March 15, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Gallery Series will present a Balinese music and dance performance by Gamelan Dharma Swara on Tuesday, March 23, at 8 p.m. in Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University's ongoing series of both world music and experimental new music concerts, funded by the Bucknell department of music.

Members of Dharma Swara also will lead a dance workshop in the Tustin Black Box Theatre from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and a gamelan workshop in Rooke Recital Hall at 2:30 p.m. Both workshops on Tuesday, March 23, are open to the public; no registration is required.

 New York City's Gamelan Dharma Swara, directed by master Balinese artists, studies and performs traditional works and develops new compositions for Balinese gamelan. In residence at the Indonesian Consulate, the independent, nonprofit ensemble has been invited to perform at the world-famous Bali Arts Festival in July 2010.

Bethany Collier, an assistant professor of music at Bucknell, is also a member of Dharma Swara. "This performance will showcase traditional dance and music of the Balinese gong kebyar along with a new experimental piece composed especially for the ensemble," said Collier.

"The music and dance are intimately paired -- the gamelan's loud, blazingly fast displays of virtuosity are realized in the dancers' quick, precise movements. Likewise, sweet, shimmering musical resonances match the dancers' soft, gentle gestures. Dharma Swara's visit presents a rare opportunity for our community to experience the richness of these artistic traditions," she said.

The word 'gamelan' refers to certain large percussion-based ensembles of Java and Bali, Indonesia. Instruments in a Balinese gamelan include a range of bronze-keyed metallophones (gangsa), tuned gongs, bamboo flutes (suling) and drums (kendang).

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