Innovation from Bali: A World Premiere

Feb 9, 2019

Concert, Performance


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


8:00 p.m.


A concert of gamelan compositions by Dewa Ketut Alit, I Putu Gede Sukaryana (Balot Ne), and Yan Priya Kumara Janardhana (Janu). Alit and Balot were accompanied by local musicians to perform original work. The evening also included the world premiere of “Simalakama” (2019), Alit’s piece for flute, piano, strings, and double bass.  


“Anomali (Selendro)” (2015)
Composer: Balot Ne 
Performers: Balot, Justin Devries, and Shawn Sekiya (reyong)

“Perspektif” (2017)
Composer: Janu
Arrangement: Justin Devries
Performers: Daniel Karrasch (guitar), Elisa thorn (harp), James Meger (bass)

Screening of Janu’s original arrangement of “Perspektif,” filmed by Insitu Recordings, Bali. 
“Ameriki” (2018)
Composer: Dewa Alit
Performers: Paul Hung (flute), Benjamin Hopkins (piano), Aaron Graham and Adam Dopierala (vibraphones)

“Makilit” (2019)
Composers: Dewa Alit and Balot Ne 
Performers: Alit and Balot (kendang)

“Simalakama” (2019)
Composer: Dewa Alit
Performers: Zane Kistner (conductor), Benjamin Hopkins (piano), Sam Milner and Alexander Knopp (violin), Nina Weber (viola), Susie Yoo (cello)

Presented in collaboration with the University of British Columbia School of Music’s Rhythm Research Cluster, with support from the University of British Columbia Research Excellence Clusters Initiative. 

Curated by Michael Tenzer. 

Video documentation of this event is available upon request.

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