Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Guest Artists in Residence

January 2018 - June 2018

I Dewa Putu Berata is a musician, composer, dancer, and visual artist from Pengosekan, Bali, Indonesia. Known for his vibrant leadership both onstage and off, Pak Dewa's charisma is internationally renowned, as is his ability to infuse music and performance with an infectiously joyful spirit. Pak Dewa is a noted figure in the Balinese performing arts world, respected both for his deep understanding of traditional performing arts as well as his innovative creativity. As a composer, Pak Dewa is known for his strong roots in tradition, as well as his ability to cross borders of cultural and traditional aesthetic. Pak Dewa is also especially known for his mastery of kendang, or the lead drum, which functions as the conductor and central leading figure of the music ensemble.

He is the Founding Director of Çudamani, one of Bali’s most innovative gamelan ensembles, which has engaged in numerous international tours, including appearances at The Cultural Olypiade (Greece), The Tong Tong Festival (Holland), EXPO (Japan), Lincoln Center (New York), the World Festival of Sacred Music (Los Angeles), The Juilliard School. A tireless and charismatic teacher, he has taught gamelan groups throughout Bali, preparing musicians for Bali’s high profile Bali Arts Festival competitions as well as at numerous universities in the US including the University of California at Berkeley, Yale University, University of Hawaii at Manoa. 


February 2018 - June 2018

I Made Suteja, also known as I Made Cat, comes from a line of acclaimed masters in the arts of topeng, gambuh dance, and painting in Batuan, Bali. He began studying dance under his father, I Made Bukel, who in turn learned from his father, one of Bali’s most famous performers, I Nyoman Kakul. Pak Made's performance career started as a young baris dancer in the local temples and soon he was often invited to represent the Gianyar province in the Bali Arts Festival’s gong kebyar competitions.

Starting in 2004, he began specializing in the topeng and gambuh traditions of his family’s dance school, Sanggar Satriya Lelana Batuan, and is now a frequent performer of topeng pajegan. In addition to working for Satriya Lelana, he also performs in Gambuh Pura Desa Batuan, where he plays the characters of Arya, Kadean-Kadean, Panji, and Prabu. With this group, he has toured Italy, Algeria, Poland, and Denmark, where he appeared in Odin Theater’s production of Hamlet under the direction of Eugenio Barba. Aside from dance, Pak Made received his undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Institut Seni Indonesia Denpasar and is a reputable artist in the traditional school of Batuan painting. His days are spent painting, performing, and teaching in his home, where many Balinese and international students come to learn topeng, baris, jauk, and gambuh dances.

Thank You to Our 2017 Contributors!

Donor Circle
Gregory Ghent, Charles Chip McNeal & Micah Lubensky, Susanna Miller Benningfield, Greg & Liz Lutz, Sam Wantman and Dave Hermeyer, Myrth York, Lexi and Neil Reningger
Independent Contributions $249-999
Al Finn, Deborah Brayton, Sara Gaucher, Tom and Bea Deering, Jeremy and Karen Butler, Barbara Aue, Darren Gibbs, Jim and Maddie Hogan, Michael Tenzer, Daphne Fautin, Cathy and Eric Crystal, Sylvia Tiwon, Suli Boerdiarto, Annette Hackett, Mudita Nisker
Monthly Sustainers $10-$100/monthly
Avi Black, Darren Gibbs, Deborah Brayton, Deborah LLoyd, Gregory Ghent, Jim & Maddie Hogan, Lauren Miller, Micah E Lubensky, Michael Tenzer, Monali Varaiya, Rachel Cooper, Rose Nisker, Sara Gaucher, Sonja Downing, Susan Rolph, Todd Greenspan & Lany Soesanto, Tom Deering & Bea Deering, Myrth York, Michael Gelbart, Wonja Fairbrother, Ron Scudder
Independent contributions $10-249
Susan Jette, Daniel Freed, Andy Le, Beverly June Walker, Martin Randall, Don Baker, Mary and Bob Gilman, Elizabeth Varnhagen, Peter and Linda Johnson, Stephanie Coutu, Elaine and George Barkin, Mare Brixie, Marila Lubensky, Daniel Grobani, Ira Jacknis, Leonard Gaucher, Wendy Dreskin, Howard Rome, Elizabeth Grant, Raphaelle Butler, Lisa Gondola, Djuna Odegard, Jeffrey Peck, James Harding, Monali Varaiya, Evan Gilman, Steve Johnson, Carrie BA, Emily Rolph, Mary Allen McNeil, Namita Varaiya, Philip P, Rachel Cooper, Phillip Blume, Emiko Susilo, Rob Wilkins, Susan Lamberth, Adrienne K, Sara Gambina-Belknap, Kathy Foley, David and Artini Beauchamp, Andrew Gold, Reverand Richard Fabian, Danny Scher, Poul Eriksson, R. Joey Denney, Barnard Jones and Pat Farrell, Eugene Cash, Nikhil Varaiya, Henry Spiller, Richard McGowan, Karen and Russell Merritt, Lily Kharazzi, Gerald and Meredith Klein, Lisa Gold, Bonnie Wade and Ann Pescatello, David and Sharon Millman, Carly Tanaka-Lubensky


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Sound Samples

Subak - Jegog Ensemble (2009)

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Telek - Gong Kebyar ensemble (1999)

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Bunga Gugur - Gong Kebyar ensemble (1985)

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