At 6 pm, a blessing of the instruments and performance space will take place, so patrons are encouraged to come early. Following the blessing, there will be a reception in the lobby at 7 p.m., followed by the performance at 7:30 p.m.
The ensemble will inaugurate Bucknell University's new gamelan semara dana, a type of Balinese gamelan that was invented in the late 1980s. Combining two musical modes on each instrument, the ensemble can play a wide range of repertoire and styles, traditional and new.
Dedicated to the traditions of Balinese performing arts and committed to exploring new music,
New York City's Gamelan Dharma Swara is carving out a compelling niche. Founded in 2000, Dharma Swara is one of the leading Balinese gamelan and dance groups in the United States and has performed at renowned NYC music venues including (le) Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space, Joe's Pub, Roulette, and BAM, as well as cultural institutions such as MoMA and Asia Society. The group toured Bali in 2010 with an invitation to perform in the Bali Arts Festival's popular Battle of the Bands, and most recently, a stunning performance at Basilica Soundscape in Hudson, New York, was described by The New Yorker as feeling "straight-up religious" and provoked "perhaps the weekend's most rapturous response (including a fair amount of crying.)" While traditional repertoire is an honored part of Dharma Swara's vision, they also value the exploration of new music for gamelan.
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