Date: November 28, 2007
Department: College of Visual & Performing Arts
The Gamelan is an ancient orchestra from Indonesia dating back many centuries. It includes tuned gongs, metallophones, a wooden marimba, 2-string violin, bamboo flute, zither, and male and female singing. The instruments are played in a modal polyphony - many layers of sound - that function to outline structure, to control time and rhythm, and to state a basic melody known as the balungan ('skeleton'). The melody is then enhanced by recreating it in complex patterns of improvisation. It was traditionally played in villages and in the royal courts in Indonesia and is related to other gong chime ensembles of Southeast Asia, such as the as the wayang kulit shadow puppet theater or be performed instrumentally, known as klenengan.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Lot 7. Anyone interested in additional information about this special concert event can contact Professor royal hartigan by telephone at (508) 999-8572.