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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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has been a student, teacher, and performer of gamelan in Indonesia and the US for most of his life.
Established Welsh Proms events such as the Tiddly Prom and the Gamelan Prom will be joined by new additions like ukulele, guitar, gamelan and samba drumming workshops and a new musical by the Unknown Theatre Company entitled The True, True Story of Quincy Jones.
Gamelan Sari Pandhawa will present an evening of wayang kulit, the traditional shadow puppet theater of Indonesia, in a retelling of the Old English epic poem "Beowulf" this weekend.
Gamelan is a set of percussion instruments featuring gongs, drums, metallophones and chimes, and is played in an orchestra.
Popular with visitors to Indonesia, today the gamelan is used almost exclusively at puppet shows, traditional dance and marriage ceremonies.
Their gamelan with guitars interlocking polyrhythmic rock is drawn mostly here from the albums The ConstruKction Of Light and The Power To Believe, while the gnomic Robert Fripp's guitar work still has the ability to make your jaw head south.
Master Fader, with the Indonesian gender instrument, used in gamelan music, practices for the Do-It-Yourself Music Day at the World Museum Liverpool
At the same time he was exposed to, and eventually thoroughly distracted by, Javanese gamelan music, and his study of it both at home and in Indonesia led him to confront what seemed to him a basic conflict in his musical impulses: those towards expressive beauty and rigorous structure.
July 18 will see an evening of traditional Javanese music in the Gamelan Prom, while Thierry Fisher will conduct the BBC NOW in the Epic Prom, on July 19, featuring Shostakovich's mighty Symphony No 7 (Leningrad).
Canadian composer Colin McPhee's fascination with gamelan music and his unattained dream of blending it with Western forms inspired him to live with local musicians and dancers in Bali during the 1930s.
Lisa Elvia, 38, a homemaker who was part of the team that performed the Gamelan, said the event had inspired her to take up learning the traditional music form, which she never practised back home.
The album's music was premiered at last year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival and it also features stray global elements, aspects of Indonesian gamelan and Malian kora music.