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. Gamelan classes begin with compositions of a simpler structure and gradually move 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 Saturday and Sunday at the Sanggar HQ, 443 St Georges Rd, Thornbury.
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.