UM World Rhythms Concert to Feature International Beats

April 27, 2016

MISSOULA – Jazz and drum ensembles will hit the stage with beats from around the world during the University of Montana’s annual World Rhythms Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in the Dennison Theatre on campus.

The concert will kick off with hot samba music from UM’s Brazilian Ensemble, followed by Latin-jazz pieces from the Salsa Band. The West African Drum Ensemble and the Afro-Cuban Drum Group also will perform traditional percussion pieces.

The centerpiece for the concert will be the UM Jaya Budaya Balinese Gamelan, featuring performances by I Made Lasmawan, master drummer, and Ni Ketut Marni, master dancer, from Bali, Indonesia. The group will perform several traditional Balinese instrumental and dance pieces, along with the Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre.

The 10 members of the gamelan will later study abroad on a trip from May 26 to June 16 to the central mountain village of Bangah in Bali and stay with the Lasmawan family. While in Bali, they will study gamelan and learn about music and culture throughout the country.

Tickets for the concert cost $5 for students, $6 for seniors and $11 for general admission.

For more information on the event, call Robert LedBetter, director of percussion studies at the UM School of Music, at 406-243-4819 or email


Contact: Robert LedBetter, director of percussion studies, UM School of Music, 406-243-4819,