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HMC American Gamelan Ensemble with Bill Alves
From Java to Pasadena: The Gamelan and the Avant Garde
March 04, 2016 @ 8:00pm

Discover the contemporary side of the ancient gamelan in a concert of new music from Claremont College.

A gamelan is a traditional orchestra from the islands of Java and Bali, Indonesia, made up mostly of metallophones (instruments of metal bars) and gongs. For hundreds of years, its luminous, bell-like sonorities have accompanied dance and drama, ritual and ceremony in villages and royal courts. The most famous type of gamelan plays the very refined and contemplative art music of Central Java, and its sound is often described as flowing water. In constrast, the gamelan music of Bali is more typically bright, dynamic, and fast, emphasizing precise community coordination and intricate interlocking parts.


Tickets (Regular/Senior/Student): $30/$25/$20

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