Claire Fassnacht

Founder and Director of Chicago Balinese Gamelan

A Chicago native, Claire discovered gamelan in 2010 at Lawrence University with I Dewa Ketut Alit Adnyana. In 2015, she completed a one and a half year residency in Bali as a Darmasiswa Fellow, studying traditional Balinese gamelan and dance at the music conservatory (ISI). Claire has performed as musician and dancer with several reputable gamelan ensembles in Bali, Indonesia and in the U.S., including as a member for two years with Gamelan Galak Tika in Boston, MA. In 2017 she founded Chicago Balinese Gamelan together with I Ketut Gede Asnawa and I Nyoman Mahartayasa. 


I Ketut Gede Asnawa

Creative Advisor

I Ketut Gede Asnawa is a composer, performer, and scholar from Bali, Indonesia. He taught at the government-sponsored secondary- and tertiary-level conservatories of Balinese music and his compositions have been featured around the world including the Festival of Young Composers in Jakarta and the annual Bali Arts Festival. An accomplished gamelan musician and teacher, Asnawa has toured internationally and has worked with a multitude of private and university-level gamelan groups. He is currently a faculty member in the School of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he teaches various styles of Balinese gamelan.


I Nyoman Mahartayasa

Co-Founder of Indonesian Performing Arts Chicago

Nyoman was born in Bali and moved to Chicago in 1999 to work as a software engineer. Nyoman is the co-founder of Indonesian Performing Arts Chicago, which promotes Indonesian dance and music in the Chicago area. In 2009 he organized the international Ramayana Dance Drama performance in collaboration with the Indian and Thailand American communities and the International Ramayana conference in 2010 at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.


Dian Magdalena

Board Member/ Dancer

Dian Magdalena is an Indonesian native who has lived in Chicago since 2001. She started learning Balinese dance when she was just five years old. Her Balinese mother introduced her to the Balinese culture. She grew up surrounded by gamelan and dancing, many of her aunts are renowned dancers in Bali. Throughout her childhood, until she graduated from high-school, Dian performed various dances in many school or social functions. After moving to the U.S. she joined IPAC (Indonesian Performing Arts of Chicago) in 2011. Using IPAC as the vehicle, she continues toperform Balinese dance in many occasions for various different.


Putu Oka Mardiani

Dance Advisor

Putu Oka Mardiani is a professional Balinese dancer, dance teacher, and choreographer, from Bali, Indonesia. In addition to performing throughout Bali and Indonesia, she has toured throughout Japan, the United States, and Canada. She taught and choreographed dance at the University of Maryland Baltimore County from 1989-1991, the Université de Montréal in 1994, and the University of Missouri Kansas City from 2003 to 2006. She is presently a dance teacher-in-residence at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


Patrick Horton

Board Member/Musician

Patrick Horton is a relative newcomer to the music of Bali and began playing with the Chicago Balinese Gamelan in 2018. Before joining this ensemble, he studied with I Dewa Putu Berata and the members of the Çudamani gamelan as a part of the Çudamani Summer Institute in Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali. Previously, Patrick spent 11 years teaching middle school and high school instrumental music and music technology in Ohio and Indiana. He is currently a PhD student at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where he is studying world music, technology, and creativity in music education.



Board Member

Mr. Martino Tangkar is a dedicated leader that currently serves as National President of the Indonesian Diaspora Network (IDN) in United States. He has also previously led the Asian American Advisory Council of the Illinois Secretary of State, the Asian American Coalition of Chicago, and is active in many other Indonesian and Asian American organizations throughout the Midwest. He has organized a number of cultural events including conferences, fundraisers, flag-raising ceremonies, cultural performances, and educational seminars. His hard work and leadership have also earned him many awards including the “International Man of the Year 2018” by US Congressman Danny K. Davis’ Multi-Ethnic Advisory Task Force and the Mahatma Gandhi Sesquicentennial Medallion of Excellence in 2019.


Ivan Indrautama

Board Member

Ivan Indrautama is a native of Indonesia and has been living in Chicago since early 2000. Ivan spent the last 20 years as a software engineer, building e-commerce platforms for online stores, including one for a successful re-election political campaign.  Ivan is a maker, tinkering with mechanical and electronic things. He is also a photographer, and often you'll find him documenting Chicago Balinese Gamelan performances.