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Gamelan Yowana Sari has been a performing Balinese Art Ensemble since 2011. The group is currently in residence at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. They’ve recently returned from a 2-week tour in Indonesia, performing in Pengosekan, Bali, at the home of the extraordinary composer I Dewa Ketut Alit. Gamelan YS performed two of Alit’s works along with other kreasi baru (new works) by Evan Ziporyn and Pak Windha. Gamelan YS have a long relationship with Alit as a constant source of encouragement and instruction. The group plans to return in 2019 for a longer tour of the island.

The trajectory of the ensemble has been exciting.  Since forming in 2011, Gamelan YS has performed on major festivals in the US, including the Percussive Arts Society International Convention 2017 in Indiana, the River-to-River Festival, Make Music NY Festival, Midori and Friends and have a long-lasting relationship with the Queens County CASA (Cultural After School Adventures) program.  The group works with public school students on team-building activities through gamelan-based percussion music.  The music of a community, along with the teachers, the students create music for cartoons and engage in other performance-related activities.

Our teachers have included I Dewa Ketut Alit, I Gusti Komin Darta (current teacher), Ida Bagus Made Widnyana (Gusde), I Dewa Putu Rai and I Dewa Sakura.  The repertoire includes works by Gusti Komin Darta, Glenn Kotche, Billy Martin, Evan Ziporyn, Dewa Alit, Steve Reich, Alida Torres, Chris Mulz and Pak Windha.

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Michael Lipsey


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Photograph taken at Pioneer Works, November 8th, 2015