Gamelan Semara Winangun

Balinese Gamelan in Ottawa, Canada

November 16, 2013

Ottawa Tea Festival

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The Ottawa Tea Festival is coming very soon. The festival has been “sharing culture through the language of tea” since 2011. This year’s language is quite exotic — the program includes a Japanese tea ceremony, Indian drumming and dancing, and Balinese Gamelan as played by us. Hope to see you there!

What: Ottawa Tea Festival
When: Saturday, November 23, 2013 (Festival runs 11am-6pm, Semara Winangun takes the stage at 3pm)
Where: Ottawa Convention Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive
Cost: 15$

June 12, 2013

Indonesian Festival 2013

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Looking for something to do on Saturday, June 15? Come check out the Indonesian Festival, hosted by the Indonesian Embassy. There will be lots of performances, food, crafts etc… Gamelan Semara Winangun will take the stage around 1:30pm.

When: Saturday June 15, 10-4pm
Where: Indonesian Embassay – 55 Parkdale Avenue
Cost: Free

Indonesian Festival 2013 Flyer

April 8, 2013

10th Anniversary Show — In the Home Stretch

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As mentioned in a previous post, Semara Winangun is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a group. As part of this celebration, we’re excited and delighted to present a program of music and dance this Saturday. We spent yesterday afternoon rehearsing with the dancers; it is clear to all of us that this will be a very special show. Hope you can come out to celebrate with us!

Update: We have friends now! To start the show, Linsey Wellman will be performing a piece for solo woodwind, and the Glebe Chamber Choir will be presenting a piece by R Murray Schaeffer, entitled “Gamelan”. Amazing!

Here are the details:

What: Semara Winangun’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
Where: First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa
When: Saturday April 13, 2013 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are 10$ in advance, and 15$ at the door (10$ at the door for students / seniors). Free admission for children under 10.

Tickets are available from gamelan members, from the Leading Note, or by emailing us at ottawagamelan@gmail.com.

Poster courtesy of Rob Bitschofsky.

10th Anniversary concert poster

10th Anniversary concert poster

March 3, 2013

10th Anniversary Show!

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When we first burst onto the Ottawa music scene, they said we’d never last. They said our instruments were too heavy, and our knowledge of Balinese music too rudimentary. Over ten years later, our instruments are still pretty heavy but we have learned a lot about Balinese music. We have had the pleasure of studying with Balinese Master musicians I Made Lasmawan and I Dewa Made Suparta, and many of us have visited Bali to take in the sights and sounds first-hand.

In addition to great teachers, we are very grateful to have the continuing support of the Indonesian Embassy here in Ottawa. They’ve given us a practice space, a place to store our instruments, and have provided us with countless opportunities to perform the music that we love.

It has been a wild ride so far! We’ve shared the stage with accomplished Balinese dancers (Eko Nurcahyo), far-out jazz bands (Rakestar), African drummers and dancers (Akpokli), rock stars (Matt Ouimet), accomplished world acts (Orchid Ensemble), choirs (Cantata Singers), and many many more amazing musicians. We even had the opportunity to score the soundtrack for a silent film! Thanks to everyone who has made the last ten years possible; this of course includes all the wonderful audiences that we’ve been privileged to play for.

Our tenth anniversary show is going to be wonderful. We are preparing a selection of our greatest hits, premiering some new tunes, and performing with some incredible Balinese dancers. Come on out — you won’t be disappointed!

Here are the details:

What: Semara Winangun’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
Where: First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa
When: Saturday April 13, 2013 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are 10$ in advance, and 15$ at the door (10$ at the door for students / seniors). Free admission for children under 10.

Tickets are available from gamelan members, from the Leading Note (starting March 7th), or by emailing us at ottawagamelan@gmail.com.

February 9, 2013

Cultural Appreciation and Performance Night – Malaysians @ Carleton

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On February 9th we took part in the 2nd Annual Cultural Appreciation and Performance Night, put on by the Malaysians @ Carleton Student Association. The audience was very appreciative during our set, and we also got to watch some wonderful Malaysian, Chinese, Filipino, and Indian performances. On top of all that, there was lots of awesome Malaysian food.! We hope that Malaysians @ Carleton will continue this event in future years — it is a great way to bring cultures together.

Pictures courtesy of Robert S. Vibert.

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