Terry Dame and Electric Junkyard Gamelan

Terry Dame and Electric Junkyard Gamelan is the brainchild of composer and instrument builder Terry Dame. Performing her original groove-driven music on self-invented instruments, this unique band has a distinct voice that is at once both old and new. Originally inspired by the interlocking rhythms of traditional Gamelan music from Bali, today the group's sound is a fusion of influences ranging from eastern modal music to funk, klezmer to hip-hop. They perform on Dame's innovative instruments including the Rubarp and Big Barp (electric rubber band harps), the Kachapitar (an electric zither/sitar combo), the Terraphone (copper pipe horn), the Clayrimba (a three octave tuned clay pot "marimba") and an arsenal of percussion instruments fashioned from old farm equipment, turntable platters, kitchen ware, saw blades, and truck springs. The result is a super-original sound with hypnotizing modal melodies, syncopated strings, funky bass lines and layers of dance-able interlocking rhythms. EJG performs nationwide at venues ranging from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City to elementary schools in Iowa, music festivals, arts centers large and small, underground raves and even a wedding. Featuring musicians Terry Dame, Mary Feaster, Lee Frisari and Julian Hintz.

Kecak: An Exploration of the Traditional Balinese Chant Form

Terry Dame and members Electric Junkyard Gamelan will lead a workshop exploring the traditional Balinese vocal chant form known as Kecak. Historically a ritual form, Kecak was used to accompany a trance dance where the vocal chorus accompanied the dancer in order to remain in trance. Today, Kecak is also performed as a secular dramatic art form, telling the story of the Ramayana one of the Hindu classics. In Kecak the syllable "cak" is chanted in offset rhythmic patterns to create an ecstatic interlocking rhythmic chant. Some rhythmic experience is helpful, but not necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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