Mon Feb 4
Composition Seminar with Dewa Alit
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, Room 113, Music Building
Feb 1 to 10
Composer Residency with Dewa Alit
Internationally acclaimed for his brilliant innovations to the Gamelan tradition, composer Dewa Alit showcases his works (including new compositions for Western instruments) in a 10-day residency at UBC.
Born to a family of artists in Pengosekan village in Bali, Dewa Ketut Alit was immersed in Balinese gamelan from early childhood. His father Dewa Nyoman Sura and his oldest brother Dewa Putu Berata were the most influential teachers in his life. He began performing at age 11, and by age 13 was playing ugal (leading instrument) in his village’s gamelan group. In 1998 he graduated from the Academy of Indonesian Performing Arts in Denpasar (STSI Denpasar)In 1997, he and his brothers founded Çudamani, which acquired renown locally and, through tours, internationally. Since 2000 Dewa Alit has been acknowledged as the leading composer of his generation in Bali. Since 2001, he has regularly taught internationally, including at UBC (2001-2004), and subsequently at MIT. He collaborates regularly with musicians and dancers from around the world. Seeking a wider path for expressing his approach to new music in gamelan, Dewa Alit founded his own gamelan group in 2007, Gamelan Salukat, performing on a new set of instruments of Alit’s own tuning and design. In 2014 Alit was chosen for a commission by Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt which resulted in his first orchestral work “Open My Door” (2015). This unique cross-cultural work using the media of Western classical music led to the commissioning of “Simalakama”, to be performed in Vancouver on February 9 2019.
Presented by UBC School of Music’s Rhythm Research Cluster with support from the University of British Columbia Research Excellence Clusters Initiative.