Makrokosma Bali


Makrokosma Bali


Makrokosma Bali combines and contrasts the music, living culture, and ancient Hindu cosmology of Bali with modern conceptions of the universe, co-composed by I Made Arnawa (Bali) and Wayne Vitale (US). 

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Makrokosma Bali is performed by the twenty-five musicians of Sekaa Gong Taruna Mekar, the famed gamelan ensemble from Bali, under the direction of I Made Arnawa. This compact disc contains a selection of music from the fully staged work, premiered at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco on May 13-15, 2011, as part of the exhibition Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance – the most ambitious presentation of Balinese arts in US the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. The staged piece combined new music for gamelan orchestra with projected video and still imagery, ambient sounds, and lighting design in an integrated set, realized by a team of US-based visual, audio, and software artists. Conceived and directed by Wayne Vitale, Makrokosma Bali is an exploration of fundamental themes of Bali-Hindu philosophy and cosmology, contrasted with perspectives from outside of Bali. 

Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 recorded on February 8-9, 2011 in the Pura Dalem Munduk Sangkur temple of Tunjuk. 

Track 2 was recorded at the balé banjar of Tunjuk in July 2006. 

Recording, mastering, photos, and booklet text: Wayne Vitale.  Cover art: Eric Koziol

US-based multimedia team for staged piece: Allen Willner (lighting and stage designer), Eric Koziol (video designer), Ian Winters (video processing), Greg Kuhn (audio engineer)

Sincere thanks to Deborah Clearwaters and the staff of the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.

Makrokosma Bali is dedicated to Seka Gong Taruna Mekar and the people of Tunjuk, Bali.

©2011 Vital Records.