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
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.

Artist-in-Residence

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.  

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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