Welcome to Toronto Balinese Gamelan meetup! I keep this group to have just under 50 members to have a tight community. If you are ready to play with us, please join & have a fun. :)
Next performance: Pedestrian Sunday in Kensington Market. Please join us & meet our meetup group! Date: Sunday Oct 28 Time: 1:30 & 2:30 (about 30min) Place: on Augusta Ave, Toronto
------------------------------- Would you like to discover the beauty of life from playing traditional Balinese gamelan music?
Do you like Balinese gamelan and want to learn how to play the music? Balinese gamelan music comes from the island of Bali in Indonesia. It is played on multiple gongs and metallophone percussive instruments. Come and join our fun hands-on workshop. You will learn to play the music by listening and watching, without the use of any notation. This is the traditional way of teaching the music and it places greater emphasis on being able to listen to the other players and playing together, as opposed to reading music.
No musical background or experience is needed. Drop-ins are welcome for the beginner class.
Are you new to Balinese music? If the answer is yes, there is nothing wrong with it. Please do not be afraid to be a beginner, you will discover and learn a lot.
If you have played Balinese music before, please let me know which pieces and instruments you have learned before. You are welcome to join our performing ensemble Kayonan's weekly practice.
I hope you will enjoy playing and listening to some tropical Balinese music in this cold Toronto weather.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: I am a musician/music student. Do I have to play with the beginners? Am I going to feel bored?
A: There are many parts available in Balinese gamelan. Some parts are played 4, 8 or 16 times faster than others. You are welcome to play the more challenging parts if you feel capable.
However, playing this music is not about showing off your skills or competing with other players in the group. In Balinese gamelan there is less focus on individuality and the goal is to work together with everyone and make the music sound beautiful as a whole.