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Liz Behrend

Arts Administration

Liz spent the better part of her childhood in Indonesia and caught the gamelan bug early. She never forgave her parents for moving the family from Jakarta to the gamelan-less city of Auckland when she was 13. When applying to colleges, her list of must-haves included a Javanese gamelan ensemble. But other factors prevailed and she reluctantly chose a school with a Balinese gamelan instead. She signed up during orientation week in September 1999 and hasn’t stopped playing since. After four years with Swarthmore’s Gamelan Semara Santi, Liz joined Gamelan Galak Tika in Boston, touring Bali with that group in 2005. She switched her loyalties to Gamelan Dharma Swara in 2007. Liz works for the Asian Cultural Council, which awards cultural exchange fellowships to artists, scholars, and arts and humanities professionals from the U.S. and Asia.

Asian Cultural Council