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Finding Cultural Identity in Gamelan

On top of a hill glowing with golden fall colors, a rare spectacle in Los Angeles County, a classroom glows with golden musical instruments and costumes shipped from 8,600 miles away. Under the fluorescent lights inside, 17 focused students evoke the music and culture of Bali, Indonesia, with the bright, exotic sounds echoing into the art studio courtyard at the California Institute of the Arts in suburban Valencia.

CalArts is one of over 300 schools in the United States offering courses in the traditional folk music of Indonesia called gamelan.

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When there's a shaggy dragon spirit dancing on stage, reflecting like a disco ball across the theater, it doesn't matter if you're Indonesian or American, Hindu or Jewish — you're going to be entranced. Read more...

Audio Organology

Learn about and hear each gamelan instrument. See more...

Golden Beats: Burat Wangi Rehearsal

group shot Pak Wenten close up of keyed instrument close up of keyed instrument close up of player two players interlocking See more...