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Friday, December 15 at 5 PM - 9 PM
GSJ Performances at 7pm and 8pm GSJ's at 10th Street Amphitheater
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St, Oakland, California 94607
 
Tonight at Friday Nights @ OMCA, celebrate diverse traditions reflected in the Bay Area, including Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Balinese performance, and Latin American winter festivities. Enjoy half-price admission, expanded offerings of winter-themed activities for kids, and a special lineup of live music and dance from local performers. 
 
Watch a special Balinese dance & music performance by Gamelan Sekar Jaya's Balinese Gong Kebyar, Bamboo Jegog, and Dancers, and a special musical event created by Thingamajigs. Join Hanukkah-themed activities with the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, Storytime with the Oakland Public Library, and more as we explore the richness of end-of-the-year winter traditions while we wrap up the final Friday Nights @ OMCA for 2017. 
 
Presented in partnership with the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, the Oakland Public Library, and the 20th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival.
 
Music, Dance, and Performances
5–6:30 pm: Resident DJ
10th Street Amphitheater
Bay Area's own DJ Juan Data spinning world music hits. 
 
6:30–7 pm: Dance Instruction
10th Street Amphitheater
Dance showcase with Gamelan Sekar Jaya.
 
7–9 pm: Music — Gamelan Sekar Jaya
10th Street Amphitheater
 
Family Activities
5–8 pm: Family-Friendly Drop-In Activity
Create a candle for your family’s holiday inspired by Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa traditions. 
 
5–8 pm: Traditions & Demonstrations
Blue Oak café, Redwood Burl Area, California Room 
Participate in Hanukkah-themed activities with the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, view a Kwanzaa table set with symbolic items for the home by artist Candi Farlice, and explore an alter dedicated to La Virgin de Guadalupe created by artists Bea Hocker and Alicia Diaz. 
 
5–8 pm: Gallery of Thingamajigs 
OMCA’s galleries. 
 
5–7:30 pm: Family Reading Time with the Oakland Public Library 
California Room
 
6–6:30 pm: OMCA Family Storytime with the Oakland Public Library
Learning Center (1st level) 
Join a family-friendly story with our friends from the Oakland Public Library. 
 
Local Food and Drink
5–9 pm: Off the Grid Food Trucks
10th Street
Enjoy a rotating lineup of local gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid. 
 
5–9 pm: Cash Bar and Lounge inside Nature’s Gift
Great Hall, 2nd level
A new way to do Friday Nights @ OMCA! Enjoy libations in the comfy lounge area inside the immersive exhibition Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown. Access included with special exhibition admission. 
 
5–9 pm: Blue Oak Beer Garden
Blue Oak Beer Garden (near Koi Pond)
Enjoy beer and wine specials from local makers.
 
Kick back and relax with seating available on 10th Street (no alcoholic beverages allowed), the 10th Street Amphitheater, Oak Street Plaza, café patio, or the OMCA Gardens. To protect the Museum collections, food and drink are not allowed inside the galleries unless otherwise designated.
 
Save your spot!
Reserve a picnic table for your group during Friday Nights @ OMCA or book a Friday Night lounge through Event Services.
 
Shop Bay Area Artists and More
5–9 pm: Holiday Artisan Marketplace @ OMCA 
Redwood Burl Area 
Explore an expanded Marketplace @ OMCA featuring local Bay Area artists, jewelers, and craftspeople, and henna tattoo for all ages. Perfect for your holiday shopping list!
 
5–9 pm: Pop-Up Store inside Nature’s Gift
Great Hall, 2nd level
Enhance your in-gallery experience with exhibition-themed gifts, games, and light-up swag. Access included with special exhibition admission. 
 
5–9 pm: OMCA Store
2nd level
Discover great California-themed gifts by local artisans, shop our broad book selection, find exhibition-themed favorites, and more. 
 
Presented in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA. Friday Nights @ OMCA is made possible in part by generous support from Bank of America, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Koret Foundation.
December 15, 2017 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Avoid the holiday shopping panic, support live performing arts, and get beautiful gifts found no where else in the Bay Area! Come to:
The Annual GSJ Bali Holiday Faire
Sunday, December 10, 2017
11:00am-4:00pm
3023 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705 
 
The Faire will feature a marketplace with beautiful Indonesian crafts, perfect for your holiday gift shopping! There will be delicious Indonesian food, and of course, live Balinese music and dance.  The proceeds from all sales benefit Gamelan Sekar Jaya and help us invite artists Balinese artists from Indonesia, support our educational activities, and bring Balinese performing arts venues across the Bay Area. 
 
We look forward to welcoming you to our office and studios for the event. 
For more information please email Emiko.

 

December 10, 2017 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

taught by I Wayan Gama Astawa
 
Date: Saturday 10am-2pm; 12/2/17
Fees General: $60
Fees GSJ Performing Member: $45

Register Today! 

Indigenous to the western region of Bali, gamelan jegog is a highly energetic type of gamelan music, performed on an ensemble of bamboo marimba-like instruments. The class will be taught by master gamelan jegog musician, I Wayan Gama Astawa, from the village of Tegalcangkring in West Bali and assistant teacher, Katie Harrell. Students will explore dynamic interlocking “kotekan” patterns, mallet technique, and the role of each instrument in the jegog ensemble. With only three ensembles in the entire world outside of Bali, join us for this rare opportunity to study this incredible type of gamelan with one of the most outstanding jegog musicians in Bali. There will be a 30 minute lunch break from 12:00pm-12:30pm. No prior experience is necessary. Age 11 and up.
December 2, 2017 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Friday, December 1, 2017
The Monkey House, 1638 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703
7:30 pm (door opens) 8 pm (concert starts)
Tickets: $10 - $20 sliding scale at the door (cash only)
Reserve a seat by emailing seats@themonkeyhouse.org
 
The Indonesian American Cross Cultural Music Project brings you its annual concert this year at an intimate art space with unusually good acoustics known as The Monkey House. The owner Ira Marlowe, who is a teacher at UC Berkeley’s “Song Lab,” hosts house concerts and has kindly offered us his stage to present two groups, Purnamasari and Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s Gender Wayang Ensemble.www.themonkeyhouse.org
 
Gamelan Sekar Jaya presents its Gender Wayang ensemble, a small group of musicians playing instruments considered among Bali’s most technically challenging and musically rich forms of gamelan. The ensemble will present traditional pieces taught by Guest Music Director I Wayan Gama Astawa from the Jembrana region of Bali. A graduate of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, he is one of Bali’s most highly regarded experts in Gamelan Jegog, a powerful form of bamboo music known for its unique rhythmic patterns and powerful sonority. Although his fame in Bali applies mostly to Jegog, his highly energetic teaching style has also found place in the other ensembles of Gamelan Sekar Jaya. He has brought a set of unusual, rhythmically dynamic Gender Wayang pieces from Jembrana, which will be featured at this concert. 
 
Purnamasari performs guitar-based music featuring Indonesian Gamelan instruments and choreographed movements drawn from Balinese dance vocabulary. It began as collaboration between Bay Area performer/songwriter Lisa Graciano and her husband, gamelan player Paul Miller. The band’s line-up includes Emily Rolph, Barbara Golden, Richard Phillips, Made Putrayasa and Maurissa Dorn. Purnamasari will premier a new song entitled The Weaver, the title work of a program of songs, instrumental music and dance that the group will present in 2018. For more information go to www.lisagraciano.com/purnamasari
 
The Indonesian American Cross Cultural Music Project highlights traditional gamelan music and dance from Indonesia, while supporting a new generation of artists from both sides of the world fusing Indonesian and American cultures through music and dance. For more information about the project go to www.lisagraciano.com/gamelan
December 1, 2017 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Rhythmix Island Arts Concert Series presents an evening of enchanting world fusion with Maze Daiko and special guests from Gamelan Sekar Jaya. Maze Daiko made its premier performance at Rhythmix’s grand opening in 2007 and will celebrate its 10th anniversary on this special night.

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017
8:00 pm

Buy Tickets Here
$25/Advance, $30/Day of Show

Maze Daiko is a resident music ensemble at Rhythmix that mixes (mazeru) Japanese taiko (daiko) with West African drums, marimba, Persian santur and European violin, creating a unique world fusion sound. The concert will include repertoire favorites, new compositions and a collaborative work with their special guests.
 
Because the same waters wash upon the shores of both Japan and Bali, the new work entitled Island to Island, asks the question “where does the land end and the sea begin?” Island to Island commences from the vision that sharing music can bring the global community closer together. Both Maze and GSJ consider their music to be part of a living, continually evolving tradition. The project’s compositional process will include experimentation with the musical traditions of these cultures that share tales of the sea. More information about Maze Daiko here.
 
Rhythmix Cultural Works is committed to presenting a roster of performers that reflect the rich heritage and ethnic diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The Island Arts Concert series features contemporary interpretations of global musical traditions originating with island cultures. In support of this vision, “Celebrating Diversity on the Island” is the theme for the 2017 series, presenting guest artists who are reinventing and preserving the traditions of their respective musical forms, while also pushing the boundaries through distinctive cross-cultural collaborations.
 
This concert is made possible in part with funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.
November 11, 2017 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday, November 10, 8pm
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley
Tickets Available Here: $20 - $100 sliding scale. 
All proceeds will help to pay for the legal defense of the Richmond Hills Initiative
 

Some of the Bay Area’s most prominent artists have joined the effort to defend the beautiful hillsides of Richmond’s El Sobrante Valley. The benefit concert will feature:

Kitka: an internationally acclaimed women’s vocal arts ensemble inspired by traditional songs and vocal techniques from Eastern Europe.
 
Gamelan Sekar Jaya: a world renowned performing arts company specializing in the music and dance of Bali
 
Keith Terry and Friends: Founder and director of the International Body Music
Festivals. “A unique master of percussive motion” SF Chronicle
 
The Hogan Brothers, with special guests Omega Rae & Luq Frank: R&B, Funk and
Latin music from one of the Bay’s hottest bands.
 
In January 2017 the Richmond City Council adopted the Richmond Hills Initiative which permanently protects the beautiful open space hillsides of the El Sobrante Valley that border on Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. The Initiative represented the two year effort of dozens of volunteers who gathered thousands of signatures to qualify the measure.
 
Now the city is being sued by developers and land speculators to overturn the initiative. The Friends of the Richmond Hills, working with the Sierra Club Foundation, needs to raise $15,000 in order to help pay for the legal defense of the Initiative. The developers have deep pockets. We have a wonderful community and hyper-talented, committed artists, working together to save our precious hills. Join us on Nov. 10! But if you can’t, please make your tax-deductible contribution here:
 

November 10, 2017 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia

presents
A Night of Cultural Diversity
Featuring Traditional Indonesian Music and Dance Companies
Gamelan Sekar Jaya
Pusaka Sunda
Bear Java

Friday, October 6th
6pm Reception; 7:30-9:30 Performance

Cowell Theater
2 Marina Blvd, Landmark Building C
San Francisco, CA  94123
 
This event is FREE
Please RSVP to RKSAROJO@YAHOO.COM
by September 27

October 6, 2017 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm

More details soon!

September 10, 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Gamelan Sekar Jaya presents three instrumental works for gamelan jegog, one of Bali’s largest and rarest ensembles, featuring bamboo marimbas with tubes up to ten feet long. Emanating from West Bali, jegog is noted for its rhythmic energy, unusual four-tone scale, and powerful sonority—its bass tones can be heard for miles across rice fields. Performers begin with Teruntungan Bebek Putih, a traditional work originating from Sangkaragung (arranged by I Gede Oka) to summon the gods and audience while “warming up the bamboo.” Next, a new composition by I Dewa Putu Berata Lembu Ireng harnesses the spirit of Bali’s mighty water buffalo. The final work Jarun Dauh is a classic composed by Pak Ridia (refined by Wayan Gama Astawa and I Made Terip) named after the horse used in battle by the Balinese king Raden Pata—a fitting image for the work’s dazzling array of musical techniques and unbridled energy.

Jegog will perform on the SF Opera House steps shortly before the Ethnic Dance Festival's indoor programming begins, on
Sat, July 15: 6:30
pm- 7:15pm
Sun, July 16: 12:30pm– 1:15pm

*No admission fee is charged for the outdoor performance.
Location: 
301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109. The War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, California is located on the western side of Van Ness Avenue across from the rear facade of City Hall.
More Info: 
http://worldartswest.org/main/edf_index.asp
July 16, 2017 - 1:00pm - 1:45pm

Gamelan Sekar Jaya presents three instrumental works for gamelan jegog, one of Bali’s largest and rarest ensembles, featuring bamboo marimbas with tubes up to ten feet long. Emanating from West Bali, jegog is noted for its rhythmic energy, unusual four-tone scale, and powerful sonority—its bass tones can be heard for miles across rice fields. Performers begin with Teruntungan Bebek Putih, a traditional work originating from Sangkaragung (arranged by I Gede Oka) to summon the gods and audience while “warming up the bamboo.” Next, a new composition by I Dewa Putu Berata Lembu Ireng harnesses the spirit of Bali’s mighty water buffalo. The final work Jarun Dauh is a classic composed by Pak Ridia (refined by Wayan Gama Astawa and I Made Terip) named after the horse used in battle by the Balinese king Raden Pata—a fitting image for the work’s dazzling array of musical techniques and unbridled energy.

Jegog will perform on the SF Opera House steps shortly before the Ethnic Dance Festival's indoor programming begins, on
Sat, July 15: 6:30pm
 – 7:15pm
Sun, July 16: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

*No admission fee is charged for the outdoor performance.
Location: 
301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109. The War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, California is located on the western side of Van Ness Avenue across from the rear facade of City Hall.
More Info: 
http://worldartswest.org/main/edf_index.asp
July 15, 2017 - 7:00pm - 7:45pm

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