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Week Five: Red Oak, IA

The fifth and final week of World Fest brought Çudamani to Red Oak, IA. The majority of our workshops and demonstrations took place inside the Wilson Performing Arts Center which was a delightful way to end the tour. Thanks to Karen Sherman for the generous hospitality throughout our stay. It …

Week Four: Charleston, Illinois

The fourth week of World Fest brought Çudamani to Charleston, Illinois. The group was pleased to see the first signs of spring with the sunny weather, tall grasses, and tree buds. Throughout the week, we traveled through surrounding towns in Coles and Clark Counties and even north to Champaign/Urbana. Thanks …

Week Three: Saugatuck, Michigan

The third week of World Fest brought Çudamani to Saugatuck, Michigan. Throughout the week, the group visited schools in Saugatuck as well as neighboring communities of Glenn, Zeeland, Holland, and Douglas. Special thanks to the Indiana Arts Commission for the invitation to perform at the University of Notre Dame in …

Wabash, Indiana: Small Town, Big Hearts

The second week of World Fest brought us to Wabash, Indiana. Throughout the week, we visited schools across Wabash and Blackford counties, participated in the city’s annual Foundation for Art and Music Education (FAME) Festival, and performed at the historic Honeywell Center. The girls perform “Gabor,” a traditional Balinese welcome …

World Fest Resumes in Elyria, Ohio

Arts Midwest World Fest presents international musical ensembles in intensive week-long residencies in smaller Midwest communities. Its purpose is to foster an understanding of and appreciation for global uniqueness and differences. We are grateful to Arts Midwest and its Senior Program Director Ken Carlson for giving us the opportunity to participate …

Children Perform Barong in Ubud

Çudamani encourages children to develop their love of the arts from a very early age. Dewa Gde Sanjaya (6 years old) and Dewa Gde Wijaya (4 years old) perform as an ‘offering’ for the cremation ceremony of the King of Ubud. Sanjaya and Wijaya have been tutored by Dewa Putu …

Girls Gamelan Group

Çudamani’s youth program includes children of all ages. We are proud to say that our girls group is outstanding. Here is a short clip from 2007. While some of these girls are now in university, a new class of youngsters has formed.