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Bali Alloy- The JACK Quartet, Dr. I Made Bandem, and Brian Baumbusch.

by JACK Quartet


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The JACK Quartet, New York, April 23, 2012:

We are excited to announce our new collaboration with Bali’s legendary choreographer and educator, Dr. I Made Bandem, and American composer Brian Baumbusch in preparation for a tour to Indonesia to perform at the Bali Arts Festival in June, 2012. The collaboration will involve a union of string quartet music with Balinese gamelan repertoire involving adaptations for string quartet of traditional gamelan pieces, and new works for strings, gamelan, and Balinese dance. The project began in 2010, and this year we have all been invited by the Provincial Government of Bali to present this first-of-a-kind collaboration at the annual art festival. We recently won a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in support of the project.  

The performance at the festival will involve three hour longs sets of different ensemble formations highlighting the JACK Quartet, Brian Baumbusch and Musicians, and the Balinese Makaradhwaja Performing Arts Group directed by Dr. Bandem. The show will include many different styles of music, from the secular to the sacred, and will present an array of new works all inspired by the long standing tradition of the Balinese performing arts. We have commissioned a new work for string quartet entitled Mantle Eruption based on the volcanic activity in the ocean's around Bali, composed by Brian Baumbusch using Balinese tunings and choreographed by Dr. Bandem. The show will also include a 40-minute dance drama based on the Balinese legend of Calonarang, composed in collaboration by Mr. Baumbusch and famous Balinese composer Nyoman Windha, and involving new choreography by Dr. Bandem.   

We arrive in Bali on June 21st, and will have a week to rehearse with the Balinese performers before our performance at the Art Festival in front of an audience of 5,000 people. The festival is infamous for being the authoritative presenter of the most exciting and definitive Balinese gamelan music, and the Balinese community looks to the festival to discover new trends that are occurring in the Balinese performing arts. We are excited about the challenge of adapting to the learning model of an unfamiliar tradition of performing arts, and look forward to the opportunity to present our own interpretation of this famous culture of music and dance to a community of native listeners. 

We are hoping to raise $5,500 in order to cover the final expenses associated with this project. We recently won the Mid Atlantic Arts Foudation's U.S. Artists International travel grant, awarding us $6,700 to contribute to airfare to Indonesia. We are left with a balance $3,300 in order to cover the rest of our travel expense. We have allotted $600 to rent our own sound equipment to bring to the outdoor arena temple at the Bali Arts Festival. We also hope to produce a high fidelity recording and video of this project to present to the U.S. upon our return, with the intention of promoting a U.S. tour in 2014; we have allotted $600 for the production of these materials. The rest of the money covers other general production and fundraising coasts. In the case that your support can overfund our project, we will be able to pay back some of the expenses offered in kind donations by Dr. Bandem and Mr. Baumbusch, who have been paying for much of this project out of their own pockets. We give your our most sincere thanks for your interest and support of this exciting project.

This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

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