UPDATE! Jogja Hip Hop Foundation will be joining Sekar Jaya at La Peña!
Sekar Jaya is excited to announce that Jogja Hip Hop Foundation, a group from Yogyakarta, Indonesia presented by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, will be performing at La Peña shortly after our gamelan performance. The evening is shaping up to be a "not-to-be-missed" adventure and can more accurately be called "Experience Indonesian Arts!Traditional and Contemporary." For more info, check out our website: gsj.org
"Sekar Jaya rocks like a wild hog storming through the forest." ~ SPIN magazine
The Bay Area ensemble GAMELAN SEKAR JAYA (GSJ) acclaimed internationally for its innovative work with the music and dance of Bali returns to LA PEÑA after 20 years. The group will present an exciting hands-on gamelan and dance workshop, followed by an evening performance showcasing the intricate melodies and passionate drama of Balinese gamelan and dance.
This unique event will begin with a free public workshop in Balinese Dance and Balinese Gamelan- Bali's traditional bronze and bamboo percussion orchestra. Master artist-in-residence I MADE SUBANDI (Guest Music Director) and NI LUH ANDARAWATI (Guest Dance Teacher) will lead the session along with Sekar Jaya's company artists, utilizing traditional hands-on teaching methods in an interactive introduction to the performing arts of Bali. (Please note that the workshop is free and limited to 35 people. Reserving a spot for the free workshop does not include admission to the concert).
Immediately following the workshop, Sekar Jaya will present a dynamic concert with sixty gamelan musicians on three unique gamelan ensembles: the joyful bamboo rindik ensemble, the virtuosic gender wayang batel, and the shimmering bronze gong kebyar orchestra complete with gongs, flutes, and drums. The musicians will be joined by Sekar Jaya's Balinese dance ensemble performing both traditional and contemporary Balinese dance works. This will be a rare opportunity to enjoy an incredibly diverse range of Balinese music and dance styles in one evening concert.
The show will open with the sweet bamboo melodies of GSJ's rindik ensemble accompanied by the refined movements of traditional Balinese temple dance. The gender wayang quartet will follow, performing music that typically accompanies shadow play theater and various special ceremonies. These smaller ensembles will set the stage for the shimmering bronze gong kebyar orchestra to present thrilling dance pieces and instrumentals, revisiting classic traditions of Balinese gamelan as well as new contemporary works.
About GAMELAN SEKAR JAYA
GSJ is a 60+ company of musicians and dancers based in the SF Bay Area. The group specializes in Balinese music and dance, ranging from traditional repertoire to cutting-edge compositions, including collaborative work with artists such as The Residents, Pandit Chitresh Das, Clubfoot Orchestra, ShadowLight Productions, and many others. The musicians of GSJ perform on several sets of Balinese instruments, consisting of various combinations of bronze-keyed metallophones or bamboo marimbas, gongs, drums, flutes, and other instruments.
Internationally-acclaimed, GSJ has performed throughout California, the US, Canada, Mexico, and Indonesiain venues ranging from New York's Symphony Space, to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, to remote village squares throughout Bali. GSJ is the only group outside of Indonesia to ever receive the Dharma Kusuma, Bali's highest award for artistic achievement. The company is renowned for its exploration of traditional and modern forms through long-term residencies with Bali's finest musicians and dancers.
For more information about Gamelan Sekar Jaya, please visit our website at GSJ.ORG.
La Peña Cultural Center (View)
3105 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705