The Cambridge Youth Gamelan (Gamelan Anak Tika) aims to inspire, engage with, and educate youth about traditional gamelan music and dance of Bali, Indonesia.
Photography by Judith M. Daniels
Meet the Instructor(s):
Claire Fassnacht is a musician, dancer and educator from Chicago. She has been playing gamelan music and performing Balinese dance for six years, a year and a half during which she lived in Bali, Indonesia. During her residency in Indonesia, she was a member of three women’s gamelan groups, a men’s group and a children’s group. She also studied at the Balinese music and dance conservatory in Denpasar, Bali for a year as a Darmasiswa Scholar. Claire is a member of Gamelan Galak Tika, the Balinese gamelan group at MIT, and Gamelan Laras Tentrem, the Javanese gamelan group at Tufts University. She has a Bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from Lawrence University and currently attends graduate school studying performing arts administration at Boston University.
Mark Stewart has been a member of Gamelan Galak Tika for more than 15 years. He toured with the group in its 2005 trip to Bali and has performed with them at numerous venues, including Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, Zankel Hall, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Emeric Viani is a music educator in the greater Boston area with special interests in non-traditional curriculum, world music, community music education, choral music, and Balinese gamelan. He is the Lower and Middle School music teacher at the Pike School in Andover, MA, and he is in his third year as a Teaching Fellow for the Boston Children’s Chorus. In addition to his work as an educator, Emeric is the General Manager for Gamelan Galak Tika, MIT’s Balinese gamelan ensemble that specializes in traditional and contemporary music composed for Balinese gamelan gong kebyar. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Play On Music Festival at Lowell, MA and the Rogue Music Education Conference in Rochester, NY. Emeric holds an M.A. in Music Education, M.A. in Ethnomusicology, B.M. in Music Education, and Certificate in World Music from the Eastman School of Music. He is also certified Kodàly Level I from the KMI Institute.
Krista Speroni is spunky modern nomad who grew up in rural Kauai and wandered her way into a degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. While she majored in the brain, Ms. Speroni’s real passion in life is music. Her eclectic musical background has has brought her everywhere from funk bands to Balinese Gamelan; a constant challenge and great source of inspiration has been learning and teaching Senegalese Drumming (Sabar). She employs this vocation to inspire holistic living as an educator in order to nurture healthy communities. Her songs are catchy, lyrically driven and ethereal.