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  • Finale | Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Music and Dance of Bali
    As a standard performance the Negara show may not have been our best it didn t help that we were standing in puddles of mud left over from the afternoon downpour and that our instruments were arranged around trees in the garden that blocked our sightlines But our introduction to the exuberance of the mebarung was incredible fun It involved literally jumping up and down in the mud while shouting group cheers and hooting at Suar Agung until our arms were about to fall off We may not have beaten Suar Agung but many of them told us afterwards that we lasted long enough to give them blisters on their hands That s enough to satisfy me Our last show was the following night in the mountain town of Munduk a fantastic finish to the tour We shared the stage with a women s gamelan a gamelan orang tua i e played by old people and Pak Putu s group Tri Pitaka It was also a wonderful reunion with our old teachers Pak Terip and Pak Putu Putrawan Terip was the jegog group s first teacher and Putu was my own very first teacher of Balinese gamelan We played one of our most energetic shows ever for a hugely responsive audience Tri Pitaka blew our minds with a supremely dynamic North Balinese dance called Wiran Jaya the whole thing got Pak Terip and Pak Putu a bit misty eyed and the boys of Tri Pitaka are clearly fascinated by jegog music Thanks to the jegog group for an excellent tour and thanks to all the GSJ members and friends back home for supporting it Perhaps our bloggers who are about to return to the States can be persuaded to upload more images and some video in the land of faster

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  • Matt Gleeson's blog | Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Music and Dance of Bali
    the way was from our busking session at the Berkeley farmers market provided to the newspaper by Gede Oka Read more Ah Jembrana Submitted by Matt Gleeson on July 13 2010 7 30pm Suzanne in the gardens of the Suar Agung sanggar Read more Sukses di PKB Submitted by Matt Gleeson on July 13 2010 7 16pm Read more Chapter 2 in which we get whipped into shape Submitted by Matt Gleeson on July 7 2010 12 53am These Are Your Hands on Jegog Read more We re here Submitted by Matt Gleeson on July 7 2010 12 32am Om Swastiastu to all of you dear ones in America The jegog tour to Bali is officially underway and our schedule is galloping along with a vengeance Read more 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

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  • Press | Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Music and Dance of Bali
    photo by the way was from our busking session at the Berkeley farmers market provided to the newspaper by Gede Oka From the July 9th Nusa Bali the morning after our PKB performance the caption is headed Jegog Bule bule being basically the Balinese equivalent of the word gringo I don t have a scanned copy of this last one yet but here s a photo This is the article from the front page of the Jembrana Post that called our PKB performance nearly perfect 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 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

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  • Ah, Jembrana | Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Music and Dance of Bali
    can wake up at 3 a m as I did one night to hear melancholy prayers being sung over a P A system next door at a funeral ceremony followed by the squeals of a pig being butchered But mostly Sangkar Agung is laid back lazy hot and full of down to earth people who seem proud of being orang kampung country folk At the lovely Suar Agung sanggar Gede Oka and his family showed us wonderful hospitality sometimes cooking us special Negara food such as fried ubi root or a soup of clams fresh from the river delta 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 click the big amazon button GSJ will receive 4 6 of

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  • Sukses di PKB! | Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Music and Dance of Bali
    in front of the governor of Bali if you start to black out I mention the governor of Bali because he was there greeted with respect and applause when he sat down in the front row Many of GSJ s past teachers were there too Pak Dewa and Ibu Emiko Pak Suweca Pak Subandi Pak Sumandhi Pak Bandem Pak Windha Ibu Arsiki apologies for any I ve missed in this list And let s not forget Steve and Linda there to cheer us on as well We managed to truly let the spirit in and we ended up playing a superb show full of power and energy I felt fed by the audience They drenched us with cheers and only laughed out loud once or twice One of those times was halfway through the set when our overheated ugal player Sam standing front and center fanned himself with a piece of cardboard and then took a hearty swig from a large clear bottle filled with an electrolyte drink of a suspiciously yellow color you can imagine how the audience busted up with laughter and this moment of unwitting comic relief actually made me feel entirely at ease In the second half of our show little kids were dancing in the sidelines And when we got to the finale of our last piece Jaran Dauh we found the audience clapping along in time with us Afterwards my face burning and my outfit soaked through with sweat I saw jegog master Pak Suwentra Pak Gede Oka s father when he came up to shake our hands He was beaming with pride The next day we found that GSJ had been written up in several local newspapers including the Jembrana Post who called the performance nearly perfect Matt Gleeson s blog Upcoming Events

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  • taking it on the road | Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Music and Dance of Bali
    the show started three rubber hours late at midnight Dharma Swara was tight and put on a great show We managed to make it through without anyone passing out Fun was had by all and the show was a great warm up for both our and Dharma Swara s upcoming PKB performances Our lovely dancers in Subak Dharma Swara dancing Kebyar Legong imagine an extended remix of Teruna Jaya 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

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  • Lexi Brayton's blog | Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Music and Dance of Bali
    guys including but not limited to an impromptu national anthem mebarung on the fourth of July Hopefully we can get some video of the singing uploaded soon as words simply won t do the scene justice For now a picture Read more a word from jonah Submitted by Lexi Brayton on July 10 2010 12 51am Jonah Benningfield says of the tour Read more 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

    Original URL path: http://gsj.org/blog/23 (2016-04-27)
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  • after hours at Sangkar Agung | Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Music and Dance of Bali
    Suar Agung guys including but not limited to an impromptu national anthem mebarung on the fourth of July Hopefully we can get some video of the singing uploaded soon as words simply won t do the scene justice For now a picture 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 at iTunes Shop at Amazon Gamelan Sekar Jaya activities are supported by

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