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Innovation from Bali: Dewa Alit at Western Front

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Sat Feb 9
Innovation from Bali:
Dewa Alit at Western Front

Composer Dewa Alit, internationally acclaimed for his brilliant, thoughtful innovations to the Gamelan tradition, showcases his works (including new compositions for Western instruments) at a special off-campus concert at Western Front featuring UBC Music students, alumni, and more.
Alit Simalakama * (World Premiere)
Alit Ameriki 
Balot Anomali 
Balot/Alit (arr.) Makilit (Drum duet based on traditional patterns)
Janu Perspektif

Dewa Alit Balinese drums | Balot Balinese drums & reyong | Dan Karrasch guitar 
Elisa Thorn harp | Paul Hung flute | Benjamin Hopkins piano | Sam Milner violin
Alexander Knopp violin | Nina Weber viola | Susie Yoo cello | Yefeng Yin bass
Aaron Graham & Adam Dopierala vibraphones | Justin Devries & Shawn Sekiya reyong  
8:00 pm, Western Front, 303 East 8th Ave, Vancouver (OFF-CAMPUS)
FREE admission

*Commissioned by UBC Music’s Rhythm Research Cluster

This event is producted by Western Front and UBC School of Music’s Rhythm Research Cluster with support from the University of British Columbia Research Excellence Clusters Initiative, Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, Canadian Heritage, Socan Foundation and City of Vancouver.

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Born to a family of artists in Pengosekan village in Bali, Dewa Ketut Alit was immersed in Balinese gamelan from early childhood. His father Dewa Nyoman Sura and his oldest brother Dewa Putu Berata were the most influential teachers in his life. He began performing at age 11, and by age 13 was playing ugal (leading instrument) in his village’s gamelan group. In 1998 he graduated from the Academy of Indonesian Performing Arts in Denpasar (STSI Denpasar)In 1997, he and his brothers founded Çudamani, which acquired renown locally and, through tours, internationally. Since 2000 Dewa Alit has been acknowledged as the leading composer of his generation in Bali. Since 2001, he has regularly taught internationally, including at UBC (2001-2004), and subsequently at MIT. He collaborates regularly with musicians and dancers from around the world. Seeking a wider path for expressing his approach to new music in gamelan, Dewa Alit founded his own gamelan group in 2007, Gamelan Salukat, performing on a new set of instruments of Alit’s own tuning and design. In 2014 Alit was chosen for a commission by Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt which resulted in his first orchestral work “Open My Door” (2015). This unique cross-cultural work using the media of Western classical music led to the commissioning of “Simalakama”, to be performed in Vancouver on February 9 2019.

Earlier Event: February 9
ChamberFest! Saturday Concert at UBC