Membership of Gamelan DanAnda is open to the public, no previous musical knowledge is necessary to become part of the Gong Kebyar ensemble. There are more than 30 instruments available to play and up to 15 different layers in each composition, so there’s a part for every level of experience. Our 3 hour sessions begin with compositions of a simpler structure gradually moving on to more complex forms. Interestingly, even the most complicated Gamelan tunes have parts to suit students who are still developing their technique. Listening homework is provided in the form of customised MP3s, as the Gamelan tradition is based on aural transmission. Every player in a Gamelan must memorise their musical part for greater focus and communication during performances, also it’s nice to look up and smile at your audience! Classes are held every Sunday at the Sanggar HQ, 443 St Georges Rd, Thornbury.
Participation in the Gong Kebyar ensemble is $250 for the gainfully employed, $180 for those eligible for a concession, which equates to 10 sessions, to be used at any time.
Members may attend all/any-part of Sunday sessions as Gamelan music allows for both 'easy' and 'hard' parts to play simultaneously.
All students participate in public concerts and a range of community music events around Melbourne. Locations vary so check our News page for details of upcoming performances. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for all enquiries.