The 20th Century grand orchestra of Bali, 15-30 musicians perform modern works and vintage musical styles, instrumentally or with dance. With rapid-fire shimmering bronze and sudden changes of tempo, Gong Kebyar is the ubiquitous Balinese orchestra, performing instrumental masterpieces and accompanying spectacular choreography. The repertoire of Kebyar draws on classic compositions of its Court and Temple predecessors but is also a popular vehicle for new creations.
The genius of Balinese Gamelan is that it requires cooperation to succeed, truly a community activity. Each melody or rhythm is broken up and shared between players for greater speed, clarity, and reliability. You are never alone playing in a Gamelan.
Gamelan DanAnda uses Gong Kebyar as an educational ensemble, rehearsing two times every week and welcoming new members to Join the Group. There are parts in every tune suitable for a first time player and up to 15 levels of difficulty to master. Players are encouraged to change instruments often to keep a balance of challenge and success.
School groups are invited to visit and play Gong Kebyar, with room for up to 30 students. Session lengths and outcomes are dependent on group size and age, please Contact us to design a program for your needs.