A Trip to Bali: Beats of Paradise
I’ve never been to Bali. When I hear Bali mentioned, or when people talk about going to Bali for travel, I always picture it as relaxing and beachy getaway. Even though that may be true, I have also discovered a really wonderful and interesting aspect of Bali, and Balinese culture. When you pair two of my favorite things: travel and documentaries, I automatically become very interested in the subject matter, no matter how much or how little I may know about the subject.
This is certainly the case with the music documentary Bali: Beats of Paradise, which features Grammy Award Winning Artist Judith Hill (20 Feet From Stardom) & Indonesian composer Nyoman Wenten, shining a light on Gamelan music.
You may or may not be familiar with Gamelan, the Indonesian traditional music by name alone, but you are probably familiar with some of it’s inclusion in popular culture. Gamelan music has been used in the film Avatar, the TV show Star Trek, and a Nintendo’s Mario Brothers. 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. 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.
Bali: Beats of Paradise is directed by critically-acclaimed director and producer Livi Zheng, and features singer Judith Hill from NBC’s The Voice & Michael Jackson’s This Is It.
The world premiere of Bali: Beats of Paradise will be at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, CA on Wednesday, November 7 and will subsequently open in theaters in Los Angeles and New York on November 16, followed by one night only screening events in select cities across the country.
This is a sponsored blog post, but all opinions are my own.
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