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Gamelan Sekar Jaya and Gamelan X 

When: Sun., Aug. 21, 8 p.m. 2011
Price: $10, $12

Sixty-member collective Gamelan Sekar Jaya is one of the premier groups playing classical folk music of Bali. It appears in a number of different configurations, depending on the venue. The one appearing at Ashkenaz this week features the band's Bamboo Jegog, an orchestra of tuned bamboo marimbas that produce a forceful, primal sound. As any listener can attest, the powerful, rumbling notes of bass jegog register in the body as well as the head, and the effect is downright psychedelic. Similarly-themed opener Gamelan X uses the music of Bali as a foundation for improvisational flights that incorporate influences from Balkan wedding music, as well as African, American, and Indian grooves. At Ashkenaz (1317 San Pablo, Berkeley) on Sunday, Aug. 21. 8 p.m., $10, $12. Ashkenaz.com

— j. poet

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