Play Music on bronze, wood and string instruments

  • August 10, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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Hello Community Gamelan members.  After a successful first meet up we are holding another at the Array Space. We have decided to request $10.00 per person but will hold off on making that mandatory. If you don't have it, come and donate what you can. There will still be light refreshments and juice, coffee and tea for all. The Array Space and the Gamelan need support so this wil insure we can keep these wonderful events going.

I have scheduled the Gamelan meetup for the first Saturday of each month July, Aug, Sept. and October so there are more chances to attend.  As for the cap on attendance.  I discovered, with the help of the first attendees, that 13 or 14 people are ideal.  However I can make room for up to 20 with some additional instruments and most times sudden events cut back on the 20 rsvps by a small percentage.

So The cap will now be 20. If enough people are on the waiting list, I may try to schedule another within the same time period. Let's see how it goes!

It's best to be able to remove your shoes.  Tight pants or short skirts are going to make playing uncomfortable so wear loose, comfortable clothing. You sit on the floor or on low stools. Have a look at the picture and you can see the height of the instruments.

The music was absolutely lovely and just what I had hoped it would be. We can dig a bit deeper next time and discover more musical pathways.

Hope to see you there,

 

Rick

 

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  • Marie-France

    Sorry, can't make it. I was actually on my way, but the streetcar got detoured, and then blocked by some kind of hindu sect parade/protest. Then I found out that the subway wasn't operating. Isn't living in TO great? I would have been at least half an hour late, so I decided to turn back. Plus, I don't feel too well today. I'm really peeved. :(

    August 10, 2013

    • andrew t.

      I sent the full ECCG gamelan list to yr email.

      August 12, 2013

    • Marie-France

      Thanks. Got it!

      August 12, 2013

  • andrew t.

    It was great to see our returning members and newcomers Saturday. For those who couldn't make it, after improvising on the instruments we explored Kunang Kunang (Fireflies) a popular instrumental piece among the Sundanese of West Java, Indonesia. Kunang Kunang is a common lagu gending (instrumental piece) for beginners to learn on the degung.

    August 12, 2013

    • andrew t.

      Some people asked about the Sundanese culture and the (gamelan) degung - the kind we play - arguably among of the most Sundanese of gamelans. I didn't have time to dig deeply into it at our Meetup. For those curious about things Sundanese, here's a Wiki entry with more info http://en.wikipedia.o­... Beware however of other Wiki pages on Sundanese subjects, for e.g. the ones on Sundanese Music are sketchy and some even misleading http://en.wikipedia.o­...

      August 12, 2013

    • andrew t.

      For 'approved' reading: This is a useful overview of a few kinds of Sundanese music http://academic.everg­... as is this http://sekarenggal.we...­ Simon Cook's free-dwld little book is a terrific practical guide to playing 3 musical genres including degung http://digitalmusics­....

      August 12, 2013

  • Lisa

    Excellent!

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Jewel

    Have been invited away for the weekend. See you next time.

    July 21, 2013

  • Essa

    Hello,
    I always work on saturdays, so if you have too many people who cannot fit and wish to form another date/time, hopeefully I play then !

    July 20, 2013

    • Rick S.

      That sounds good Essa. In addition, at the next meetup, I will discuss a Sunday session. How does that sound? Welcome to the Community Gamelan!

      July 20, 2013

    • Essa

      :)

      July 21, 2013

  • andrew t.

    In addition to those of bronze, wood and string, our group also has a core all-bamboo instrument: suling (ring flute). We sometimes play several angklung (tuned bamboo rattle/s) too. The voice is key ingredient in gamelan degung practice in its Sundanese homeland in West Java, Indonesia. Next Meetup I may introduce a simple Sundanese song to sing along with our degung accompaniment.

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Jo-Anne

    unfortunately I've been called out of town - can't wait to join you the next time!

    July 13, 2013

  • Manox

    Hello I would love to play some sounds

    June 25, 2013

  • Rick S.

    To the Community Gamelan members who signed up for the August 3rd meet up. I have to move that date to August 10th as the Evergreen Club (the organization that has graciously allowed us to use their set) needs to take some of the instruments to Ottawa. Without the full set, I feel we will lose something in the overall sonic picture.

    I hope this doesn't dissuade anyone but if you feel you can't make it, my apologies and I hope to see you at one in the near future.

    Rick

    2 · June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If there are a lot of people needing to come, we can attend for the first half and leave at the break, or arrive between 3-4p.m. instead.

    1 · June 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Adam, everyone will welcome you. My daughter is only 13 months and she had a wonderful time and lasted the entire 3 hours without feeling at all unhappy, she even napped just before the break! The sounds are magnificent, incredibly uplifting and truly amazing to play with.

      June 16, 2013

    • Adam

      That is truly awesome, I definitely want to participate in this.

      June 16, 2013

  • Adam

    I've literally never played any gamelan instruments, and I dont really listen to gamelan music (other than some of the gamelan aspects of King Crimson, if that counts) but I'm intrested. is that cool? Also, I'm 18, would that be weird if I come?

    June 16, 2013

    • Rick S.

      Welcome Adam! To answer your two questions. Yes that is cool. You will be able to join right in even if you have never played these instruments before. There is no age restriction. At our first meet up there was a wonderful range of participants.

      June 16, 2013

    • Adam

      Ok, awesome! Then I'll come in July.

      June 16, 2013

  • Jewel

    I look forward to making music with everybody..

    June 6, 2013

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