Gamelan Semara Winangun

Balinese Gamelan in Ottawa, Canada

June 4, 2011

Asian Heritage Gala 2011

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On June 3rd 2011, we once again took the stage at the Museum of Civilization as part of the 9th Annual Asian Heritage Gala. Here’s the Indonesian contribution to the evening, as directed by Eko Nurcahyo.

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September 24, 2010

SILENTS IS GOLDEN! Month of Silence Film Festival

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Semara Winangun is proud to be part of the Month of Silence Film Festival at the Mayfair Theatre. Moreover, we sure are excited to be playing the soundtrack for Legong: Dance of the Virgins, a film actually set in Bali! This film was released in 1935 and contains some, shall we say, National Geographic style nudity.

We couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Monday evening and hope that you’ll join us. Following our show, you can catch the HILOTRONS playing the soundtrack for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

Here are the details, taken from the original press release.

LEGONG: DANCE OF THE VIRGINS (1935) Monday October 18. | Doors: 6:00 PM | Show: 7:00 PM Shot on location in Bali, this tale of a young woman who falls in love with a musician who has designs on her half-sister was the last film made using the two-strip Technicolor process. We add more colour with a live, original score by Gamelan Semara Winangun. $10 members, students and seniors | $15 non-members

THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1919) Monday, October 18 | Doors: 7:30 PM | Show: 8:15 PM The ultimate act of expressionist filmmaking, Caligari tells its tale – of a hypnotist who uses a somnambulist to do his murders – on the underside of a tightrope stretched between dreams and reality. Featuring a suitably dreamy live, original musical score by HILOTRONS. $10 members, students and seniors | $15 non-members

More information:

Month of Silence descends as Mayfair Theatre’s Silents is Golden screening series presents nine classic silent films with LIVE MUSIC SCORES This October, the Mayfair Theatre’s ongoing Silents is Golden screening series takes over as we present our Month of Silence Film Festival! The festival features a Silent Horror Film Festival (bringing back favourites from last year), a tribute to Canadian film pioneer Nell Shipman, a children’s matinee and BBQ, and an international silent film spotlight – all to the ORIGINAL MUSIC OF LOCAL COMPOSERS AND BANDS!

Tickets and festival passes on sale now at the Mayfair box office!

August 10, 2010

Asian Heritage Gala Video

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Here is a great video of our performance at the Asian Heritage Gala at the end of May. It was a pleasure and honour to participate in this piece, choreographed by (and starring) Eko Nurcahyo.

May 19, 2010

Tulip Festival and Asian Heritage Month

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If you missed our collaboration with the Cantata Singers, you still have two more chances to catch us this month. Over the next two weekends, we are playing at the Tulip Festival and as part of the Museum of Civilization‘s annual Asian Heritage Month Gala.

First up, at 1pm on Saturday May 22nd, you can see us play on the International Friendship Stage at Major’s Hill Park. We are performing a traditional Indonesia dance piece as well as a very new piece composed by our own group! This is the last weekend of the Tulip Festival so come out and enjoy the festivities — admission to Major’s Hill Park is free and there will be other interesting performances on the International Friendship Stage all day long.

Where: Major’s Hill Park
When: Saturday, May 22nd from 1-15pm
How Much: Free!

On May 29th, we share the stage with many other Asian-Canadian performer as part of the Museum of Civilization’s Eighth Annual Asian Heritage Gala. The event is billed as as “East meets West in a fusion of the traditional and the contemporary in a concert featuring many exceptional Asian-Canadian performers.”

Where: Museum of Civilization Theatre
When: Saturday, May 29th from 7:30-10:30pm
How Much: Tickets for this performance are 25$ and are available at the Museum of Civilization Box Office.

Hope to see you at one or both of these gigs!

May 5, 2010

Semara Winangun Goes Choral

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Asian Soundscape Poster

May is generally quite a busy time for Semara Winangun, and this month is no exception. We have no fewer than three gigs this month and hope that you will be able to catch one or more of them.

The fun begins on May 16th, when we take the stage as guests of the Cantata Singers of Ottawa. Join us for a musical journey through the Far East including choral and instrumental works from China, Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines, and other countries.

You can find the full details on the Cantata Singers’ website but here are the essentials:

Asian Soundscape
A Journey Through the Far East
Sunday May 16th, 2010 @ 3pm
Christ Church Cathedral, Sparks and Bronson
Tickets are $25 for adults ($20 if purchased early) and $10 for students.

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