The Center for World Music's
Spring 2002 Artist in
I Nyoman Sumandhi
Acclaimed Balinese performing artist Ni Nyoman Sumandhi will
be in residence in San Diego, and on tour in the US, during the
first half of this year as the Center for World Music's Year 2002
Artist in Residence.
I Nyoman Sumandhi was born into a long line of Balinese dalangs
or shadow puppet masters. His father was the renowned
dalang Bapak Rajeg, one of Balis greatest topeng
dancers and puppet masters.
The shadow puppet theater or Wayang Kulit is regarded as the
pinnacle of the arts in Indonesia. Dalangs are recognized as master
artists as well as spiritual leaders. Becoming a dalang involves
a mastery of traditional music, dance, and choreography, as well
as the repertoire and theatrical techniques associated with the
shadow puppet theater.
Pak Sumandhi's schedule is quite full, but he is avaliable
on certain dates for performances, workshops, and lecture demonstrations.
Sumandhi will give a series of
Balinese Gamelan Workshops in San Diego during March and April, 2002.
Pak Sumandhi's residency in
Spring 2000 was supported in part by a grant from the Asian