Bali: Beats of Paradise spotlights pioneering Indonesian composer, Nyoman Wenten, who spent most of his life spreading the beauty and mystery of Balinese music and dance across America.
Shot mostly on location in Bali by director-producer Livi Zheng, the film celebrates the brilliant scenery of the island as well as the authenticity of Balinese culture and Gamelan music. Known as the music of Indonesia, Gamelan (pronounced Gah-Meh-Lahn) typically uses bronze, iron, bamboo or wooden bars, as well as bronze and iron gongs, gong chimes, cymbals, bells, and two-headed drums to create a unique shimmering sound.
After 40 years of teaching and performing Gamelan throughout the world, Nyoman Wenten wanted to leave something special behind before retiring to Bali. Coincidentally, Grammy Award-winning singer Judith Hill was looking for a distinctive sound for a new piece of music she was composing.
As Hill and Wenten worked in the studio on “Queen of the Hill,” a song blending funk and Gamelan music, they wanted to take their collaboration one step further – a music video. As with the fusion of two musical styles, Hill and Wenten wanted the stark background of the desert with the beautifully colored traditional Balinese costumes. Shot in Southern California’s Joshua Tree Desert, the music video is a kaleidoscope of funk and traditional Balinese dance and costumes showcasing Hill’s ethereal vocals.
During the making of the film, Zheng was granted access to private ceremonies and religious events never-before-captured on film in stunning full-resolution color. In addition, the musical performances were recorded with state of the art audio equipment, providing an immersive experience like no other.
Opens November 16th in the following theaters:
Directed and Produced By Livi Zheng
Executive Producers Julia Gouw Ambassador Umar Hadi
Associate Producer Ken Zheng
Director of Photography Jeff Caroli
Cast Nyoman Wenten Judith Hill Nanik Wenten Evan Ziporyn Jody Diamond
Production Company Sun and Moon Films