UK's premier Balinese Gamelan performing group, Lila Cita was founded as Kembang Kirang in 1992 by Andy Channing to specialise in playing Balinese gamelan music. The group has played throughout the UK and abroad including performances at the Fondacion la Caixa in Barcelona, St James's Palace, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Glastonbury Festival. In July 2006, Lila Cita achieved a successful Bali Tour, which climaxed with a performance at the prestigious PKB, Bali Arts Festival, in Denpasar.
Who's who in Lila Cita:
Andy Channing - Founder / Artistic Director
Founder and artistic director of Lila Cita, Andy Channing studied gamelan at the South Bank Centre and at STSI (the University of Indonesian Performing Arts) Surakarta, Central Java and in Bali. Since 1991 he has taught and performed Balinese and Javanese gamelan throughout the UK at arts centres, schools and universities, including the South Bank Centre, City University and SOAS. He is director of the new LSO gamelan education programme.
I Nengah Susila (Pak Susila) - Guest Musical Director
Like many professional Balinese musicians, he has been playing music ever since he could remember. His formal training began at the Indonesian Academy of Performing Arts, where his specialisms included performance and composition. Recently he has been spending several months a year in London, teaching gamelan and developing new compositions with groups at SOAS, LSO and City University.