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Spring Balinese gamelan classes

Balinese gamelan has come to Buffalo!

Classes begin in April and will be Every Sunday from 3-5pm. Register now and join the ongoing class though June!

Weekly classes Sunday from 3pm-5pm
-Extra practice with guest teacher Komin Saturday April 1st and May 6th

Class Fees:
Class Fees are sliding scale to ensure people with any economic status may participate. “Sessions” are 3 months long. You may pay for all sessions up front or monthly.

Nusantara Arts SPRING Balinese Community Gamelan Session: Join Buffalo’s very first Balinese gamelan program. We are proud and excited to bring this unparalleled artform to our community. The session runs from April through June. We will discus and practice basic to intermediate Balinese gamelan percussion music skills and methods in an inclusive and fun environment!

Sessions are led in a Balinese community oriented style. We will focus on playing a variety of Balinese gamelan Instruments and techniques. The goal is for participants in class to improve (or begin!) their Balinese gamelan music skills over the course of the three months. At the end of the session we will do a small public performance.


Gusti Komin: Gusti Komin, one of the finest Balinese musicians and teachers of his generation will be visiting Buffalo as our classes guest artistic director with funding from the Cullen Foundation. Originally from the village of Pengosekan, Bali, Komin Spends academic semesters in the US teaching at MIT, Bucknell, and with several community groups. Komin will visit Buffalo once per month for rehearsals on Friday Evenings & Saturday mornings.

Alan Leech: Alan Leech will be leading our regular Sunday rehearsals when Komin is not in town. He led Gamelan Sekar Gunung​ at Montana State University for 23 years and recently moved to Buffalo after retirement. Alan brings an enthusiastic love of Balinese gamelan and culture to Buffalo and Nusantara Arts.

Performing – The class will perform a low stakes “demonstration” performance date and location TBD towards the end of this Spring session showcasing what we have been learning and working on!

For participants age 13 and higher. No experience necessary

7 tone “Semar Peguliangan” style gamelan from Bali are an older “traditional” gamelan ensemble originating in the 1800’s. Unlike Central Java where many types of music are performed on one set of instruments, in Bali you have many different types of ensembles that play specific repertoires. In the Early 20th Century the Semar Pegulingan repertoire and ensemble had disappeared from much of the contemporary Balinese music scene. This ensemble type fell out of favor with the introduction of the “gong kebyar” ensembles. Many Semar pegulingan sets were melted down to create kebyar sets long ago. There is somewhat of an revival of the repertoire in recent times with modern “Smaradana” gamelan sets being built able to play these older songs as well as new Semar Pegulingan sets being built.

It is incredible that Nusantara Arts now has one of these sets of Semar Pegulingan instruments. Because the set also includes a few additional instruments we can play a variety of compositions including very old traditional SP court music, pelegongan dance repertoire from the 1920’s compositions by the famed composer Lotring, as well as more modern experimental work.