Brattleboro and Vermont welcomes Balinese Music and Dance Masters Nyoman Saptanyana and Ida Ayu Ari Candrawati for Spotlight Indonesia events during April 2009, a collaboration of sponsors American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (AICC) and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia (New York), host-coordinator Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT), and hosting partners, Brattleboro Area Middle School, Brattleboro School of Dance, the Latchis Theatre, and Windham Regional Career Center. Performances at the Latchis were part of a community cross-cultural program of events that included demonstration workshops in the schools.
Gamelan Dharma Swara is the teaching and performing ensemble of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia (New York). Gamelan is the Balinese word for both the music and the collection of musical instruments that play the indigenous music of Bali and Java.
Dharma Swara Music Director Nyoman Saptanyana began playing gamelan at the age of seven, performing with his neighborhood ensemble in the village of Ubud. He obtained a bachelors 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 island-wide Bali Arts Festival. Mr. 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.