Spring Season 2016!
Rising Star of Balinese Performing Arts Returns for a Second Residency with GSJ!
IDA BAGUS MADE WIDNYANA is a virtuosic young composer, performer, and teacher, and is considered one of Bali’s ‘rising stars’. A graduate of Composition from ISI Denpasar, he’s won awards such as Composer and Performer Award from GEOKS, Best Performer in Graduation from ISI and Composer Award from the Festival of Arts, Indonesia. Widnyana is in high demand throughout Bali and abroad for his exceptional skills in composition, leadership, and musical performance. Many of his compositions have been featured in the gong kebyar competition at the Bali Arts Festival (PKB) in Denpasar. Widnyana has taught internationally at University of California at Berkeley, University of Richmond, Juilliard, Holy Cross University, and performed abroad for Body Music Festival, World Sacred Music Festival, Festival TongTong in Holland, Expo Aichi Japan, Martha’s Vineyard, and Festival Halla in South Korea.
As an original founding member of Gamelan Çudamani for over a decade, he continues to work with them regularly while also teaching gamelan groups all over Bali. He has held the position of Director for Sanggar Candra Wirabhuana in the village of Ubud and currently directs the youth gamelan group in his native village of Tulikup.
A young and passionate culture-bearer, Widnyana’s in-depth knowledge and deep respect for Bali’s unique gamelan traditions is evident in the breadth of repertoire he is able to teach and perform, and in the historical and anthropological contexts he incorporates into his teachings and composition.