August 2016 - June 2017
Music and Dance of Bali
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.
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, and his ability to seamlessly bring together music, dance and visual design. He is the Founding Director of Çudamani, one of Bali’s most vibrant performing ensembles. Under Berata’s direction, Çudamani has engaged in numerous international tours, including appearances at The Cultural Olypiade (Greece), The Tong Tong Festival (Holland), EXPO (Japan), Gedung Kesenian (Jakarta), Lincoln Center (New York), the World Festival of Sacred Music (Los Angeles), and The Juilliard School.
Pak Dewa is a prolific composer whose work is known for its ability to cross borders of culture and traditional aesthetic. He has taught gamelan groups throughout Bali, and abroad at numerous universities including UC Berkeley, Yale, and the University of Hawai’i. He is a graduate of STSI Denpasar (Bali’s National Academy of the Arts) and has been an artistic collaborator with renowned artists including Abhijit Banerjee, Kenny Endo, Keith Terry, Ragamala Music and Dance Theatre, ShadowLight Productions, Chitresh Das Dance Company, the Abhinaya Dance Company, and UCLA’s Asia Pacific Performance Exchange (APPEX).
August 2016 - June 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.
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.)