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PREMIERE PERFORMANCE BY BARD COLLEGE GAMELAN CHANDRA KANCHANA ENSEMBLE ON MONDAY, MAY 3.

Emily Darrow
914-758-7512
darrow@bard.edu
05-03-1999
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-An evening of Balinese music and dance will be presented on Monday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the Asian Studies and Music Programs of Bard College. The performance, free and open to the public, will be held in Olin Hall.

The evening features the premiere performance by the Gamelan Chandra Kanchana (Golden Moon), recently founded at Bard College, which is composed of Bard College students and some community members. There will also be a performance by Gamelan Giri Mekar (Mountain Flower), based in Woodstock, New York, which will be their first public appearance since 1996. Both ensembles are under the direction of I Nyoman Suadin, a gifted Balinese musician, composer, and teacher who now lives in Washington, D.C. The evening will also feature several Balinese dances coordinated by Latifah Alsegaf.

Gary Kvistad, the founder and proprietor of Woodstock Chimes and Anyone Can Whistle, has placed the gamelan instruments on indefinite loan to Bard College to facilitate the study and performance of Indonesian music and dance. The gamelan instruments were made in Blaubatuh, Bali, in 1978, and were used to establish gamelan ensembles in Berkeley, California, and New Haven, Connecticut, prior to Kvistad's purchase of them in 1988.

The gamelan ensembles will play a style of twentieth-century Balinese music known as gamelan gong kebyar, a complex percussion-based ensemble music. The ensembles are traditionally composed of twenty to thirty musicians, who play metallophones, gongs, drums, and flutes. The Balinese dance will accompany the music.

For further information about the performance, call 914-758-7364.

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