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Gamelan Creates Community of Performers

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Gamelan, the orchestral music of Indonesia, is praised for its color, rhythmic structure and lyrical melodies. And it's an important part of parades, festivals, and ceremonies.

By Laura Spencer

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Kansas City, MO – The largest Balinese ensemble in North America, Gamelan Genta Kasturi, is based in Kansas City, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

KCUR's Laura Spencer spoke with the past director and founder: Balinese composer, scholar, and performer I Ketut Ged? Asnawa and current director: musician and composer Patrick Alonzo Conway.

Gamelan Genta Kasturi
Saturday, June 6, 2009 7:30 pm
Pierson Auditorium
UMKC University Center 5000 Holmes
Kansas City MO 64110

Gamelan Genta Kasturi presents a free concert of traditional and modern Balinese music and dance with special guests I Ketut Ged? Asnawa and family.

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