SF Intl Arts Festival: Gamelan Sekar Jaya
The Bay Area ensemble Gamelan Sekar Jayaacclaimed internationally for its innovative work with the music and dance of Baliperforms a dazzling array of pieces as it celebrates thirty years of artistic interchange with Bali in three concerts at the Cowell Theater. Spanning works both centuries old and newly created, GSJ will focus on themes that have helped define the fifty-member "Bay Area treasure" (Dancetera): balance, harmony, and collaboration across cultures.
The evening's highlight will be a world premiere of Rwa Bhineda by master artists-in-residence I Dewa Putu Berata and Emiko Saraswati Susilo, directors of Balis acclaimed udamani ensemble. With support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Mr. Berata and Ms. Susilo have crafted a work that encompasses a wide range of Balinese styles and genres, from the stately movements of a temple dance to the fiery outbursts of kebyar, the revolutionary musical style born in the early twentieth century. The concert will also feature I Made Moja, a dancer with a multidisciplinary background in painting, shadow theater, and set design; and other company performers skilled in the delicate hand and eye motions of Balinese dance.
Musically, the concert will showcase the wide sonic and orchestral range that resounds from this tiny but culturally rich island. Gamelan Sekar Jaya's musicians will perform on four gamelan ensemblespercussion orchestras of bronze metalophones or bamboo marimbas, gongs, drums, and flutes. These are bronze gamelan gong kebyar, the four-tone ceremonial orchestra gamelan angklung; the ensemble of gigantic bamboo marimbas, gamelan jegog, and the delicate gender wayang quartet.
Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavillion
San Francisco, CA 94123
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