The Canada International Arts & Music Society (in partnership with Publik Secrets) invites you to “Gamelan in the Park,” a free interactive Balinese gamelan workshop with Vancouver’s Gamelan Gita Asmara, led by Balinese composer I Putu Gede Sukaryana (Balot).
Learn how to play and listen to the intricate sounds of Balinese gamelan next to beautiful Kitsilano Beach. Light refreshments will be served and we welcome all ages to attend!
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 @11:00am
Location: Hadden Park Fieldhouse – Kitsilano Beach (1015 Maple Street)
To register for this exciting workshop, please visit Eventbrite
Gamelan is a traditional Indonesian instrumental ensemble consisting primarily of percussion, including different types of metallophones, drums and gongs. Gamelan music often accompanies dance, puppet theatre, and formal rituals and ceremonies and is an integral part of Balinese culture.
Gamelan Gita Asmara
Gita Asmara is dedicated to studying traditional and contemporary repertoire for Balinese gamelan, often commissioning new works and supporting guest artistic directors from Bali. With incredibly focused and devoted members, GGA aims to broaden pathways for gamelan music to grow and change globally, stretching gamelan’s reach to other cultures and musics, and expanding local experiences with gamelan and its many fusion offshoots.
I Putu Gede Sukaryana (Balot)
Hailing from Bali, Balot came to Vancouver, BC in September 2017. Over the past year he has led multiple local gamelan ensembles including the UBC student gamelan ensemble, Gamelan Gita Asmara, and Gamelan BikeBike, and has composed new works for gamelan inspired by his time in Canada. As a composer and performer, Balot has collaborated on numerous international projects and is the co-director of Insitu Recordings, a Balinese label that records and distributes gamelan music in Indonesia, and abroad.