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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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Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry, will present what is probably the first-ever performance of Indonesian Gamelan music in McHenry County on Sunday, March 18 at 10:45 am as part of their Celebrating Life and Community through Music worship series.
Contract awarded for Supply of trainer for gamelan in music curriculum (60 hours) for sec one students in meridian secondary school
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.
What's On MUSIC Try Gamelan Workshop Enjoy Javanese percussion instruments and learn to play a traditional piece in a fun and hands-on session that's suitable for ages seven and up (under-11s must be accompanied by an adult).
The sound of the gamelan -- which produces the traditional music of Indonesia -- was an inspiration for choreographers Leine and Roebana, who are always searching for unusual music.
He begins with a description of the first large-scale North American encounter with the cultures of Java through the Sundanese gamelan music performed at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, then explores episodes in the lives of each individual that were most affected by images of Java and their significance for their self-fashioning, including the difference between their actual experiences and their representations.
Among those taking part in t event will be a male voice choir, a gamelan group who play Malaysian percussion instruments, Northumbrian pipers, Afro-Caribbean drummers, steel pan bands, and cathedral choristers.
Nerell offers sounds, samples, synthesizers, and Indonesian gamelan orchestra, which is given full voice in the aural landscape during the final section of the journey.
A complete gamelan orchestra may consist of as many as eighty instruments, the largest part comprising various types and sizes of metal percussion instruments.
It featured a steel band, a gamelan (Indonesian xylophone) orchestra, a reggae band and two African poets.