University of Michigan’s Javanese Gamelan Kyai Telaga Madu (“The Venerable Lake of Honey”) and Balinese Gamelan Madu Biru (“Blue Honey”) will perform traditional music from the islands of Indonesia. The ensemble consists of several types of percussion orchestras including the incredibly rare and ancient gamelan selonding. From stately and soothing to dynamic and exciting, the variety of moods and styles will keep any listener entertained. Audience members will also be welcome to participate and try playing these rare and beautiful instruments.
Since founded in 1966, the University of Michigan’s Gamelan Ensemble has explored classical and new music composed for gamelan, helped in the training of an important generation of scholars of Southeast Asian music, and exposed students from all areas of the university to the vibrant culture of Indonesia. The U-M’s Gamelan Ensemble is one of the oldest in the U.S. and the Year of 2023 marks the 56th anniversary of the U-M Gamelan ensemble.