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Friday, July 16, 2004


Balinese musical relic revived

A gamelan group from Bali, Indonesia, will perform a concert using rare instruments from the island next month in Tokyo.

Gamelan musicians usually use bronze instruments, but Suar Agung "Jegog" will use 14 kinds of instruments made from bamboo grown in the western Bali county of Negara. The bamboo was sent to Yamagata Prefecture, where it was reassembled into instruments.

The group uses a xylophone-like instrument called a jegog. One of its resonating pipes is 3 meters long and 18 cm in diameter. By using bamboo keys of various lengths in combination with the pipes, the jegog can produce both tinkling high-pitched sounds and booming low-pitched notes.

The jegog was completely forgotten at one point, and by the 1950s it was known only by name. However, on the basis of an instrument in a Dutch museum, the jegog was later restored.

On Aug. 6 at Suntory Hall, the 32-member group will split into two ensembles, each equipped with its own set of the 14 instruments, to play a show in unison. But the instrument sets of each group will be slightly out of tune with each other, producing a peculiar and continuous resonance.

The performance will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are 6,000 yen, 5,000 yen and 4,000 yen. To reserve, call 0570-02-9999 or (03) 5280-9996 or see eee.eplus.co.jp/

No admittance for preschoolers.

Suntory Hall is a 10-minute walk from Exit 13 of Tameike Sanno Station on the Ginza Line.

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