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.