The Balinese All Stars are a multigenerational collective of Balinese musicians, composers, and dancers, whose members live, teach, and perform in the United States. 

The Balinese All Stars are available to perform at music festivals and concert series, and to conduct workshops on the music and dance of Bali. Previous performances include Skidmore College (as part of the Sterne Virtuoso Series) and the Richmond Folk Festival. They will be performing at the Montana Folk Festival in July 2017. 

To book the Balinese All Stars or for more information, contact us at: balineseallstars@gmail.com

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ASNAWA Family

I Ketut Gede Asnawa is a composer, performer, and scholar from Denpasar, Bali. He has taught at the government-sponsored secondary and tertiary-level conservatories of Balinese music since 1980. His compositions have been featured at the Festival of Young Composers in Jakarta and the annual Bali Arts Festival. Recently, his importance as a cutting-edge composer and innovator in Balinese music was recognized in Grove Music Online.  An accomplished gamelan musician, Bapak Asnawa has toured Europe, North America, and Asia. A demanding but charismatic teacher, he has taught gamelan groups at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (where he earned a Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology), Université de Montréal, Eastman School of Music, University of Missouri Kansas City, as well as private gamelan groups in Woodstock, New York, Berkeley, California, and the Netherlands. Since Fall 2006 he has taught various styles of Balinese gamelan as a faculty member in the School of Music at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Putu Oka Mardiani is a professional Balinese dancer, dance teacher, and choreographer from Denpasar, Bali. She graduated from the National High School of Performing Arts (KOKAR) and the Academy of Dance (ASTI). She has performed throughout Indonesia, Japan, the United States, and Canada. In addition to being a dance teacher and choreographer, she was also a member of a women’s gamelan group that routinely performed at the Bali Arts Festival. She has taught and choreographed dance at the University of Maryland Baltimore County from 1989-1991, Université de Montréal in 1994, and University of Missouri Kansas City from 2003-2006. Previously, she was a full-time dance instructor at the Saraswati Elementary School and several other private institutions in Bali. She is currently a dance teacher in residence at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and an active member of the University of Illinois Community Gamelan.

Ni Made Nias Yunirika and Ni Nyoman Nias Yonitika are twin sisters, who are daughters of Bapak Ketut Gede Asnawa and Ibu Putu Oka Mardiani. They were taught to dance by their mother at the age of five in Bali and first engaged in playing gamelan at the age of ten in Kansas City, Missouri. They are active members of the University of Illinois private gamelan group, Gamelan Eka Sruti Illini, the University’s community gamelan, as well as the Indonesian Performing Arts of Chicago. They were awarded the Indonesian Youth Who Excel on February 2012 by the Asian American Coalition of Chicago, for excellence in community service and leadership. This prestigious award was granted in honor of performing and teaching dance to benefit natural disaster relief. Attendees included the governor of Illinois and the Illinois Secretary of State. They graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, but continue to perform and promote Balinese fine arts in the Midwest. 


KERTAYUDA Family

I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda graduated from the National High School for the Performing Arts (KOKAR) in Denpasar, Bali in 1973. His passion for the performing arts led him to tour with the Pak Sampan Dance Troupe throughout Asia, Europe, Middle East, and the United States. In 1989 he received an opportunity to come to the United States with his family. Bapak Kertayuda was hired as a staff member for the cultural information and tourism department at the Indonesian Consulate General in Chicago. For more than twenty-five years he worked diligently to promote the Indonesian cultural and performing arts to the community and throughout the Midwest. Bapak Kertayuda retired in 2013 and continues to teach the Indonesian performing arts to the Illinois community. His most recent endeavor culminated in the creation of a non-profit organization known as Indonesian Dance of Illinois with his family and friends. In 2014, he was awarded the Artist Fellowship Award for Ethnic and Folk Art from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. He is currently a guest instructor for the gamelan class in Northern Illinois University.


SAPTANYANA Family

Ida Ayu Ari Candrawati began dancing pelegongan repertoire at the age of seven under the renowned teacher Cok Istri Agung of Singapadu village in Gianyar, Bali. Her professional dancing career began with the Sadha Budaya group of Ubud in 1982. In 1992 Ibu Candrawati graduated from the Indonesian National Conservatory (ISI) in Denpasar, Bali. Since then, she has performed in international tours in Asia and Europe. From 1995-2000 she danced with the ARMA ensemble, Kumara Sari, and in 1999 choreographed a new work that was performed at the island-wide Bali Arts Festival. She became dance director of Gamelan Dharma Swara in 2001 – 2012. She is currently the dance director of Gamelan Padma Bhuana in New York City.

I Nyoman Saptanyana began playing gamelan at the age of seven, performing with his neighborhood ensemble in the village of Ubud. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in music from the Indonesian National Conservatory (ISI) in Denpasar, Bali in 1989 and went on to lead the Sadha Budaya group in Ubud from 1986 – 2000, as well as the ARMA ensemble, Kumara Sari, from 1995-2000. In 1999, he led the children’s gamelan at ARMA to victory in the gamelan gong kebyar competition at the Bali Arts Festival. Bapak Saptanyana has performed in international tours in Asia and Europe. He is currently a local staff member at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York City. Since 2001, he has lived in New York teaching gamelan at several universities. Including Bard College and Queens College, among others. From 2001-2012 he served as the gamelan director of the world renowned Dharma Swara in New York. Bapak Saptanyana is presently directing Gamelan Candra Bhuana at Sarah Lawrence College and Padma Bhuana based at the Indonesian Consulate New York.

I Putu Krisna Saptanyana began studying dance at the age of four years. His primary instructors include the notable Bapak Ketut Tutur and Bapak Nyoman Cerita. In addition, Krisna also studied Balinese gamelan with his father in the children’s ensemble, Arma Sari Kumara, at the ARMA Museum in Ubud. In 1999 the ensemble Arma Sari Kumara won the first children’s gamelan competition at the Bali Arts Festival. In 2001, Krisna joined his parents in performing gamelan in New York and the surrounding areas. He is 2016 graduate of  Montclair State University, with a degree in finance.


METRI DAVIES Family

Kompiang Metri Davies was introduced to Balinese dance at the age of five in her home village of Ngis in Eastern Bali, Indonesia. She is the founder and the artistic director of Gadung Kasturi Balinese Dance and Music, has been involved in a number of cross-cultural, cross-media collaborations

Kompiang was invited to dance with the University of British Columbia's Balinese Gamelan Ensemble, Gong Gita Asmara, in Vancouver in 2001, 2003, and 2004.  She dances for the Consulate General of Indonesia in San Francisco for various events.  In 1996 she choreographed an original dance piece with composer Dudley Brooks called Lithe Spirit.  In 2005, she wrote and performed the piece Liku-Liku Hidupku: the Story of my Life, an autobiographical work that was featured in the Asian Pacific Islander United States of Asian America Festival. In 2011 she composed and choreographed a dance piece “Nyapuh Jagat” for the opening of Balinese Exhibition at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.

She was a finalist for the Isadora Duncan Dance Award in 1999 for both individual and ensemble performance. Kompiang also has extensive experience teaching dance and beginner music for children,  Balinese offering workshops at Sonoma Academy since 2009, held twice a year,  weekly classes for Asian Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership in Oakland (2005), and in the summer 2006-2009 she gave dance and music workshop for Danceversity Camp at Ashkenaz in Berkeley. In 2006-2008, she gave free dance classes for youth at the San Francisco Indonesian Consulate, and she was part of Mahea Uchiyama International Dance Center faculty for 3 years teaching dance to adults and children. Besides dancing and teaching, Kompiang Davies designs and constructs dance costumes as well as cooking Balinese cuisine.


TANGKAS Family

I Made Lasmawan is a musician from the village of Bangah, Bali. In 1977 he graduated from the National High School for Performing Arts (KOKAR) in Denpasar, Bali. Lasmawan continued his studies in 1978 at the Indonesian College of the Arts (STSI) in Surakarta (Solo), Central Java, where he expanded his repertoire to include Javanese karawitan. Bapak Lasmawan has since traveled throughout the world, including Belgium, France, England, Singapore, Japan, and Mexico. He is a prolific composer who taught Balinese music at STSI from 1983 until 1990, when he was invited to San Diego State University to teach Javanese and Balinese music. Living in Colorado since 1993 as Artist-in-Residence with Gamelan Tunas Mekar, Bapak Lasmawan also teaches Balinese and Javanese gamelan at Colorado College, Naropa University, the University of Wyoming Laramie, Metropolitan State University and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Often referred to as the “Johnny Appleseed” of gamelan in the Rocky Mountain region, Bapak Lasmawan continues to plant gamelan ensembles in various locations. In 2011, he founded a global Balinese arts school, Sanggar Manik Galih.

Ni Ketut Marni was born in the village of Kebon, Bali. Born into a family of traditional dancers and musicians, Ibu Marni studied Balinese dance from a very young age. She graduated from the Traditional School of Performing Arts (SMKI) in Denpasar, Bali with a major in Dance and has performed for the Television of the Republic of Indonesia (TVRI). She has performed numerous times at the Bali Arts Festival before establishing residency in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ibu Marni is the Indonesian dance instructor at Colorado College, while occasionally traveling to teach in workshops and residencies nationally. She currently runs Sanggar Manik Galih and forms a community of local dancers in the greater Colorado area.

I Putu Tangkas Adi Hiranmayena is an artist-scholar specializing in Balinese gamelan, free improvisation and metal music. His interests include embodiment, cosmology, and pedagogy.  Hiranmayena’s musical praxis directly highlights exigency of performance in peak physical states, provoking micro-temporal parameters, and experimental pedagogy. Putu has performed with gamelan, improvisation, and noise/metal ensembles around the United States and Indonesia; most recently with Gamelan Pandan Arum from Los Angeles, Gamelan Tunas Mekar in Denver, Sanggar Manik Galih in Bali, and Three Corpse PileDriver in San Diego. He has also acted as gamelan ensemble director at the Museum School of San Diego as well as the University of San Diego. His current projects define music and death in Balinese gamelan Baleganjur as cosmological “noise” in global contexts.

I Made Tangkas Ade Wijaya was born in Denver, Colorado in 1999. Currently a sophomore at Harrison High School in Colorado Springs, CO, he is an avid soccer player, a pianist, and a skilled Balinese gamelan musician and dancer. 

I Nyoman Tangkas Aji Guyasa was born in 2001 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Currently in his first-year at Harrison High School, he plays soccer and basketball and is an old soul who speaks Chinese, Spanish, English, and Bahasa Bali. He was raised on gamelan (as were his brothers, Putu and Ade).