Gamelan in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Balinese gamelan performance.  Gamelan is an ensemble of musicians playing percussion instruments, including metallophones and hand drums.  Gamelan is traditional in Java, Bali and some other parts of Indonesia, and has been featured by groups as hip as Sonic Youth and Xiu Xiu.  Sounds like a Four Tet song, if you ask me.

A daily offering to ancestral spirits on the sidewalk in Bali.

A daily offering to ancestral spirits on the sidewalk in Bali.

Singing in Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia

I was taking an evening stroll around the streets of Tuk Tuk, on the shores of Lake Toba, Sumatra, when I came upon a group of eight or ten men with guitars.  They were happily singing local songs and drinking local palm wine, called tuak, which is a thick opaque alcoholic beverage that smells like rotten eggs (to me, anyway).  They were so engaged in their singing, I don't know if they ever noticed me.