Gamelan Ҫudamani, internationally hailed as one of Bali’s most forward-thinking music and dance ensembles, makes its first stop on its 2019 tour in the United States at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway.
The group will perform on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m., inside the Dorothy Menker Theater in the college’s Fine and Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $30, $25 for seniors and free for students. College students must show a student ID. Those not paying for a ticket must still obtain one to reserve the seat.
Tracing its roots to the 1970s to a Balinese village well known for its painters, weavers and artists, the 18-member ensemble continues to maintain the vitality of Balinese arts, performing a diverse repertoire with astonishing technical precision, high collective spirit and an impressive understanding of artistic nuance.
“Our music and dance is meant to be enjoyed by all ages, from small children to the elders of the village,” said Judy Mitcoma, producer of the ensemble’s tour and president of the Foundation for World Arts. “The instruments are captivating, the interaction of the musicians is animated and joyful, and the dancers are fascinating to watch. The Balinese are world famous for their arts. This is why some four million tourists come to this tiny island each year.”
There is no conductor for this orchestra, which instead is led by the two drummers. “Their cues are through their sounds from loud to soft and special drum patterns or through their smiles,” Mitcoma said. “Drummers must know all the dances and every instrument. They must feel the musical emotions of the orchestra.”
For more information on the show or to purchase tickets, visit the Fine and Performing Arts Center online or call the Box Office at (708) 974-5500.