ART HAPPY HOUR with the Black Hills Balinese Gamelan

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Art Happy Hour with the Black Hills Balinese Gamelan

Rod Garnett and members of the Black Hills Balinese Gamelan will be on hand to tell people about Balinese musical traditions and the new local ensemble, Raga Garnita (Joyful Heart). Tuesday Art Happy Hour participants will have a chance to play the instruments and learn about the essential community-centered aspects of music and art in Bali, Indonesia.

Jeffrey Winter and Darrell Harr will also share their experience of inventing the wrench gamelan instruments that will be displayed.

This is a FREE event presented by ArtCentral SpearfishRecommended for ages 15 and up. Younger children may attend but must be accompanied by an adult. *Some of these events will have wine and beer for sale. IDs will be checked. 

The workshop takes place in the ArtCentral RE:create makerspace in The Matthews’ art gallery.

Sign-up is preferred

Even though the workshop is free, sign-up would be preferred in order for the instructor to be prepared with the correct amount of materials and supplies. Either call the art gallery at 605.642.7973 ext.0 — OR email [email protected] to add your name to the class list. If emailing, be sure to provide a phone number. 

About Rod Garnett

Rodney Garnett is professor emeritus in the University of Wyoming, Department of Music, and has worked extensively as a freelance musician in orchestras, jazz and chamber music ensembles, folk music ensembles, and recording studios. He is a recipient of the 2003 Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award and the 2008 University of Wyoming Internationalization Award and was the 2007 University of Wyoming Presidential Speaker. He continues to be an active performer and teacher, utilizing many styles and forms of flutes.

Garnett completed the Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2014, focusing his dissertation work on the highly relational aspects of aural musical learning in the Republic of Moldova. He continues to collaborate with colleagues around the world to learn more about cultural improvisation and creativity among musicians in emergent social and material settings, and the embodiment of aesthetic responses in daily life.

He initiated the Black Hills Balinese Gamelan “Joyful Heart” in October 2017, along with a community of talented local musicians and collaborators.



Date and Time:


Tuesday, February 6, 2018


4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


612 Main Street
Spearfish, 57783 United States
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