Composer, Director of Gamelan Yuganada, Ethnomusicologist,
I Wayan Sudirana
Born in Ubud, Bali, Sudirana is one of Bali’s most well known composers, teaching and performing across Bali and internationally. He is also one of the most successful professors at the Indonesia Institute of the Arts in Denpasar. After graduating from the Indonesian Arts Institute, Denpasar, he studied at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he received his MA and Ph.D in Ethnomusicology. He was commissioned by the Canadian government to compose a piece combining Balinese gamelan, Taiko Japan and Bagpipes to be performed at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. He has collaborated with worldwide companies, such as Jack Morton Production New York for the Hundred Percent Club (HPC) of IBM in May 2017 and May 2018, Five Current Company for the opening ceremony of the Asian Games held in Jakarta, August 2018. He has also collaborated with many famous composers over the years including Michael Tenzer (2003 - 2013), Andrew Clay McGraw (2006 - 2010), Peter Michael Steele and Joshep Sandino (2007), Gamelan X, and performed at Carnegie Hall, New York. He has just published a book about the future of Balinese sacred ensemble (2019), and also produced two CDs of his very won new works for Gamelan with Gamelan Yuganada (2019).