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Twilight in the Garden: Sonic Experience-Gamelan Dharma Swara

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Thursday night’s Twilight in the Garden Sonic Experience series invites visitors to explore outdoor music at Wave Hill in new and unexpected locations on the grounds. Each Thursday features an artist or group that is an adventurous pioneer in their fields and provides access to their work through education, sharing and experimentation.

Gamelan Dharma Swara have been described by The New York Times as “an ambitious and powerful ensemble who plays gamelan as a living language.” Now entering its thirtieth year, the 25-person ensemble will present an evening of works spanning centuries, exploring the many facets of the Balinese performing arts. Dedicated to the traditions of Balinese performing arts and committed to exploring new music, Gamelan Dharma Swara is carving out a compelling niche in New York City’s vibrant arts scene. Founded in 1989, Dharma Swara is one of the leading Balinese gamelan and dance ensembles in the United States, and has performed at renowned NYC music venues, including Le Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space, Joe’s Pub, Roulette Intermedium and BAM, as well as at such cultural institutions as MoMA and the Asia Society.

While remaining firmly dedicated to traditional art, Dharma Swara collaborates across genres and commissions new compositions for semara dana, striving to present work that dissolves the separation between audience and performer, local and foreign.


Check our Visit page for shuttle service. The Café will be open till 7:30PM. The Perkins Visitor Center and Shop close at 5:30PM. Grounds open till 8PM. Rain or Shine. In case of inclement weather, concerts move indoors. Twilight in the Garden event.

Free with admission to the grounds. Special evening admission to the grounds starts at 4PM. $12 general adult admission; $8 student and seniors 65+; $6 children ages six+.


Purchase admission online by 4PM day of event and save $2. Online registration opens May 28. (Sorry, no refunds or credits.) Free to Wave Hill Members and children under age six. No guest passes or reciprocal admission accepted.

Unwind and experience twilight in August. Twilight in the Garden Thursdays invite you to explore the garden through a customized nature program or experience the gardens through sound.

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