The Music of Bali Ensemble features gamelan (the generic Indonesian word for orchestra) music and dance. The Balinese gamelan gong kebyar is famous for its fast tempos, abrupt changes of texture, and brilliantly costumed dancers who act out stories from the Ramayana.
Music of Bali
UCLA's Music of Bali Ensemble shines under Professor I Nyoman Wenten's leadership
Students in the ensemble play cycles of energetic tunes to strong drum beats.
Sounds of Schoenberg: The Venerable Dark Cloud
In 1958, American ethnomusicologist Mantle Hood purchased the Venerable Dark Cloud gamelan, a collection of 83 percussion instruments. Hood bought the ensemble from a Chinese merchant in Solo, Indonesia, for approximately $20,000.
Sounds of Schoenberg: The Balinese gamelan ensemble
In the summer of 2013, Tyler Yamin traveled to the rural Balinese village of Kamasan to learn the music from a goldsmith, I Wayan Sumendra, the only person who knew a traditional piece of music at the time.
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