What is a Gamelan?
From the Javanese word gamel, (mallet used to strike instruments, or the act of striking), gamelan means "to hammer."
The Gamelan is a large percussion ensemble, originating in Java or Bali. Instruments may include gongs, metallophones, drums, cymbals, bamboo flutes and strings. Melodies are woven together in a balanced performance, where no single player stands out or becomes a virtuoso.
The Anne Eyes Science Lecture: Composer & MIT Professor Evan Ziporyn on Saturday, Mar 18, 2017
The Anne Eyes Science Lecture presented composer and professor Evan Ziporyn, speaking about ethnomusicology and the intersection between science and art. A concert by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Gamelan Galak Tika was featured, followed by a hands-on demonstration of this unique Balinese percussion instrument.
Coming soon: New Galak Tika recordings in our collection!
Gamelan music accompanies rituals, ceremonies, dance-drama, and puppet shows.
Gamelans in the West...