Upcoming Performances

Friday, April 24, 2015

Balinese Music & Dance Demonstration and Performance

Denver Public Schools


gamelan chandra wyoga, university of wyoming gamelan ensembleSaturday, May 2, 2015 • 6:30 PM

Music & Dance of Bali with Gamelan Candra Wyoga

The Gryphon Theatre
710 East Garfield
Laramie, WY 82070

We are very excited to be joining Gamelan Candra Wyoga for an evening of Balinese Music & Dance.

Candra Wyoga will present a full set of instrumental and dance compositions including Cilinaya and more. Tunas Mekar will present the dynamic “Kreasi Baru” composition Kosalya Arini performed using Candra Wyoga’s stunning semar pegulingan orchestra, and Pekeling, composed by I Made Lasmawan, on our own gamelan angklung instruments. Then, the two groups will come together to present the delightful Barong lion dance.

Tickets are $10 (GA)

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Saturday, May 9, 2015 • 7:30 PM

Music & Dance of Bali
with special guests I Made Bandem and Ni Swasti Wijaya Bandem

I Made Bandem

Denver School of the Arts
7111 Montview Blvd.
Denver, CO 80220

7:30 PM

Tunas Mekar, under the direction of artist-in-residence I Made Lasmawan, is honored to welcome special guest artists Dr. I Made Bandem and his wife, Ni Luh Nesa Swasti Wijaya Bandem, for a very special concert!

This is a unique opportunity to see Tunas Mekar perform using both the gamelan angklung and semaradana instruments in one concert. We will present a full evening of music and dance pieces including Kebyar Trompong with Pak Bandem, Puspanjali (choreographed by Ni Swasti Bandem), Margapati, Cilinaya, the dynamic “Kreasi Baru” composition Kosalya Arini, I Made Lasmawan’s composition Tirta Bhuana and more. Additional guest dancers include Ni Ketut Marni, Justice Miles, Vie Lim, Putu Indira Sandika and Putu Laksmi Maquina.

A Little History

In 1974, Colorado Women’s College (dissolved in the early 1980s) wrote and received a grant to obtain a Balinese gamelan for the music department. Ultimately, Pak Bandem was the one who located a beautiful set of old, unused instruments, probably made in the 1940s, from the village of Karangasem that could be repaired and eventually shipped to CWC.  These were the days before email and cell phones.  Instead, carbon-copied letters were written over the course of two years to determine the status of the instruments, which sat on a dock in Java for two years before being shipped. The first class of Balinese gamelan instruction began at CWC in 1976 and the first concert was performed on the stage at the then Houston Fine Arts Center.

Thirty-nine years later, those same instruments, on the same stage (now Denver School of the Arts) will be featured in a concert with Pak Bandem as guest dancer. As well, his wife’s choreographed piece, Puspanjali will be featured on the original angklung orchestra that he shipped to Colorado so many years ago!

This is a concert not to be missed — its history is rich; its music and dance mesmerizing.


Advance tickets are available online through May 8. If not sold out, tickets will also be available at the door the day of the show. Prices are $20/general admission and $10/seniors, students and children 12 and under.

Purchase Tickets Online:

$20/general admission

$10/seniors, students and children 12 and under



See Events Archive for a list of our past concerts and events.