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Reconstrucion of Lost Balinese Gamelan Music

Vaughn Hatch of Mekar Bhuana Speaks on Balinese Music at March 11, 2018, Bale Banjar Lecture – Ayoda Resort Bali

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The 5th installment of the free lecture series – Bale Banjar Culture Club will take place at the Ayodya Resort Bali in Nusa on Sunday night, March 11, 2018, featuring well-known ethnomusicologist Vaughn Hatch on Balinese Music.

Bale Banjar Program Schedule March – June 2018

Sunday - 11 March 2018
Reconstrucion of Lost Balinese Gamelan Music
By Vaughan Hatch - Ethnomusicologist

Native New Zealander and ethnomusicologist Vaughan Hatch first came to Bali in 1997 to commence what has become a life-long study of traditional Balinese music. Along the way, Hatch established a Balinese family and founded the Sanur-based Mekar Bhuana musical group dedicated to preserving ancients forms of Balinese gamelan and compositions. Hatch is certain to add insights that will enhance everyone’s appreciation of Balinese Music

Sunday – 08 April 2018
The Trials and Tribulations of Speaking Balinese
By Kadek Krishna Adidharma – Writer, Translator, Cultural Curator and Eco Tour Operator

Born in Bali to a New Zealand mother and a father who was a Balinese Doctor, Kadek Krishna, who was educated in both Bali and New Zealand, is a keen observer of culture. A skilled translator, he will present a thought-provoking look at the proposition that “culture begets language” as it applies to the use of Balinese language in contemporary society. An endangered language that is increasingly less frequently heard and spoken on the Island of Bali, Kadek will provide humorous and insightful examples of the way “Basa Bali” forms the Balinese view of the world and the way the Islanders interact with each other and the world at large. Join his lively presentation that promises to be a real eye-opener on the life and culture of Bali.

Sunday - 13 May 2018
A Future for Bali Traditions in a Contemporary World
By Peter J. Wilson and Made Sidia

Two legendary men of the theatre, Australian Peter J. Wilson and Balinese Made Sidia, have collaborated in creating modern masterpieces that include the longest running stage show in the Island’s history at the Bali Agung Theatre at the Bali Safari & Marine Park and the two recently premiered Balinese Living Arts Show in Ubud.

While music, dance and the fine arts are a central feature of Balinese society, how is it evolving and adapting amidst the din and competition of the “entertainment on demand” era? How do theatre, art and social comment through the arts have a place within arts that are steeped in a wonderful tradition?

Made Sidia and Peter Wilson have worked together over the past 20 years creating innovative ways of communicating Balinese culture based on centuries old traditions, making the Island’s culture accessible to a new generation of both Indonesian and international audiences.

Not to be missed! Two world class storytellers and showmen at the height of their artistic powers.

Sunday – 10 June 2018
Watching Bali: readings from The Painted Alphabet and Other Works
By Diana Darling - Author

Diana Darling is an American-born writer and editor who has lived in Bali since 1980. She spent the 1970s in Carrara (Italy) and Paris, where she worked as a sculptor. She lives in Ubud in the family compound of her husband, Anak Agung Alit Ardi, to whom she has been married since 1992, the year of the publication of her first book, The Painted Alphabet (Houghton Mifflin), a novel based on a Balinese tale. The New Yorker called it "a little gem of a novel." Since then, she has written for numerous books and periodicals on Balinese culture and society. From 2002 to 2004 she was editor-in-chief of the magazine Latitudes. She is currently a freelance writer and editor. Diana will share excerpts from her writings that reflect a deep understanding of Balinese culture and mysticism.

Bali Banjar Culture Club

Held on the second Sunday of every month, the Bale Banjar Culture Club is a pioneering community outreach by the Ayodya Resort Bali to support and encourage a wider understanding of Balinese culture and history.

Each Bale Banjar Culture Club gathering starts at 7:00 pm. Admission is without charge with a cash bar available.

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