October 18, 2004

Homegrown gamelan to premiere in Balinese concert

A bit of Bali has made its way to campus with the University’s new Balinese percussion orchestra, Gamelan Suara Santi. The traditional Indonesian music group will premiere in a special concert featuring renowned Balinese musicians Gamelan Sekar Jaya and Balinese dance at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 24 in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall.

Made up of Sacramento State musicians, Gamelan Suara Santi is a five-tone “angklung” gamelan. Its instruments were made by famed gamelan builders Gableron and Sons from the town of Blabatuh, Bali. The instruments were built during the summer and fall of 2003 and were made specifically for Sacramento State. The name Suara Santi, or Voice of Peace, was chosen by gamelan master Made Subandi, who instructed Sacramento State professor Daniel Kennedy, director of the University’s gamelan.

Prior to its debut performance there will be a short blessing ceremony for Gamelan Suara Santi’s instruments.

Gamelan Sekar Jaya's performance will include a dazzling variety of music and dance works performed by the group’s 50 musicians and dancers. The show will close the group’s 25th anniversary season and will be the farewell performance for guest artists Nyoman Windha, Made Terip and Gusti Agung Ayu Warsiki, three star Indonesian musicians.

Tickets are $15 general, $12 for seniors and $8 for students. They are available from the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323 or at Tickets.com.

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