MEMBERS AND TEACHERS
I Putu Tangkas Adi Hiranmayena is an artist-scholar from Indonesia. His specialties include Balinese gamelan, free-improvisation, and metal musics through the lens of embodiment and cosmological theories. He has acted as ensemble director at the University of San Diego and the Museum School of San Diego, as well as presented academic work globally. Putu holds a B.A. in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, M.A. in Integrative Studies from the University of California at San Diego, and has recently started a Ph. D. program in Ethnomusicology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
I Made Tangkas Ade Wijaya was born in Denver, Colorado in 1999. Currently in his first year at the University of Denver, he is an avid soccer player, a pianist, a jazz drummer, and a skilled Balinese gamelan musician, composer, and dancer. His composition style in inspired by his teachers - academic, athletic, and social. In particular, Ade looks up to the strong traditional musical styles of Pak Wayan Beratha, Pak Nyoman Windha, and most certainly his father, Pak Made Lasmawan.
I Nyoman Tangkas Aji Guyasa was born in 2001 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Currently in his final year at Harrison High School, he plays soccer and basketball and percussion in the marching and jazz bands. Aji is an old soul who speaks Chinese, Spanish, English, and Bahasa Bali. He was raised on gamelan (as were his brothers, Putu and Ade).
Elizabeth McLean Macy began studying with Pak Lasmawan in 1996 while a student at Colorado College. A founding member of Sanggar Manik Galih, she has taught courses on Balinese music, arts, and culture in Bangah for Colorado College and Skidmore College since 2011. She holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, where her research addressed the function of music tourism in post-disaster economies; in particular, it focused on the function of music tourism in the recovery and rebuilding of post-Katrina New Orleans and in Bali after the 2002 and 2005 terrorist bombings.
Liz is an Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Metro State University of Denver. Her current research focuses on Pak Lasmawan, Ibu Marni, and the music and dance traditions of the village of Bangah. She has previously taught at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music (as Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology), Skidmore College (as Teaching Professor of Ethnomusicology and the founder and director of Skidmore College's Gamelan Banyu Wali, an extension of Sanggar Manik Galih), Colorado College, UCLA, Chapman University, and CalArts.