Balinese drummer and composer I Made Lasmawan was born in the village of Bangah, in the Baturiti region of the regency of Tabanan, Bali in 1958. Strongly influenced by his family and involved in the arts since childhood, he entered KOKAR (Conservatory for Traditional Performing Arts) in Denpasar, Bali, and graduated in 1977. He continued his studies in 1978 at STSI (Indonesian College of the Arts) in Surakarta (Solo), Central Java, and studied traditional Javanese music, receiving his Traditional Indonesian Music degree in 1983.
Pak Lasmawan has since traveled throughout the world, including Belgium, France, England, Singapore, Japan and Mexico. He is a prolific composer who taught Balinese music at STSI from 1983 until 1990, when he was invited to San Diego State University to teach Javanese and Balinese music. Living in Colorado since 1993 as Artist-in-Residence with Gamelan Tunas Mekar, Pak Lasmawan also teaches Balinese gamelan at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado the University of Wyoming in Laramie and the University of Colorado, Boulder.
When in Bali, Pak Lasmawan continues to play a lead role in the development of his home village’s musical orchestras, which include a men’s gamelan angklung and a children’s orchestra.
Pak Made is accompanied in the United States by his wife, Ni Ketut Marni and his sons, Putu Tangkas Adi Mayena, I Made Tangkas Ade Wijaya and I Nyoman Tangkas Aji Guyasa.