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Gamelan Ensemble

December 10, 2021 at 5:00 pm6:30 pm


The Department of Music presents the Gamelan Ensemble in concert, directed by Gina Beck. UMBC is fortunate to be home to two distinct Gamelan orchestras:

The Central Javanese gamelan is a gong-chime orchestra of Indonesia. Although most of the instruments of the gamelan are made of bronze, the ensemble also includes drums, xylophones, bamboo flutes, and plucked and bowed string instruments. The UMBC gamelan is tuned to the five-tone slendro scale, one of the tuning systems used in Central Java. The music of the Javanese gamelan has been described as “meditative” and “floating.” Playing gamelan music is a communal art form and requires one to pay attention to the music of the whole group.

The gamelan angklung is one of many types of gong-chime orchestras from the island of Bali, Indonesia. This small ensemble, made up of gongs, single-octave metallophones, drums, cymbals, and flutes, is tuned to a four-tone slendro scale. The music of the gamelan angklung is described as exciting, fast-paced, and rhythmically intricate. Melodic patterns played on the instruments interlock to help create large structures of varying textures, great complexity, and excitement in the bright sound of this ensemble.

Admission is free. Please visit here to reserve tickets.

UMBC is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of the university community. Please check this site before visiting to ensure you’re seeing the latest information on hours and accessibility.


December 10, 2021
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
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UMBC Performing Arts and Humanities Building, 1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250 United States
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