About Gamelan Sari Pandhawa

Indonesian Percussion Ensemble

About the Gamelan
About the Music
Goals of Sari Pandhawa

Gamelan Sari Pandhawa is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing an educational and entertaining multi-cultural experience for the Eugene community, enriching lives through expanding cultural awareness. Since 1996, the ensemble has performed in concert and taught classes throughout the area, and seeks to increase our community's understanding of traditional Javanese cultural arts, music, dance and shadow puppetry, Gamelan Sari Pandhawa performs on bronze and wood instruments elegantly handcrafted and painted by master instrument makers in Central Java. The group is actively seeking to share performance and learning opportunities with the Eugene community.

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Gamelan Music

One of the world's most ancient and sophisticated musical traditions, gamelan music creates a multilayered tapestry of interlocking melodies and rhythms. Performed on bronze gongs, xylophones, drums, stringed instruments, flutes, and voices, gamelan music has distinctive qualities that make it ideal for a community music ensemble.

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Community Cultural Education

Gamelan Sari Pandhawa has taught extensively throughout the public school system as well as the University of Oregon. Gamelan playing is accessible to students at any level of ability; no musical training or skill is required. You, too, could be part of Gamelan Sari Pandhawa.

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Performances & Demonstrations

Gamelan Sari Pandhawa has performed in many venues throughout the Eugene community, including concerts, festivals, schools, art galleries, and cultural events. Our repertoire includes traditional and contemporary music (by both Javanese and American composers) in a variety of styles, ranging from poetic songs to ceremonial court repertoire, from meditative pieces to battle music. The group performs two styles of traditional repertoire: a large ensemble suitable for stage and outdoor events; and a smaller group which emphasizes the softer, subtler instruments, appropriate for intimate settings.

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Gamelan Sari Pandhawa seeks to continue its contribution to the community through teaching others to play gamelan, and to reach those who have never had the privilege of experiencing this music by adding performances in different venues throughout the area. We welcome support from community members and institutions that value the multicultural experience.

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Contact Information

For performance bookings, for press and publicity information, or to join the gamelan, contact: Qehn, 683-9257
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