Indonesia

Sunda Pura

Mon 17th Dec 2012
Venue: 

Museum of Asian Music

The Asian Music Circuit's Museum of Asian Music is the first of its kind in the UK.

1-2 Bradford Road
London
W3 7SP
UK
Box Office Tel: 
020 8742 9911
Time: 
7pm
Ticket Price: 

FREE

 

In collaboration with the Indonesian Embassy the AMC is delighted to present Sunda Pura.

Indonesian Classical Music

Slenthem

Slenthem

The slenthem (also slentem or gender panembung) is a Javanese metallophone which makes up part of a gamelan orchestra.

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Indonesian rebab

Indonesian rebab

The Indonesian rebab is a bowed string instrument. As part of the gamelan ensemble, it is the essential elaborating instrument, ornamenting the basic melody. It does not have to conform exactly to the scale of the other gamelan instruments and can be played in relatively free time, finishing its phrases after the beat of the gong ageng (the big gong that "rules" the ensemble). The rebab also frequently plays the buka when it is part of the ensemble.

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Topeng

Topeng (Indonesian for "mask") is a dramatic form of Indonesian dance in which one or more mask-wearing, ornately-costumed performers interpret traditional narratives concerning fabled kings, heroes and myths, accompanied by gamelan music.

Suling

Suling

The suling is an Indonesian flute, usually played as part of a gamelan ensemble. It is made of bamboo and can be heard in Sunda (West Java), Central Java, Bali, Mindanao (Philippines) and Sulu (Philippines).

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Gender

Gender

A gendér is a type of Metallophone used in Balinese and Javenese gamelan music. It consists of 10 to 14 tuned metal bars suspended over a tuned resonator of bamboo or metal, which are tapped with a mallet made of wooden disks (Bali) or a padded wooden disk (Java). Each key is a note of a different pitch, often extending a little more than two octaves. There are five notes per octave, so in the seven-note pelog scale, some pitches are left out according to the pathet.

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Wayang Golek

Wayang is a Javanese word for theatre (literally "shadow"). When the term is used to refer to kinds of puppet theatre, sometimes the puppet itself is referred to as wayang. Performances of shadow puppet theatre are accompanied by gamelan in Java, and by "gender wayang" in Bali.

Wayang golek are wooden doll puppets that are operated from below by rods connected to the hands and a central control rod that runs through the body to the head. The simple construction of the puppets belies their versatility, expressiveness and aptitude for imitating human dance.

Angklung

Angklung

The angklung is a musical instrument made of bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. The tubes are carved so that they have a resonant pitch when struck. The two tubes are tuned to octaves. The base of the frame is held with one hand while the other hand shakes the instrument rapidly from side to side; this causes a rapidly repeating note to sound. Thus each of three or more angklung performers in an ensemble will play just one note and together complete melodies are produced.

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Gamelan ensemble

Gamelan ensemble

The gamelan is a musical ensemble played in Indonesia, especially in Bali and Java. It consists of numerous metallophones, xylophones, gongs, and (to a lesser extent) drums, bamboo flutes and bowed and plucked instruments. Sometimes, a vocalist will also perform along side a gamelan ensemble. The gamelan usually accompanies performances of Indonesian puppetry but can also be heard during rituals and ceremonies.

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