Buffalo, NY has a Javanese gamelan, Come play with us!
Buffalo Gamelan’s regular weekly class schedule:
Sunday 6:30 PM
Wednesday at 7:30 PM
Buffalo Gamelan also holds beginner classes throughout the year
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497 W. Ferry St, Buffalo NY, 14213
$10 recommended donation for class
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Gamelan is really fun to play, and most anyone can learn how. We are currently looking for new group members. We teach music classes modeled around the learning techniques and community oriented approach of Central Java. All ages and musical skill levels are welcome at any class.
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Buffalo Gamelan Club was founded in the fall of 2015 and brings people together to share a love of Javanese music, art, culture and traditional learning methods. We are excited to be a part of Buffalo’s multicultural and multifaceted arts and music scene, and believe that arts and culture can change lives. Gamelan is an incredibly unique and beautiful form of music.
We have a regularly practicing group, and we put on performances throughout the year. Buffalo Gamelan is available to play at various kinds of cultural events and also private functions
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Gamelan is mostly percussion, and mostly the instruments are made of metal. Our set is Iron and brass. Playing gamelan is very tactile, and the basic techniques can be learned in just a few weeks. New players will often feel almost instant satisfaction from playing this music which cycles and repeats and finds it’s way deep inside you.
Gamelan music from the island of Java in Indonesia is one of the oldest, continuously played musical art forms in the world. It grew out of the bronze age and has remained popular as a community and royal tradition on the island of Java for the last 1800 years. Gamelan music is a community art, that works only with cooperation, listening, empathy, and learning. It teaches patience, listening skills, and music philosophy, challenging players to change their perspective on what music can be. In gamelan, there are no conductors, there are no soloists, there is no place for virtuosic ego. The group works together and creates pieces together, with each player adding to the whole. Gamelan is associated with neighborhoods, community, and mutual respect.
After coordinating with the Indonesian Embassy for two years, Matt Dunning finally received the shipment of instruments from Java, a historic occasion, being Buffalo’s first gamelan. The instruments cover three generations of players making it probably one of the most unique sets in America. The oldest pieces were commissioned by Pak Sukamso, from Karagan who also built some of the instruments himself, including the old gong ageng. Recently instruments were added from master iron gamelan maker Pak Sarno of Wonogiri. This gamelan has a long history in Karagan, it was used for regular latihans (practices) for people in the neighborhood, and monthly klenengan (performances) which brought together many of the local residents for entire nights of music and fun.
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