Gamelan Ensemble

UCSB Gamelan Ensemble
The UCSB Gamelan Ensemble performing during the World Music Series in the Music Bowl. Photo by Eric Isaacs.
Music A 70J, 170J, 270J (Ethnomusicology Ensemble)
Director: Richard North
Class times: Tuesdays from 6-7:20 pm
Class location: this course will be offered online for Fall 2020

Fall 2020 Course Description

The UCSB Gamelan class (Music A 70J/ 170J/ 270J) will meet online via Zoom Tuesdays from 6-7:20 pm. Our first meeting is Tuesday, September 29. We will analyze and enjoy a video survey of the many fascinating and contrasting Gamelan (gong ensembles) throughout Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Students will learn to identify various Gamelan instruments, pieces and tunings, and to understand differences and similarities in contrasting regional styles of Gamelan music. We will also learn some of the history, terminology, and etiquette associated with Gamelan. The class is open to students and non-students alike.

Course Description

Gamelan is the celebrated gong orchestra of Indonesia. The UCSB Gamelan ensemble, founded in 1987, is a performance course for the study and practice of the Gamelan orchestra, designed to give students the opportunity to experience this appealing musical tradition from the island nation of Indonesia. The music ranges from serene and contemplative, to boisterous and exciting.
No previous experience necessary. No audition required.
Please contact Richard North at for more information.