Bali: Beats of Paradise is an incredible and inspiring documentary directed by Livi Zheng. It’s based on educating and enlightening us around the Gamelan music genre with Indonesian composer Nyoman Wenten and the Grammy Award-winning artist, Judith Hill.
I recently had the opportunity of interviewing these 2 powerful ladies! Livi Zheng a Hollywood director from Indonesia who believes in the power of the medium to do more than simply explore her own creative vision; she believes in the power it has to affect the future. Judith Hill an American singer-songwriter from Los Angeles who has provided backing vocals for Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Josh Groban.
She grew up in Indonesia watching Hollywood movies and listening to American pop songs. Sometimes we take the basics for granted. She shared how the small town of Blitar where she comes from had NO movie theater and just recently one was opened! So to have a career in film, was not something you thought about. Impressive! Talk about pursuing your dreams!
Filmed mostly in Bali
Nyoman Wenten spent most of his life spreading the beauty and mystery of Balinese music and dance across America. This documentary was filmed mostly in Bali and expresses the essential features of Bali and the authenticity of its culture and Gamelan music. I particularly enjoyed learning about how Judith Hill and Nyoman worked together on mixing the Gamelan music with a modern touch. It was centered around the music video for their song, Queen of the Hill, a mix of Gamelan music and funk.
Take a peek at the trailer
Bali: Beats of Paradise premiered on November 7th in Beverly Hills at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theater. It also releases in New York and Los Angeles on November 16th. The intent of this documentary is to introduce the tradition and allure of Gamelan to those previously unfamiliar with its beauty.
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