By Elia Simantov, EBPP volunteer Music Programme Developer
30e Juin 2011: Vers la fin de l'année 2000, un peu plus de deux ans après David a commencé à travailler à atténuer l'extrême pauvreté et les conditions désastreuses dans les villages de montagne de Desa Ban dans l'Est de Bali, one of his visions was for the children who were now in the first 3 EBPP schools in Bunga, Cegi & Lisse, to learn music and eventually produce their own bamboo instruments, both to play and to sell as a community business. He then went to the Sukawati Art Market near Ubud and bought a bamboo flute, thinking of the possibilities that lay ahead for the recuperating villages of Ban, in the field of ecologically beneficial bamboo afforestation, and the different and most creative ways in which the bamboo can be used to benefit the communities. When he presented the flute to students and staff in Bunga hamlet, Fait à, one of the local staff members started to play it.
Flash forward to 2011 and our recent collaborations with Tambour usine, an Ubud based music instrument designing and manufacturing company and Made Kari is the first in Ban to start building musical instruments out of locally grown bamboo. Made, who loves to construct, build and/or repair things, says he’s very excited about the new possibility of making instruments in Ban.
Over the past few months the Tambour usine has donated instruments to our programme, and also sent staff members to conduct Djembe drumming workshops for our kids in the different villages. Since they are experts in the field of music instrument production and distribution we brought forward the idea that we can start to develop EBPP’s music instrument building programme in Ban, and possibly produce new instruments for the Tambour usine.
During a meeting a couple of months ago in Ubud, Ed Balma of Tambour usine gave us samples of instruments that are not currently manufactured by them, in order for us to start and see what our children and staff can produce in our village. In less than a week, Made Kari started to show us different prototypes of bamboo instruments that he is working on with EBPP senior students and graduates who have hence expressed their excitement and enthusiasm to learn how to make music instruments, and perhaps to have a job in this field in the future. We are certainly curious to see how things will unfold with this new development, and are extremely happy to see how yet another one of David’s dreams and aspirations for the village of Desa Ban is gradually coming true before our eyes!