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    Balinese Gamelan

    The word gamelan in the Balinese context is thought to originate from the word ‘magambel’ which means “to hit”. A gamelan instrument is often percussive with keyed xylophones or pot gongs made of a variety of materials, gongs of various sizes, double-headed drums and cymbals.
    However, not all Balinese gamelan instruments are percussive. There are also wind, bowed, plucked and strummed instruments.

    There are seventeen gamelan orchestras at Mekar Bhuana: one antique seven-tone semara pagulingan set, one antique semara patangian (pelegongan) set, two sets of selonding (with different tunings), six antique gender wayang sets (all with different tunings), one antique baleganjur set, one pejogedan set, genggong, three antique angklung sets (with different tunings), gong suling, and one antique gong bheri.

    Learn more about Balinese gamelan orchestras with ethnomusicologist, Vaughan Hatch, and his team of instructors by taking a workshop at Mekar Bhuana, either in Bali or remotely via Skype.


    Exploring and Exposing Semara Pagulingan Saih Lima at Bali Arts Festival 2017
    As always, when any of our gamelan troupes get an invitation to perform at a major festival, we take this opportunity to reconstruct lost music


    1999 – 2000 Preservation of three Pacung Village, Gianyar style gender wayang instrumental pieces. This music was taught to musicians outside of Pacung to encourage


    I went to see a Balinese dance performance and it was on a stage – how were Balinese art-forms presented before the advent of tourism?
    The way Balinese present their art-forms has changed dramatically over the last half a century or so. The western concept of a stage – let


    Video Publications
    In 2010, we produced the first DVD of Balinese court music ever filmed in a historic temple. This video documents rare court semara pagulingan music

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