Category Archives: Gamelan Genta Kasturi

Gamelan activities to date

The ensemble has been actively updating repertoire in our “book” of tunes available for various performances and also creating new music for a collaboration with the duo Nagual for the Black Lab Performance Series held at Paragraph Gallery.

We began this process in the summer by re-introducing a composition by our teacher, I Ketút Gedé Asnawa, that was composed for the group early in his residency entitled Gita Genta Kasturi.  

This work was incorporated in an hour-long performance curated by ensemble member Shawn Hansen in collaboration with visiting artists Nagual, primarily a guitar duo, that occurred on Oct 5 at the Paragraph Gallery.  This performance also incorporated “conduction” like textures created and directed by ensemble members Sam Hughes and Wayne Yockey.  The inclusion of these improvised textures heralded a new direction in available sonic approaches for the group, since most tradtional gamelan repertoire is highly composed.

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Our work since completing this performance has involved primarily re-introducing a standard dance work from Balinese repertoire entitled Oleg Tamulilingan composed by I Wayan Beratha.

We plan to present part of this piece along with a demo for the December 13th Open House event at 5pm in the Black Box on the 6th Floor of Town Pavilion.

Our next concert event will be a small group performance as part of  Jazz Winterlude at Johnson County Community College on January 25 at 4pm.

Individual posts will highlight both of these events.

Gamelan Genta Kasturi backs up Indonesian Community of Kansas City dancers @ Ethnic Enrichment Festival

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On Saturday August 17, 2013, Gamelan Genta Kasturi was both proud and pleased to support Kansas City’s Indonesian community by providing live music for their dance troupe at the 2013 Ethnic Enrichment Festival at the Swope Park Pavilion. The Indonesian 30-minute presentation began at 7:30 pm and was very well received by the audience, which was said to be the largest number of attendees in the history of the festival.  We are very happy to have reconnected with our friends in the Indonesian Community and look forward to future collaborations!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the event, The Kansas City Ethnic Enrichment Commission states: “For 34 years, the residents of the [KC] metropolitan area and visitors to the midwest celebrate our annual “Taste the World” Festival. This three-day event is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the country and features more than 66 different cultures selling their native foods, crafts and performing ethnic music and dances. Each year, the festival is held during the third full weekend of August near the front entrance of historic Swope Park, Meyer Boulevard and Swope Parkway.”

Gamelan Genta Kasturi 10th Anniversary Performance May 18

Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Kansas City’s community Balinese gamelan orchestra, celebrates it’s 10th Anniversary with a special concert in the Truman Forum of the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library (4801 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64112) at 4pm on Saturday May 18.

This performance will be an overview of material from the group’s ten year history and will include traditional Balinese repertoire and original compositions by ensemble founder I Ketút Gedé Asnawa and current ensemble director Patrick Alonzo Conway.

This concert will also feature visual images by fellow Studio Resident  Jennifer Williams and shadow imagery by past Studio Resident Nihan Yesil.

The event is FREE and open to the public; a $10 donation is suggested. Receive a free CD with your donation: Gamelan Genta Kasturi’s “Kembang Anyar”.

www.gamelangentakasturi.org

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TVOne Jakarta films/interviews Gamelan Genta Kasturi

We were honored to have a crew from TVOne – Jakarta, Indonesia come to our rehearsal on March 16 and film us performing Angels & Demons at Play, Catur Rawita and Kebyar Ding.  They then interviewed ensemble director Patrick Alonzo Conway and ensemble member Berend Niehorster-Cook.

Reporter Dindi Tartika and cameraman Agung were accompanied by Lauren Jackman representing the State Department.  The crew is in the US working on a feature piece on corruption and have visited Washington DC, Kansas City and were preparing to move on to Chicago.  An additional feature on the influence of Indonesian culture in the US is also on their to-do list, thus their work with Gamelan Genta Kasturi.   Also in attendance was Marti Wilson with the Indonesian Association of Greater Kansas City and her son Bayu.

We all had a great time and really appreciated them visiting us and documenting what we are doing thanks to Charlotte Street Foundation and the Urban Culture Project Studio Residency Program.

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