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Kecak Workshop by Dewa Berata
Founding Director of Gamelan Çudamani, Bali, Indonesia
Kecak is an ancient form of Bailinese music that utilizes the voice and sometimes the body to create beautiful rhythms whose intertwining and interlocking patterns reflect and nurture our interconnection with those around us. Not just a ‘music workshop’, it is an opportunity to re-energize, not relying only on one’s personal energy and ability, but joyfully and playfully connecting with the voices and energy of those around us. Led by internationally renowned Dewa Berata, founding director of Çudamani, expert in the field of Balinese music, and amazingly fun and inspiring teacher to work with. Absolutely no music experience needed (don’t worry, Dewa knows what he’s doing, and he’ll be your guide!) - music nerds also welcome, of course!
I DEWA PUTU BERATA is an internationally acclaimed Balinese musician and composer hailing from the village of Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali. Berata is the founder and director of Çudamani, one of Bali’s most innovative & acclaimed gamelan ensembles that has toured extensively including appearances at The Cultural Olympiade (Greece), EXPO (Japan), Tong Tong Festival (Holland), Lincoln Center, The Hollywood Bowl, and Zellerbach Hall (USA). Cudamani has become one of the most vibrant centers of artistic activity in Bali, endeavoring to study rare classic forms of Balinese arts. Berata’s life work has been dedicated not only to the arts, but to creating community by providing opportunities for active arts engagement to children, youth, women and elders. He is known both for his innovative compositions, playfulness and demanding nature as a teacher, and for his vibrant drumming which is subtle and powerful. He is currently serving as Guest Music Director for Gamelan Sekar Jaya based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In the village of Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali is a family compound that is home to Çudamani, one of Bali’s most active and respected performing ensembles. Members are community of leaders who positively contribute to the artistic, cultural, and political life of their community through music and dance. Çudamani maintains that the vitality of Balinese arts relies on the connection of performance to spiritual and social life and on the balance between strong roots and brave innovation. The group is in many ways, an activist community that responds to the philosophical, practical and problematic issues that face Balinese artists today. The group invites master artists to Pengosekan to teach rarely performed repertoire, and members of the group also create new work. Çudamani artists are renowned for their inspired contributions to the repertoire of Balinese arts.
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 6:15pm
Performing Arts Building, Dance Studio, PAB 240 (2nd Floor)
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199
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