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“Gamelan” refers to various types of percussion ensembles found in Indonesia with gongs, kettles, drums, bamboo flutes, and metallophones. There are over thirty different types of Gamelan in Bali alone. Gamelan Gong Kebyar is a modern set of instruments and style of music born in the 1910’s in North Bali. The word kebyar means “sudden burst,” which summarizes the style of music with fast interlocking melodies, abrupt tempo changes, and flashy yet refined performances.

Students in this ensemble will learn how to play various Gamelan instruments through the instruction of our Gamelan teacher Hirotaka.

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