Gamelan DanAnda is a Melbourne based community orchestra of Balinese traditional music, performing regularly for the public and open to all interested participants. Anyone can learn to play the rhythms of traditional Balinese Gamelan music. Our group is focused on the ‘Kebyar’ style of gamelan, which combines bronze xylophones, bells, cymbals, drums and gongs. A community-minded, cooperative music, everybody’s part is important, from the steady time-keeping gongs to the quick overlapping rhythmic patterns that make this music unique.
The genius of Balinese Gamelan is that it allows absolute beginners to play along-side experienced performers immediately. No previous experience is required, but endless options keep the advanced player challenged. Music reading is not necessary as all parts are transferred by direct imitation, and MP3s are provided for listening between classes.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation there are no public rehearsals at this time, but we are looking forward to reopening as soon as possible. We are taking hygiene, student capacity, and distancing recommendations very seriously and many new safety measures have been employed at our Thornbury studio. Please stay connected to our Social Media Channels to be kept up to date with our return to glorious music making.
In the meantime, please stay safe and patient with each other.