UCD Gamelan Orchestra
Gamelan is the ancient classical music of Indonesia, with a history stretching back almost a thousand years. It is an orchestra made up of tuned gongs and other bronze percussion instruments, with a handful of softer instruments such as the bamboo flute (suling), the two-stringed fiddle (rebab) and drums (kendhang).
Each gamelan orchestra is individually built and no two are tuned exactly alike. This gives each gamelan its own distinct personality, and it is common to give a gamelan a name and even celebrate its “birthday” on the date when it was first played.
The UCD Gamelan Orchestra was originally built in the city of Surakarta in Central Java by Pak Mulyono in 2002. It became the first ever regular gamelan ensemble in Dublin City when the instruments were officially played by the group in their new home in UCD's Newman Building on 3rd October 2012. Since then, the instruments have been played at festivals, universities and venues across Dublin, for such special guests including the UCD Vice-President and the Indonesian Ambassador.
Students joining of the UCD Gamelan Orchestra will be taught both traditional Javanese music and modern gamelan works and arrangements. Students will learn to play different instruments within the ensemble, and they are encouraged to compose and perform their own compositions.