Gamelan Ensemble

The Bucknell Gamelan Ensemble invites students of all majors and backgrounds to learn and perform traditional and new music of Indonesia.

Each semester, members have the opportunity to develop playing technique on a variety of traditional instruments, including metallophones, pitched gongs, gong chimes, bamboo flutes and drums. The ensemble plays a range of styles and repertoires, including pieces for Balinese angklung, Balinese gender wayang, Javanese soran-style pieces, adapted works and new pieces for gamelan. The music is taught aurally (without the aid of written notation) and no previous experience with gamelan or formal musical training is required.

Interested members of the Bucknell faculty, staff and members of the local community are also welcome to join the ensemble.

 

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A student playing a musical instrument
Gamelan Class
Detail of Gamelan

Bucknell's Gamelan Ensemble consists of more than two dozen instruments played by nearly 20 student musicians. Emily Paine, Communications