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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.]
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(Music, other) a type of percussion orchestra common in the East Indies
[from Javanese]
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(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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If you fancy getting creative head over to the Gamelan to make musical instruments with recycled bamboo, or head over to the shed and join in with making a big model of an allotment out of paper and card.
Theatre fans are in for a treat when 25 Gamelan musicians from West Java perform at the Willow Globe Theatre at Llanwrthwl, near Llandrindod Wells on Saturday.
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in BiH will host a cultural program to present the Indonesian musical performance Gamelan and Indonesian traditional dance on Friday at 16.00 hrs., at the Ismet Mujezinovic Gallery in Tuzla, accompanied by serving and tasting of the original Indonesian coffee for the guests.
029 2063 6464 MUSIC Try Gamelan Workshop The whole family can enjoy our beautiful bronze Javanese percussion instruments and learn to play a traditional piece.
The program, hosted by SDGs advocate and actress Antoinette Taus, featured performances from Filipino folk musical group Kontemporaryong Gamelan Pilipino or Kontra-GaPi, Silly People's Improv Theater and the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra.
Welcoming the guests Chairperson IWA Rita Berlinia Amri informed that Coffee Morning featuring Batik and Gamelan Workshops was intended to take the participants to a trip through the ancient traditions of Batik and Gamelan to explore and experience Indonesia's rich and diverse art and cultural heritage.
Besides Batik Workshop, the Coffee Morning also featured a Workshop on Gamelan which is an ancient traditional orchestra of Indonesia.
Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry, will present its first performance of Indonesian Gamelan music in McHenry County at 10:45 a.m.
Lew Soon Aun, of Taman Rima Gamelan, was earlier charged was charged under Section 8(a) of the Firearms Act 1960, which carries a prison term of not more than seven years, a maximum RM10,000 fine, or both for having in his possession a gun or ammunition without permit.
Unfortunately her 2007 piece Aqua Piano was introduced in a few words as self-evidently related (through a watery title and allusions to Gamelan music), performed, and then abandoned.
In a clip that's been garnering praises on social media since Saturday, the Kontemporaryong Gamelan Pilipino (Kontra-GaPi) played the catchy tune from the hit HBO series using traditional Filipino instruments such as the tongatong, kubing, gangsa and kulintang.