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Uploaded on Feb 1, 2012

Recorded in Ubud, Bali, Oct. 26, 2011, at Banjar Ubud Kelod just south of the soccer field on Monkey Forest Road. This is an important place to know about because it's the only temple I know of in Ubud that has gamelan/dance performances under a roof. So if it's raining this becomes the only show in town. The evening of performances we attended included one of best-executed welcome dances I've seen. The excerpt here is from a Legong dance I believe.
I also liked the Barong dance because they used a boars head Barong, and had a really good monkey dancer with it. The music takes getting used to for Westerners because it's pentatonic-five notes to the octave instead of eight--and it sounds like it doesn't have a beginning, middle & end, because the Balinese believe the music comes from the gods and goes on all the time; the gamelan orchestra is kind of like a radio that tunes it in when it starts; so the music doesn't end when the gamelan stops.
It also shows how collaborative Balinese culture is--the players must coordinate their playing as tightly as a symphony orchestra does, and every village has a gamelan.
This long evening concert cost about $8US by the way. We stayed a short distance away at the Cendana three star resort for under $60 a night. You get tremendous bang for the buck there.

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