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The World's Music at Oxford - The Oxford Gamelan Society

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St John's College

St Giles

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The Oxford Gamelan society, one of the UK’s longest established community groups, join with Lilabhawa, an Indonesian dance company based in the UK, to bring a programme of dance and music from the palaces and villages of Java.

Gamelan is the name given to the famous bronze orchestras of the islands of Java and Bali in the Indonesian archipelago. The music has bewitched composers, musicologists and performers from the West for well over a century. It is music of fascinating discipline and spontaneous creativity, an interactive game for up to twenty-five players with no composer. The sound is enchanting, mellifluous and joyful. It is by turns serene and playful, refined and exciting. The music is complex yet easily accessible, with interlocking rhythms, layers of melodies, and rippling textures. In Java, gamelan music is a vital component of celebrations and rituals that punctuate life, and is most often experienced in conjunction with other performing arts including dance and shadow puppetry.

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