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Central Standard

What is Gamelan Music?

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Gamelan music is the orchestral music of Indonesia which is primarily from the islands of Bali and Java. Over a decade ago, Kansas City became home to a hand crafted Gamelan from Indonesia that was fine tuned and given a blessing from a Balinese Hindu high priests. On this Central Standard the director of Kansas City's Gamelan group Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Patrick Alonzo Conway – he plays in the group and even composes pieces for the group, and is an eclectic composer and member of the People’s Liberation Big Band.

Gamelan Genta Kasturi preforms for its 10th anniversary on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 4pm at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. | More information

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