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An Indonesian orchestra composed mainly of tuned percussion instruments such as bamboo xylophones, wooden or metal chimes, and gongs.

[Javanese, from Old Javanese gamĕlan, percussion instrument, ensemble of percussion instruments, from gamĕl, to play a percussion instrument.]


(Music, other) a type of percussion orchestra common in the East Indies
[from Javanese]


(ˈgæm əˌlæn, -lən)

an Indonesian orchestra consisting of bowed stringed instruments, flutes, and a great variety of percussion instruments.
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Noun1.gamelan - a traditional Indonesian ensemble typically including many tuned percussion instruments including bamboo xylophones and wooden or bronze chimes and gongs
ensemble - a group of musicians playing or singing together; "a string ensemble"
Dutch East Indies, Indonesia, Republic of Indonesia - a republic in southeastern Asia on an archipelago including more than 13,000 islands; achieved independence from the Netherlands in 1945; the principal oil producer in the Far East and Pacific regions
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Part of the reason for this is that--in addition to the use of a Western drum set such as a ride cymbal, floor tom, toms, bass drum, snare drum and hi-hat--Prabowo uses traditional local instruments often found in Javanese gamelan music such as the kempul, kendang, and gong.
So from 1970 through 1974, I proceeded to study both of those musics - I traveled to Ghana in 1970 and then later studied Balinese gamelan music in Seattle and Berkeley.
In this study, he draws on his academic background in ethnomusicology to explore the complex relationship between the gamelan music of Java (Indonesia) and the West.
Catch Tim, Brendan and the Gamelan players at the Sage on Monday, July 18, or for other opportunities to learn about Gamelan music check out the Gong website http://gongfestival.
Along the same theme, but different in construction and perspective, Sumarsam, in chapter 3 reveals the importance of the Javanese gamelan for the development of ethnomusicology as a discipline, especially in his teaching at Wesleyan Univeristy--"The study of Indonesian music, particularly gamelan music, was directly linked to the initial development of ethnomusicology during the post-World War II period" (p.
Mary's Episcopal Church, 13th Avenue and Pearl Street, using puppets and gamelan music in a tradition that originated centuries ago on Java, now an island of Indonesia.
The music is woody, acoustic, full of cross rhythms and the kind of repetitive, overlapping cycles that have a lot in common with the Far Eastern gamelan music that greatly inspired minimalist composers like Steve Reich and Terry Riley.
Javanese dancer/choreographer Eko Supriyanto will perform a selection of his new choreography set to live gamelan music at 7:30 tonight as part of a free Friday Nights at the Getty performance series.
Part one, directed by Frankfurt dancer Dana Caspersen, begins with a bare, monochromatic stage, onto which Forsythe and actor Ron Thornhill emerge to the sounds of Javanese gamelan music (Sirimpi's Provisions for Death).
An exotic island of volcanoes, waterfalls, and rain forests, Bali has a dreamlike cadence punctuated by the heady perfume of tropical flowers and gamelan music.
Central Javanese gamelan music (karawitan) is characterized by a rich multi-part texture that revolves around a single melody.
One Sasak musician called the Balinese gamelan music "an umbrella within which everything evolves," acknowledging that the festival cannot take place until the Balinese gamelan performs on the opening day, and the audience for the Balinese masked dance has equal numbers of both groups.