Balinese Gamelan

Lawrence University is extremely fortunate to own an entire set of Balinese gamelan instruments. The term "gamelan" refers to an ensemble of traditional percussion-keyed instruments, gongs, drums and bamboo flutes from Indonesia. The music is taught by rote and committed directly to memory allowing for a high degree of interaction between musicians. This is a great opportunity to learn about another culture through its music. 

The inter-generational (ages 9-adult; under 9 with parent) gamelan ensemble meets weekly each semester to explore and experience this unique form of music making.

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Learn more about the community Gamelan from Sonja Downing, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music.




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