Director of the Gamelan Ensemble
I Dewa Ketut Alit Adnyana is an internationally esteemed performer and teacher of Balinese instrumental music. At Lawrence, he teaches traditional and contemporary Balinese music repertoire and directs Lawrence’s own Gamelan Cahaya Asri. Before coming to Lawrence, he was the Guest Music Director of Gamelan Sekar Jaya in Berkeley, CA, and an Artist-in-Residence at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Dewa graduated from the Conservatory of Indonesian Musical Arts (SMKI) in 1999, though is primarily trained in the local performing arts of his village of Pengosekan, Bali. He is a founding member of Gamelan Çudamani, one of the premiere gamelan troupes from Bali, and has toured multiple times with Çudamani to the U.S., Canada, Japan, Italy, and Greece. Their recent tours of the productions “Odalan Bali” and “Bamboo to Bronze” won acclaim from critics across North America.
Dedicated to the continuation of traditional Balinese music education, Dewa has been one of the core teachers of Çudamani’s educational programs for children in Pengosekan. He has played a critical part in supporting the development of the Çudamani Girls’ Gamelan, one of the only ensembles of its kind to offer young girls in Bali the opportunity to learn gamelan music. He also founded a young boys’ gamelan ensemble at Çudamani in 2006. Dewa teaches at the Çudamani Summer Institute for Music and Dance in Bali, and has had private students from the U.S., Canada, Japan, and the U.K. since 2000. Dewa is sought after for his clear and systematic teaching methods. Since 1998, he has been invited to teach gong kebyar, angklung, and gamelan semarandana repertoire to men’s, women’s, and children’s gamelans across southern Bali in preparation for their performances at temple ceremonies and festival competitions.
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