(Thanks to Phil for this photo from backstage in Munduk.  It breaks every rule of photographic composition and I love it.)



Here are a few scans of newspaper articles from Bali that have featured GSJ!  (Hopefully they're high-resolution enough to be legible . . .)


From the July 5th front page of Nusa Bali -- we hadn't even performed yet in Bali at this point.  This article talks about the "virus" of interest in jegog music spreading to the U.S.  (The photo, by the way, was from our busking session at the Berkeley farmers' market, provided to the newspaper by Gede Oka).

Ah, Jembrana

Suzanne in the gardens of the Suar Agung sanggar


Sukses di PKB!


taking it on the road


after hours at Sangkar Agung

We've had some rousing late night genjek with the Suar Agung guys including (but not limited to) an impromptu national anthem 'mebarung' on the fourth of July. Hopefully we can get some video of the singing uploaded soon as words simply won't do the scene justice. For now, a picture...

a word from jonah

Jonah Benningfield says of the tour:

Chapter 2: in which we get whipped into shape

These Are Your Hands on Jegog...

We're here!



                Om Swastiastu to all of you dear ones in America.  The jegog tour to Bali is officially underway – and our schedule is galloping along with a vengeance!

The Bali Arts Festival (PKB) Schedule

For those of you lucky enough to be in Bali this's a link to the schedule for the PKB

32nd Bali Arts Festival June 12 – July 12, 2010

Arts Groups from 7 countries have confirmed that they will participate in the 32 Bali Arts Festival (PKB) to take place June 12 – July 12, 2010. During the one-month festival 180 separate dance, music and liverly arts performances will be staged involving an estimated 15,000 artists from every regency of Bali and foreign nations.



And they're off!! - DESTINATION BALI

The GSJ Tour Crew:

phil, susie, scott, matt, barb, dan, kathy, sam, heather, suzanne, john, kwan, lexi, paddy, christina, laurel, noni

The Guest Artists:

Ni Ketut Arini (choreographer)
I Gede Oka Artha Negara (dancer/musician)
Kadek Ikken Ayu Sadewi (dancer)
Putu Widi Anggarawati (dancer)
Ida Ayu Rani (dancer)
Komang Artisti Sekar Linuwih (dancer)

The GSJ Tour Bloggers:

Lexi Brayton

  Matt Gleeson                    

BAMBOO JEGOG TOUR TO BALI - Starts in 15 days


July 6 Ubud—Performance at Pura Dalem Taman Kelod with Gamelan Dharma Swara
July 8 Denpasar—BALI ARTS FESTIVAL: Performance at Taman Budaya Arts Center Wantilan Hall 7-8:30p
July 11 Negara—Performance at Banjar Sangker Agung with Suar Agung
July 12 Munduk—Performance at Sanggar Tri Pitaka

Gamelan Sekar Jaya (GSJ) is company of musicians and dancers from the SF Bay Area specializing in Balinese performing arts. For more information about our organization, please visit GSJ's jegog bamboo group has been invited to play at the famed Bali Arts Festival, an annual showcase of Balinese performing arts that takes place in the city of Denpasar. In order to make this tour a reality, we need the support of our community of friends.

The gamelan jegog, comprised of giant bamboo marimbas with tubes up to eight feet long, originates in West Bali and is noted for its rhythmic energy -- Its bass tones can be heard for miles across Balinese rice fields and has been described as mother nature's subwoofer. It is also exceedingly rare: GSJ's jegog is the only one of it's kind that exists in the Western Hemisphere, and only 1 of 3 that exists outside of Indonesia.
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