The artistry of I Wayan Pager has been featured in Sunset magazine.
"Om Swastiastu (Balinese greeting meaning hope you are safe and happy).
"My name is I Wayan Pager, born in Bali in 1959. I started making gamelan pieces when I was a child. This 'gamelan' skill has been passed from generation to generation, recently under my father's guidance, I Wayan Gableran. The gamelan maker in Bali is called 'Pande Gong'.
"After graduating from the Faculty Of Technology in the Machinery Technology Department of Udayana University in 1990, I now work with sixty workers. They are divided into teams such as woodworking, painting, carving, gamelan making, and tuning or sound adjusting. The materials we use are bronze and yellow nickel, wood, bamboo, and leather. The metal is first burnt on a container with coconut shell ashes. After melted, it is poured into a determined container to produce the specified form.
"The gamelan orchestra in Bali is closely related to ceremony and performance. Every ceremony is always accompanied by dance and gamelan music. Every 'banjar' organization has several team groups known as 'sekaa,' such as gamelan, drama, dance, rice harvesting, etc.. The sekaa of the gamelan orchestra is called 'sekaa gong'. The group is varied and has specific characteristics that are unique. In these times, there exist many sekaa gong, including foreign ones. So the gamelan is in high demand both nationally and internationally. Besides entertaining people, the melodious gamelan music also helps to heal mental sickness and increase our spirit.
"Gamelan orchestra is a team performance that should be played together to create a unity of melodious harmony. Every instrument contributes its own rhyme in harmony with the others."