Balinese Music and Dance Troup Performs at Harris Theater

Posted: May 2, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

The Gamelan Mitra Kusuma (GMK) group brings to life the Gong Kebyar style of Balinese music and dance Thursday, May 3, at 8 p.m. in Harris Theater. This Indonesian ensemble playing bronze-keyed metalophones, gongs, and drums weaves a colorful tapestry of tightly choreographed music and dance under the direction of I. Nyoman Suadin with Tom Owens, assistant professor and graduate coordinator of the Department of Music. GMK has recently performed at the Freer Gallery, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Delaware Valley College, and Gettysburg College.

The Gong Kebyar style has deep ties to Balinese temple and court music and dance traditions, but it also prizes innovation in composition and virtuosity in ensemble precision and speed. The music features explosive changes in tempo and dynamics as it moves from slow melodies to interlocking instrumental pieces that give the impression that the ensemble is playing twice as fast as any single musician can play.

George Mason students from the Department of Music will perform with GMK on a warrior dance called “Baris.”

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Fifty free tickets are available for George Mason students. Tickets are on sale now at For more information, contact the Department of Music at x31380.

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