One People Voice, based in Oakland, CA, is a hybrid processional
orchestra and chant ensemble. With roots in the Balinese baleganjur,
the troupe utilizes gongs and drums from Bali, which are interwoven
with other world and western instruments. One People Voice merges
voice, percussion, and other instrumentation, with theater and dance.
Musical references also include the Far East, Africa, eastern Europe
and the Americas.
Integral to One People Voice is the mythic theater, which incorporates
kecak [pronounced KETjak], also known as monkey chant. This very
physical theater draws from the traditions of Bali and from many other
cultures. Performances are magical, joyful, alive, and full of
To date One People Voice has taught and continues to teach chant workshops in Atlanta,GA; Black Rock City, NV; San Francisco, Sausalito, Oakland, Los Angeles, and Santa Cruz,CA; Ashland and Portland, OR, Seatlle, WA; Austin, TX; New York City; Amsterdam; Berlin and Schloss Brĝllin, Germany.
The Gamelan has performed in Atlanta, GA, 02,03. In 04: Austin, TX; Los Angeles, Oakland, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, CA; Ashland and Portland, OR; and Seattle, WA; Black Rock City, NV(02, 03, 04).
In addition, One People Voice has produced shows incorporating kecak into Western theatrical form:
Plutonium Pit, 7 Stages, June '02, Atlanta, GA.
Story Time, performed as part of the First Glance Festival, Atlanta GA, October '02,
and collaborated on the productions of the
Burning Man Opera: Atlantis '00, Ark of the Neriads '02, Opera Omphalos '03. Black Rock City, NV.
Grady Cousins is the artistic director and founder of One People Voice.
He has a BFA in Theater from California Institute of the Arts, having
studied under I Nyoman Wenten, world renowned Balinese master of dance
and music. He also trained in butoh with the Body Weather Laboratory
in Los Angeles, led by Oguri, a long time member of Min Tanaka and
Company. Since 1998 he has studied and performed under Anna Halprin,
the post-modern dance pioneer who integrates ritual and healing into
the intentions of dance. He has performed as a physical theatre
performer and singer songwriter throughout the US and Europe, and his
music appears on the self produced recording Frail Body, and on Test
Market #1, a CD for Daemon Records, a label created by Amy Ray of the