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The Music of Bali

Sat, May 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Get away from the every day with an afternoon of music and dance from Bali, Indonesia, performed by Gamelan Galak Tika under the direction of Gusti Komin. Gamelan Galak Tika will perform original compositions by Gusti Komin, traditional Balinese music and dance, and gender wayang.

GAMELAN GALAK TIKA has been at the forefront of innovative, cross-cultural music for Balinese gamelan since 1993. Founded at MIT by Evan Ziporyn, Desak Madé Suarti Laksmi, and I Nyoman Catra, Galak Tika is currently directed by Gusti Komin, drawing its membership from across the Boston community as well as MIT students and staff. The name “Galak Tika” is Bahasa Kawi (classical Javanese, a dialect of Sanskrit) for “intense togetherness.”

Galak Tika has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, BAM, Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, several Bang on a Can Marathons, Southern Exposure, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Zankel Hall, the Boston Museum of Science, and the Kripalu Yoga Institute, along with many east coast universities. In 2005, the group performed at the Bali International Arts Festival and in numerous villages around the island.

In addition to its dedication to the traditional music and dance of Bali, Galak Tika regularly commissions and performs new works by Balinese and American composers for gamelan in combination with western, non-western and electronic instruments.

Gamelan Galak Tika’s outreach includes a youth gamelan, dance classes, and school workshops. It also created the first-ever “kecak-along,” a participatory performance in which 1,000 people were taught to shout the interlocking rhythms of the famous Balinese monkey chant. In 2016, Galak Tika members Mark Stewart and Emeric Viani founded Anak Tika, a youth gamelan program, bringing gamelan into the lives of dozens of Boston & Cambridge area students. Anak Tika provides year-round classes and workshops, collaborating frequently with Galak Tika, creating a collaborative learning and performance environment for members of both ensembles. For more information on this program, please visit www.cambridgeyouthgamelan.com.

Originally from the village of Pengosekan, Bali, Gusti Komin Darta has been hailed as a leading composer, performer, and teacher of Balinese music of his generation. He first studied music with his father, renowned musician Gusti Ketut Kerta, and began performing professionally for shadow puppet plays (wayang) at the age of 9. As a teenager, he enrolled at the prestigious national arts conservatory, now known as the Indonesian Institute for the Arts. Gusti Komin is a founding member of the virtuosic Balinese gamelan Çudamani and has toured extensively throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States. For 25 years he taught gendér wayang, reyong, and kendang instruments to local and foreign students out of his family home in Pengosekan, Bali as well as teaching overseas.” Gusti Komin currently performs and teaches widely along the U.S. east coast and is sought after as a composer, performer, and educator.

Komin is the founding director of the innovative chamber gamelan Saiban, and he teaches at various American universities including MIT, as well as community-based groups such as Nusantara Arts in Buffalo, Gamelan Gamelan Dharma Swara in NYC, and Gamelan Galak Tika in Boston.

Widely acknowledged as master of gendér wayang, one of its foremost contemporary composers blending traditional and modern gamelan music in imaginative ways, exacting teacher and rebellious spirit, Komin writes music that explodes conventions and pushes limitations of even the strongest performers.

This concert is made possible by the generosity of the Maurer Family Foundation.

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Sat, May 4
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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