Gong Kebyar

Gamelan gong kebyar is a style or genre of Balinese gamelan music. Kebyar means "the process of flowering", and refers to the explosive changes in tempo and dynamics characteristic of the style. It is the most popular form of gamelan in Bali, and its best known musical export

Gong Kebyar was estimated born in 1915, on the Bungkulan village, north Bali. this statement is based on information from artists and Karawitan master Bali. Many peoples believe that I Gusti Nyoman Panji was the first person who became the creator of Gong Kebyar. Gamelan Gong Kebyar was first documented to exist in North Bali in the early 1900s. The first public performance was in December 1915 at a gamelan gong competition in Jagaraga, North Bali.

Ten years later, I Mario of Tabanan is said to have created kebyar dance to accompany the music. Gong kebyar music is based on a five-tone scale called pelog selisir (tones 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 of the 7-tone pelog scale), and is characterized by brilliant sounds, syncopations, sudden and gradual changes in sound colour, dynamics, tempo and articulation, and complex, complementary interlocking melodic and rhythmic patterns called kotekan.


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