Par Elia Simantov
After I arrived in Bali at the end of 2009, Je lis sur le projet East Bali pauvreté [EBPP] et le travail fantastique que David a fait là-bas, et a décidé de le contacter au sujet de la possibilité de faire du bénévolat avec eux. Comme je l'ai étudié la musique, Theatre and Film over the years, and finished my Masters Degree in arts less than two years ago, David suggested that I work with them in these areas.
My first meeting with the kids up at the Cegi School in February 2010 was fascinating. After a short introduction and the initial amusement of the children, from having another western-looking person around (especially one with a bald head…), I asked them, with the help of a local teacher who did his best at translating, who can play something for us on the guitar. One of the students picked up an old and beat-up guitar, which was heavily out of tune, and played for us a lovely song that he wrote in Balinese. After him, another student played a popular Indonesian rock song that he had learned. I complimented them on their performance, and asked them if they know how to read musique. The simple answer was “no!”
With the intention of giving the students the option to learn tools that can aid them in becoming professional musicians, I began going up to Desa Ban on a regular basis in order to teach music. A considerable amount of time was given to teaching the future teachers – the individuals who in the future will be able to pass their acquired musical knowledge to younger kids in the different villages in Ban.
With the help of David and some of EBPP’s generous donors we bought a new classical guitar, tuners, and a digital synthesizer-keyboard. The excitement was high I as started to teach the new students, step by step, some fundamentals of music theory. With just a small number of lessons behind us, we have progressed from gaining a basic understanding of the structure of the keyboard, through learning simple scales and chords, to the more advanced task of analyzing the theory behind the chords that they play on the guitar.
L'un des développements les plus récents dans notre programme de musique est l'amitié et de coopération qui a été forgée entre nous et le Un dollar pour la musique fondation. Comme nous avons été présentés à leur travail par notre ami de longue date et conseiller Denise Abe, nous avons proposé à Raoul Wijfells, le fondateur de Un dollar pour la musique [OFDM], que nous unissons nos forces afin d'amener les enfants de Desa Ban davantage de possibilités d'expérimenter et d'apprendre sur la musique. Nous avons été heureux de constater que Raoul a partagé notre enthousiasme, et en seulement quelques semaines, le premier “délégation” de jeunes musiciens sont venus avec moi pour faire un atelier à l'École Pengalusan à Ban.
Sur le chemin du village, je pouvais sentir l'excitation que Hideki, Wira et Vendi avaient d'aller jusqu'à enseigner à un endroit comme Ban. Hideki m'a dit que c'est certainement l'endroit le plus éloigné jamais ils préformées un atelier à, tandis que Wira et Vendi a commenté sur la route longue et sinueuse que nous voyagions, monter et descendre sur les pentes du mont Agung. Ils ont été surpris d'apprendre que, relativement parlant, ceci est une voie d'accès très facile en comparaison avec les chemins de montagne difficiles et cahoteuses, conduisant à certaines de nos écoles à Ban, comme ceux dans les hameaux de Darmaji ou Manikaji.
Comme nous approchions le hameau de Pengalusan, un nuage de brume englouti la région environnante et tout à fait différente a été ressenti dans l'air quelque chose, comme si quelque chose de complètement nouveau pour ce lieu attendait de se dérouler. We all sat together in the cozy classroom and after a short introduction our trio of instructors started the workshop by performing a song for us. Everyone froze as Vendi’s warm and soulful voice spread around the school area, together with Hideki’s guitar playing and Wira’s percussion accompaniment on the cajón. As the performance progressed I began to notice that some adults and many kids from around the school area were gathering around the classroom, looking in through the windows or just standing at the doorway. This is a moment that I simply will never forget. It was then that I realized that for most of them this was the first live performance of modern music that they ever witnessed. I looked at Vendi and while he was singing I could notice that he is moved profoundly by what is happening. If a part of the workshop’s intent was to get the kids up at Pengalusan interested in music and in their own musicality, I knew then and there that it will be achieved with ease. After they finished playing the song, Hideki said a few words of introduction, and then Vendi began talking about vocal technique that may help the students improve their musical abilities. When he concluded his session, Hideki gave an important introductory lesson on the guitar. As we were driving back down from Pengalusan towards our Ban office I asked Vendi about how he felt when he saw what is happening while he was singing. He replied that he was very surprise and overwhelmed…
Needless to say that we are all very excited and filled with enthusiasm towards the new possibilities that the cooperating between us and the Un dollar pour la musique foundation entails. It is yet another step in the East Bali Poverty Project’s program to give the children of Desa Ban new opportunities to help themselves, while getting in touch with their more artistic side, and accessing the creativity within them.