Mekar Bhuana Family

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Mekar Bhuana family based centre in Denpasar proudly presents Selonding Fundraising Performance Series*, an ancient Balinese art-form dating back to the 10th-14th centuries. Selonding is one of Bali’s rarest types of gamelan music. A selonding orchestra is made up of primitive looking metallophone instruments, normally with large iron keys, and is played by 6-11 musicians. The set at Mekar Bhuana is one of only four duplicates of the sacred Besakih Temple orchestra from 1236 AD. Our group is made up of male and female family members aged 4 to 55. We were inspired by the talents of Mekar Bhuana founders’ eldest son, Gede Semara, who has been playing selonding music since he was 5 and even started composing for this archaic orchestra when he was just 6 years old. He is Bali’s youngest selonding composer of mixed nationality: mum from Bali and dad from New Zealand. We plan to bring his music and our family group that supports him to New Zealand in February 2015. After recent success performing in South Korea, we want to share our Bali family music-making experience with Kiwi audiences through an outreach programme of performances and workshops. Thank you for your support! Performance series runs from: Day: every Thursdays & Sundays Date: Nov 2nd 2014 until Feb 1st 2015 Time: 7 pm For ticketing, contact: Putu Evie or Vaughan at 464201 / 081999191104/6 or send email to Note: *Performance held at family residence: seating limited to 40 pax *Beverages and Balinese-style food available for purchase *Includes explanation by ethnomusicologist, Vaughan Hatch and dance instructor, Putu Evie, as well as a chance to try the instruments Photo Credits : Anggara Mahendra


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