Regarded as one of the fastest guitarist in Indonesia, I Wayan Balawan will appear in a special concert performing his signature blend of traditional Balinese music with jazz. In 1993, he was awarded a scholarship to study jazz at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney and in 1997, returned to Bali and formed a band called Batuan Ethnic Fusion.
Well-known for his ability to play a double-neck guitar and his development of the touch-tapping technique, Balawan has released three albums and tours all over the world.
See critically acclaimed Bali (recently reviewed in the New York Times), mingle over cocktails, embark on a docent tour, stroll the galleries, and drop in on casual interactive 30-minute gamelan workshops with Gamelan Kori Mas, who'll demonstrate traditional interlocking techniques, melodic structure, and dynamics of the gamelan ensemble. They'll discuss the varied roles that gamelan music ensembles hold in Balinese culture, and invite the audience to experience to Bali's ethos of balance, harmony, and interdependence for themselves by trying their hand at an instrument!