Balinese Gamelan Class Winter Session

November 27, 2022 @ 3:00PM — March 26, 2023 @ 5:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Add to Calendar

Nusantarta Arts Performing Arts Center @ St. Johns Grace Episcopal Church: 51 Colonial Circle Lafayette entrance (basement) Buffalo, NY 14222 Get Directions

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Join Buffalo's first ever Balinese Gamelan Music Class!

When choosing your sliding scale rate, please keep in mind that Nusantara Arts depends on the generosity of its community to support high caliber artists and programming. (Sliding scale class fee for 3 months of gamelan (January-March). 1 class per week + Bonus rehearsals with Gusti Komin once per month)

Join the inaugural class for Buffalo's very first Balinese gamelan ensemble. We are proud and excited to bring this unparalleled art form to our community. The first sessions is 3 months with classes from January through March. We will discuss and practice basic to intermediate Balinese gamelan skills and methods in an inclusive and fun environment!

Sessions are led in a Balinese community oriented style. We will focus on playing a variety of Balinese gamelan Instruments and techniques, including learning"kotekan" interlocking playing techniques.

Teachers:

Gusti Komin: Gusti Komin, one of the finest Balinese musicians and teachers of his generation will be visiting Buffalo as our classes guest artistic director with funding from the Cullen Foundation. Originally from the village of Pengosekan, Bali, Komin Spends academic semesters in the US teaching at MIT, Bucknell, and with several community groups. Komin will visit Buffalo once per month for rehearsals on Friday Evenings & Saturday mornings.

Alan Leech: Alan Leech will be leading our regular Sunday rehearsals when Komin is not in town. He taught gamelan angklung at University of Montana for 30 years and recently moved to Buffalo after retirement. Alan brings an enthusiastic love of Balinese gamelan and culture to Buffalo and Nusantara Arts.

Schedule:

-Weekly Classes are every Sunday from 3pm-5pm
-extra practice with Komin 1x per month (usually Friday evening/ Saturday morning)

Location:

St. Johns Grace Episcopal Church
51 Colonial Circle, Buffalo, NY 14222
(Our entrance is on Lafayette Ave. Easternmost side of the building next to the fence)

Performing - This group will eventually turn into a performing arts group, but it will take some time for the local skills and group cohesion to develop, therefore no performances will be scheduled any time soon.

For participants age 13 and higher. No experience necessary!


7 tone “Semar Peguliangan” style gamelan from Bali are an older “traditional” gamelan ensemble style originating in the 1800’s. Unlike Central Java where many types of music are performed on one set of instruments, in Bali you have many different types of ensembles that play specific repertoires. Because our set includes a few additional instruments we can play a great variety of compositions including older Semar pegulingan court music, "pelegongan" style dance repertoire from the 1920’s, compositions by the famed composer Lotring, as well as modern experimental compositions.

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