Posts Tagged ‘Javanese Gamelan’


Upcoming Beginner’s Workshop (Jan-Feb 2020)

December 17, 2019

Beginner's Workshop 2020 poster

Pleased to announce a new beginners’ workshop starting on 4 January, and running for eight sessions on Saturday afternoons!

This workshop is open to members of the public (i.e. you don’t have to be from NUS to join), and no prior experience with music or gamelan is needed.

Details below, in case the poster doesn’t display, followed by an FAQ:

Date and Time

Saturdays, 12.30pm ‚Äď 2.30pm
4 January to 29 February
(except 25 January for Chinese New Year)


NUS Gamelan Room
1 Arts Link, AS2 #02-01, Singapore 117570
(between LT11 and The Coffee Hut)

Fee (all 8 Sessions)
$150 (public) / $80 (students)

Registration and Enquiries

Email for enquiries and registration


What sort of music will we play?

Just for an idea: here’s some links to videos of our ensemble


And an audio recording of a piece Singa Nglaras performed together with participants of a similar beginner’s workshop

Do I need to prepare anything for the session?

Just yourself, and maybe a notebook. The instruments are low, and we’ll be sitting on the floor, so comfortable pants are recommended to make it easier to move around.

Do I need to know musical notation?

We won’t always use notation – more fun that way – but when we do, it is usually a cipher notation that uses numbers to mark different pitches.

Saturdays aren’t good for me – is there another day?

One possibility is to join our ensemble’s rehearsals on Tuesdays, 7pm. Though we go through more difficult pieces at a faster pace than the beginner’s workshop, we sometimes have beginners joining in too, and the regular members are always happy to help out.

Can I come without registration?

Technically yes, but registering is greatly appreciated ūüôā This helps us ensure that we have enough people to get the course running (at least 8 is preferred), to make sure we’re not oversubscribed (our instruments can serve about 20 people), and to see if we need any additional instructors.

I’m interested to join but I can’t make all eight¬†sessions

Send us an email and we’ll work something out ūüôā Ideally we stick together as much as possible as the more people there are, the more satisfying the music sounds!




Upcoming Shows in October!

September 28, 2016
Over the next couple of weeks,¬†we’ll¬†be involved in three exciting¬†productions in collaboration with artistes from Indonesia:

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Lintas Nusantara 
September 30, Friday and October 1, Saturday (8.30 pm on both days)
Malay Heritage Centre
Free, but requires registration at:

This performance features dances from different parts of Indonesia, Tari Saman from Aceh, Gending Sri Vijaya from Sumatra, and Arjuna Wiwaha, performed by dancers and musicians from ISI Jogjakarta, in collaboration with Singa Nglaras.

Launch of Contemporary Wayang Archive
7 October at 15:00‚Äď17:30
NUS Theatrette LT13
Free admission

WayangHip Hop from Yogyakarta and Singa Nglaras Gamelan Ensemble from NUS will collaborate in a joint performance. The event will also feature talks by NUS professors to launch the Contemporary Wayang Archive – CWA ( Participants include Jan Mr√°zek, Sarah Weiss, Farah Wardani, Marianna Lis, Miguel Escobar Varela and Catur Benyek Kuncoro.
For more information, see:

And also…


October 16, Sunday, 7.30pm
SOTA Drama Theatre
Tickets at $25 and $30 (Available at: )

This is a collaboration between Bhaskar Arts Academy and Jakarta based Sasana Budaya Art Troupe, and features Indian and Javanese dance and music (that’s us!).

See you there!

Ramayana 2016

August 29, 2016

This year, we were fortunate to share the stage with really awesome musicans from Solo, to support a production of the Ramayana incorporating Javanese dance and contemporary shadow puppetry. This was staged¬†as the closing of¬†the Malay Heritage Centre’s Javanese Exhibition, presented in collaboration with the Javanese Association. Big shout out to our collaborators Gamelan Asmaradana and Gamelan Naga Kencana, as well as the tech, staging, and logistical crews that made the production possible.

The video, by Haiqal Tahir and Matin Haiqal is on youtube:

And here are some behind the scenes rehearsal shots, also taken by Haiqal:

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Southeast Asian Night 2016

March 21, 2016

For this year’s¬†Southeast Asian Night, organised by NUS’s Department of Southeast Asian Studies, we¬†featured a variety of bronze and bamboo music¬†from Java, Sunda and Bali. A big thank you¬†to our friends from¬†the wider Singapore gamelan community who helped to make this a success, Mas Tommy and the Southeast Asian Students Society for the lovely photos, and¬†kudos¬†to our participants from the beginner’s workshop who gamely¬†shared the stage with us!

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Beginners Workshop in Javanese Gamelan

January 24, 2016

Once again, we’re happy to¬†organise a 4 session beginner’s workshop for Javanese Gamelan. No musical experience necessary!

Dates   : 12, 19, 26 February; 4 March. (Friday Evenings)

Time ¬† ¬†: 7.30 ‚Äď 9.30pm

Venue : NUS Gamelan Room (AS2 #02-01, besides LT11 and Humble Origins Cafe)

Fee        : $60 for 4 sessions

For full details, please see our flyer: Javanese Gamelan Course 2016

All participants will be invited to perform at the Department‚Äôs annual South-East Asian Night, held this year on 11 March. To register, please use the contact form (click here)¬†to¬†indicate your interest. We’ll get in touch with you as soon as possible ūüôā

Here’s some photographs from our previous workshop and Southeast Asian Night 2015:

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Adventures in Solo

January 12, 2016

Last December, we packed up and went over to Solo for a week of rehearsals, private lessons, jalan-jalan, and food:

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Hoping 2016 will be another awesome year! As always, if you’re curious to see what we’re up to, our regular rehearsals are always free and open to the public. More information on the sidebar at the right (if you’re using a computer), or (if you’re on a mobile device), select ‚ÄúProfile and History‚ÄĚ from the drop down menu, and scroll to the bottom of the page to see¬†it..


Wrapping up our August Excitement

October 17, 2015

So August turned out to be really exciting, with 3 performances featuring our full ensemble: the Javanese Fiesta, the World Cultures Festival at library@esplanade, and “Crossing Borders” at the Esplanade Waterfront. All these featured dances, performed by Ms Nunuk Sri Rahayu, and Ms Rizky Indraswari, and were filmed¬†and generously uploaded by Haiqal Tahir, Matin and Nayli.

Thanks to everyone who came down to support our shows! Looking forward to Lintas Nusantara, happening from the 16-21 November, with a 2 night showcase on the 20th and 21st. Watch our site or facebook for more details!