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


Jan 2015 - June 2015

BAPAK I MADE ARNAWA (Guest Music Director Jan – June 2015) is a prolific composer, performing musician and teacher. He comes from the artistically rich village of Tunjuk in the west Bali district of Tabanan, known for its diverse performing arts traditions in music, dance and wayang (shadow puppet theater). He was a senior faculty member in the krawitan (music) department of ISI Denpasar (the National Institute of the Arts in Bali, formerly known as STSI). He has composed extensively for Balinese gamelan orchestra, especially in the forms known as kreasi baru and lelambatan, and his works have won highest awards on several occasions in the annual Bali Arts Festival, and were featured in Jakarta’s prestigious Art Summit. His most recent works are experimental in nature, exploring new textures, meters and forms including cutting edge minimalist compositions commissioned by Giovanni Sciarrino, and several compositions for local artist Wayne Vitale. Arnawa has performed internationally in Taiwan, Australia, India, several European countries, and the United States. 

In addition to his international reputation, his commitment to the youth and village musicians of West Bali remains central. He is an artistic, creative and philosophical mentor to many young composers and choreographers and as such will be a powerful addition to the programming of GSJ’s 35th Anniversary Finale.


Aug 2014 - June 2015

EMIKO SARASWATI SUSILO, (Guest Dance Director & Company Director), is a dancer, singer, and musician who has been active in Balinese and Javanese arts for 29 years. The daughter of esteemed Javanese musician Hardja Susilo and dancer/arts presenter Judy Mitoma, she was surrounded by great artists from a young age. She played gamelan informally as a child and began to study Balinese and Javanese dance with Ni Made Wiratini and the late master KRT Sasmintadipura. She began teaching Balinese dance twenty two years ago and sixteen years ago became a founding member of Çudamani where she is now Associate Director. She joined Gamelan Sekar Jaya as a student of dance and gamelan in 1991 and has since held successful residencies as Guest Dance Director, and is now serving as Company Director.

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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