Gamelan Ensemble

Podcast: Jay Arms and Julie Wachtel on Discovering Gamelan

Our guests on this edition of the Music at Pitt Podcast are Ethnomusicology Visiting Lecturer Jay Arms and undergraduate Music Major Julie Wachtel. Jay leads the University Gamelan and Julia is a member of the gamelan and wrote a research paper about her experience of learning about gamelan music and performance. We begin the podcast with an excerpt from the University Gamelan’s April 2019 performance of Bima Mobos, a piece about Bima, one of the pandawa brothers from the Mahabarata.

Inspired by Gamelan: Music by Indonesian and Western Composers

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). This instrumentation has a unique capacity to saturate the air with resonances that reach from rumbling lows to shimmering highs. The concert will feature student performers and two artists-in-residence: Endang Sukandar and Endang Rukandi.

Gamelan Open House

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.

Indonesian Delegation Visits Pitt

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. The delegation consisted of Dr.