In addition to bringing in guest artists whenever possible, Dr. Grimshaw travels to Bali to learn various types of repertoire for the ensemble to perform.

In 2012, Dr. Grimshaw traveled to the Mekar Bhuana Conservatory in Denpasar, Bali, where he learned pieces from two antique types of gamelan: the court style known as semar pegulingan and the ancient ceremonial selonding. He is shown here learning a semar pegulingan piece with Mekar Bhuana director Vaughn Hatch and Balinese teacher I Kadek Sumara (both on drums) and their group, and later joining Hatch’s family for a rehearsal of selonding, which Grimshaw studied with Pande Widiana.

Earlier trips to Bali have included study of the modern kebyar and semaradana styles with I Ketut Gede Asnawa, lessons in vocal kecak performance with Ida Bagus Mas of the national conservatory in Denpasar, and participation in the annual summer workshop offered by the world-renowned Çudamani ensemble.

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