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.