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Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance

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Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance

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Jessk wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia5 contributions3 helpful votes
As a Music Teacher I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Mekar Bhuana. I did a private full day workshop which was informative and practical. The workshops also come with a copy of the study material. Vaughn was knowledgeable and very supportive. The workshop gave me the opportunity to try a range of instruments. I would recommend the workshops or lessons at Mekar Bhuana for Music teachers, students and anyone who wants to learn about Balinese music and culture.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Richard P wrote a review Jan 2020
Hong Kong, China1 contribution
This was a very special opportunity. We very strongly recommend the experience of learning about this rich art form in the company of such dedicated and welcoming people. Over the course of two weeks in Balu, this was unquestionably the highlight and it opened up our understanding of the culture in ways that enhanced the rest of our stay. Lovely people who welcome you into their own home to share their deep love for one of the world's most truly wonderful cultural traditions.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Gabriel R wrote a review Oct 2019
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Mekar Bhuana is great. I took four of the four-hour music workshops over a two-week period and learned a lot about Gamelan. Vaughn, who taught the historical portion of the workshop, is very knowledgable about the history of music in Bali and passionate about sharing it. Pur, who taught the practical portion, is a forward-thinking composer of Gamelan with deep roots in tradition, and a fantastic teacher. They are both are skilled on a wide variety of instruments, and they are both wonderful people with interesting musical minds. Highly recommend taking classes here and supporting this place. Their mission to preserve disappearing forms of Gamelan is an important one.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from MekarBhuana, Co-founder at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance
Responded Nov 10, 2019
It was a pleasure to meet and teach you at our centre. Thanks for the supportive words of our mission. We look forward to welcoming you to Mekar Bhuana again soon! Vaughan, Co-founder
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Paul Bennett wrote a review Oct 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania2 contributions2 helpful votes
We did a four-hour gamelan and legong (dance) workshop at Mekar Bhuana, and it was hands-down the best thing we did in Bali—and we had a lot of fun here doing other stuff too, like surfing, visiting Ubud, etc. But, this was a deep learning experience that was also super fun and engaging. We laughed and learned in equal measure. As other reviewers have noted, co-founders and husband-wife team Vaughn and Evie know their stuff. Vaughn is a New Zealander who has lived in Bali for 22 years and is an accomplished ethnomusicologist. He's followed in the wake of Colin McPhee (House in Bali) and recovered dozens of lost musical traditions and instruments, which he's been repatriating back into Balinese society. He leads the gamelan part of the program, along with Pur, a professional musician, which comprises a quick overview/lecture on the history of music in Bali, followed by lots of beguiling demonstration, and capped with some hands-on instruction. I did this with my kids, and we had a ton of fun. It sounded horrible, I'm sure. But, you learn a lot by coupling listening with doing. Lunch was a traditional Indonesia meal with yummy tofu, tempeh, chicken, and rice, capped by fresh mangos from the tree in the garden. In the afternoon, Evie took over. She is a professional dancer who's been at it since the age of four. She also gave a short presentation on the history of dance, an amazing demonstration, and a hands-on workshop. I was pretty proud of my legong talents; but my kids thought otherwise. In the end, this was amazing. In an over-touristed place like Bali where so much of the local culture has been packaged for quick, easy consumption, this workshop was a great change of pace. It was deep, immersive, and engaging. We came away with a much better understanding of Balinese culture and history. Highly recommend.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from MekarBhuana, Co-founder at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance
Responded Nov 10, 2019
Thank you for choosing to learn at our centre by taking a combination private family workshop with us. It was our pleasure to teach all of you. We are glad that you also enjoyed lunch and the general family, non-touristic atmosphere of our centre. We look forward to welcoming you back to Mekar Bhuana some day very soon! Vaughan, Co-founder
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Eivind R wrote a review Sep 2019
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I only had a couple of days to spend in Bali, but the two hours I got to spend with Vaughan and Pur for the Gamelan workshop was the best time I had there. The instrument collection is truly amazing, and the whole experience comes together nicely through Vaughan's presentation of their history and cultural context, as well as with his demonstration of them together with Pur. The second part of the workshop, where we could try the instruments ourselves was a mindful and fun experience. Thanks to Pur for great instructions and patience. I only had time for a 2 hour workshop, but would recommend 4 hours if you have the time. A must-do when visiting Bali!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from MekarBhuana, Co-founder at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance
Responded Nov 10, 2019
Thanks for your supportive comments and positive review about our two-hour private gamelan music workshop. We look forward to teaching you again someday when you return to Bali! Vaughan, Co-founder
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