Gamelan Trails

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Hosted by  Mei Yin Chan Amran Ahmad
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Experience highlights
This 2-hour introductory music workshop is led by Mei Yin Chan and Amran Ahmad, co-founders of Singapore's first professional gamelan company, Gamelan Asmaradana. "Gamelan" comes from the Indonesian word gamel, meaning "to strike", and refers to the traditional ensemble of percussion instruments made of bronze and wood, such as bronze bars, gongs, cymbals, bells and two-sided drums. A gamelan ensemble can consist of a small group of 4-5 people to an orchestra of over 30 musicians. Commonly seen in Central Java, gamelan is performed at a wide range of venues, from formal events in the royal palaces to serving as an accompaniment to shadow puppet theatres. Driven by their love of music, Mai Yin and Amran will teach participants about the different instruments of a Balinese Gamelan and also the basic techniques of playing. Basic gamelan music theory will also be explored through this fun, hands-on experience. Much more than a music lesson, this workshop is also a nuanced introduction to Indonesian heritage and culture.


This experience requires a minimum of 5 persons to proceed. If your booking is for fewer than the minimum number, we'll confirm your place 2 days before the start of the experience.
Meet-up spot
63 Kerbau Road
Directions
Gamelan Asmaradana Studio, 63 Kerbau Road, SIngapore 219187
Notes
Gamelan Asmaradana is able to accommodate up to 20 participants in the workshop as well as offer other types of Gamelan workshops (such as Meditative Javanese and Enchanting Sundanese) upon request. For inquiries, please log in to our website and send us a secure message via the inbox.

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Hosted by  Mei Yin Chan Amran Ahmad
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About the expert
- Co-director of Gamelan Asmaradana Studio since 2004 - Regularly coordinates performances, recitals, workshops and community outreach initiatives to promote gamelan - Member of ensemble-in-residence at The Republic Cultural Center Mei Yin Chan and Amran Ahmad co-founded Singapore's first professional gamelan company, Gamelan Asmaradana, in 2004. Though their backgrounds are in education and engineering respectively, in early 2000 Mei Yin and Arman were both seeking a change to something more exciting and spiritual. After meeting at an enrichment program at Lasalle College of the Arts, the two decided to create a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and awareness of the gamelan. Their mission is to share gamelan music with people in Singapore and beyond through regular performances, recitals, workshops and community outreach initiatives. They’re also keenly invested in preserving the heritage surrounding the gamelan by supporting the next generation of musicians. Since founding Gamelan Asmaradana, Mai Yin and Amran have nurtured three gamelan ensembles under one roof: Javanese (Gamelan Asmaradana), Balinese (Gamelan Singamurti) and Sundanese (Degung Singalagena), as well as two sub-entities: Dwi Warna, (a fusion gamelan group) and Gamelan Sabtu (a community group). Gamelan Asmaradana is currently the ensemble-in-residence at The Republic Cultural Center at Republic Polytechnic.
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Hosted by  Mei Yin Chan Amran Ahmad
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