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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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It's an evocative work, suggesting, as the composer pointed out, the sonorities of a Balinese gamelan in the blending of ondes Martenot (called upon for some eerie glissando passages) with celesta and vibraphone.
Although he has worked with BM in two previous projects, De Leon considers 'Ibong Adarna' his 'most monumental solo ballet effort' to date, for which he drew inspiration from a diverse range of musical influences-from Balinese gamelan, Ifugao gongs and Maguindanao melodic inspirations, to the works of film composers John Williams and Hans Zimmer, as well as renowned video game composer Nobuo Uematsu.
This is 21st-century Zen-Funk Ritual Jazz that expands on the world's great traditions of interlocking-rhythm music from Balinese Gamelan and African drumming to NYC's Steve Reich.
May May Chiang is an ethnomusicologist and independent scholar whose research interests include Malaysian music, Malaysian American music, Asian American music, Korean music, and Balinese gamelan music.
But the most brilliant is that of Bali, where sets of "male" and "female" megalophones produce that beautiful timbre associated with the Balinese gamelan.
Their rocket delivery of the crazy-quilt concerto, a mash-up of nightlife sounds, parlor music, jazz riffs, little hints of Mozart and even influences from the Balinese gamelan, brought electricity to the program.
Betty studied Balinese gamelan music and I made drawings of everything I saw.
The Song of Miriam," in which strings and mallet percussion orbit each other in perpetual musical motion, is one of the most beautiful things I've heard in a long time: a wondrous bit of clockwork whose cyclical perfection recalls Balinese gamelan music.
The work is an olio of sorts, with evocations of Mozart and Rachmaninoff, and most noticeably Balinese gamelan, especially effective as delivered by Chuang and Levin.
This production is a cross-cultural collaboration that incorporates Balinese Gamelan music with Western keyboard and cello, as well as hybrid dance styles that borrowed from Balinese and American dance forms.
The widening world brought the Balinese Gamelan to Paris, influencing Debussy.
Director of the Balinese gamelan Kusuma Sari, Harnish (ethnomusicology, Bowling Green State U.