Gamelan Merdu Kumala, Live Scoring of “The Adventures of Prince Achmed”

The valleys’ premier Balinese gamelan ensemble, Gamelan Merdu Kumala, will perform a live scoring for the 1926’s silent film “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” by Lotte Reiniger. Its newly arranged score incorporates traditional Balinese pieces as well as the original compositions by the ensemble. The film will be accompanied live on a set of the custom 7-tone gamelan, Saih Pitu Alit, as well as on a rare flute ensemble called Gamelan Gambuh.

Sunday, March 26, 2023, 7 p.m.
Drinkward Recital Hall

A group of 14 musicians sits on a stage outdoors for the camera. They are either next to their instruments or holding them.
Members of Gamelan Merdu Kumala. Photo courtesy of the Gamelan.

Gamelan Merdu Kumala is an American gamelan, a community, and a grassroots organization based in Tujunga, California. Founded in 2014 by the artistic director, Hirotaka Inuzuka, this independent ensemble provides classes, workshops, and performances in order to bring musical fulfillment to individuals and transfigure that energy outward to communities to create greater shared experiences and unity. In April 2022, GMK was invited to Denver, Colorado to participate at Rocky Mountain Balinese Gamelan Festival and performed new and traditional works for Gamelan Gambuh.

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The concert series is open to the public. All audience members are required to give health attestation before entering the venue and wear a mask at all times regardless of vaccination status. The Covid-19 guidelines will be updated as new information becomes available.

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