I Wayan Gde Yudane

I Wayan Gde Yudane

Composer I Wayan Yudane has garnered a reputation for his breathtakingly diverse music, cutting across Balinese gamelan, western string ensembles, electro-acoustic performances, choir, film, art installation and theatre. He has created pieces for ensembles as diverse as: the New Zealand Trio; New Zealand String Quartet; Australian Art Orchestra and ‘Theft of Sita’; ZOFO San Francisco, California; Momenta Quartet NY; Aaron Copland School of Music Queens College Percussion Ensemble New York; gamelan ensembles such as Gamelan Wrdhi Swaram and many more. His compositions embrace an open exploration of new ideas, crossing musical and cultural boundaries and referencing both eastern and western traditions. In his compositions, often characterized as fast moving, sweeping soundscapes, he continually experiments and explores creative processes of new music.

Born in Denpasar, Yudane grew up in a musical family. He has composed, performed and taught for many years in Indonesia, Europe and New Zealand. In Europe, he worked with the Temps Fort Theatre from France and Cara Bali Group in Munich as well as completing commissions for La Batie Festival. In Australia, he collaborated with Australian composer Paul Grabowsky on the score for ‘Theft of Sita’ production which travelled internationally for over 5 years to rave reviews and received the Melbourne Age Critics Award for Creative Excellence and the Helpmann Award for Best original score.

After marrying his kiwi wife, Robyn Wellwood, Yudane moved to New Zealand. He received the 2002 Artist-in- Residence at the New Zealand School of Music, supported by the Ford Foundation and this became a prolific and exciting time artistically for him. Yudane met and became great friends with New Zealand composer and ethnomusicologist, Jack Body, who inspired Yudane over the next decades as they collaborated and worked together on many new projects such as “Paradise Regained’ and ‘House in Bali’. In collaboration with Gareth Farr, he composed and performed the music for the acclaimed 2007 Capital E production of Spinning Mountain.

During his time in New Zealand, Yudane codirected the New Zealand Balinese ensemble, Gamelan Taniwha Jaya and taught gamelan and composition at the New Zealand School of Music. He composed a number of pieces for both Taniwha Jaya and Gamelan Padhang Moncar, including his final concert titled Musical Hunters and Collectors. He travelled widely, receiving the IMEB artist in residence in Bourge, France in 2004 and touring widely with different groups including the New Zealand Trio. Recordings of Yudane’s works includes: ‘Laughing Water’; ‘Sita’; ‘Terra-Incognita’; ‘Arak’; ‘flourish’; ‘House in Bali’; Water.

Since returning to his homeland in Bali, Yudane has become one of the most visible voices in new music for gamelan in Bali, working to create the Triple2 project, showcasing new music for gamelan. Yudane explains, “The focus of our concerts is on new music for gamelan which steps into structures of music that are linear and asymmetrical, rather than cyclical. As composers, we present our own ideas which can at times be based on traditional Balinese gamelan and at times based on Western traditions of music”.

Group/Artist name : I Wayan Gde Yudane Gamelan Wrdhi Swaram And Balinese dancers
Origin : Bali
Number of traveling members : 24 persons (incl.Balinese dancers)

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I Wayan Gde Yudane
+62 812 36810929

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