Gender Wayang

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.

The most intimate of all gamelan ensembles, Gender Wayang is usually played in pairs or quartets with the musicians facing each other. This gamelan has a soft sound and is used to accompany shadow puppet shows, as well as wedding ceremonies, tooth cutting and cremation. It is considered the most technically demanding of Balinese music.

Our group plays several styles including Teges Kanginan, Sanur, Tabanan and Pacung, Gianyar. We have focused, however, on preserving the Teges and Sanur repertoires.

In 2008, our conservation of the Teges style was supported by an invitation to perform at the first world music festival in China, as part of Shanghai Expo 2010. We were also the first organisation to send professional Balinese musicians to New Zealand when we were invited in 1999 to perform Gender Wayang and wayang kulit at the Festival of Asia and Beat Gamelan Festival.

Watch a video of one of our more recently restored sets:

Watch more videos on our YouTube channel.

Donate to help us further restore and reconstruct our other sets, like this one:

You can take a Gender Wayang lesson or workshop with us at Mekar Bhuana or remotely:

You can also hire our group for your event or special occasion.

Other Collections

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.
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