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The School of Music’s gamelan ensemble will perform with visiting Balinese guest director I Nyoman Windha

BYU Panoramic Steel and Gamelan Bintang Wahyu — helmed by director Darren Bastian and founding director Jeremy Grimshaw respectively — will transport campus audiences beyond western percussion traditions for an evening of “Global Rhythm” on Nov. 23.

“This is the first time that we’ve performed in this format emphasizing the non-western percussion ensembles,” said Grimshaw. “One of the draws of this concert is that you can see everything that’s happening on stage and everything that you hear. This is kinetic, energetic music, and it spans the sensory spectrum.”

BYU Panoramic Steel will showcase traditional music from Trinidad and Tobago as well as jazz-influenced music by American composers, while the gamelan ensemble will perform with visiting Balinese guest director I Nyoman Windha — a dream collaboration for Grimshaw.

“I started the gamelan group in 2008, and it was my goal all along to eventually have a Balinese artist come in and really teach it to our students,” said Grimshaw. “It’s been a highlight of my career to have one of the most highly respected Balinese teachers and composers establish this ongoing relationship with the School of Music.”

Visit byuarts.com for tickets and show details.

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