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.
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.
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.”
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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Gamelan Genta Kasturi had a good turn out for our Open Studios Performance on Sat Mar 9 in the Black Box Theater at Town Pavilion. About fifty people came out and received an overvue of Balinese gamelan music including a new creation Beleganjur composed by ensemble director Patrick Alonzo Conway, Catur Rawita composed for the group by ensemble founder I Ketút Gedé Asnawa, Blossoming Dance also by Conway, Kebyar Ding (1928) by I Wayan Regog, and Angels & Demons at Play a re-composition by Conway of a Sun Ra piece.
As part of the Charlotte Street Open Studios Weekend, a performance/workshop will be given at 12:30pm on Saturday March 9 by Studio Residents Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Kansas City’s community Balinese Semaradana gamelan orchestra.
The group will perform traditional and modern Balinese Gamelan music including: Kebyar Ding – a seminal transitional composition from post-colonial Bali; Catur Rawita – a four tone work written for the ensemble by our teacher I Ketút Gedé Asnawa; and original compositions by ensemble director Patrick Alonzo Conway: Blossoming Dance, a Kreasi Baru Beleganjur and Angels & Demons at Play – a re-composition of a Sun Ra composition. Audience members are invited to play the instruments after the performance; a hands-on-workshop will be available for those interested.
The event will be held in the Black Box Theater on the 6th Floor of Town Pavilion, 1120 Walnut in downtown KCMO; please enter on the Walnut side of the building.
Town Pavilion Studio Residents Gamelan Genta Kasturi will host an In-Studio Performance/Demo/Hands-On-Workshop on Saturday December 15 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. This event is FREE and open to the public. All Studio Residents are cordially invited to attend also.
The group has been working on a composition entitled Kebyar Ding composed by I Wayan Regog in 1928 in northern Bali. This period of music making heralded the movement of gamelan orchestras out of the princely courts and into the wider community. When Bali was finally colonized by the Dutch in 1906 this action destroyed control of the island by various Majapahit Courts and set the stage for a new and creative musical period. A modern gamelan set, Gong Kebyar, was created with an attendant compositional style that featured erratic and flashy episodes of ensemble virtuosity. This stylistic trend has continued to be influential to this day in contemporary Balinese music. Kebyar Ding is purported to be the first piece of music written in this style.
Along with a few other Balinese compositions we will also play a couple of pieces written by ensemble director Patrick Alonzo Conway that were a part of the collaborative work Angels & Demons at Play. The ensemble members will also present a thorough demonstration of principles of organization of the Gamelan Orchestra in instrumentation and composition.
A Hands-On-Workshop for interested attendees will close the proceedings.