A Club Of Small Men

Little boys in Bali are called 'small men' and this is the story of a group of 'small men' who became a musical legend.

In the 1930s, the Canadian musician Colin McPhee became entranced by the traditional music of Bali: the gamelan.

He was moved by the music and the POVERTY that surrounded him to buy instruments for the children of the village where he lived and the boys went on to become famous for their playing all over Bali.

Maria Bakkalapulo revists the island to talk to the orginal Balinese child musicians, now in their 70s.

She also talks to minimalist composer Philip Glass about the profound effect McPhee's obsession with the gamelan has had on his own compositions.

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Little boys in Bali are called 'small men' and this is the story of a group of 'small men' who became a musical legend.

In the 1930s, the Canadian musician Colin McPhee became entranced by the traditional music of Bali: the gamelan.

He was moved by the music and the POVERTY that surrounded him to buy instruments for the children of the village where he lived and the boys went on to become famous for their playing all over Bali.

Maria Bakkalapulo revists the island to talk to the orginal Balinese child musicians, now in their 70s.

She also talks to minimalist composer Philip Glass about the profound effect McPhee's obsession with the gamelan has had on his own compositions.