Guest Artists

Central to the group’s success is the presence of master Balinese artists. More than fifty of Bali’s most brilliant performers have joined Gamelan Sekar Jaya as artists-in-residence, for periods ranging from one month to two years. They lead rehearsals and performances, and are featured in workshops, school programs, and lecture-demonstrations.

Current Guest Artists

Artist-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. 

Artist-in-Residence

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.

Balinese Guest Artists Since 1979  

Our warmest appreciation and respect go to the many Balinese artists who have joined Gamelan Sekar Jaya in California as guest directors of music and dance over the years. These include:

(Not listed here are all the wonderful artists who have taught music and dance to Sekar Jaya during our tours to Bali.) 

Desak Made Suarti Laksmi  
I Dewa Ketut Alit Adnyana
I Dewa Putu Berata
I Gede Oka Artha Negara
I Gusti Agung Ayu Warsiki
I Gusti Ayu Srinatih
I Gusti Putu Alit Aryani
I Ketut Gede Asnawa
I Ketut Kodi
I Ketut Partha
I Ketut Wirtawan
I Komang Astita
I Made Arnawa
I Made Sidia
I Made Sija
I Made Subandi
I Made Terip
I Nyoman Catra
I Nyoman Cerita
I Nyoman Kariasa
I Nyoman Sumandhi
I Nyoman Wenten
I Nyoman Windha
I Putu Putrawan
I Wayan Budiarsa
I Wayan Dibia
I Wayan Lendra
I Wayan Rai
I Wayan Sinti
I Wayan Sujana
I Wayan Suweca
I Wayan Tembres
Ida Ayu Diastini
Ida Ayu Sinaryati
Ida Ayu Ketut Suciawani
Ida Bagus Made Widnyana
Ni Ketut Arini
Ni Ketut Suryatini
Ni Made Wiratini
Ni Nyoman Sutiari
Ni Putu Lastini
Ni Wayan Iriani
Tjokorda Istri Putra Padmini

 

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