceremonies a performance is actually considered an offering to the gods Dancers in the inner temple face the alter and gracefully waft incense others may dance backwards through the temple gate welcoming holy water brought from a sacred spring The simple movements of rejang might be performed by women of all ages and levels of skill as a devotional communal expression while the highly demanding solo masked dance suite Topeng Sidhakarya is explicitly required to conclude certain rituals On the other end of the spectrum you might still find in remote areas of Bali an entire bamboo ensemble set up in the road accompanying the flirtatious and participatory joged dance or witness martial arts movement forms combined with the powerful tones of a jegog ensemble in Western Bali You might see a mixture of normally sacred and secular forms presented in a tourist performance It is important for outsiders to remember that sacred and secular were originally foreign concepts in Bali and are often intermingled or unexpectedly shifted Witness for example a

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  • Gamelan Jegog | Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Music and Dance of Bali
    quite famously between kebyar groups their competitive style is of a different order seldom showing the uninhibited frenzy found in jegog mabarung Before one group is finished the other will burst in with its own piece both then play as furiously as possible in a contest of endurance concentration and group virtuosity For the audience their unsynchronized tempi and sheer volume create a pulsating phase shifting wall of sound Gamelan jegog doesn t only perform in competitions It is also played in concert performances that might include dances derived from pencat silat the Indonesian martial art form popular in West Bali In this context a clowning Master of Ceremonies called dag often appears The dag weaves his way through the performers between and during the acts commenting joking and mocking the stage action Gamelan jegog also accompanies the annual buffalo races which take place in Negara the capital of Jembrana A full gamelan jegog consists of the following percussion instruments each with eight bamboo tubes Three barangan seated in front play the main melody The middle barangan which leads the ensemble plays a decorated version on the beat The outer players play off the beat Three kantilan and an octave higher three suir all playing interlocking figuration Two undir and an octave higher two celuluk playing the bun melody Players alternate between right and left hands playing paired slightly detuned pitches One jegog an octave lower than undir with two players executing the bun also playing paired detuned pitches Suling bamboo flutes often embellish the bun On occasion usually when accompanying dance there might also be kendang drums ceng c eng cymbals and tawa tawa a beat keeping small gong The four tone tuning of gamelan jegog is unique in Bali Although this scale can be roughly imitated by selecting

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