The Bay Area collective Gamelan Sekar Jaya performed to a rapt L@TE audience on July 30. The evening showcased Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s musician’s performing on two different gamelan ensembles—the bronze gamelan angklung and the gender wayang. Guest artist I Dewa Puta Berata, a master musician from Bali, led the ensembles. In the video, below, the bronze gamelan angklung ensemble, which includes about eighteen musicians, perform on single-octave instruments, tuned to the slendro scale. Music of gamelan angklung plays a special role in Bali-Hindu religion, where it traditionally accompanies temple ceremonies and cremation rituals.
Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s performance was part of artist-in-residence David Wilson’s summer-long L@TE series and exhibition, David Wilson: Gatherings / MATRIX 233. Wilson’s programming for L@TE concludes this Friday, August 13 with a selection of field recordings by Xiu Xiu front man Jamie Stewart and a presentation of films from the Canyon Cinema archive by local film critic Max Goldberg.