Nyoman Wenten, music director and Nanik Wenten, dance director, lead Giri Kusuma and guests in a colorful program of traditional and contemporary Balinese music and dance. Joining the Pomona College ensemble will be musicians and dancers from California Institute of the Arts.
The set of instruments heard in the performance is called a gamelan gong kebyar. In 1995, Pomona College commissioned these instruments for Giri Kusuma, the college’s Balinese gamelan ensemble. The word gamelan means “percussion orchestra” and refers to any one of the many kinds of bronze, iron or bamboo ensembles found in Southeast Asia. The large, suspended bronze gong is considered the heart of the ensemble and articulates the beginnings of the musical cycles. Kebyar is both the name of this particular kind of Balinese gamelan and also the style of music that it normally plays, which is dynamic and fiery. The Keybar style first appeared in the early part of the twentieth century and swiftly gained popularity over traditional, more stately musical forms.
- Pomona College
- Bridges Hall of Music
- 150 E. Fourth Street
Free admission with open seating, no tickets.
Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to performance.