Under the direction of Mark Geslison, the BYU Folk Music Ensemble celebrates the rich variety and heritage of folk music. With an emphasis in American folk music, the program actually consists of several small ensembles, some of which assist the BYU International Folk Dancers both in their local performances, and on their international tours.
Gamelan Bintang Wahyu (gah-meh-lahn bin-tahng whah-yew) is an ensemble of musicians from all across the BYU community who are dedicated to learning and performing the traditional and contemporary music of Bali, a small but artistically rich island in the Indonesian peninsula.
The ensemble performs on instruments hand-crafted by Balinese tuners and carvers in the shop of I Wayan Beratha, Bali’s most revered composer and instrument builder. The group is led by Dr. Jeremy Grimshaw, and, whenever possible, joined by guest musical directors and dancers from Bali. Past guests include I Ketut Gede Asnawa, Ni Putu Oka Mardiani, I Made Lasmawan, Ni Ketut Marni, Edmundo Luna, and Ayu Putu Niastarika.