Members

Andy McGraw
Andy
McGraw

is an Associate Professor of music at the University of Richmond. He received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University in 2005 and has published extensively on traditional and experimental music in Southeast Asia. As a student and performer of Indonesian musics he has studied and...

Justin
Alexander
Emily
Bradford

Emily is a Richmond, VA native and 2018 University of Richmond graduate. She has been a member of Gamelan Raga Kusuma since 2016. When she isn't playing gamelan or working as a librarian, Emily can be found wrangling her SPCA mutt and playing her violin in local chamber ensembles.

Edward
Breitner
Zachary
Cain
Tara
Cassidy

Tara is a Richmond native who enjoys cooking and travel, and has been a member of GRK since 2010.

Pinson
Chanselle
Robin
Dennehy
Kyle
Dosier

Kyle grows food; teaches gardening classes; helps run a farmer's market; plays music; and works with large numbers of engaged adults, students, and artists around Richmond on various projects. He has been with Raga Kusuma since 2009

Joe
Eib
Paul
Fleisher

Paul is a retired Richmond Public Schools teacher, and author of several dozen books for young people and educators. He currently serves as a part-time staff member of the Richmond Peace Education Center. He has played with Gamelan Raga Kusuma since its very first rehearsal.
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Jackson
Gillie
Derrick
Gregory

Derrick Gregory has been part of Gamelan Raga Kusuma for 8 years and is a Software Project Manager at Timmons Group. He lives in Richmond with his wife Kelly, his dog, and his three chickens. In his spare time, he often wonders of things to put in public profiles on websites.

Vidya
Mastriyana

is currently a high school junior, and has been playing with Gamelan Raga Kusuma since it was founded in 2006.

At one point, he was its (unofficial) mascot.

Nick
Merillat

Nick is the director of bands at Maggie Walker Governor's School. He has been a member of Gamelan Raga Kusuma since 2018. He lives in Richmond with his wife Liz and two cats, Stella and Lorenzo.

Sita
Nuenighoff

was born and raised in Jakarta. She joined the gamelan group just recently for fun and a way to reconnect with one of the traditional childhood music instruments she once played. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, gardening and cycling!

John
Priestley

(johnpriestley.net) makes stuff out of bits and plays musical things.

Natalie
Quick

Natalie studied classical guitar and music education at VCU and graduated in 2013. She is very active in the RVA music scene and performs regularly on guitar, bass, and ukulele.

Audrey
Short

Audrey has been in GRK since it started. Currently teaching English as a Second Language at Virginia Commonwealth University, Audrey loves languages, community partnerships, and sharing food. She enjoys playing with River City Taiko and spending time with her family and friends in Richmond....

Julie
Sidharta

is a real estate company owner and manager. She joined Gamelan Raga Kusuma in 2007 for fun and as a personal challenge. She loves to travel, eat spicy food, ride bikes on flat surfaces, and eventually she would like to retire in Bali.

Tom
Skjei
Daniel
Smither
Matt
Stahl
Daniel
Wingo
Jessica
Zike

I have studied gamelan for the past 18 years, including a year in Java.

Silvia
Firdaus

Born in East Java and a mother of two children. Plays the ukulele in her spare time and enjoys doing song covers. Loves to grow things in her garden.

Zeistina
Khan
Brian
Magill
Daniel
Martin

Is a drummer and sound lover, and has been a member of GRK since 2008. He completed his BA in English/Philosophy in 2009 at VCU, and pursued a minor in jazz drums. Through the 2013-14 Darmasiswa program, he studied Javanese and Balinese Gamelan at ISI Surakarta in Central Java, and continued...

Wayan
Mastriyana

Born and raised in East Bali. Completed HS in Denpasar. Studied at Gandhigram, Berea and Marshall. Lead Lisle trips to Bali in 1999 and 2000. Lived in Richmond since 2004. Is in the process of building another home and guest house in Budakeling.

Hannah
Standiford

Hannah studied classical guitar performance at VCU and has a background in Americana and songwriting. She studied karawitan and keroncong in Solo, Java in 2014-15 under the Darmasiswa scholarship. When she returned from her scholarship, she created a group called Rumput that blends keroncong and...

Thalia
Viranda

Thalia is from Nothern Bali and is currently a student at the University of Richmond

John
White