Gamelan Anak Tika (Cambridge Youth Gamelan) teaches youth about traditional gamelan music and dance of Bali, Indonesia through hands-on learning experiences delivered by experienced instructors. Our group is open to students in Grades 2 – 11 regardless of prior musical experience. We are an inclusive community of eager learners and we love welcoming new members to our group.
Photography by Judith M. Daniels
Meet the Instructor(s):
Margaret Rowley (Co-Artistic Director)
Margaret Rowley is a Ph.D. student at Boston University, where she studies religious and secular soundscapes in Senegal. Margaret can generally be found reading about musical and non-musical sounds, Islam, church bells, and American yoga kirtan, among other topics. She spent two years playing with Gamelan Lila Muni at the Eastman School of Music, where she enjoyed the loud instruments and the wonderful community. She is thrilled to be working with Gamelan Anak Tika again for the second year.
So Yeon Shin (Co-Teacher)
So Yeon Shin is from South Korea, and loves music and the performing arts. She started learning traditional Balinese dance after joining Gamelan Galak Tika in 2015. Prior to joining Gamelan Galak Tika, So Yeon was a member of Gamelan Semara Santi at Swarthmore College for three years. So Yeon is currently a Ph.D. student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she studies early development of bilingual children from immigrant families.
Mark Stewart (Co-Founder, Manager)
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 (Co-Artistic Director)
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 & Middle School music teacher at the Pike School in Andover, MA, and he is a conductor for the Boston Children’s Chorus. Emeric served as the General Manager for Gamelan Galak Tika MIT’s Balinese gamelan ensemble from 2014 – 2018. Emeric holds an M.A. in Music Education, M.A. in Ethnomusicology, B.M. in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. He is also certified Kodàly Level I from the KMI Institute.