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Gamelan & Jazz

Jazz Gamelan Fusion Group to Perform at Bali Arts Festival on June 21, 2006.

(6/12/2006) One of Bali's most prominent composers and musicians, I Nyoman Windha, will bring an exciting and very contemporary program of modern Balinese music - "Jazz Gamelan Fusion" to the stage of the Bali Arts Center at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2006.

Windha, leading a group of some 26 musicians and singers, will presents a program of 5 compositions performed on instruments from both the traditional gamelan orchestra and selected western musical instruments.

A faculty member of the Institute of Arts (ISI) in Denpasar, Windha has performed and taught Balinese music to appreciative audiences around the world, including Japan, Europe, Hong Kong, U.S.A., and Australia. Credited with having composed over 40 original pieces of music to accompany dance and Balinese drama, Windha has worked in collaboration with artists and groups such as Evan Ziporyn, Dieter Mack, Keith Terry and the San Francisco Bay Area's Gamelan Sekar Jaya.

Mulih ke Bali

Adopting "Mulih ke Bali" or "Bali Recovery" as the central theme of his group's contribution to the 28th Bali Arts Festival, I Nyoman Windha will use this performance to express his love for his Island. "The concert performance is born from my nervousness and concern for Bali which has had its position eroded. I wish to invite all levels of society to reflect for a moment and once again give meaning to the fresh breeze of wisdom and peace that will preserve Bali as a precious jewel," explained Windha.

Assisting Windha in this special evening of new compositions are Tri Haryanto, a Javanese musician from Klaten, who works at the ISI and who is adept in both Javanese and Balinese musical forms; Saptono, another instructor at ISI performing on the Kendang Ciblon and undir; Suminto, a Javanese singer; Ketut Sumerjana, an alumnus of ISI Yogyakarta, with extensive Western musical experience, playing keyboard and the bass guitar; Nengah Rai Suteja, a full-time policeman and a respected drummer in local gamelan circles; Ketut Artika, a talented young composer who plays the gong; Hari Mahardika, another young composer who has performed internationally on the Jembe and Jegog; Gede Suparka on the gangsa; Made Indra Sadguna well know in Bali for his skill as a gamelan musician and a dancer; Nyoman Mariyana, who plays both the Undir and Balinese flute; Kadek Wahyi Dita, a well know tabuh player who has performed and studied in London; Ari Astika, playing the Kantil Jegog and Balinese flute; Ni Putu Hartini an active member of Denpasar's female Gong Kebyar group; Luh Trisna Dewi another talented female musician who often represents Bangli in performance competitions; and two sons of Windha Agus Cahyadi and Wahyu Indira, performing on a range of Balinese and Western instruments.

Foreign musicians joining this special performance include a Japanese guitarist Saito; renowned American violinist Robert Brown; and Paula, an English violinist currently studying at ISI.

Concert Program

Scheduled for performance at the June 21st performance are the following compositions:

Threnody for Carlos Chavez by Lou Harrison (1978). Originally composed for violin and Sundanese gamelan, Harrison, who died in 2003, was a professor at Mills College (USA) where Windha earned his Masters Degree.

Jaya Baya Victory Over Disaster by I Nyoman Windha. Originally written in 2002 by Windha as part of his Master's Thesis, this composition is a reaction to the tragic bombing of October 12, 2002, that claimed more than 200 lives.

Bali Pop Rap "Cecimpedan" lyrics by I Wayan Sugartha with arrangements by I Nyoman Windha and Ketut Sumerjana. Inspired by the Balinese children's game of Cecimpedan, this composition is intended to remind the Balinese to preserve their traditional culture and Balinese values.

Manusia dalam Bayangan by I Made Sidia and I Nyoman Windha. "Man in the Shadows" is an innovative piece incorporating traditional shadow puppetry by puppet-master I Made Sidia, presented in free association with a gamelan performance.

Jes Fusion One by I Nyoman Windha. "Jazz" or "Jes" as created by the combination of the gamelan jegog and the gamelan semaragulingan in joyful collaboration with keyboard,saxophone, guitar, and drums.

"Mulih ke Bali" at the Bali Arts Center in Denpasar as part of the 28th Bali Arts Festival on Wednesday, June 21, 2006, commencing at 8:30 p.m..