Thursday, February 4, 2010

Kecak: Indonesian Monkey Chant

Join us this Wednesday across from the Farmer's Market for kecak, or Indonesian Monkey Chant

Indonesian Monkey Chant
Across from Farmer's Market
Wednesdays 4pm

Kecak is a form of Balinese music drama, also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant.  The vocal music is performed by a circle of as many as 100s of performers, percussively chanting "cak" in interlocking patterns and rhythmically throwing up their arms.  Other elements include a vocal gong cycle and a time keeper. 

Traditionally, it depicted a battle from the Ramayana where the monkey-like Vanara helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana.

Here's a kecak scene from the film Baraka:


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