GDA will be working intensively with a guest Balinese master teacher from 14th November to the 5th of December.
Pande “Yande” Mardiana is a leading light in the younger generation of Balinese musicians active on the island today. He teaches regularly at (music and dance) at UNHI Denpasar (Hindu Uni), and STIKOM Denpasar. His father a well known musician and his mother a respected dancer, Yande’s lineage is providence personified. Earning his stripes by playing in his father’s professional performance ensemble from an early age, Yande is an example of the practical school of performance. He is also formally qualified in the art of Balinese music, earning a Master of Music title from ISI conservatory.
Yande has travelled to many countries outside of Indonesia in his career as a master drummer and ensemble director, including parts of Europe and Asia. He is highly sought after as a guest ensemble director within Bali too, his experience as a teacher is second to none in his generation. He is often found performing in cutting edge ensembles such as Windha’s acclaimed “Jes Fusion”, but is equally at home in the ancient tradtional music of his beloved homeland, possessing a respectful appreciation for the dignified culture all too rarely found in younger musicians these days.
A creative composer, Yande’s ability to work with musicians of all backgrounds has won him aclaim in his past commissions, making him the perfect inclusion in an Australian community ensemble project.