Posted on January 15, 2016, BY Staff

New York City's celebrated world music ensemble Gamelan Dharma Swara will perform at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. The free performance is open to the public and tickets are not required.

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.

Gamelan refers to the Balinese traditional percussion orchestra and to the music performed on it. Scholars speculate that the Balinese ensemble of bronze gongs, bamboo flutes and tuned keys has been played for at least a millennium on the island and is closely related to Javanese gamelan, an older form.

Founded in 2000, Dharma Swara is one of the leading Balinese gamelan and dance groups in the United States and has performed at renowned New York music venues.

At 6 p.m., a ceremonial blessing of the new instruments will take place officiated by Ida Bagus Made Widnyana. Following the blessing, there will be a free reception in the lobby at 7 p.m., followed by the performance. Please note that incense will be used during the performance.

The event is co-sponsored by Bucknell's Department of Music. For more information about this free performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, visit its website or Facebook page.



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