MM–ethnomusicology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Composer, performer, and scholar I Ketut Gede Asnawa was born in Densasar, Bali, Indonesia, where he has taught at the National College of the Arts (STSI) and the High School of Performing Arts since 1980. His compositions have been featured at prestigious events such as the Festival of Young Composers in Jakarta and the annual Bali Arts Festival. Recently, his talent as a cutting-edge composer and innovator in Balinese music was recognized in the Grove Music Online. An accomplished gamelan musician, Asnawa has toured Europe, the United States, and Asia, and has been invited to teach gamelan to audiences throughout North America and Europe.
From 1989 to 1991 he taught Gamelan Genta Pinara Pitu at the University of Maryland (Baltimore County). In 1993-1994 he was invited to lead a gamelan workshop at the Universitè de Montrèal along with an ensemble at the Eastman School of Music, and Gamelan Giri Mekar, a private group in Woodstock, NY. In 1997 he directed the Amsterdam-based gamelan group Sandi Sari, and in the Spring of 2000 he led the gamelan beleganjur ensemble Eka Sruti Illini at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In the Fall of 2001 he taught the private gamelan group Sekar Jaya, affiliated with the University of Berkeley, and he subsequently taught the innovative gamelan style of Semara Dana as a visiting faculty member at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, as well as Genta Kasturi, a newly formed gamelan group in Kansas City, for three years. During this time he also presented gamelan workshops at Florida State University. Since Fall 2006 has has been teaching various styles of Balinese gamelan at Illinois.