Music and Dance of Bali
If you would like to join Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s community of friends and supporters, your tax-deductible contribution will help immensely in supporting the guest residencies of some of Bali’s finest performing artists, a wide range of educational outreach programs, and the continued presentation of Balinese performing arts in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
Read the Letter from the Director 2014
One-time contribution gifts
$25 GSJ Download of Bayangan Jiwa
$50 CD Legong Dance of the Virgins
$100 CD Legong & the CD of Jagat Anyar (Re-released 2014)
$300 All of the above plus a GSJ tshirt
$500 Everything + 2 tix to a GSJ concert in the coming year
SPECIAL 2014 GIFT OFFERING
You can also support GSJ by shopping at Amazon. This program allows you to shop as usual while GSJ receives a percentage of your purchases. Pretty cool!
Call us at 510-655-1227 for more details and for additional benefits that accompany larger gifts.
Matur Suksma (THANK YOU),
Gamelan Sekar Jaya
Greetings from Gamelan Sekar Jaya! I hope that you and your loved ones are well as we approach the beginning of a new year. 2014 has been an exceptional year of creative opportunities and artistic sharing for Sekar Jaya, and we owe much gratitude to you for supporting us at every turn.
Each year I am reminded that the arts sustain thriving individuals and culturally rich communities. To practice and appreciate art, one’s spirit must be awake, attentive, and engaged with a singular, almost meditative focus. In a time when our minds are constantly driven in myriad directions by our smartphones, the steady flow of tragic news stories, politics, traffic, multiple jobs, etc. etc., it is more important than ever that we make space for art in our daily lives.
For 35 years now, GSJ has carried out this mission enriching our community through study and performance of Bali’s incredible performance traditions. Nested inside each new work, each performance, each class, and each rehearsal, lies a beautiful approach to life—that of interdependence—a core value of Balinese culture. I believe this value is responsible for GSJ’s sustained presence. Sekar Jaya’s local performers and students, and the master Balinese artists who join GSJ as artistic directors all feel an investment in one another, and a commitment to respectfully contribute to the artistic tradition that they are practicing. I also believe that our community of invested individuals includes You. You are as much a part of our story as the events that comprise our history.
This year has been one of incredible vitality for GSJ, a true reaffirmation of our ongoing investment in this community—with an all-ensemble tour to Bali, and incredible performances at the San Francisco Symphony, ODC, Rhythmix, and many workshops across the Bay Area. The year ahead brings much joy as we celebrate our 35th Anniversary, and the 100-year anniversary of gong kebyar, with tours to the LA Music Center, Pomona College, Nevada City, and performances at the SF Ethnic Dance Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and World One Festival.
Of course, there is a financial component to the work we do. I would like to ask you to join me in supporting Sekar Jaya, so that this resource will be available for generations to come. You can become a ‘Sustainer’ of GSJ by signing up for a tax-deductible, monthly contribution, or you can simply make a one-time gift. We happily welcome donations of all kinds and amounts.
By the end of 2014, we hope to raise $15,000.
Please visit gsj.org/support to give. Your generosity will ensure GSJ’s tradition of bringing the beauty and wisdom of Balinese arts to California. For your support, given in so many ways, matur suksma (thank you).
Emiko Saraswati Susilo
Director, Gamelan Sekar Jaya
“I will forever feel happy when I remember the ‘suka duka’ (great times and the hard times) that we have experienced in our past together. I always pray that Sekar Jaya remains strong and unified in the future. I am sure the enthusiasm of the community will always be high, and that Sekar Jaya will always be “Jaya” (bold, victorious, filled with strength).
—I Wayan Suweca, GSJ Founding Teacher