Gamelan Sekar Jaya performs Balinese dance and music at the North Columbia Schoolhouse

The much-loved San Francisco Bay Area company will perform on Saturday, September 24 at North Columbia School Cultural Center on San Juan Ridge.

Gamelan Sekar Jaya is a non-profit organization based in Berkeley, dedicated to fostering artistic exchange between Bali, Indonesia and the United States. Founded in 1979, they have performed throughout California, the United States and Bali – in venues ranging from the New York Symphony Space to remote Bali village squares. The show will unfold under the dappled pinks and oranges of the sunset, framed by the towering pines that surround the amphitheater. Audiences are invited to spread out a blanket or roam freely to admire the show from multiple angles and enjoy the intricate rhythms and virtuosic sensibility of Balinese music and dance.

Balinese dance encompasses a wide range of styles and forms. The details of music and dance are closely coordinated; an ideal of complete unity is sought in every gesture, nuance, expression, phrase and rhythm. Dance plays a central role not only in sacred activities, in a temple or at a sacred spring, but in profane ones. Gamelan Sekar Jaya continues this tradition by offering programs composed mainly of dance works, ranging from solos to larger group choreographies.



In this performance, you’ll enjoy the tunes of three of Sekar Jaya’s instrumental ensembles: the exciting and awe-inspiring gamelan bamboo jegog from West Bali; the serene and complex genre wayang ensemble traditionally used to accompany Balinese shadow play; and the popular and cheerful gamelan angklung, accompanying Sekar Jaya’s company of dancers.

This performance introduces the 2022-2023 guest artistic directors of Sekar Jaya Ni Nyoman Srayamurtikanti (music) and Cok Istri Putri Rukmini (dance) to the northern Colombian community, and presents the “Margapati” challenge, a dance in the bebancihan style androgynous.



Mang Sraya is a gamelan musician currently pursuing her career as a composer. Mang Sraya is the daughter of I Nyoman Suryadi, a natural artist, composer and singer from Celuk village in Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali. Mang Sraya has studied Balinese gamelan since elementary school under various master teachers, including his father, I Ketut Cater, I Made Subandi and others. His education has focused on the arts since his studies at SMKN 3 Sukawati, a high school specializing in the arts, and the Institute of Indonesian Arts in Denpasar (Institute Seni Indonesia or ISI Denpasar). During his residency with Sekar Jaya, Mang Sria has just completed his master’s degree in music composition at the Surakarta branch of the Institute for Indonesian Arts. Mang Sria is also the head of Sanggar S’mara Murti, originally founded by his father. Mang Sraya started composing in 2017 and his works are based on the intersection of tradition and innovation in Balinese arts. Mang Sria has represented Indonesia at events across Southeast Asia, and his music has been featured at regional, national and international events. In 2020, she was the featured guest on Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s Bali’s Living Arts speaker series. This residency will be Mang Sria’s first visit to the United States.

Cok Pring is a respected dancer and teacher from Singapadu, Bali, Indonesia. Trained from an early age in her village, she then attended a high school specializing in arts in Batubulan, Bali, and later obtained her bachelor’s degree at the Institute of Indonesian Arts in Denpasar (Institut Seni Indonesia or ISI Denpasar, formerly known as the name of STSI Denpasar) in 1996. After graduating from STSI, Cok Pring worked for the Ministry of Culture (Province of Bali) for five years. During this time, she remained active as a performer and teacher, winning numerous awards and accolades from regional and national sources. Cok Pring has toured Southeast Asia extensively, including Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia, and has performed in Spain, Australia, the United States, Japan and Great Britain. Cok Pring currently maintains a busy teaching schedule from her home in Singapadu, where she trains and coaches Balinese and international students in dance and arja, a Balinese tradition of dramatic dance.

It is one of the best Balinese gamelan orchestras outside of Bali and definitely worth a visit! Whether you’ve been to Bali or not, you’ll enjoy the mesmerizing music and amazing, provocative dancing. Completely mesmerizing!

Tickets for this show are available at Mother Truckers and on the North Columbia Schoolhouse website. For more information, visit http://www.northcolumbiaschoolhouse.org.

Source: North Columbia School Cultural Center

Balinese dance encompasses a wide range of styles and forms. The details of music and dance are closely coordinated; an ideal of complete unity is sought in every gesture, nuance, expression, phrase and rhythm.
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Cok Pring is a respected dancer and teacher from Singapadu, Bali, Indonesia.
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In this performance, you’ll enjoy the tunes of three of Sekar Jaya’s instrumental ensembles: the exciting and awe-inspiring gamelan bamboo jegog from West Bali; the serene and complex genre wayang ensemble traditionally used to accompany Balinese shadow play; and the popular and cheerful gamelan angklung, accompanying Sekar Jaya’s company of dancers.
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