Life after Work

Gamelan at the MIM

John already wrote about how much we love the newest museum in town, the Musical Instrument Museum, on his blog. Not only does this place feature great exhibits about instruments from all over the world, they also host concerts with live music from some very exotic places. Last night we went to see Gamelan Cudamani, a Balinese gamelan ensemble and enjoyed the music and dance performances so much that we bought tickets for tonight’s performance as well. The 20+ musicians are playing drums, gongs, and other percussion instruments in what on first listen may seem to some to be random tones but which come together to form intricate harmonies. Add to that dancers in rich costumes who displayed such grace and control they left us spellbound. We can only hope that the MIM will continue to bring such amazing performers to our (cultural) desert.

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