Gamelan Candra Wyoga, Gamelan Tunas Mekar

An Evening of Balinese Music and Dance presented by the University of Wyoming

Gamelan Candra Wyoga

Gamelan Tunas Mekar

Sat, May 2, 2015

6:30 pm

Gryphon Theatre

Laramie, WY

$10.00

Gamelan Candra Wyoga
Gamelan Candra Wyoga
The University of Wyoming Department of Music is home to the Wyoming Gamelan, Candra Wyoga. The gamelan is used by the community performance group, under the direction of Balinese gamelan master I Made Lasmawan, by the world music classes for teaching and study purposes as well as for outreach to the State of Wyoming. The gamelan is housed in the Department of Music and its use is coordinated by Rod Garnett.

Candra Wyoga is a name given by musical director, I Made Lasmawan. "Candra" refers to the beauty of the full moon. "Wyoga" has a double meaning indicating both "Wyoming Gamelan" and "meditation on the beauty of the full moon" - a special pleasure in the beautiful State of Wyoming. This type of Balinese gamelan is called semar pegulingan, a particularly full and versatile set of instruments and was handmade in Bali, Indonesia and shipped to Laramie in the summer of 1996.

The Candra Wyoga consists of six pairs of bronze tone-bar instruments (twelve in all), one set of eight kettle gongs (reyong), four flutes (suling), one single kettle gong (kajar), one set of cymbals (cengceng), one bell tree (gentorag), four drums (kendang), one small gong (kemong), one medium gong (kempur), and one large gong. The instruments are hand-carved and painted with brilliant red and gold. The tone bar instruments depict scenes form the Ramayana epics.

The Wyoming Gamelan was purchased with a generous gift from the Allan And Regina Willman Fund, a private fund left to the Department of Music by Allan Willman who chaired the Department for many years.
Gamelan Tunas Mekar
Gamelan Tunas Mekar
Based in Denver, Colorado, USA, Gamelan Tunas Mekar is a community orchestra under the direction of Balinese composer and Artist-in-Residence I Made Lasmawan.

Tunas Mekar performs the indigenous music of the island of Bali, Indonesia and has performed by special invitation both internationally and nationally. Tunas Mekar also performs regularly at music festivals, schools, private events and specially produced concerts throughout the United States region.

Modeled after typical village groups found throughout Bali, and learning by traditional methods, Tunas Mekar provides American audiences with an authentic glimpse of one of the world's most fascinating cultures.
Venue Information:
Gryphon Theatre
710 E. Garfield
Laramie, WY, 82070
http://www.gryphontheatre.org