We are very excited to offer a one-week gamelan gong kebyar workshop this summer as part of the Eastman Summer Session 2013 World Music Festival! This workshop will be offered alongside African drumming & dance, Shona mbira, and South Indian percussion workshops held over the course of two weeks AND you can save money by combining two world music workshops! You will save 10% if you register by April 1 or 5% if you register by May 1!
Registration Window: now-June 1 Dates: July 29-August 2 Concert: August 2, 7:30 pm
Lengker is a classic piece that we began learning at the beginning of the semester.It was originally composed for Gamelan Semar Pegulingan, an older ensemble used to play music in the bedchamber of Balinese royalty. Here is a link to a video of New York City’s Gamelan Dharma Swara performing the piece. There are variations from our version in theirs, which makes it really interesting to hear!
A new video update for all of you interested! Jaya Semara is a new gong kebyar instrumental piece that we will start learning over the next couple of weeks. The piece is composed in three main sections; the first section is an excellent example of “kebyar” style. Enjoy this performance by New York’s Gamelan Dharma Swara, who recently competed in the Bali Arts Festival last summer and WON!
We spent the majority of our second rehearsal for the year learning the beginning to “Panji Semirang”, a dance piece inspired by a Javanese story about Prince Panji searching for his long lost bride. This performance is from Nyoman’s Wantilan Ceremony last summer in Kerambitan, Bali.
Welcome to the 2011-2012 session of gamelan at Eastman!
Our regular rehearsal schedule is already underway! If you are interested in joining, please subscribe to our email newsletter or contact us via the web links on the bottom left corner of the webpage.
Rehearsals for 2011-2012 will continue to be on Saturdays from 3-5:30pm in ET12 at the Eastman School of Music. Mid-week rehearsals will be on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm. These rehearsals are designed to go over material learned on Saturdays with Nyoman Suadin, our Balinese gamelan teacher, and to work on playing technique.
Please be sure to visit the video portion of this website as concert footage from our 2010 spring concert and one of Nyoman’s concerts in Bali last summer are now available for HD streaming.
Visit this page often as new media, ensemble updates, and other news will be posted regularly throughout the year.
The Eastman Gamelan Lila Muni will perform at the Hungerford Building (1115 East Main Street, Rochester, NY) on Saturday October 16th as part of the art series, “A Happening”. The performance will feature RIT figurative artist John Remo who will paint live to the music and dance performed by the gamelan ensemble. Performance starts at 7pm.
Every couple of weeks, Lila Muni would like to feature a gamelan video or audio recording for those of you interested in gamelan performance!
Our first video feature is a live Kecak performance filmed at Ulu Watu Temple in Bali in June 2009. Due to time length restrictions on youtube, the whole performance is split into 6 parts. Check out Part 1 below or CLICK HERE for the full performance.
Gamelan Lila Muni (Heavenly Sound) unites performers from the Eastman School, University of Rochester’s river campus, and Rochester communities for its annual concert of music for Balinese percussion ensemble. This year they will feature the new instrument set of Gamelan Gong Kebyar (photo) as well as Gamelan Anklung (smaller scale metallophone).
The World Music Series is sponsored by a generous gift from Barbara B. Smith.
Tickets are $20, $15,$10 (discounts to UR or student ID holders) and are available in advance at the RPO Box Office at 108 East Ave. Rochester, NY, or by phone at (585)454-2100.