Guest Music Director

January 2018 - June 2018

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, Pak Dewa's charisma is internationally renowned, as is his ability to infuse music and performance with an infectiously joyful spirit. Pak Dewa is a noted figure in the Balinese performing arts world, respected both for his deep understanding of traditional performing arts as well as his innovative creativity. As a composer, Pak Dewa is known for his strong roots in tradition, as well as his ability to cross borders of cultural and traditional aesthetic. Pak Dewa is also especially known for his mastery of kendang, or the lead drum, which functions as the conductor and central leading figure of the music ensemble.

He is the Founding Director of Çudamani, one of Bali’s most innovative gamelan ensembles, which has engaged in numerous international tours, including appearances at The Cultural Olypiade (Greece), The Tong Tong Festival (Holland), EXPO (Japan), Lincoln Center (New York), the World Festival of Sacred Music (Los Angeles), The Juilliard School. A tireless and charismatic teacher, he has taught gamelan groups throughout Bali, preparing musicians for Bali’s high profile Bali Arts Festival competitions as well as at numerous universities in the US including the University of California at Berkeley, Yale University, University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

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