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Performance - Bali
Musita Rubli singing group

Sunday, March 25, 2018, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Tony Raka Art Gallery
JI.Raya Mas No. 86 Mas, Ubud
Bali, Indonesia

Musita Rubli singing group of the Bangli Jail in Bali makes its first professional public performance in a landmark event for both the prisoners and prison.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Musita Rubli singing group of the Bangli Jail in Bali
Musita Rubli singing group of the Bangli Jail in Bali has been granted unusual permission to perform for this very special public program. Marking the group's first professional public performance, it will be a landmark event for both the prisoners and prison.

Fashioned from weekly musical gatherings that mirror the Indonesian tradition of coming together for recreational singing, the event features Batak music, a North Sumatran traditional style. The use of rounds and vocal harmonies creates a wave-like islander melody in which the catchy, upbeat tempo is an undeniable a celebration of life and what is possible through the use of the singers’ own bodies. Additional highlights are dangdut (Indonesian traditional songs) and interpretations of local indie music anthems.




The Musita Rubli singing group of the Bangli Jail in Bali, Indonesia was formed in 2018, and is comprised of interchangeable prisoners, whether or not they have prior music exposure or training. All share a love for music and the group meets three times a week to practice playing traditional Indonesian folk songs (dangdut) by ear. The choir also enjoys Batak music of the North Sumatran area, and has developed an interest in vocal harmonies.

apexart’s program supporters past and present include The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Buhl Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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