IMPACT: GLOBALLY AND LOCALLY

Impact in Bali  

Gamelan Sekar Jaya is seen in Indonesia not only as a flowering of traditional Balinese arts in a distant land, but also as a laboratory for the creation of new ideas, many of which have an impact on artistic development in Bali itself. The Boston Globe has commented, “The success of this group has far exceeded its founders' wildest dreams as the ensemble has become an honored participant in the evolution of Bali's musical culture."

In 2000, during Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s fifth tour to Bali, the Governor of Bali awarded Gamelan Sekar Jaya the Dharma Kusuma—Bali’s highest award for artistic achievement, never before given to a foreign group.  The name “Sekar Jaya” is now a household word in Bali. Andy Toth, ethnomusicologist and former US Consular Agent in Bali, has written

"It is no exaggeration to say that most of the 2.8 million Balinese have seen Sekar Jaya in live performance and television broadcasts, and the group continues to receive special coverage from the Indonesian electronic and printed media... their cross-cultural works not only have been accepted eagerly by American and Indonesian audiences; their innovative compositions have directly stimulated creativity on the part of the Balinese themselves".

Our Communities: Local

Gamelan Sekar Jaya provides many valuable cross-cultural benefits to the local community. It introduces Balinese arts for the first time to thousands of people each year, many of whom later develop further interests in Indonesian culture and arts. Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s artistic community, and the atmosphere of cultural exchange at its center, is of great importance to the Indonesian population of northern California. The group’s membership increasingly includes Balinese residents of the Bay Area, for whom there might be few other cultural connections to help them retain a strong sense of Balinese identity.

Our Communities: National and International

Gamelan Sekar Jaya fosters an exchange that resonates on a worldwide scale. It is known everywhere there is activity in the field of Indonesian performing arts—the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia and elsewhere—as a model organization in the field. Gamelan Sekar Jaya is one of the most thriving centers of cross-cultural interchange in the US, and a vital conduit of traditional arts, new work, and artists.