Director: Livi Zheng at the BALI: 'Beats of Paradise' premiere



Livi Zheng the director at the BALI: 'Beats of Paradise' premiere. Gamelan, Indonesian traditional music, has been used in the film Avatar, the TV show Star Trek as well as the Nintendo game Mario Bros. Nyoman Wenten is one of Bali's most accomplished and versatile dancers and musicians. For the past 40 years he has devoted his life to teaching others. He is also known for his creative East-West fusions. Wenten has composed musical works that include a unique fusion of gamelan music and Western elements, collaborating with artists such as David Rosenboom, Morton Subotnick, Sardono Kusumo, Vinny Golia, William Miranda and Larry Reed, among others. Wenten currently teaches in the department of Ethnomusicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and CalArts School of Music. Gamelan music has spread to 49 out of 50 states in the US, but is sadly shrinking in its homeland. Wenten wanted to leave something special behind before retiring to Bali so he set out to pay homage to the sacred yet fading tradition of Balinese music and dance.


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