Southeast Asia Studies
Gamelan refers specifically to the large traditional percussion orchestras of Java and Bali within the Indonesian archipelago. Balinese gamelan music typically accompanies theater and dance performance or serves as an acoustic offering within Balinese Hindu temple ceremonies. Above all, gamelan is about community. Ensembles are often owned by community organizations and performers are drawn from the community at large. Gamelan began to be studied in university and community settings within North America in the late 1950s. Today there are over 200 ensembles within America and Canada.
About Gamelan Dharma Swara
Under the direction of teachers Ida Ayu Ari Candrawati and I Nyoman Saptanyana, as well as Executive Director Chris Romero, Gamelan Dharma Swara studies and performs traditional, contemporary, and experimental works for Balinese gamelan ensemble. We present vibrant performances throughout New York and beyond. Previous venues include Symphony Space, La Mama Theater, New York University, and the American Museum of Natural History. We also offer classes and workshops in the Balinese performing arts for all ages as well as experience levels.
In the Balinese community model, in which gamelan is as much a social pursuit as it is artistic and religious, the group is a collaborative effort between Balinese artists and American, Indonesian and international performers. Existing members of about thirty individuals come from a variety of academic, professional, and artistic backgrounds. Please visit our website at http://www.dharmaswara.org/
Ben Abrams, Elizabeth Behrend, Lela Chapman, Grant Damron, Tomoko Deguchi, Sebastian Dettman, Christopher Gates, Eric Hung, Travis Jiorle, Ardi Kuhn, Elizabeth Leininger (Music Coordinator), Victoria Lo, Karl Lorenzen, Ellen Lueck, Bethany Jean Collier Malone, Melissa Robertson, Christa Robinson, Christopher Romero (Executive Director), I Nyoman Saptanyana (Music Director), Kadek Bagus Bhayu Saptanyana, Putu Bagus Khrisna Saptanyana, Windy Setiadi, Talia Weiner, Matthew Welch.