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. The group recently returned from a 2-week tour in Indonesia. Gamelan YS performed in Pengosekan, Bali, Indonesia at the home of the extraordinary composer, I Dewa Ketut Alit. The group performed two of Alit’s works along with other kreasi baru (new works) by Evan Ziporyn and Pak Windha. Alit and Gamelan YS have a long relationship. He is a constant source of encouragement. 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. Last year, Gamelan YS performed in Indiana at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention 2017. They performed on the River-to-River Festival, Making Music NY Festival, for Midori and Friends and have a long-lasting relationship with the Queens County’s 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 create other performance-related activities.
Our teachers have included I Dewa Ketut Alit, I Gusti Komin Darta(our current teacher), Ida Bagus Made Widnyana(Gusde), I Dewa Putu Rai and I Dewa Sakura. Our 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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Photograph taken at Pioneer Works, November 8th, 2015