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Visiting professors I Nyoman Windha and I Gusti Agung Ayu Warsiki bring Balinese music and dance to BYU classrooms

Music professor Jeremy Grimshaw has long been fascinated by the Indonesian music tradition. Grimshaw — director of BYU’s Balinese percussion orchestra — specializes in the study of the Balinese musical genre of gamelan, and he works to bring guest experts in the style to the School of Music whenever possible. During the 2019-2020 school year, Grimshaw brought Indonesian culture to an even wider audience by inviting both a Balinese musician and a dancer to teach at BYU.

Balinese music and dance students at a performance in November 2019. (Courtesy of Melanie Kimball)

I Nyoman Winhda is an award-winning musician, renowned in Bali for his gamelan compositions and performance. Windha’s wife, I Gusti Agung Ayu Warsiki, is an accomplished performer in her own right, and a revered teacher of traditional Balinese dance. Last year, Grimshaw approached world dance professor Jeanette Geslison about co-hosting the famous couple as guest professors. She was equally delighted by the idea, and an original partnership was born.

Read more about this unique partnership at dance.byu.edu or music.byu.edu

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