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Hirotaka Inuzuka

Gamelan Faculty

Hirotaka Inuzuka is a performing artist and educator. Hiro began
studying Balinese gamelan during his undergraduate studies in
Ethnomusicology at UCLA. He continued to study Indonesian music
and dance at California Institute of the Arts under the mentorship of I Nyoman Wenten, where he earned his Masters of Fine Arts in World Music Performance. He frequently travels to Bali to expand his expertise and study with Bali's most renowned artists and teachers.
Currently he is a prominent member of several gamelan groups in the greater Los Angeles area including Burat Wangi, Giri Kusuma, and Bhuwana Kumala. He has performed in the United States, Japan, and Bali, participating in events such as Pesta Kesenian Bali (Bali Arts Festival), Bali Mandara Mahalango, World Festival of Sacred Music, and Performing Indonesia at the Smithsonian Institute. On film, his appearances include Documentary Now! season 2 “Final Transmission,” performing a film parody of Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense” with Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Maya Rudolph, “Hello Again” an interactive film featuring Beck’s cover of David Bowie’s “Sound and Vision,” and a music video for Judith Hill’s “Queen of the Hill.” Hiro has been a teaching artist with the Center For World Music since 2015, where he has taught gamelan and kecak classes to elementary and middle school students in San Diego. Hiro is also an instructor of Indonesian music at the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA), a performing arts training program for high school students.
He currently serves as a music faculty at Loyola Marymount University and University of San Diego.
With a focus on sharing his passion for gamelan, Mr. Inuzuka founded two gamelan ensembles in 2014: Gamelan Gambuh Burat Wangi, a Balinese ensemble dedicated to the music of the Gambuh dance drama, a rare and ancient repertoire that is Bali’s oldest surviving dance form, and Gamelan Merdu Kumala, a community ensemble in Tujunga, California. Hiro directs these groups, which perform in festivals and concerts including World Rhythms at Descanso Gardens, Brand Library Plaza Concert Series, Lou Harrison’s centennial celebration at Harrison House, Calarts World Music and Dance Festival, and Celebrate LA!, Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 100th anniversary celebration. 


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