Gamelan Bike Bike draws its musical inspiration from Bali, Indonesia and its raw materials from the scrap metal bins of Vancouver. Founded in 2012 as a community-based ensemble, the group’s instruments were created from various scrap metals, including over 100 discarded bicycle frames, that were transformed into tuned metallophones and gongs. The 10-member ensemble is dedicated to performing new music for gamelan, including recent compositions from guest composer I Putu Gede Sukaryana (Balot) from Bali. The ensemble has presented performances with the Western Front, Vancouver New Music, and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, and in 2017 released Hi-Ten, an album of original works with the Indonesia-based label Insitu Recordings. The ensemble is currently based at the Hadden Park Fieldhouse as part of the Publik Secrets fieldhouse residency with the Vancouver Park Board and regularly offers workshops and performances to the community.
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