Gamelan Genta Kasturi continues work…

Gamelan Genta Kasturi continues their twice weekly rehearsal schedule at City Center Square, working on bringing new members Alex Smith and Shawn Hansen into the fold.    Member Julian Schempf is successfully making the transition to playing the more difficult gangsa parts, having already gotten Joged, Siwa Natha, Puspanjali, Blossoming Dance and Gilak Walipraja under his belt.  This is often a hard transition and Julian has handled it with great success.  The group has also been learning a Kreasi Baru (new creation) Beleganjur by Patrick Alonzo Conway.  Beleganjur is a mobile percussion style that traditionally accompanies cremation rituals and serves to scare off evil spirits from places like crossroads.  We are also working on a fall concert at a venue TBA and organizing a 10th Anniversary Concert for early June, hopefully bringing our teacher, I Ketút Gedé Asnawa, and family from Univ of Ill, Urbana-Champaign, to accompany us in a retrospective of traditional Balinese repertoire plus new compositions by various group members.  Collaboration with shadow image artist Nihan Yesil is slated for this performance.

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One response to “Gamelan Genta Kasturi continues work…

  1. I’d love to sit in on a rehearsal! Let me know the schedule! – Heidi

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