The famous dancer, Mario from Tabananan, caused a sensation throughout Bali with this piece (and Kebyar Duduk), which he created in the 1920s. The dance incorporates the use of the instrument called teropong.
Kebyar, which means “the process of flowering”, is one of the most popular genres of Balinese Gamelan music characterized by the synchronization of sudden and gradual transformations in the dynamics, tempo and melody.
The instruments offer a wide range of pitches and timbres, from a smooth, resonating gong at the low end to piercing shrieks at the high end, spanning five octaves. Kebyar also involves complementary melodic and rhythmic patterns interwoven together known as kotekan.