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NOV 22

Gamelan Gita Semara Concert

Gamelan Gita Semara (heavenly sound) was founded in 2010 by Dr. Brent C. Talbot and is housed at Gettysburg College. The instruments are a gamelan angklung ensemble—one of more than twenty-five distinct types of ensembles found on the island of Bali in Indonesia. The group mainly plays a classical repertoire in keeping with the ritual and religious ceremonies for which the gamelan is primarily used. Each year, Gamelan Gita Semara performs throughout Central Pennsylvania in programs of traditional and contemporary Balinese music. Artists-In-Residence programs bring the instruments to schools and universities within the region, where members of the ensemble present interactive workshops. The ensemble has worked with internationally celebrated master teacher I Ketut Gede Asnawa and in 2016 was invited by the Governor of Bali to perform at the Bali Arts Festival. Our members include Gettysburg College students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the Adams County community.

 This semester Nyoman Suadin is welcomed as director. Originally from the regency of Tabanan in Bali, Indonesia, Nyoman Suadin—musician, composer, dancer, puppeteer, and teacher—discovered music and dance as a young child by watching his father participate in their village gamelan and by playing in a children’s and youth gamelans. He later received formal training at KOKAR, the National High School for the Performing Arts, in Denpasar, Bali. For more than 25 years, Nyoman has taught and performed with gamelan ensembles throughout the United States and across the globe.

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