GAMELAN DHARMA SWARA TO OPEN ITS 2018-2019 SEASON WITH TRADITIONAL BLESSING CEREMONY AND LAUNCH RECEPTION ON SEPTEMBER 23
Public Blessing Ceremony Will Commemorate The Ensemble’s Recently Acquired Instruments And Is Followed By Free Concert
Launch Reception (Ticketed) Sponsored By Bali Kitchen, Flatiron Wines, And Features Performances By Talujon Percussion And Nouveau Classical Project
Over two decades, New York City’s Gamelan Dharma Swara (DS) has built an international reputation as one of the country’s most accomplished and innovative ensembles—tackling a diverse and daring repertoire of both classical Balinese and contemporary music. For the first time in its nearly 30-year history, DS will open its new season with a public gamelan blessing ceremony followed by a fund-raising reception.
A blessing ceremony is a special event in Bali, wherein the community convenes to seek spiritual protection and good luck for specific objects. Held under an auspicious full moon, the ceremony entails the ritual purification of the objects, animating the spirits that inhabit them through prayer, and culminates in the expression of gratitude for their protection. Elaborate offerings of hand-woven coconut palm leaves filled with flowers and food are carefully prepared in advance for this purpose.
The gamelan blessing ceremony signifies a milestone moment for DS, who for the last 20 years performed and practiced on borrowed instruments from generous host institutions. It will be the first one conducted since the new instruments made their journey from Bali to New York in 2017.
The blessing ceremony will be open to the public and will take place in the late afternoon at North Brooklyn Farms on Sunday, September 23, 2018. The ceremony will be officiated by GDS’s Artist in Residence and renowned Balinese composer and musician I Gusti Nyoman Darta, and will include a performance on the new instruments
A feast for the senses, the audience will take in impressive views of the Williamsburg Bridge and Manhattan skyline all while enjoying an afternoon and evening of music.
The public ceremony will be followed by a ticketed season launch reception. Attendees will enjoy exclusive performances by Talujon Percussion and members of Nouveau Classical Project, with food and beverages furnished by Bali Kitchen and Flatiron Wines.
4:00PM Blessing Ceremony & Performance - Free & open to the public
6:00PM Gamelan Dharma Swara Season Launch Reception - Tickets start at $25 and can be
**featuring performances by Talujon & members of Nouveau Classical Project
“Gamelan” refers to the traditional percussion orchestras found in Indonesia, and to the music performed on them. An integral part of Indonesian history and culture, gamelan and its accompanying dances are a fixture of religious ceremonies, palace rituals, shadow puppet performances and many other communal and social occasions.
About Gamelan Dharma Swara:
Gamelan Dharma Swara (DS) is an ambitious, artist-led 501(c)3 organization based in New York City. Dedicated to performing traditional Balinese gamelan music/dance and new works by leading Balinese and non-Balinese composers, DS has earned critical acclaim from national and international press and has established a reputation as one of the leading gamelan groups in North America. For more information, visit www.dharmaswara.org.
Victoria Lo Mellin
Gamelan Dharma Swara
About Nouveau Classical Project:
The Nouveau Classical Project is a contemporary classical music ensemble "...bringing a refreshing edge to the widely conservative genre" (VICE). Led by Sugar Vendil and Mara Mayer, NCP explores imaginative multidisciplinary ways to present and experience new music through commissions and collaborations. For more information, visit www.nouveauclassical.org.
Described by the New York Times as an ensemble possessing an “edgy, unflagging energy”, the New York City-based Talujon Percussion Quartet has been mesmerizing audiences since 1991. Talujon is thoroughly committed to the expansion of the contemporary percussion repertoire as well as the education and diversification of its worldwide audience. For more information, visit www.talujon.com.
About Bali Kitchen:
Hailed as “a boon… to the city” by the Village Voice, Bali Kitchen is filling a void of Indonesian eateries in New York with its grab-and-go shop in the East Village. Opened in 2017, Bali Kitchen offers a wide ranging menu of satisfying snacks and hearty meals, and has quickly become a neighborhood destination for experiencing the diverse flavors and hospitality of Indonesia. For more information, visit www.balikitchennyc.com.
About Flatiron Wines:
Flatiron Wines is a nationally recognized wine shop with locations in New York City and San Francisco. Named one of the top 50 "wine destinations" in the United States by Food and Wine Magazine, Flatiron has been described as one of New York City's best wine stores in numerous publications, including the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Financial Times, and others. For more information, visit www.flatironwines.com.