NEA Grants

On Wednesday, May 6, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced that it will make a $55,000 award to the Center for World Music to implement world music and dance instruction in San Diego schools. The award was among 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million made by the NEA nationwide in this funding round.

The grant was the largest grant for arts education awarded in the San Diego area, and the third largest in California.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funding these new projects like the one from the Center for World Music represents an investment in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.”

For more, see our press release and the announcement from the NEA.

Bulgarian Dance

An article in an online fashion journal from Bulgaria, with eleven nice videos of Bulgarian folk dance and—most interesting—captions indicating the complex rhythms of each dance.

Bulgarian folklore dances are unique with their asymmetrical meters, combining “quick” and “slow” beats. . . . These dance rhythms may not agree with the rhythms and meters performed by the musicians.

Read more and view the videos at BGFashion.net.  Can you count the beats?

Java Gong Foundry

In a photo essay, the Jakarta Post reflects on the only remaining gong foundry in West Java . . .

At 89, Sukarna still has an ear for gong tones. He also still lends a hand at his workshop on Jalan Pancasan in Bogor, West Java. No one else can tune a gong like he can, it is said.

For six generations, his family has made gongs by hand at the factory, which has been in the same place for two centuries.

Sukarna has more than 50 years’ experience at the factory, the oldest — and now the only one left . . .

Read the full article at TheJakartaPost.com.

Cudamani

The Çudamani community in Pengosekan, Bali, is offering a three-week Summer Institute in Balinese gamelan and dance, July 7-26, 2015. The village of Pengosekan, a traditional center of the arts, is just south of Uhttp://bit.ly/1bEDoidbud, at the cultural heart of the island.

Share three weeks of intensive learning with musicians, dancers, students, scholars and people from around the world who LOVE the arts. You will gain a new understanding of the richness of Balinese arts and be inspired by the powerful commitment to community that is at the core of Bali’s beautiful culture.

Teachers include several of the most renown artists in Bali. The programs of Çudamani (pronounced Soo-dah-MAH-nee) are widely respected.

For more information visit cudamani.org.

Balkan Music and Dance Workshop

The East European Folklife Center is sponsoring two Balkan music and dance workshops this summer, one in Mendicino Woodlands, CA (June 27-July 4) and one in Iroquois Springs, NY (August 8-15).

Since 1977 the West Coast edition of the EEFC’s Balkan Music & Dance Workshop has been gathering amidst the towering redwoods of the Northern California coast. Each year we welcome new friends along with old, as musicians and dancers and those who love them come together with our extraordinary teaching staff for a memorable week.

Family-friendly; children welcome. Highly recommended!

See the EEFC’s website for details.