Master Artists-in-Residence 

Since its founding in 1979, GSJ has had the great fortune to work under the direction and guidance of more than 50 of Bali’s most renowned artists, including many from the faculty of Bali’s National Institute of the Arts (ISI Denpasar). Artists are invited for extended residencies, ranging from one month to a year, and form the heart of our cross-cultural exchange. Artists-in-residence are a continual source of inspiration to GSJ’s members and audiences. They lead rehearsals and performances, and share their expertise with the public in workshops, school programs, and lecture-demonstrations.

In the Fall 2019 season, Gamelan Sekar Jaya will be guided by the artistry of:

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I WAYAN SUWECA

GSJ is thrilled to welcome back co-founder I Wayan Suweca this season. Suweca is a revered senior master of Balinese gamelan, who is known for his powerful drumming style, subtle intricacy on gamelan gender wayang, and tremendous charisma as both a performer and a teacher. He served as senior faculty in the Music Department of ISI, Denpasar for over 25 years before retiring in 2013. His teaching experience extends to villages and cities all over the island of Bali, and abroad to many universities, including—Queensland University, Australia; Universite de Montreal, Canada; Yale University, CT; Brown University, RI; University of Wisconsin, Madison; University of California, (Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, & Berkeley); SF State University; California State University, Sonoma; and the University of Pittsburgh. 

He has been a lead musician and composer on tours to India, Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, & Mexico and holds an MFA from Insitut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta, (1985), a BA from Akademi Seni Tari Indonesia, Denpasar (1982), and BA from Antioch University, San Francisco, CA (1978). 

His work in the field has won him grants and fellowships from the following sources: J.D. Rockefeller the 3rd Fund, Asia Foundation, Brown University, and the Universite de Montreal. Additionally, Mr. Suweca has featured as performer, soloist, and/or composer on 35 commercial audio releases produced by the Bali Stereo, Aneka, and Maharani Recording Companies.

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I WAYAN DIBIA

Among Bali’s most influential choreographers and dance scholars, I Wayan Dibia was born in the Central Balinese village of Singapadu, where he was raised and trained in a family of artists. Since 1970, Dibia has created innovative new works for contemporary audiences through experimentation with traditional elements of Balinese performing arts.

His formal education includes degrees from the prestigious Conservatory of Balinese Performing Arts (Kokar) and Indonesia Dance Academy (ASTI) Denpasar, as well as a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Performing Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dibia joined the faculty of dance at the Indonesia Dance Academy in Denpasar in 1974. In 1982, he received a grant from the Asian Cultural Council in New York to pursue an MA in dance at UCLA. His Ph.D., also at UCLA, was supported by a 1987 Fulbright Hays award.

Dibia has written a number of books and articles, both in English and Bahasa Indonesia. As a performing artist he has toured to Asia, Europe, Australia, and The United States of America. From 1997 to 2002 he served as the Director of STSI Denpasar. While still teaching at STSI (now ISI Denpasar), Dr. Dibia has also opened a house for performing arts creativity, GEOKS, in his home village of Singapadu. From Fall 2005 through Spring 2007, he was a visiting fellow of Balinese performing arts at The College of Holy Cross, Massachusetts. In 2011, he was invited as a consultant to the exhibition entitled “Bali Dances for The Gods” at the Horniman Museum in London.