Kecak: An Exploration of the Traditional Balinese Chant Form

Presented by Terry Dame and Electric Junkyard Gamelan.

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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