Upcoming Meeting/Speaker23 March 2015
Dan Bales of Bali Spirit Festival, on their upcoming event, Dan is associated with Gamelan X and Gamelan Sekar Jaya. He studied music at Cornell and is from Oakland, Ca.
The Artistic Director of this year’s One World One Stage Night Concerts’ Stage, Dan Bales is a former marching band geek, turned jazz musician, turned ethnomusicology undergrad, turned electronic music producer that was catapulted into an obsession for Balinese Gamelan music when it entered his life 12 years ago.
Since that time, Dan has studied intensively with Gamelan Sekar Jaya of Berkeley, CA (USA) and composed several pieces for processional Beleganjur and the giant bamboo Jegog ensembles, debuting the later of these at the Bali Arts Festival (PKB) last summer. Through his almost 10 years as a member of Gamelan Sekar Jaya he has had the opportunity to collaborate with renowned Balinese musicians including; I Dewa Putu Berata, I Gede Oka Artha Negara, I Made Subandi, I Putu Putrawan, and Bapak I Made Arnawa.
In 2010 Dan received a residency through UCLA’s Asian Pacific Performer Exchange (APPEX) program where he collaborated with other artists from across Indonesia, Asia, and the United States. For the last 7 years Dan has been musical director for Gamelan X, a contemporary percussion ensemble heavily inspired by Balinese gamelan music. His mission with Gamelan X has been to seek out and create a stylistic fusion between Balinese and other traditional music from around the world as well as to create new post-modern electronic cross hybridizations.
As the BaliSpirit Festival celebrates its sixth year, news of this gathering of world-renowned musicians, yogis and dancers from every continent has spread across the globe. The BaliSpirit Festival has become a magnet for fans, students and followers of every yoga, movement, healing and music calling. Weeks before the Festival, Ubud begins to fill with a colorful, international tribe of conscious travelers, gathering in anticipation of one of the world’s most inspiring events.