1999-2000 Preservation of three Pacung Village, Gianyar style gender wayang instrumental pieces. This music was taught to musicians outside of Pacung to encourage Balinese to appreciate other styles.
2002-2003 – Engaged pelegongan maestro I Wayan Kelo from Br Pande Mas, Kuta to teach rare and unrecorded pelegongan repertoire to our pelegongan group. Our pelegongan group learnt and recorded three pieces which had never been recorded before. One of these pieces, Bopong, we have just released (May 2009) on our first audio CD.
2004 – In order to increase the popularity of traditional gamelan in Sanur, founders taught gender wayang to a group of Balinese children on a volunteer basis.
2004-2005 – Conducted preservation project to preserve Singgi, Sanur style of pelegongan music. Engaged senior guru to teach pelegongan group five rare instrumental pieces.
2007 – pelegongan group presented a three-month production entitled ‘Classical Court Performances’ at Mercure Hotel in Sanur. Included explanation of the history of the rare music and dance, and also about the gamelan instruments and the dance costumes.
2008 – Gender wayang group invited to perform at the first world music festival in China, as part of Shanghai Expo 2010. This unique performance opportunity encouraged more of our musicians to learn more rare repertoire from Teges Kanginan Village in Peliatan, Ubud. Preserved and conserved seven rare pieces from this ancient repertoire.
2009 – Semara pagulingan group invited to perform at A Tapestry of Sacred Music festival at the Esplanade in Singapore. The group presented five performances of rare seven-tone semara pagulingan repertoire (from Banjar Pagan Kelod, Denpasar, Kamasan, Klungkung and Gianyar) and pelegongan repertoire (from Teges Kanginan, Ubud and Banjar Tegal, Kuta). Vaughan Hatch presented a talk and demonstration on this rare music and the ensembles during the festival. Released an audio CD of 7 semara pagulingan 2 pelegongan pieces.
2009 (August) – Reconstruction of Kuta style of Legong Jobog with originally interlocking patterns. Performed at Kartika Hotel in Kuta for the 2010 International Coastguard Conference, then again at the 2010 Bali Arts Festival.
2009 (September-October) – Reconstruction of 1928 recording of a semar pegulingan piece called ‘Ginanti’, Banjar Titih, Denpasar style. Performed at Maha Bandana Prasadha event in Denpasar on October 8.
2010 (July-December) – Singgi pelegongan project. We have engaged guru I Wayan Mandra to teach our pelegongan group rare pelegongan and bebarongan repertoire as well as the Singgi style of Sandaran.
2010 (July-August) – Part reconstruction of previously extinct semar pegulingan saih pitu piece Sumambang Jawa, Pagan Kelod style. We performed this accompanying dance (Putri & Condong) for the first time in many decades at Oberoi Hotel on August 17.
2010 (September-November) – Part reconstruction of the extinct Pagan Kelod style of Perong Subandar in preparation for a performance at the Asian Games Concert Series in Guangzhou, China in November 2010.
2011 (January) – Commercial documentation of three extinct semara pagulingan pieces: Perong Subandar (Pagan Kelod style), Sumambang Jawa (Pagan Kelod style) and Ginanti (Titih style).
2012 (January) – Documentation of Yayasan Selonding Bali’s reconstruction of extinct selonding pieces from several different villages in Bangli and Karangasem.
2013 (January-February) – Complete reconstruction of the Pagan Kelod style of Sumambang Jawa and Perong Subandar. We performed these pieces for the first time for wedding ceremonies and temple ceremonies in Denpasar and Sanur, then at the Bali Arts Festival in July 201.
2013 (June) – Documentation and performance of rare semara pagulingan piece from Gerenceng Palace in Denpasar called Sinom Kelanguan.
2013 (April-July) – Reconstruction of extinct semara pagulingan piece, Brahmara, for our Semara Pagulingan performance at the Bali Arts Festival. We learnt this piece from the last person alive who remembers it in the Denpasar style: I Wayan Gunastra from Kaliungu Kelod.
2014 (January-February) – Reconstruction of extinct semara pagulingan piece, Suduk Maru, that is remembered only in part by I Wayan Gunastra from Kaliungu Kelod. We hope to find any possible historic recording on notation of this piece. Please contact us if anyone out there knows of any archival documentation.
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