We have more than 25 gamelan sets at Mekar Bhuana, with 21 at Mekar Bhuana in Bali and four at Mekar Bhuana Aotearoa in New Zealand.

In 2019, we restored and reconstructed a very unusal Angklung set from Lombok we have called ‘Semara Kirang’ because of its tuning, where it has four sweet tones with the lowest one missing.
Purchased in 2012, our first Selonding set is modelled on the Bugbug formation but with additional instruments found in the set from Merajan Selonding in the Besakih Temple complex that dates back to around the 10th century.
The Seven-tone Semara Pagulingan set in New Zealand also partly old but has a higher tuning than our one in Bali. The ensemble is both smaller in instrumentation as well as dimensions of the keys, pots and casings.
Our Six-tone Semara Pagulingan is not yet complete, as we still need to fundraise more to make the ornate wooden casings, the design of which we would like to base on the only other Six-tone Semara Pagulingan orchestra in the world.
In mediaeval Bali (circa 1600-1906) Semara Pagulingan (also known as Semar Pegulingan) was an important part of the Balinese courts.
Five-tone Semar Pegulingan
Our five-tone Semara Pagulingan set is our antique Semara Patangian set with a terompong, ponggang-kempyung, kangsi and grantang added, and the gender rambat removed.
Our smallest ensemble with just two musicians, Caruk is one of Bali's rarest gamelan art-forms and is only found in a handful of villages, including Selat, Karangasem.
We have one Javanese gamelan set at Mekar Bhuana: a very old set that based on its organology, patina and ornamentation dates to the first half of the 19th century (circe 1820).
Selonding is classified as an archaic type of Balinese gamelan orchestra dating as far back as the 10th century. Deeply shrouded in myth and legend, Selonding is said to have a divine origin, producing music of a heavenly quality.
Our Old-Fashioned Angklung set is characterised both by its age (estimated to be from the 1800s) as well as its old-fashioned instrumentation (hence the name: kuna = old fashioned).
We have seven antique Gender Wayang sets at Mekar Bhuana, but only four sets have casings. These four sets have been lovingly restored by founder Vaughan Hatch.
Our Gambang set is one of the most recent additions at Mekar Bhuana. It is in the Bebandem, Karangasem style and is the most complete type in Bali with six caruk and four gangsa gambang.
Our Gong Bheri ensemble includes the following instrumentation: 1 x bheri, 1 x sungu, 1 x bende, 1 x tawa-tawa, 1 x rebab.
Our Baleganjur set is around 40-50 years old and is made up of the following instrumentation: 1 gong ageng, 1 x reong, 3 pairs of ceng-ceng kopyak, 1 tawa-tawa, 1 bende, 2 kendang cedugan.
Our most light-hearted ensemble that, while not a focus of any of our reconstruction of restoration projects, serves to support our centre as one of the most popular hire-out ensembles.
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