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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

Gamelan Jegog will be sharing a performance set with Jiten Daiko at WorldOne Fest at Cerrito Vista Park in El Cerrito, CA. 

2017 City of El Cerrito & worldOne 4th of July Festival

Thousands of people are expected to celebrate Independence Day at the City of El Cerrito/worldOne 4th of July Festival on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm with music on the Main Stage until 6:30 pm.  The Festival is held in beautiful Cerrito Vista Park.

The admission-free family-friendly event is full of fun, food and entertainment. 
The event included:
  • Live entertainment on the main stage 
  • Children’s fun area with carnival games, jump houses and rides
  • Arts and crafts vendors
  • El Cerrito Art Association Art Show & Sale
  • Lots of great tasty food
  • Vendor booths by local business and service groups

MAINSTAGE PERFORMERS
We are pleased to announce the line-up for the 2017 Main Stage:

 

July 4, 2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In Visible Light

A work for shadow theater, dance, voice, and Balinese gamelan that paints a story of a mythic tyrant whose arrogance poisons the rivers of knowledge, arts and culture, casting the world into chaos. Saraswati, the goddess of arts, language and learning, fights a magnificent battle to restore balance. Balinese artists Dewa Berata and Emiko Saraswati Susilo work together with Larry Reed to lead 35 performers in a collaboration that is culturally specific yet globally resonant—a work that seeks a path to heal the wounds of a fractured humanity.

Date and Time: Friday June 2, 8:00 PM | Saturday June 3, 2:00 PM

Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Cowell Theater
 
Ticket Information
General Admission: $25
Children under 18: $12.50
Discounts: Full time students with ID and Seniors, $4 off cover price 
Limited early bird tickets available until March 31 from $12.50 
 
Festival Pass
If you miss our early bird offerings take advantage of our Festival Pass and see five shows for $70.00
Artist Bio
 
I Dewa Putu Berata is a musician, composer, dancer, and visual artist from Pengosekan, Bali, Indonesia known for his vibrant leadership both onstage and off, and his ability to seamlessly bring together music, dance and visual design. He is the Founding Director of Çudamani, one of Bali’s most vibrant performing ensembles. He has led numerous international tours, including appearances at The Cultural Olypiade (Greece), The Tong Tong Festival (Holland), EXPO (Japan), Gedung Kesenian (Jakarta), Lincoln Center (New York), the World Festival of Sacred Music (Los Angeles), and The Juilliard School. 
 
Emiko Saraswati Susilo is a choreographer, dancer, and vocalist known for her dynamic and soulful performance and for choreography that delves into questions of the contemporary world through work that is at once innovative and yet deeply rooted in tradition. Active in Balinese and Javanese performance for well over three decades, she began playing gamelan as a child and studied Balinese and Javanese dance under Ni Made Wiratini and the late master KRT Sasmintadipura. She has taught Balinese dance since 1992 and is the Associate Director of Çudamani in Bali and the Director of Gamelan Sekar Jaya in the Bay Area. 
 
Larry Reed is an internationally recognized theatre director and is one of the few American shadow masters of traditional Balinese Wayang Kulit. The Founder/Artistic Director of ShadowLight Productions,Reedhas pioneered contemporary shadow theater by integrating traditional shadow theatre techniques with film, modern theatre and dance styles. Truly a multidisciplinary artist, Reed has also written, directed and produced films in the US and Mexico. Shadow Master (1979) has been shown on the PBS and Discovery Channels. Reed has garnered numerous awards and honors, and was named one of Top 50 Artists in the SF Bay Area by Metropolitan Magazine in 1995 and 1996.  
 
June 2, 2017 - 8:00pm - June 3, 2017 - 2:00pm
Sunday, April 30
2pm matinee
$15 General / $8 Kids / Babies in arms free
 
Gamelan Sekar Jaya takes the stage at Berkeley's beloved Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center. The family-friendly program boasts a dynamic range of works showcasing the intricate rhythms and sinuous melodies of the gamelan and the dynamic and refined choreographies of Balinese dance. Sekar Jaya's performers are led by internationally renowned artists I Dewa Putu Berata and Emiko Saraswati Susilo.
 
Bring your family and friends and enjoy an afternoon of beautiful dance and music from Bali in this all-ages venue, known as “BERKELEY’S HOME FOR WORLD MUSIC AND DANCE SINCE 1973.”
April 30, 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
GSJ's Bamboo Tingklik opens three concerts for the Mill Valley Philharmonic's winter program:
 
Winter 2017: East meets West at the 1889 Paris World’s Fair
The Influence of Gamelan Music on Western Composers
Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s Bamboo Tingklik Ensemble

Lou Harrison: Seven Pastorales

Claude Debussy: Pagodes (conducted by David Gordon)

Maurice Ravel: Ma mère l’Oye 

Béla Bartok: From the Island of Bali & String Quartet IV, movement 4

Camille Saint-Saëns: Suite Algérienne
 
Free concerts – Walk-in seating

March 10th, 8:00pm – Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church, Mill Valley

 
March 10, 2017 - 8:00pm - March 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

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