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Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance

Jln. Gandapura No. 501x | Kesiman-Kertalangu, Denpasar 80237, Indonesia
+62 361 4701258
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Perfect – both informative and relaxed

I strongly recommend Mekar Bhuana if you are interested in gamelan music. My girlfriend and I... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2018
urpmusic
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Simply fantastic

I had the pleasure of enjoying just a single 2 hour lesson but in that short space of time learned... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2017
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These classes and workshops are for those people who are seriously interested in learning about the beauty and history of these unique traditional art-forms. Visitors can visit this living museum of antique instruments, take lessons, see orchestral rehearsals and catch performances of rare performing art-forms, some of them previously extinct and the results of the centers reconstruction and documentation projects. A family founded center, Mekar Bhuana's vision is to support traditional Balinese gamelan music and dance that is rarely seen or heard. Mekar Bhuana achieve this by working with the Balinese, researching, studying, documenting and reconstructing. Then we educate people, particularly the younger generation, to encourage awareness about the beauty of these endangered art-forms. Mekar Bhuana also formed an online store mekarbhuana and proceeds go to gamelan and dance projects and activities.
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Jln. Gandapura No. 501x | Kesiman-Kertalangu, Denpasar 80237, Indonesia
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

I strongly recommend Mekar Bhuana if you are interested in gamelan music. My girlfriend and I are formally trained, professional musicians from the U.S. who scheduled a visit to Mekar Bhuana when our work brought us to Indonesia. We studied gamelan music for 4 hours...More

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Reviewed 4 December 2017

I had the pleasure of enjoying just a single 2 hour lesson but in that short space of time learned a phenomenal amount, and got a great insight into how the institute works. The vision is spot on, the lessons are rigorous and insightful and...More

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MekarBhuana, Co-founder at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

It was a pleasure having you study at Mekar Bhuana. Even though this was your first experience of Balinese gamelan music, you learnt the gangsa semara patangian (pelegongan) super quick and could even do the dampening and interlocking patterns with your instructor within just two...More

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Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

I had the pleasure of studying here for just over one week receiving private lessons from Pur their head gamelan teacher. The quality of the tuition was excellent. Everything from the insight shared about the gamelan tradition to constantly tailoring the content of the lessons...More

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MekarBhuana, Founder at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2017

Thanks for your extremely positive review of our package gamelan lessons and also our head gamelan instructor. It was a pleasure to teach and get to know you during the week you studied pelegongan gangsa with us. We are glad that we gave you such...More

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Reviewed 22 August 2017

I was very fortunate to be able to meet Vaughan and Evie and be able to experience a very concise and informative presentation about Gamelan music and their history in Bali as well as have a lesson! Warm and gracious, the hosts we nothing short...More

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MekarBhuana, Co-founders at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Thank you for your extremely positive review. We're glad you were so inspired by our selonding gamelan workshop. This rare ancient music has a profound effect on the senses, doesn't it? We're also happy to hear that you enjoyed the food we prepared for the...More

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Reviewed 21 August 2017

We brought a group of 7 people to experience an authentic Bali musical experience - it exceeded everyone's expectations! Vaughan and Evie are amazing teachers and hosts. We all got to play the Gamelan instruments and heard fascinating stories about the music culture. Great homemade...More

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MekarBhuana, Co-founders at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review and we choosing Mekar Bhuana as a place for your group to experience Balinese gamelan music. We were very happy to share Balinese music and all the fascinating stories surrounding it with you all. It was a pleasure teaching...More

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Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

My mother and I had a short private lesson with Evie, and she was absolutely wonderful. Even in a short lesson we were able to learn a lot, and the dress up afterwards was also fantastic. I would highly recommend you visit Mekar Bhuana and...More

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MekarBhuana, Owner at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2017

Thanks for studying Balinese dance with us! It's something that more and more people are choosing to do with family members to complete their Bali experience. The dress-up session indeed adds another dimension again where you get to feel what it is like to be...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2017

We spent the day at Mekah Bhuana learning how to play and the history of Balinese music. A great day and a fabulous experience after seeing Gamelan ensembles as part of our Balinese trip during our stay on the island. As a music educator, this...More

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MekarBhuana, Owner at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2017

We're happy when our students are happy! Indeed music educators benefit a lot from taking a full-day private workshop with us, because the one-hour explanation and demonstration session gives people the freedom to ask as many questions as they want. We also hope that the...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

I did a 2 hour private class at Mekar Bhuana and it was a fantastic experience. The team there had an incredible depth of knowledge and talent when it comes to Gamelan music. I got to know so much in a very short time and...More

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MekarBhuana, Owner at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2017

We're really glad that you chose our centre as a place to have your first experience learning Balinese gamelan music. As we craft a private workshop based on the students specific needs, each experience is different - this is why, while we indeed teach many...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Our time at Mekar Bhuana was a major highlight of our trip to Bali. If you're interested at all in music in general or gamelan in particular, this is a great way to spend all or part of a day in Denpasar. We are (amateur)...More

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MekarBhuana, Owner at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2017

We're totally thrilled that you both enjoyed studying with us! Thank you for the positive feedback about the value of the experience, as well as the professionalism of our instructor. Indeed, it is a bonus for students knowing that part of the costs of tuition...More

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Reviewed 29 December 2016

As with most forms of music, it is hard to appreciate an instrument until you have tried it. Gamelan music does not just involve banging away on pieces of metal or wood - it is certainly not as easy as it looks. I have played...More

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MekarBhuana, Owner at Mekar Bhuana Gamelan Music and Dance, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2017

We most appreciate your very comprehensive review, and from the whole team here at Mekar Bhuana would like to say a big "matur suksma" ('thank you' in Balinese) for letting others know about what we have to offer. Impressions such as yours help us grow...More

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Traveller45544554
18 December 2016|
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Response from MekarBhuana | Property representative |
Hi Amanda Thanks for contacting Mekar Bhuana. Yes, we do offer suling lessons as well as private workshops (more indepth with explanations and demonstrations by an ethnomusicologist and a demonstrator). Please send us... More
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30 August 2016|
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Response from MekarBhuana | Property representative |
Hi Sorry we only just saw your inquiry. We don't teach ocarina at Mekar Bhuna, but we do teach many Balinese gamelan instruments from the archaic and court periods in Bali. In fact, you can even experience learning on... More
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Jason L
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Response from MekarBhuana | Property representative |
Thanks for getting in touch. For our price lists, please contact us via Mekar Bhuana's website. You can find our site by Googling 'Mekar Bhuana'. Regards Putu Evie, Mekar Bhuana
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