A Balinese shadow play is used to complete a religious ceremony and also for entertainment. It is accompanied by two or four instruments called gender wayang, which have ten bronze keys suspended over bamboo resonators. Each instrument plays an individual but complementary part so that the full melody is realized only if the two parts are played together. If four instruments are used, the second pair is tuned one octave higher than the first and the parts are simply doubled.
The Gamelan musicians playing the gender wayang respond to the direction of the Dalang, Shadow Master.
Performing this Saturday (June 25th) at St. Cyprian's Church in SF
Don't miss Larry Reed with live Wayang Gender musical accompaniment by Gamelan ensemble members
Carla Fabrizio, Paul Miller, Pete Steele and Sarah Willner.
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Wayang Bali photos of Larry performing with Gamelan ensemble in the early 70's.