I first learned about gamelan at the University of North Texas where I studied Percussion. The interlocking (rhythms split between partners) instantly mesmerized me.
When traveling to Bali in 2009 I asked about gamelans in New York City and Dharma Swara was the first mentioned by many Balinese artists. I’ve been a member of Dharma Swara since early 2010. I’ve played almost all the instruments, my favorites are Reyong and Kendang.