University of Pittsburgh

Gamelan Ensemble

April 8, 2017 - 8:00pm

Pitt’s University Gamelan will present “Inspired by Gamelan: Music by Indonesian and Western Composers” on April 8th at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. Gamelan comprises mainly percussion instruments including tuned gongs, metal-keyed instruments, and drums (as well as bamboo flute and voice).

November 30, 2016 - 6:00pm

Join the University Gamelan for an Open House where you can experience the music of Indonesia up close! We will provide you with free food and beverages and a taste of what it's like to be in this fun and relaxing one-credit music course.

A delegation of artists and scholars from the Institute of Arts and Culture (ISBI) in Bandung, West Java, visited the University of Pittsburgh from October 9 to 17, 2015. The visit was part of a 2014 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Pitt and the Institute that is designed to increase cross-cultural awareness of the arts, cultures, and societies of Indonesia, particularly West Java.

April 9, 2016 - 8:00pm

Pitt’s University Gamelan will present “Gamelan Fusion: New and Traditional Music of West Java” on April 9th at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. Gamelan comprises mainly percussion instruments including tuned gongs, metal-keyed instruments, and drums (as well as bamboo flute and voice).

Gamelan tuner Wayne Vitale visited campus this summer to tune the University's iron and bronze gamelan sets.  The University Times took advantage of Vitale's visit to develop a fascinating story about the process of tuning a gamelan. According to the U-Times,

November 17, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join the Pitt African Music and Dance Ensemble, University Gamelan, and Carpathian Music Ensemble for a celebration of World Music at Pitt with this free concert at the WPU.

During three days in January, the University Gamelan joined forces with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and other world music performers and groups to introduce fourth graders from all over Western Pennsylvania to the diversity of global musical cultures. The PSO’s “Schooltime” concerts took place at Heinz Hall under the leadership of conductor Fawzi Haimor.

This October, the Department of Music will celebrate the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Pittsburgh and the Indonesian College of Performing Arts (STSI).

April 11, 2015 - 8:00pm

Master Drummer Ega Robot joins the University Gamelan as they play the gamelan music of the Sundanese people, an ethnic group that inhabits roughly the western third of the island of Java.

April 10, 2015 - 8:00pm

The April 10th performance by the University Gamelan has been canceled. The April 11th perofrmance will take place as originally scheduled.

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