Tuning a Gamelan Semaradana in Vancouver, BC
Vital Records is owned by Wayne Vitale, a composer and educator who has long been inspired by the music of Bali, Indonesia. He has studied and collaborated with many Balinese musicians and ensembles, leading myriad projects bringing them together with diverse artists and audiences. His works have been performed by noted gamelan orchestras in Bali. He is a founding member and composer in the Lightbulb Ensemble, twelve percussionists working at the interface of Balinese and Western music traditions and innovations. He is also a member and past director (1992 - 2009) of Gamelan Sekar Jaya, an ensemble of sixty musicians and dancers with an unparalleled international reputation for its cross-cultural programs.
He has also devoted himself to the metallic art of gamelan tuning and restoration, grinding and filing his way throughout the US and Europe to restore Balinese instruments.
His work has been supported the Center for Cultural Innovation, the Creative Work Fund (a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund), the Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals, the Gerbode-Hewlett Music Commissioning Award (for Mikrokosma), the National Endowment for the Arts, and other funders.