Gamelan Dewi Malam ("Queen of the Night") was founded in the spring of 2017, and is directed by Martin Randall. Although the group is still fairly new in Tucson, its roots go back nearly 30 years.
Martin has been playing Balinese gamelan since 1991, first as part of the University of California at Santa Cruz Gamelan Swarasanti ("Sound of Peace"), and in 1997 co-founding the Santa Cruz community Gamelan Anak Swarasanti ("Child of Swarasanti"), which he directed until he moved to Tucson in 2016 and founded Gamelan Dewi Malam to bring Balinese gamelan to the Tucson area.
Martin has studied gamelan both in Bali and in Santa Cruz under a number of Balinese master teachers including I Nyoman Sumandhi, I Wayan Suweca, I Nyoman Wenten, I Nyoman Sedana, and I Wayan Rai. He has also taught the Balinese Gamelan class at UCSC, and has performed well over 60 times with Gamelan Anak Swarasanti, with renowned musicians and dancers including I Made Suryasa, Ni Bulantrisna Djelantik and Ni Made Sukerti.
Gamelan Anak Swarasanti, which became an award-winning gamelan, has played all over the San Francisco Bay Area, from Santa Rosa to Carmel, and as far afield as the High Sierras, over the past twenty years of its existence, including several performances at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, and at Indonesian Day at Union Square in San Francisco. We hope to bring the same level of performance to Tucson over the coming years.
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