Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Summer Shenanigans

Yes indeed, it has been a while since I've updated anything here. A very long while indeed! Summer is indeed well and truly over here now in London, with the weather dipping to 15 deg C for most of the day. Not that I'm complaining -- the severe heatwave over the summer was a stark reminder as to how invaluable air conditioning can be!

Anyhow, summer saw Sezenyum in Southeast Asia over five weeks for an amazing residency at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore as well as workshop projects around KL and finally some intensive Balinese gamelan training in Flower Mountain, Payangan. It's been a wonderful experience so far, to say the least -- going back to Singapore has also made me realize how much I actually do miss home, and how I actually do want to end up there, eventually. The workshops in KL were a great success, and the participants of every single workshop were far more responsive and creative than we could have hoped for.

Having said that, I've stitched together a short video showcasing what we experienced, with scenes mostly from our one-week stay in Bali. Indeed, this particular trip to Bali has been nothing like my previous trips. Watching Pak Sumandi do his amazing wayang kulit show, visiting Meili's temple for it's anniversary ceremonies and celebrations, being part of the cremation ceremony in Kedawatan, having lunch on the rim of Gunung Batur overlooking the volcano, watching a gambu performance staged for our private viewing pleasure -- I could go on and on. It's been unforgettable, to say the least!