Balinese Gamelan (Gong Kebyar) Fundamentals
Sep
7
to Oct 12

Balinese Gamelan (Gong Kebyar) Fundamentals

Learn to play the incredible music of Bali in this 5-week series of intensive one and a half hour classes with 2019 Dharma Kusuma Award-winning musician and composer I Wayan Suweca, co-founder of Gamelan Sekar Jaya and Fall 2019 Guest Music Director. This series focuses on the large and dynamic Gong Kebyar ensemble. Classes will cover instrumental technique, interlocking "kotekan" patterns, and background on the music's history and cultural context.

No prior musical experience required, but participants should be able to keep a steady beat and hum a tune. While we highly encourage registration for the entire series, the instructor will accommodate drop-in students as well.

$100 / 5 sessions, $25 drop-in
Saturdays, September 7-October 12 (no class 9/21)
12:30-2:00pm

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Kecak Workshop Series
Sep
21
to Oct 12

Kecak Workshop Series

In this special 3-week series, learn to perform one of Bali's most instantly recognizable performance forms: the Balinese Hindu musical/dramatic kecak, sometimes known as the "Ramayana Monkey Chant". Fall 2019 Guest Dance Director, I Wayan Dibia, leads this special class at GSJ’s Berkeley banjar, or community center. Bapak Dibia, the author of Kecak: The Vocal Chant of Bali, is the world's foremost scholar on the subject. This is not an opportunity to be missed!

No prior experience required. While we highly encourage registration for the entire series, the instructor will accommodate drop-in students as well.

$60/3 sessions, $25 drop-in
Saturdays, September 21-October 12 (no class 10/5)
10:30am-11:30AM

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Balinese Topeng Dance Fundamentals
Sep
22
to Oct 20

Balinese Topeng Dance Fundamentals

Topeng, which means "mask" in the Indonesian and Balinese languages, refers to a rich tradition of masked dancing. In this 4-week series of Sunday afternoon classes, you will work on technique and practice in addition to learning about the symbolism and history of Balinese topeng. The class is taught by Fall 2019 Guest Dance Director, I Wayan Dibia, a world-renowned performer and scholar of Balinese dance.

No prior experience necessary. While we highly encourage participants to register for the entire 4-week series, the instructor will accommodate drop-ins.

$75 / 4 sessions, $25 drop-in
Sundays, September 22-October 20 (no class 9/29)
2:30-3:30pm

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