Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Guest Artists in Residence

August 2017 - Dec 2017

I Wayan Gama Astawa is the Director of Sanggar Adi Gama and hails from Jembrana, Bali. A graduate of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, he is one of Bali’s most highly regarded experts in West Bali’s gamelan jegog, a powerful form of bamboo music known for its unique rhythmic patterns and powerful sonority. Son of renowned jegog expert I Nengah Selen, Astawa is well established as one of Jembrana’s most active composers. In 1985 he founded a performing ensemble organization Sekaa Jegog Putra Ardana Kusuma, and has since been recognized by the governor of Bali for his composition and work with youth at the Bali Arts Festival.
Gama Astawa is known for his musical accomplishments, his performing charisma and highly energetic teaching style, and his unwavering dedication to building community and perpetuating the gamelan jegog art form.  He has taught students of gamelan from all over the world, including Gamelan Sekar Jaya during their 2014 tour to Bali. This will be his first U.S. performing residency.


August 2017 - Dec 2017

Emiko Saraswati Susilo is a choreographer, dancer, and vocalist known for her dynamic and soulful performance and for choreography that delves into questions of the contemporary world through work that is at once innovative and yet deeply rooted in tradition. Active in Balinese and Javanese performance for well over three decades, she began playing gamelan as a child and studied Balinese and Javanese dance under Ni Made Wiratini and the late master KRT Sasmintadipura. She has taught Balinese dance since 1992 and in 1997 became a founding member of Çudamani, where she is now Associate Director.
Susilo received her B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Latin American Literature from UC Berkeley and her MA from the Dept. of Asian Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa where she received the prestigious FLAS award for the study of foreign language. She joined GSJ in 1991 and has since held successful residencies as Guest Artist, Guest Dance Director, and is now serving as Company Director.  

Thank You to Our Contributors!

Donor Circle
Alexis Brayton & Neil Reninnger, Charles Chip Mc Neal & Micah Lubensky, Emiko Susilo, Eric and Cathy Crystal, Greg & Liz Lutz, Gregory Ghent, Judy Mitoma, Richard Kvistad, Sam Wantman and Dave Hermeyer, Suli Boentaran
Independent Contributions $249-999
Al Finn, Bapak Konsul Ardi Hermawan and Ibu Yulina Puspasari, Eric Nitzberg, Janet Koike, Jeremy and Karen Butler, John Rogers, June Susilo, Linda and Ken Downing, Mudita Nisker, Myrth York, Taissa, Marianna Jeffrey and Richard Cherry
Monthly Sustainers $10-$100/monthly
Avi Black, Benjamin Frandzel, Deborah Brayton, Deborah LLoyd, Gregory Ghent, Jim & Maddie Hogan, Lauren Miller, Micah E Lubensky, Michael Tenzer, Mimi Sasaki, Monali Varaiya, Rachel Cooper, Rose Nisker, Sara Gaucher, Sonja Downing, Susan Rolph, Todd Greenspan & Lany Soesanto, Tom Deering & Bea Deering
Independent contributions $10-249
Alicia Patrice, Amanda Stiles, Amy Jean Graff, Anna Ceterstav, Annette Hackett, Artini and David Beauchamp, Barbara Anderson, Beverly June Walker, Bill and Wendy Dreskin, Bonnie Wade & Ann Pescatello, Brian Dunn, Carol Morgan, Christopher Brayton, Dan Freed, Daniel Grobani, Danni Redding Lapuz, Daphne Fautin, David Irons, David Lubensky, Djuna Odegard and Robert Fraser, Don Baker, Donald Stone, Dorothy Lyons, Douglas Zody, Elizabeth Grant, Elizabeth Varnhagan, Elizabeth Zinck Rothenburger, Eugene Cash and Pamela Weiss, Evan Gilman, Gerald and Meredith Klein, Gisela Northrop, Henry Spiller and Michael Orland, Ira Jacknis, James Harding, Joe and Clare Fischer, John Manzon-Santos, Joseph Bosurgi, Julia Molander, Karen Merritt, Katherine Gledhill, Kathy Foley, Keenan Pepper, Leonard Gaucher, Lillie Ngai, Lisa Mendelstein, Lois Johnson, M Louie, Marika Kuzma, Marila Lubensky, Meredith and Gerald Klein, Michael Renninger, Mike Dryfoos and Ilga Jansons, Nancy and Tom Fitzpatrick, Nikhil and Manisha Varaiya, Nyssa Green, Peter and Linda Johnson, Philip Kim Frasse, Raphaelle Butler, Richard and Leela Rose McGowan, Richard Fabian, Richard Kvistad, Robert Gilman, Roderic Knight, Salvador Spagnoli, Stephanie and Christopher Coutu, Susan de Rubira, Tom & Bea Deering, Wayne Vitale, William Alves, Bill and Maru Witter, Willis and Jean Andersen


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Sound Samples

Subak - Jegog Ensemble (2009)

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Fajar - Angklung ensemble (1999)

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Swasti Prapta - Angklung ensemble (2005)

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