ONE PEOPLE VOICE
We have been performing the bale ganjur (Marching Gamelan) and
teaching monkey chant to young people and adults for the last three
years throughout North America and Europe. The roots of both these
disciplines come from Bali, one of the smaller Islands in Indonesia.
Monkey chant, or kecak, is a highly dynamic, rhythmically-
interlocking, ritualized chant Way-of-Being. Our Chant includes
vocal/rhythmic elements and drum language ranging from 'human
beat box' to various world music traditions and experimental
In our incarnation of the bale ganjur, we have a parade orchestra of
gongs and drums, hybridized with other world and Western
instruments. Our 'mythic' or 'neo-traditional' theatre is a very physical
form of drama and dance that draws from traditional theatre of Bali
and includes new mythic characters developed with intention to
communicate viscerally with audiences everywhere. All characters and
movement are supported by and interact with the music of the
gamelan and kecak, which is at turns magical, joyful, and wild.
Into this traditional Balinese rhythmic texture we may also bring
elements of Western and African origin, creating a synthesis which alternates
between mystical, chaotic, playful, and sublime.