Javanese Gamelan music from Central Java, Indonesia.
Gamelan are Indonesian orchestras that feature bronze gongs, chimes and other melodic percussion instruments. Gamelan music incorporates unique tuning systems, intricate melodies, sophisticated rhythms, and flexible interaction among musicians. The ensemble will focus on learning the traditional court music from the city Surakarta.
Meets Tuesdays, 4:00–6:00 pm in the Ethnomusicology Ensemble Room (Art Annex 120).
Course Information: MUS 149. Indonesian Gamelan Ensemble (2 units)
The word gamelan is used in a similar way to our word orchestra. It refers to the Indonesian gong-chime ensembles of Java, Bali, and Sunda. This concert features music from the Central Javanese repertoire, collectively called karawitan, that has developed over centuries in the royal courts of Surakarta and Yogyakarta. Karawitan is still a living tradition in Java, modified and transformed by those who play it.
Free, no tickets necessary (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)