Gamelan Sekar Jaya has worked under the direction and guidance of renowned Balinese artists, including many from the faculty of Bali’s National Institute of the Arts (ISI Denpasar), who are invited for extended residencies, ranging from one month to a year. These master musicians, dancers, and theater artists are a central focus of cross-cultural interchange, and a continual source of inspiration to the group’s members and audiences. 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.
In the 2019 Spring season, Gamelan Sekar Jaya will be guided by the artistry of:
I NYOMAN WINDHA is one of the leading musicians and contemporary composers of Balinese gamelan music, whose works are universally admired and imitated for their melodic and formal beauty. He was born in the village of Singapadu from the Gianyar regency of Central Bali, where he grew up constantly surrrounded by a thriving community of musicians and dancers. He received his training in music and dance the Indonesian Institute for the Arts (ISI), and holds a Master’s degree in Music Performance and Composition from Mills College, which is known for their focus on composing using unconventional techniques and non-Western traditions. Windha has been a resident artist with the Asian Cultural Council, a recipient of the Fulbright scholarship, and has taught and performed in universities and festivals all over the world, including Japan, China, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, and Germany, and the United States. He has composed over sixty works for various types of Balinese and Javanese gamelan, including many pieces written especially for Gamelan Sekar Jaya. His compositions, such as Puspanjali and Cendrawasih, has been incorporated as standard repertoire for many Balinese performing arts groups and have won awards at the Bali Arts Festival. Recordings of his compositions have been produced in both Bali and the U.S. He has been Sekar Jaya’s guest music director for several seasons since his initial residency in 1990.
I NYOMAN CERITA is one of Bali’s most influential choreographers and teachers. He was born in the the village of Singapadu from the Gianyar regency of Central Bali, an area renowned for its vibrant dance traditions. He has been Çudamani’s Senior Dance Advisor since the group’s inception and is in demand all over Bali as a choreographer and teacher. His works range from large scale dance dramas to new works for youth and children. He is also frequently featured artist in the Bali Arts Festival, the island’s largest and more renowned festival for performing arts. Several of Cerita’s choreographies are considered to be essential and standard dance repertoire for many Balinese performing arts groups. He has trained some of Bali’s finest award-winning dancers and always remains dedicated to the teaching of Balinese children. Cerita has also presented his work internationally at universities in Japan and the United States. Cerita has previously worked with Gamelan Sekar Jaya as a Guest Dance Director in 1999. He received his BA from ASTI, his S1 from STSI and his MFA from UCLA. He serves as the Head of the Dance Department at ISI Denpasar (Institut Seni Indonesia) and recently completed his PhD at Udayana University.