Purnamasari + GSJ's Gender Wayang at The Monkey House

Friday, December 1, 2017
The Monkey House, 1638 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703
7:30 pm (door opens) 8 pm (concert starts)
Tickets: $10 - $20 sliding scale at the door (cash only)
Reserve a seat by emailing seats@themonkeyhouse.org
The Indonesian American Cross Cultural Music Project brings you its annual concert this year at an intimate art space with unusually good acoustics known as The Monkey House. The owner Ira Marlowe, who is a teacher at UC Berkeley’s “Song Lab,” hosts house concerts and has kindly offered us his stage to present two groups, Purnamasari and Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s Gender Wayang Ensemble.www.themonkeyhouse.org
Gamelan Sekar Jaya presents its Gender Wayang ensemble, a small group of musicians playing instruments considered among Bali’s most technically challenging and musically rich forms of gamelan. The ensemble will present traditional pieces taught by Guest Music Director I Wayan Gama Astawa from the Jembrana region of Bali. A graduate of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, he is one of Bali’s most highly regarded experts in Gamelan Jegog, a powerful form of bamboo music known for its unique rhythmic patterns and powerful sonority. Although his fame in Bali applies mostly to Jegog, his highly energetic teaching style has also found place in the other ensembles of Gamelan Sekar Jaya. He has brought a set of unusual, rhythmically dynamic Gender Wayang pieces from Jembrana, which will be featured at this concert. 
Purnamasari performs guitar-based music featuring Indonesian Gamelan instruments and choreographed movements drawn from Balinese dance vocabulary. It began as collaboration between Bay Area performer/songwriter Lisa Graciano and her husband, gamelan player Paul Miller. The band’s line-up includes Emily Rolph, Barbara Golden, Richard Phillips, Made Putrayasa and Maurissa Dorn. Purnamasari will premier a new song entitled The Weaver, the title work of a program of songs, instrumental music and dance that the group will present in 2018. For more information go to www.lisagraciano.com/purnamasari
The Indonesian American Cross Cultural Music Project highlights traditional gamelan music and dance from Indonesia, while supporting a new generation of artists from both sides of the world fusing Indonesian and American cultures through music and dance. For more information about the project go to www.lisagraciano.com/gamelan
December 1, 2017 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

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