Fall Balinese Community Gamelan
October 1, 2023 @ 3:30PM — December 31, 2023 @ 5:30PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Nusantarta Arts Performing Arts Center @ St. Johns Grace Episcopal Church: 51 Colonial Circle Lafayette entrance (basement) Buffalo, NY 14222 Get Directions
Join Buffalo's first ever Balinese Gamelan Music Program!
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 Buffalo's very first Balinese Community gamelan ensemble! 3 months of fun community oriented gamelan music classes! We will discuss and practice intermediate to advanced 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. The goal is for participants in class to improve their Balinese gamelan music skills over the course of the three months. at the end of the session on December 16th there will be a performance
Schedule: Fall session runs October-December
- Rehearsal Every Sunday from 3pm-5:30pm
- Secondary rehearsal and individual practice time available Friday 7-9pm
- Bi-Monthly rehearsals with Gusti Komin are generally required for participants: Sundays 2-6pm
Komin Rehearsal Dates:
- October 8th, October 22nd
- November 12, November 26?
- December 15th
- December 16th: End of Year Concert
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.
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 - The class will perform a low stakes "demonstration" performance date and location TBD towards the end of this Spring session showcasing what we have been learning and working on!
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.